The Ultimate Fourth Of July Roundup

 Fourth of July looms large on the rosé-hued horizon, and I can’t WAIT. Per tradition, my roommate and I will be celebrating in my favorite place (aka Maine, Maine, Maiiiiiine) with some of my favorite people doing all of my favorite things. Mountains will be climbed, naps will be taken, lobsters will be eaten, and 2017’s #dudedietbathseries will be kicked off in style. I can practically smell the pine trees as I type…

Not gonna lie, the 4th falling on a Tuesday throws me for a tiny loop, but I assume we’re all on the same page about having ourselves a little four-day weekend? Cool. Given that we’ll be stretching our freedom fiestas over the course of 96 hours (sadly had to do that math twice in my head), I figured everyone could use a little extra recipe inspiration for their holiday menu planning. From sassy starters and grilled favorites to sweet summer treats and sips, I did my best to cover all the necessary bases below. There are even some recipes with the requisite red, white and blue color palette for the traditionalists/thematically-inclined! Virtual chest bump.

Have a fabulous Fourth, friends! AMERICA!!

p.s. For those of you who have The Dude Diet, I included a couple of recipes in each category in italics.

Domesticate ME!’s Favorite Recipes For The Fourth of July:

SASSY STARTERS:
Mini Crab and Bacon Quesadillas with Sweet Corn Guacamole
Lobster Avocado Toast
Caprese Bites with Honey-Balsamic
Grilled Peach and Cherry Tomato Quesadillas
Spiced Turkey Meatballs with Basil Yogurt Sauce
Grilled Pitas with White Bean Basil Spread and Roasted Tomatoes
Fiesta BBQ Chicken Nachos (page 135)

MAIN EVENTS:
Grilled Chicken Skewers with Watermelon Salsa and Feta
Marinated Skirt Steak with Sweet Corn and Cherry Salad
Chicken and Goat Cheese Burgers with Peaches, Corn and Cherry Tomatoes
Fiery Barbecue Flank Steak Tacos with “Summer Mess” Salsa
Cilantro-Lime Grilled Chicken with Strawberry Salsa
Grilled Turkey Kofta Burgers with Harissa Yogurt Sauce
Sriracha Glazed Chicken Skewers with Peaches and Basil
Grilled Chicken Sausage with Summer Succotash (page 153)
Lamb and Feta Burgers with Mint Tahini Sauce (page 158)

SHOWSTOPPING SIDES AND SALADS:
Summer Vegetable Quinoa Bake
Roasted BBQ Cauliflower Salad
Quinoa Broccoli Slaw
Spiralized Carrot Salad with Herbs and Toasted Almonds
Arugula and Farro Salad with Cherries and Goat Cheese
Grilled Watermelon with Jalapeños, Feta and Honey
Mexican Street Corn Salad
Chipotle Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Avocado-Dijon Coleslaw (page 234)
Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad (page 230)
Grilled Vegetables with Goat Cheese and Balsamic (166)

SWEET THANGS:
Grilled Angel Food Cake with Whipped Mascarpone and Balsamic Strawberries
Easy Eton Mess Sundaes
Chocolate Chip Cookie Icebox Cake
Foolproof Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream and Fresh Berries
Summer Berry Parfaits with Vanilla Bean Ricotta and Toasted Almonds
Grilled Peach Crisp Sundaes with Cinnamon-Honey Drizzle
Summer Berry Crisp
Apple-Blueberry Skillet Crumble (page 316)
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits (page 311)

SUMMERY SIPS:
Spicy Cherry Bourbon Lemonade
Rose Spritzers
Bourbon Campari Punch
Rose Sangria
Roasted Strawberry-Mint Lemonade
Sparkling Watermelon Punch Bowl
Twisted Lemon-Mint Iced Tea (page 281)
Frozen Rose Sangria (page 288)

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