The most-patriotic way to kick off a 4th of July party is with a festive spread that explodes with so much flavor that it rivals the fireworks above. Whether you’re firing up the grill for the best burgers, making red, white and blue desserts — like a July 4th berry tart (pictured above) — or mixing up fruity summer cocktail recipes, we’ve got you covered.
Below, we’ve rounded up six dishes and drinks worth saluting at your Fourth of July bash.
Can’t pick just one corn-on-the-cob recipe? Make a buffet of Parmesan cheese, flavored spreads (like Sriracha mayonnaise), spices and citrus.
Tiffani’s Ultimate Luxe Burgers are literally exploding with flavor, with a molten blue cheese center.
Carb Your Enthusiasm
Ditch the lettuce and make pasta and potato salads. You can even transform them into dinnertime favorites with our recipes for Baked Potato Salad and Pasta Primavera.
Unsure of how to make a July 4th berry cake ? It’s easier than you think, and in a pinch you could even use store-bought cake mix and frosting — we won’t tell anyone.
Pop, Lock and Drop
What’s cooler than being cool? Ice-cold Frozen Yogurt Coconut Pops — one of our favorite summer desserts.
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