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The Perfect Last-Minute Fourth of July Appetizer

The Perfect Last-Minute Fourth of July Appetizer

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It's the day of your holiday barbecue, and you have to provide an appetizer. Guess who forgot until just now?

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Don't fret. I've got a simple, you'll-cry-it's-so-easy appetizer. Bonus: it's designed to look like the American flag, so it's a win-win for all your patriotic party needs.

Ingredients 56 phyllo cups 8 ounces 1/3-less fat cream cheese, at room temperature 4 ounces blue cheese, at room temperature 1 tablespoon skim milk 6 cherry tomatoes 4 ounces vanilla yogurt (such as Stonyfield Petite Crème Vive la Vanilla) 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions 1. Fill 12 phyllo cups with about 2 teaspoons of yogurt. Top with blueberries. Set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine cheeses and milk with a hand mixer. Fill remaining phyllo cups with cheese mixture. Quarter tomatoes. Top 24 cheese-filled phyllo cups with tomato quarters. Arrange cups into a flag, and serve.

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Festive (and Delicious!) Fourth of July Recipes

With July 4th just days away, I’m sure many of you have already made your plans for the summer holiday. And whether they include a casual cookout, a poolside party or an upscale soiree, one thing is guaranteed: Food will definitely be part of the festivities. So in case you haven’t already planned your entire menu (or were asked to bring over a dish last minute), I’ve rounded up 12 side dishes, appetizers, main courses and desserts that would be perfect for any Fourth of July get together:

Clockwise from top left: Grilled Corn with Bacon Butter and Cotija Cheese from How Sweet It Is Quinoa and Berry Salad from Yummy Mummy Kitchen Grilled Blackberry, Strawberry, Basil and Brie Pizza Crisps from Half Baked Harvest and Watermelon, Avocado and Mint Salad from Foolproof Living.

You may remember that I tried this corn out myself last year for my birthday (refresher: It was AWESOME), but it bears repeating that it’s a recipe definitely worth making. If you’re looking for something a wee bit healthier to start the meal, try one of those pretty salads (the watermelon, avocado and mint looks especially delicious), or make an indulgent (though still pretty healthy) treat with those berry and Brie pizza crisps.

Clockwise from top left: Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro, Lime and Peanuts from Martha Stewart Roasted Tomato and Pesto Burgers from Confections of a Foodie Bride BBQ Buffalo Chicken Wings from Susannah’s Kitchen and Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Mango Salsa from Damn Delicious.

No July 4th party is complete without a little grilling action, but that doesn’t have to be limited to burgers (though who could resist those roasted tomato and pesto creations?). Shake things up with tangy grilled shrimp or out-of-the-box hot dogs, or keep things simple and smoky with some grilled buffalo wings.

Clockwise from top left: Sprinkle + Ombre Cake from Brit + Co. American Flag Doughnuts from The First Year Strawberry, Lime and Basil Shortcakes from The Artful Desperado and Blue Velvet Cupcakes from Sprinkle Bakes.

Dessert is always my favorite part of the meal, no matter the holiday, and with desserts this cute, it will be everyone else’s favorite part, too. Take some time to whip up a beautiful sprinkled + ombre cake or go super patriotic with those adorable American flag doughnuts. If simple is what you’re seeking, you can’t go wrong with blue velvet cupcakes, though a fun twist on a classic recipe—like that Strawberry, Lime and Basil Shortcake—would be sure to impress, too.

What dishes will you be making for your Fourth of July celebration?

Festive 4th of July Deviled Eggs

If you are hosting the 4th of July party this year and want some 4th of July appetizer recipes that are a cinch to make, then you are in luck! You can serve these deviled eggs and watch them fly off the plate.

Note: deviled eggs are very flexible. You can switch them up with fusion flavors. For example, use olive oil, basil, finely minced spinach and feta as a Greek-influenced filling.

12 eggs
1/2 cup salad dressing or mayonnaise
1-1/2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2-3 tbs. horseradish or horseradish sauce
1 tbs. mustard (optional)
2 drops hot pepper sauce, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dry dill
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes, for garnish
1 teaspoon paprika, for garnish

Begin by putting the eggs into a deep pan filled with enough water to cover them completely plus one inch. Bring the pot to a full rolling boil. Continue boiling for five minutes. Turn off the flame and let the eggs sit for five more minutes before peeling and cooling completely. Note that chilling the eggs makes them easier to handle for stuffing.

Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yokes and put them into a small mixing bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork with all the other ingredients until well incorporated. Now you can either spoon the mix into the egg whites or to be fancy, put the blend in a plastic food storage bag and snip one corner off. You now have a serviceable piping bag!

Put a bit of parsley and paprika on top to finish the dish. Viola! One of the easiest 4th of July appetizer recipes ever.

Strawberry Shortcake Skewers

1 package of strawberries

1 package of vanilla chocolate melts

Slice up the cake into cubes

Clean strawberries, cutting off the tops

Slice strawberries into large pieces. Do not eat them all before you make the skewers. That’s uncool.

Skewer strawberries and cake, alternating between the two

Put the vanilla melts in a bowl and microwave for about 30 seconds

Drizzle the vanilla over the skewers or don’t. Your choice. It’s America.

50 4th of July Appetizers for the Ultimate Summer Celebration

Whether you’re cooking up a feast for a small group of friends or keeping things low-key with your family, these fresh and easy 4th of July appetizers are guaranteed to impress. Kick off your Independence Day barbecue with a selection of delectable dishes—from kid-friendly finger foods, like soft pretzels, to elevated appetizers, like mini lobster rolls—that we’re certain our forefathers would approve of. And if you need help with the rest of the menu, serve these appetizers alongside our favorite 4th of July entrées and one (or two) of these patriotic desserts for the ultimate backyard bash.

Need a last-minute July 4th appetizer? Try this yummy deviled eggs recipe

Deviled Eggs with Bacon Jam

"Creamy deviled eggs get a sweet and salty touch from homemade bacon jam in these party-perfect bites."

Sweet Tea Mint Julep Popsicles

"Refreshing ice pops aren't just for kids anymore. These minty, bourbon-infused popsicles will cool you down and satisfy your summery cocktail cravings."

Prosecco Popsicle Cocktails

"Combine the smooth flavor of sparkling prosecco with cold, sweet popsicles in this sophisticated summer sipper."

Doughnut Ice Cream Sandwich

"I love this dessert because it's delicious, festive, comes together in a flash and appeals to the kid in all of us."

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11 Last-Minute Fourth of July Recipes

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Fourth of July might be just around the corner, but as college kids, we don’t plan anything until the day-of anyway. So in classic timely fashion, we’re bringing you just about the easiest recipes ever so you can be the host of a century or the life of your friend’s party. Spending the Fourth with your fam? Mom will be even more impressed. Happy Fourth!

Drink #2 takes shape in the form of red, white and blue soda (spiked, if you dare).

Just when you thought pigs in a blanket with the best appetizer in the world, we made them better, with these star-shaped pigs in a blanket. All you need is a cookie cutter. Don’t have one? Make one.

Spiral hot dogs are 100% more fun than regular ones. And that’s what the Fourth is all about, ain’t it?

It wouldn’t be a Fourth of July party without America’s favorite cookie. Dress up your Oreos in some patriotic fare.

It’s been 5 months too long since we’ve had chocolate-covered strawberries, so we’re bringing them back, America style. Whip up these super easy white and blue-dipped strawberries and watch them vanish in no time.

Your grandmother’s American flag berry cake is a classic, but since we don’t have 50 years of baking skills under our belts, we’re sticking to the easy stuff (and, uh, trying to be healthy?) Create an American flag fruit masterpiece and make sure you snap an Instagram before party guests dismantle your work of art.

Red velvet isn’t just for Valentine’s Day. Make these cake balls for the ultimate party pleaser.

Photo by Megan Prendergast

When you’re cutting it close on time, these mini ‘cheesecake’ parfaits will save you.

Photo by Katherine Richter

Top the evening off with these Pinterest-worthy dranks. That is, if you have a steady enough hand after all the day-drinking.

One of my favorite summertime dinners, especially with a group of friends – grilled pizza! Use store-bought pizza dough rolled out (but no need to get perfect) and lay directly on a clean grill. After cooking one side of the dough, flip it over and add your favorite toppings. It would be so fun to do individual pizzas with a group!

If you are looking for some awesome recipes for the Fourth of July, check out these amazingly easy recipe ideas that are perfect for last minute parties, crowds and 4th of July BBQ get-togethers. We hope you and your family have a fun and safe holiday, enjoy the food and fireworks!

Star-shaped chips, who knew this was even possible? For the cutest queso at the party, make this easy cheese dip for your Fourth of July celebration. A quick appetizer idea that is sure to be super popular at that potluck, this is one of my favorite last minute ideas that looks like you spent a ton of time making it!

22. 20 red white and blue desserts for the Fourth of July

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To make these mini cakes, you can either make use of a cookie cutter to cut out the forms or a silicone baking mold and mildew to obtain the exact size you want. Layer each shade, and also top with a dollop of whipped cream for good action. (through Paint the Dress Red).

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