Fourth of July foods should be easy and breezy - just like summer. Take it easy on Independence Day with these simple recipes that call for 5 ingredients or less (excluding water, ice, salt, pepper, and cooking spray).
Ginger Rosemary Smoked Pork Ribs
These maple-glazed ribs with a subtle touch of ginger are a mainstay at Odys + Penelope restaurant in Los Angeles. At home, chef-owner Quinn Hatfield smokes them using either a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker or a Pit Barrel Cooker. For versions of the recipe to cook on regular grills instead of smokers, go to Ginger Rosemary Smoked Pork Ribs on a Gas Grill, and Ginger Rosemary Smoked Pork Ribs on a Charcoal Grill.
Grilled Chicken Wings with Tamarind Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Tangy, fruity tamarind, popular in Latino and Asian cuisines, is the secret ingredient in our favorite new barbecue sauce for chicken wings.
Skirt Steak DiabloThis steak cooks in minutes. To ensure the outside is well browned and the inside pink, keep it cold in the refrigerator until you're ready to grill.
Grilled Buttermilk Chicken
This creamy buttermilk mixture makes a great marinade for grilled chicken.
Hot Water Cornbread
This recipe goes with: Robby Melvin's Turnip Greens with Hot Water Cornbread
Fresh Summer Corn Sauté
Basil adds a fresh flavor to this corn sauté.
Fire-Grilled Pork ChopsMarinate these juicy chops overnight in olive oil, herbes de Provence, and pepper for the best flavor. Grill for just 5 minutes and each side, and you've got a pork chop that even George Washington would be proud of.
Forget the store-bought stuff. Make your own fruit-filled, 3-ingredient pops at home! Look for food-safe wooden popsicle sticks on the craft aisle.
Strawberry Shortcake Shake
This minimal ingredient milkshake is a show-stopping, drool-inducing tall glass of strawberry shortcake heaven. When topped with a cake and strawberry skewer and drizzled with a luscious syrup, this gorgeous dessert might just be better than the real thing.
Watermelon with Mint and Lime
Raspberry-Lime Rickey Slushies
Red raspberries' juicy, perfumey, sweet flavor peaks from late June through August and is just right for this summer cooler. We spiked the drink with an herbaceous, citrusy gin that's distilled in small batches in Philadelphia. You can also omit the gin for a refreshing mocktail.
Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Chive Butter
Nothing says summer like fresh corn on the cob. Here are a few of our favorite flavor combos for buttering them up.
Tomato-and-Gorgonzola Pasta SaladWe love juicy beefsteaks for their sweet, intense flavor. Colorful small tomatoes and any crumbled cheese work well here too.
Jell-O StarsNo patriotic feast is complete without a plate of bite-size stars in festive colors!
Herb Butter BurgersThese burgers may not be light, but they sure are delicious. Butter and a selection of fresh herbs, such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, and dill, give the patties their incredible, rich flavor. Your fellow 4th of July-ers are sure to gobble these burgers right up!
Declaration of Independence Deviled EggsThese classic deviled eggs are the perfect appetizer or side dish for any 4th of July celebration. For extra party planning ease, you can make the filling up to 2 days ahead, and you can fill the eggs up to 2 hours ahead of your gathering.
Watermelon-and-Feta Orzo SaladPunch up this classic pairing of watermelon and feta with peppery watercress or arugula.
Smoky Ranch DipRanch dressing mix, sour cream, chipotle peppers, and adobo sauce are all you need for this humble chips-and-dip appetizer.
Honey-Chipotle Grilled CornDress up fresh corn by grilling in the husks until blackened, then brushing husked ears with a mixture of butter, honey, garlic, and chipotle chiles. The spicy-sweet flavors will have friends and family begging for seconds!
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Pomegranate DrizzleThis simple tomato salad is both colorful and tasty. A drizzle of pomegranate molasses paired with fresh oregano gives these tomatoes that little extra "oomph" of flavor.
Chocolate and Peanut Butter S'moresAnyone who's outgrown the kiddie classic will love this version—gooey-sweet melted marshmallow tempered by bittersweet chocolate cookies and salty roasted peanuts. Prep Time: 5 minutes
Barbecue Deviled EggsIf you want to omit the chopped pork, Madelaine suggests adding a drop of liquid smoke to provide a barbecue-like flavor.
Berry MeringuesTop dainty, airy-looking homemade meringues with raspberries, blueberries, and whipped cream for a festive red, white, and blue dessert.
No-Cook Chocolate-Almond Ice CreamSome homemade ice creams require cooking an egg custard for the base, but this easy chocolate-almond ice cream recipe skips that step. Simply stir together sweetended condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole chocolate milk, and chocolate syrup, then pour into an ice cream freezer and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Once the ice cream is ready, stir in almonds for that extra pop of flavor and crunch.
Strawberry GranitaMake your own sweet strawberry granita with just three ingredients (plus salt). Garnish with whipped cream and small paper flags, if desired, for a patriotic touch.
Red, White and Blue Ice PopsCelebrate red, white, and blue all summer long with these patriotic ice pops. The secret ingredient is a blue sports drink, along with cranberrry juice and lemonade.
Watermelon CoolerBlend frozen watermelon cubes, ginger ale, and frozen limeade concentrate for this summery, sweet-tart drink that's perfect for kids and adults alike.
Blueberry-Lemon Iced TeaBlueberries and fresh lemon juice take traditional iced tea from ordinary to extraordinary.
Strawberry Blizzard Pops
Fresh strawberries, creamy yogurt, and the faintest scent of rose swirl together in this sophisticated popsicle. You can use any mold you like for these popsicles, but you'll get a different number of pops depending on the mold size.
Lemonade Blueberry Pops
These popsicles turn a pale pink thanks to a little kitchen chemistry when the blue pigment in the berries meets the acid in the lemonade. You can use any mold you like for these popsicles, but you'll get a different number of pops depending on the mold size.