Tasteful Tuesday: 4th of July Favorites

This week we have rounded up some variations of favorite recipes for your 4th of July picnic or barbecue. Since you’ll likely be on the go and socializing with friends and family, these dishes are easy to serve and easy to eat, and taste just as good the day (or days) after if you find yourself bringing leftovers home. Let us know if you try any of these recipes, and share with us your favorites for celebrating the 4th of July.

Honey Mustard Chicken Sliders - via ShutterbeanSliders
Sliders are an excellent option to have at any party or get-together. They don’t have to be served as a sit-down meal like a hamburger or sandwich, and they pair well with many other dishes that you serve or that your guests bring. We found a chicken slider recipe that is sure to please even the youngest or pickiest eaters at your barbecue. Prepare them just as this recipe instructs, or prepare the chicken the same and set out a variety of toppings for your guests to choose on their own.

Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders – via Shutterbean

Pasta Salad
We can’t go all summer without having one or two different pasta salads – and the 4th of July is a perfect time to debut a new recipe or stick with your favorite. Crisp vegetables, creamy cheeses, flavorful dressings, endless pasta possibilites; it’s nearly impossible to end up with a pasta salad that isn’t delicious. We’ve featured a delectable BLT Pasta Salad recipe here on our blog that showcases our love for the classic BLT sandwich (with chicken), but if you want to stick with just vegetables we have the perfect suggestion for a flawlessly delicious pasta salad.

Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad – via Taste of Home

Pound CakeFor Dessert
There are many excellent red, white and blue themed desserts on various blogs and in cookbooks, but we’ve chosen to stay simple and classic with a pound cake recipe. Pound cakes are relatively versatile as far as toppings go, although for the 4th we recommend using strawberries and/or raspberries with blueberries on top of whipped cream. If you have a family or favorite recipe for whipped cream in your collection, combine it with our Caramel Pound Cake recipe (just skip the icing part) and add the berries last. Or, check out the following recipe for an all-inclusive pound cake with whipped cream.

Berry Pound Cake with Whipped Cream – via Delish; Martha Stewart

Red, White & Blue Sangria - via Noble PigTo Drink
This just may be our favorite category. We’ve featured many great drink recipes to keep you refreshed on a hot summer afternoon and during summer barbecues, and the 4th of July is no exception. Our Lemon Iced Tea and Strawberry Lemonade are perfect for guests of all ages, and complement most summertime barbecue foods. We’ve also compiled a list of three perfect summer coolers for all tastes and ages to add more variety to your beverage cart. We couldn’t forget about a red, white and blue beverage, though, so we found a perfect Sangria recipe that will fit in with your patriotic themed party this weekend. Enjoy!

Red, White & Blue Sangria – via Noble Pig

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