A collection of summer-inspired recipes to celebrate the 4th of July deliciously. From Maple Chipotle BBQ Sauce to Salsa Fresca, Crispy Chicken Fingers to Bacon BBQ Cheeseburgers, Mom’s Stuffed Cabbages to Hot Sausages. Let’s Eat!
Happy Birthday America! I so am looking forward to celebrating your birthday with delicious treats and eats! I’ve put together some of yours (and my) favorite holiday dishes!
And while most of us attribute the 4th of July with food and bbq, remember that’s about giving thanks to those that have served and still serve to protect you, your family, your friends and keep our country safe. It is because of their selflessness that we live free and are kept out of harm’s way.
With love and thanks, let’s eat! Today I’ve rounded up some of my most popular recipes for the 4th of July and the rest of the summer! Enjoy!
Candied Kielbasa Bites
These 3-ingredient Candied Kielbasa bites are one of the most requested cookout snacks! Super easy and delicious to make!
Greek Turkey Burgers
These Greek Turkey burgers are juicy and loaded with such incredible Greek flavors like oregano, dill, lemon, feta, and tzatziki. Make your next meal a delicious burger!
Sheet pan Crowd Nachos
Loaded Sheetpan Nachos for a crowd! Meats, beans, cheese, veggies, cilantro, and salsa make up this crowd-pleasing nacho dish!
Baked Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole
Whether it’s a side dish or a main dish, this Baked Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole is a huge family favorite! Add bacon or chicken to make it an entree!
Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
One of the best bbq pulled pork recipes out there! Bold, flavorful, tender and perfect for weekly meal prep, freezer meals or a killer pulled pork sandwich! Find out how to make it in no time thanks to the Instant Pot!
Super Easy Cherry Pie Bars for a Crowd
These cherry pie bars are filled with cherryrific pie filling layered in a no-roll, cookie pie crust. Perfect for parties as you can hold a drink in one hand and a cherry pie bar in the other!
This Pittsburgh coleslaw is tangy with just the right amount of bite. It’s perfect on pulled pork and pretty much any sandwich you get while visiting the ‘Burgh!
Grandma’s Orange Cream Ice Box Pie
My Grandmother’s orange cream icebox pie with NILLA Wafers crust is luscious, creamy, dreamy and no bake! It’s the perfect warm-weather pie!
Stuffed Banana Peppers
Stuffed Banana peppers are a summer cookout must! Stuffed with 3 types of meats, an amazing spicy banana pepper sauce and lots of melted cheese!
Cheesy Double Bean Dip
This is the ULTIMATE Bean Dip! Double beans, 3 types of cheese, picante sauce and spices!
Triple Lemon Sunshine Cookies
These Triple Lemon Sunshine Cookies are light, bright and perfect for your spring and summer gatherings. Perfect for snacking while sitting on the porch sipping ice cold lemonade.
Salsa Fresca (Pico de gallo)
This Farm-Fresh Salsa Fresca is the perfect mixture of chopped tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, garlic, avocado, jalapeno and a kiss of lime!. Use it with chips, add it to burgers for a fiesta topping, spoon it over chicken or pork.
Chipotle Maple BBQ Sauce
Lip smackin’, pork basting, burger topping sweet and heat bbq sauce! Make a double batch. You can thank me later!
Homemade French Onion Dip
This Homemade French Onion Chip dip is THE BEST dip you’ll ever have! Make up a big batch of this, grab some chips/pretzels and head on over to the party! You’ll be a huge hit!
Pulled Pork Sandwith with Tater Tots and Slaw
This Pittsburgh classic sandwich is a culmination of tangy pulled pork, epic Pittsburgh slaw and Crispy Tater Tots.
Rainbow Tomato and Corn Salad
Rainbow cherry tomatoes make up this light and healthy salad served with roasted corn, avocado, cucumbers and light lime dressing!
The Best EVER Stuffed Cabbages!
My Mom’s Stuffed Cabbages are LEGENDARY! No summer cookout is complete without a tray of stuffed cabbages! Tender cabbage leaves stuffed with rice, seasoned ground meats and a rich tomato sauce make this the perfect summer comfort food. Plus this freezes beautifully!
Lord Have Mercy Triple B Burgers
This Triple B Burger is a mixture of Beef, Bacon, AND BBQ sauce in the burger! Topped with more crispy bacon, cheese, tangy bbq sauce, caramelized onions, and waffle fries – seriously, this burger is LIT!
Red, White & Blue Ambrosia
Strawberries, Blueberries and whipped cream make up this Patriotic Ambrosia Salad
Cheesy Pickle Pinwheels
These Pickle Pinwheels are a cookout must have! Just a few ingredients needed plus NO COOKING and you have a huge crowd favorite!
Pittsburgh Strawberry Pretzel Tart
Taking that classic Jell-o Pretzel Salad and putting an upscale, gourmet twist on it by adding a cream cheese filling and seriously THE BEST Strawberry topping you’ve ever had in your life!
Crispy Crunch Crusted Chicken Fingers
Crispy Crunchy Crusted Chicken Fingers made with cereal (can also use chips/pretzels/corn chips or nacho chips!). Kids will go NUTS over these!
Root Beer Float Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches
Ice Cream Sandwiches are meant for summer! Have your A&W Root Beer Float and eat it, too! These cookie ice cream sandwiches are a summer must-make!
This Flank Steak is perfect for a cookout and bbq! By marinating this flank steak overnight you’ll tenderize it to the point it’ll just slice like buttah when you serve it! Add some sauteed onions and peppers along with some killer Chimichurri sauce and you have one killer recipe read for tacos, burritos, enchiladas and Mexican beef bowls!
Creamy Chicken and Salsa Pinwheels
These Creamy Chicken and Salsa Pinwheels are no bake/no cook AND you can totally cheat by using store-bought rotisserie chicken!
Sticky Honey BBQ Sauce
A sweet bbq sauce with a bit of edge. It’s like wearing a prom dress and combat boots!
No Bake Ham & Cheese Cucumber Rollups
These Cucumber Ham & Cheese pinwheels are perfect for a party. No cooking or baking required and always a crowd favorite!
Best Broccoli Slaw Salad
This is a new spin on a classic broccoli salad slaw. Crispy and packed with veggies, seeds, cranberries, and bacon topped with my Grandma’s amazing old fashioned boiled dressing. Every cookout needs this dish!
Summer Chickpea Cucumber Salad
This Cucumber Chickpea Summer Salad is perfect for a cookout, as a side dish or as a main dish on a warm evening! Want protein, this is amazing with shrimp and chicken!
Hot Sausage, Peppers and Onions
Classic Hot Sausage sandwiches with peppers and onions are a classic staple for most summer cookouts!