4th of July Menu
I’m sure you know by now that I love this holiday! As a kid, my parents pulled out all the stops on the 4th. We always had the best decorated bikes for the neighborhood parade…lots of flags, bows and crepe paper! Our cul-de-sac pot luck was filled with tons of good food. And we had enough fireworks to light up the skies for days, I happen to have a dad who is a tad obsessed with all things fireworks. He turns into a little boy who gets to play with matches and “blow up some s*it” as he puts it. He would design a whole show complete with a grand finale, while my mom would stand by our house with a hose just waiting to put out fires (we only had 3). I, like many kids loved the snakes and pop-pop snaps, and my sister and I and all our friends would use smoke bombs to create the backdrop for our music videos. Man, I love the 4th!
I decided that I wanted our 4th of July menu this year to be a mix of nostalgia with a bit of a twist on the classics.
- 1/2cup tequila
- 1/4 cup triple sec
- 5 cups cut watermelon
- 1/2 cup lime juice
- Handfuls of ice
Blend watermelon, strain juice, then blend all ingredients together. Serve in a salted glass and enjoy!
French Hot Dogs
Gruyere cheese, grated
Cut baguette the length of the hotdogs, split open and spread with Dijon, sprinkle with gruyere, place on coolest part of grill and cook until cheese melts. meanwhile grill the hotdogs, then place on the baguette.
Classic Baked Beans
- 6 slices bacon, cooked
- 2 (28 ounce) cans baked beans
- ¼ cup yellow mustard
- ¾ cup ketchup
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350F, cook bacon in a skillet, remove and drain on paper towel. Mix beans, mustard, ketchup and brown sugar together in a 9×13 inch pan, stir in bacon and bake for 45 minutes.
I hope you all have a happy, safe 4th of July!