There is nothing more patriotic then whipping up a feast for your friends and family to share before you watch the fireworks to the same sound track they play every year. Here are some quick red, white, and blue filled ideas to spice up your own gathering or to bring spice to someone else’s. They are filled with berries not only because the colors are so festive, but also summer is an awesome time to enjoy these little delights, as they are at their sweetest.
Pour Up Drank!
Red: Strawberry-Basil Lemonade- Boil 1 cup of sugar and water with three sprigs of mint and 8 sliced strawberries, pour into prepared lemonade (pairs nicely with gin)
White- Sangria! Use a nice crisp Riesling or Moscato if you want some sparkle, soak pineapples, apples, and white nectarines in brandy and a ½ cup of sugar for at least an hour, combine together
Blue-Blueberry-Mint Lemonade- Same idea as the strawberry but use like a pack of blueberries and three sprigs of mint, strain into pre-prepared lemonade (pairs amazingly with vodka)
Use red tortillas to make wraps with you favorite meats, cheeses, and veggies
Toss some wings with this amazing blueberry chipotle sauce!
1 container blueberries, ¼ cup sugar, ¼ cup canned pureed chipotle chilies,1/2 juice of lemon, zest of one orange, ¼ cup water boil together
White dips galore- use yogurt, sour cream, or mayo and mix in onion powder, garlic salt, dried parsley or cheat and use the ranch packets from the store!
Don’t forget dessert!
Red and Blue Jello Stars with Whipped cream- follow the directions on the jello package, cut out with a star cutter and serve with freshly whipped cream!
Nothin is more American then a S’more! Spread graham crackers with blueberry/strawberry jam, roast a marshmallow, press together, and feel the fireworks of deliciousness explode in your mouth!
So don’t bring the normal boring things to the potluck you attend this year try one of these ideas today!
Happy 4th of July!