Fourth of July Holiday Special: Last Minute Recipes to Save Your Celebratory Weekend!


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It’s Fourth of July, and it’s time to get our celebration on! (If anyone is up to share the Givenchy flag scarf above, you know where to find us.)

We’ve given you the lowdown on the perfect decorative elements for your Independence Day gathering, so now it’s time to worry about all the food you’re gonna be eating! That’s right, last minute planners, we’ve got some of the best recipes for you to whip up something amazing this Fourth of July weekend: 

Southern Fried Chicken with Smoky Maple Caramel 

Is there anything more American than succulent fried buttermilk chicken? Top this off with a gorgeous, savory caramel sauce, and you’re in for a treat! The recipe does call for a day ahead to marinate the chicken, but you’ll only need to marinate as long as you can. From preparing to cooking, this will take 40 minutes, tops! Full recipe here.

Hill Country Barbecue Market 

What’s a Fourth of July weekend without barbecue? If you’re not up for the grilling (or you don’t have one), call our friends at Hill Country Barbecue Market instead! Their mouth-watering brisket, sausage and meats are freshly cooked, and smoked low and slow over Texas post oak. Psst: They deliver too, so get your barbecue on (without all the hassle)!

Spicy Barbecue Sauce (Under 30 Minutes!) 

Need a quick spicy barbecue sauce to slather all over the yummy meat? Tasting Table’s got an easy recipe that will take only 30 minutes to make! It’s a tomato base, but earthy Indian spices like coriander, cumin and brown mustard, with grated ginger, honey and chopped shallot. It’s not too thick, not too thin. It’s perfect on everything!

Potato Salad with Bacon and Barbecue Sauce 


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We can’t imagine a Fourth of July weekend, without a kick ass potato salad! Cobble together boiled sliced red potatoes, with mustard oil (or spicy mustard) and sherry vinegar. Let is sit, before adding celery, minced red onion and seasoning. Don’t forget the barbecue sauce and mayonnaise too! Top off with bacon, and store in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Full recipe here.

American Flag Cake 

We can’t resist a little show of patriotism! If you’re in for a big Fourth of July gathering, make an American flag cake. It can feed an army, and tastes absolutely delicious too! Quick tip: Use a toothpick to outline the flag design on the cake. You’ll need fresh blueberries, and raspberries to decorate. Don’t have raspberries? Strawberries are good too! Full recipe here.

Really pressed for time, and need an alternative recipe? Check out this Fourth of July Jello Flag recipe. It’s too much fun to put together!

Layered Patriotic Punch 

Go big or go home, right? We’ve got the perfect recipe for a layered patriotic punch, that’s seriously easy to put together and looks absolutely fantastic. For the red layer, use cranberry juice, or strawberry/cherry flavored sodas. For the white, any clear colored diet (and sugar free!) soda will do. For the blue, go with Gatorade or blue Hawaiian punch. Get your instructions here!

Spiced Syrup 

We can talk about icy cocktails to serve, or we can introduce you to spiced syrup.

You read right. It’s such a gorgeous red, we know it be a smashing addition to your Fourth of July weekend! The spices aren’t scary at all, just a minimal use of cardamom pods and star anise for that extra bite. Just remember to add five doses of water with every dose of syrup! Full recipe here. (It’s in Spanish, so if you’re kinda rusty, don’t forget to turn on your translate option!)

There you have it, foolproof and no use recipes for an amazing weekend ahead of you. Don’t forget to share your favorite Fourth of July recipes with us.

Happy birthday, America!

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