Unique Twists on Traditional 4th of July Fare

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Fantastic Ideas for 4th of July Entertaining

July 4th will be here before you know it! Have you started planning your party yet? While serving great All-American food is a fundamental part of an Independence Day celebration, it’s just the beginning. Here are some entertaining ideas to make sure your family and friends have a fun and memorable 4th of July.

For your 4th of July party decor, try picking a theme that incorporates red, white and blue. If you’re going to be on a lake or by the beach, a nautical theme would be a nice way to celebrate our great naval history. Incorporate rope accents such as rope placemats into your decor. If you like the idea of a retro feel, consider vintage Americana decor. You can always keep it simple with red, white and blue DIY decorations that you can download and print at home like those found on The Sweetest Occasion blog.

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Tori Spelling‘s blog also has great ideas for 4th of July tablescapes and party invitations. We especially like her ideas for casual yet festive ways to serve utensils and finger foods in cones, baskets and buckets.

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To get all of your family and friends involved in the 4th of July fun, plan some group activities. We like the idea of putting an all-American twist on your favorite party games. Turn a trivia game into an American history contest. You do know what war The Star Spangled Banner was written about, right? Reader’s Digest had a couple of great ideas – have a patriotic costume contest or Uncle Sam hat competition.

When it comes to music, famed fashion designer Michael Kors recommends keeping it eclectic. Try creating a playlist of American artists like Beach Boys and Billie Holliday to create a fun atmosphere.

 

The most important part of hosting family and friends for 4th of July is making sure they not only have a great time, but are well, fed too! A spread of Hickory Farms Signature Sausage and Cheese can make 4th of July entertaining easy and delicious!

Fun Ways to Spend Father’s Day

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With every Father’s Day that passes, we have to get more and more creative to come up with something that will really put a smile on his face. And there’s nothing more thoughtful than planning to spend the day having fun together. As Ask Men magazine put it, “… a great gift, a present and a card cannot substitute for quality time with dad.”

 

Take a stroll down memory lane…

Find unique ways to learn more about your dad’s life before you were around. Find out what his favorite old movie or show is and plan to watch it together.

 

Cook up new memories…

Put on your chef hats or grab your grill tongs and plan to cook up a meal or grill out together.

 

Make (or enjoy) music…

If you play instruments, suggest a jam session. Or, see if you can buy tickets to a live performance of his favorite band or type of music.

 

Take him out to the ball game…

If your dad is a sports fan, he won’t say no to an afternoon at the stadium or arena watching his favorite sports team. If it’s off season or his favorite team is playing an away game, plan to watch the game at home. Or, get out and play! Hit the batting cages or the bowling alley together, or plan to play a round of (mini) golf.

 

Help him cross something off of his bucket list…

Take dad somewhere he has never been to but always wanted to go, like New Orleans or the Grand Canyon. Another thoughtful idea is to plan an activity he’s always wanted to try but hasn’t had the opportunity to yet. Maybe he’s always wanted to learn photography or take a sailing or flying lesson. Doing something where you can learn together will be rewarding for both of you!

No matter what you plan to do with your dad on Father’s Day, you definitely have to make sure he’s well fed! Hickory Farms gourmet sausage and cheese can help keep Dad happy (and full) all day long. And for a great Father’s day gift, you can give or send him the Precision Tool Bag, which comes with our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, two cheddar blends, and gourmet crackers.

 

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