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12 Fun Fourth of July Recipes to Try

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The Fourth of July is the perfect opportunity to break out your oven mitts and try something new. But what if you need a little help with recipe ideas? Here are just 12 dishes that are sure to make a splash with friends, colleagues, kids and neighbors!

1. Grilled Honey Lemon Chicken

It isn't a cookout until you've fired up the grill, and this grilled honey lemon chicken will sear its sweet, tender juices straight onto your heart. The trick is to marinate the meat overnight in a sealed plastic bag. By the time you're ready to put it on the grill, it'll be thoroughly seasoned with a mixture of oil, salt, honey, lemon juice, garlic powder and black pepper.

2. Avocado Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach dip is one of those magical dishes that will get your kids to eat their vegetables. If you add avocado to the mix, you can knock off a daily serving of fruit, too. This avocado spinach artichoke dip will be a tasty appetizer at any gathering, and thanks to its secret ingredient of red pepper flakes, it'll be an oft-requested recipe as well.

3. Chili Cheese Dog Bubble-Up Bake

Hotdogs are another staple of Fourth of July cookouts, but what if you're looking for something a little more exciting than just dogs on a bun? Consider the chilli cheese dog bubble-up bake . It's a multi-layer casserole that starts with chilli, beans, cheese and hot dog bites, and it ends with cut-up biscuits forming flaky "bubbles" of crusty goodness on top.

12 Fun Fourth of July Recipes to Try Hushpuppies Image4. Cornmeal Hushpuppies

Show off your southern spirit with one of the best foods south of the Mason-Dixie line: cornmeal. Making these cornmeal hushpuppies is easier than you might think. Just mix your batter, scoop up a teaspoon and drop it into a pot or fryer filled with peanut oil.

5. Spicy Zucchini Curly Fries

Made with everything from chilli powder to bread crumbs, these spicy zucchini curly fries will add a zesty flavor to your dinner table. They'll also be a much healthier alternative to what you'd pick up from a fast food joint. You can even prepare a side of Greek yogurt ranch dip for extra nutrition!

6. Tuna Salad Pickle Boats

If you love the tangy crunch of pickles with your tuna, these tuna salad pickle boats will be a fun finger food for your celebrations. Start by mixing your tuna, mayonnaise, mustard, dill, celery and lemon juice in a big bowl. Then, slice your pickles in half and scoop out the seeds to create a little trench. Spread your tuna salad along the pickles, and voila!

7. Watermelon Lemonade

You've been sweating over a hot stove for hours. It's time to cool down with a delicious drink! Watermelon lemonade will let you use up the remainder of that watermelon your kids couldn't quite finish, and it'll be a light, refreshing beverage with just a bit of tart to keep you on your toes. You can top off the glass with a mini-flag to get in the spirit of the holiday.

8. Miso-Glazed Chicken Burgers with Cabbage-Apple Slaw

This recipe will take some prep time, so it might not be the best option for a chaotic pool party. If you just want something healthy for a family dinner, however, consider the miso-glazed chicken burgers with cabbage-apple slaw. They'll save you as much as 110 calories per serving when compared to regular hamburgers, and you'll be able to completely skip the mayonnaise in favor of a miso glaze.

12 Fun Fourth of July Recipes to Try Corn Image9. Parmesan Garlic Corn

Corn on the cob is an essential component to any Fourth of July picnic, but it doesn't have to be the boring vegetable that you've cooked a thousand times before. With Parmesan garlic corn, you can make freedom ring with a combination of garlic, butter, salt, parsley and Parmesan cheese. You can even choose whether to grill, roast or bake the corn depending on your taste preferences or time constraints.

10. Loaded Tater Tot Skewers

Your little ones will go absolutely wild over this dish. You might find Grandma June sneaking a few extras as well! Loaded tater tot skewers have a universal appeal thanks to their mouthwatering layer of cheese and bacon stacked on top of a golden-brown center of crisped tater tots. Some people even whip up a sour cream dip for extra pizzazz.

11. Shrimp Veggie Salad

While there's nothing wrong with a delicious, deep-fried meal, there are times when you want something lighter. A shrimp veggie salad can be the answer to your prayers. It has enough substance to be filling, but it's a fun, fresh and colorful dish that won't sit heavily in your stomach. As a bonus, it will also get rid of those leftover tomatoes and cucumbers that you've been meaning to cook.

12. Brownie Flag Cake

Last but certainly not least, you'll need a sweet dessert to finish off your meal! Get patriotic with a brownie flag cake. It's made just like any other brownie batch, but instead of cutting it into squares after it rises, you cover it with blueberries, strawberries and white frosting in a flag-shaped pattern. Not only will it be quick and easy, but it'll be finger-licking good.

These are just a few recipes that will be perfect for Independence Day. Whether you're hosting a rambunctious party or preparing a private meal for two, you'll need some new and exciting ideas to make this year's celebrations even better than the last. Enjoy!

Originally published June 26, 2019

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