Alton Brown’s July 4th Recipe Round-Up

Alton Brown’s July 4th Recipe Round-Up


Fourth of July food goes way beyond hamburgers and hot dogs (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

APPETIZERS

MAINS

SIDES

DESSERTS

COCKTAILS

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  1. 1
    Debbie

    I didn’t see this post, but the ice cream has been on my to try list for ages. I finally made it this weekend and it was everything I had hoped and dreamed. The 5 year old wants it with every meal, including breakfast. I’ll never buy store bought again.

  2. 4
    Margaret

    Please tell me these are options, not the selections on offer to the guests. They are GREAT options, but I’m a bit overwhelmed and exhausted just looking at the list. If I had to cook all that, there would be no guests at all and I’d be hiding under the bed, pretending I wasn’t home. Got any tips for realistic menu planning for a gathering of 8-15 people?

    • 5
      Cindy

      Of course they’re just options. Pick one from each list.

      Has making our own decisions really gone the way of the dinosaur?

    • 6
      Meghan

      Seriously? If you take direct instruction for what you “have to do” from every website you read, I worry about you. And if you’ve ever been to a party you should be able to recall what worked well and what didn’t.

      Menu planning depends on your budget, your guests, your time commitment, and what type of event you want. Don’t spend more than you can afford. Don’t invite people you don’t like. Don’t work so hard in prep that you can’t enjoy your own party. Is your event going to be a sit-down-napkin-in-lap type thing? Is it family oriented with kids and games? Is it a drop-by-come-and-go type thing?

      None of this is rocket science – I’ve been to very lovely tea parties that were planned by 5-yr-olds! Now having a list of great recipes to consider is going to be very helpful, but you need to figure out budget, guests, time, and type first.

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