The 4th of July is almost here, and we can hardly wait for a day filled with family, friends, food, and fun! But instead of the traditional Independence Day fare, why not shake things up just a bit by putting a unique twist on your favorite American dishes? Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing for your 4th of July menu.
If you’re grilling out for the Fourth of July, try this Grilled Potato Salad. Grill seasoned potato slices to perfection and then combine them with oranges, red onions and arugula. Dress them in red wine vinegar and olive oil, and you’ll have a side dish packed with surprising flavor and texture.
Pasta salad is another tried-and-true cookout staple. But this year, consider getting a bit more creative by mixing up your own pasta salad. Food Network has an easy outline you can use to get your own pasta salad started. In addition to its suggested protein options, you can try gourmet sausage from Hickory Farms in your recipe for an interesting twist.
Most casual parties aren’t complete without some crispy potato chips. We like the patriotic spin Epicurious food writer Kelly Senyei suggests with Red, White, and Blue Potato and Beet Chips. You’ve got the same crispy crunch as standard potato chips, but also a hint of sweetness thanks to the beets.
If you’re serving burgers and hot dogs as the main dish, try out a new marinade for your meat or new toppings or condiments such as our Sweet Hot Mustard. Another great idea is to add oregano, basil, and parmesan to your ground beef before you throw it on the grill for burgers that are chock full of flavor while still low in calories. Try putting out some unique burger toppings. Sliced apples, for example, can add a touch of tartness and a nice crunch.
For a fresh spin on grilled chicken, try whipping up a marinade of lemon juice, soy sauce, fresh ginger, lemon pepper, and garlic. Serve it with a sweet fruit salsa.
How are you planning to put a unique twist on your 4th of July menu? Leave a comment to share with us!
Visit the Hickory Farms website to purchase gourmet food baskets containing fresh Summer Sausage, fruit, nuts, condiments, and more.