The Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, no small thanks in part to the food! With the sun shining, the grill sizzling, and plenty of friends and family enjoying the day, it’s the height of the summer entertaining season. Plus, the day is capped off by brilliant fireworks. What could be better?
I like to make sure there is plenty of food to nosh on before the fireworks start, so I plan my patriotic menu well in advance. Entertaining in summer means a relaxed vibe, so be sure to do what prep work you can ahead of time and relax with a cold one on the Fourth, rather than be stuck in the kitchen.
Here are my favorite dishes for a great Fourth of July cookout:
Megan’s love affair with food began with clipping recipes from coupon circulars at a young age and forcing the results on her family. After college, she moved to Austin, TX, and dove headfirst into the world of cooking and blogging about local food. Her work has appeared in Hobby Farms Magazine, Edible Austin, the Austin American-Statesman, and Simple Bites. She currently writes for Food Fanatic, Recipe.com and her own food blog, Stetted, and co-organizes a homemade food swap.