Fourth of July Recipe Round-Up

There is a good chance that many of you will be partying it up for the Fourth of July. If you are still thinking about what you want to bring to the party, here are a few ideas!

Appetizers –

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ABC Puffs – Avocado, bacon, and cheese. Need I say more?

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Soft Pretzel Bites with Easy Beer Cheese – Always a crowd pleaser, and you have plenty of time to make the dough before the Fourth!

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Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizer – One of Jesse’s all time favorites. Super easy and delicious!

Main Course Ideas – Tired of plain old Hamburgers and Hot Dogs? These ideas might spice up your Fourth!

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BBQ Turkey Burgers – A fun fusion of two grilling favorites – BBQ and Burgers!

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Chicken or Pork with Southwest Marinade – This marinade is great way to spice up your grilled meat. Different than a lot of the soy based marinades, it uses Chipotle peppers for heat and Orange Juice to freshen it up and add acidity.

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Coffee-Chipotle Pulled Pork – My favorite pulled pork recipe. In case it’s raining or if you just don’t to spend your Fourth standing over a grill – let your slower cooker or Dutch oven do the work!

Side Dishes –

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Tangy Mustard Cole Slaw – An absolute must if you’re serving pulled pork!

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Creamy Mustard Potato Salad – Another one of my cookout favorites.

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Corn Casserole from Scratch – A crowd favorite made from scratch!

Desserts –

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Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes – what could be more perfect for the 4th?

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Giant M & M Cookies – these would be so cute with red and blue M & M’s!

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Sweet Cherry and Blueberry Pie – Natural red and blue in a American dessert classic

Traditional Irish Colcannon

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish that combines potatoes, cabbage or kale, onion, basic cream/milk and butter. It is also a dish that at one point in time I might have turned my nose up to. Cabbage or kale? Really? Why would you ruin perfectly good mashed potatoes with cabbage? Oh my how I was wrong and I am so glad that I’ve come around to the wonderful world of cabbage. Truth be told, I’ve been on a bit of cabbage kick lately. I’ve finally realized just how flavorful and delicious it can be. (It’s that same cabbage kick that led me to using it for this colcannon, but it’s also delicious (and packed with nutrients) when you use kale instead.)

The flavor and deliciousness of cabbage really shines through in this colcannon recipe. What I like about this particular recipe is that the cabbage is sautéed with butter and onions instead of boiled like in many other recipes. That really enhances the richness of the entire dish, making this the perfect St. Patrick’s day meal side dish. I served mine alongside Beer Braised Beef with Onions (recipe to come!). The old saying about a perfect Irish meal being a six-pack and a potato was given new meaning with that combo!

Which reminds me, are you excited about St. Patrick’s day yet? Just 4 more days away! Do you have any St. Patrick’s day traditions?

 

 

Fish and Chips

There are few foods that bring me right back to St. Patrick’s day and Irish pubs quite like Fish and Chips. The crispy and golden fried fish dipped in delicious tartar sauce. The fries soaked with malt vinegar. Mmm…. A little piece of Irish heaven.

I couldn’t let this year pass with satisfying my craving for this delicious meal. Of course the only way to make it even better is to make it homemade!

I have to admit that deep frying foods at home has always made me really nervous. The huge pot of basically boiling oil was super intimidating to me. But it was time to conquer my fear. Once I got all of my ingredients prepped, I was surprised at how simple it was. To make sure I was able to fully devote my attention to frying the fish, I decided to oven bake the fries. It was nice because I was able to have both things going at once and didn’t have to worry about keeping the fries warm, though I’m sure deep fried fries would be amazing. If you would like to fry your fries, check out Laura’s blog, Tide and Thyme, for those instructions.

Got Fish?
Foil Packet Soy-Lime Salmon with Green Beans
Foil Baked Fish with Black Beans and Corn
Homemade Fish Sticks
Pepper Jack and Cilantro Stuffed Swordfish

Lucky Treats

Did you know that March is one of my favorite months of the year? Why? Well, St. Patrick’s day, of course! As I’ve mentioned before, I was an Irish dancer turned Irish dancing teacher. For a good chunk of my life March meant shows, parades, more shows, and celebration. March 17th meant taking the day off from school (or work) and dancing (or watching dancers) at local libraries and pubs.

For the last few years I’ve been bummed to be without my Irish dancing family during this fun month. This year I am going to make the best of things by celebrating the month with FOOD! Starting with these fun treats. They are not traditional Irish fare. Not even close. But they’re fun, easy, and tasty. And a good way to kick off my March! Truth be told, I like them better than regular Rice Krispie Treats.

 

And just for fun – here is a throw back parade picture! That’s me in top middle! Maybe I’ll dig up a few more old Irish dancing photos for the next few posts…