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July 4th Last Minute Appetizer Recipe Round-up


I love barbecues and grilling. Growing up in Virginia, eating outside in the summertime was just a natural part of life and the rhythms of the seasons. It’s one of the things that I’ve mentioned a few times that I really miss about living in New York, much as there’s a thousand or so other things I enjoy about city life.

Option B, given that I can’t fire up a habachi or a Weber in my apartment or even on the roof deck of my building, has been to try to perfect my picnic skills when I get a chance to exercise those.  It comes in handy, then, that I have a bunch of recipes that I think would work out really well to kick off the festivities whether you end up celebrating the 4th of July on a blanket at the beach or a park or if you are lucky enough to have access to someplace where you can cook up your meal over coals or a flame.  Any way you decided to celebrate it, I hope will be with family, friends, and loved ones on this Independence Day!

Buon appetito!



What could be easier to serve than Endive with Sweet Potatoes, Bacon, Chives, and Sour Cream with its edible container and no utensils needed?  You might want to keep the sour cream in a cooler to be added at the last minute.





Ripe tomatoes not yet in your garden?  No problem.  Make this version of a tomato-free Guacamole instead.  I don’t think that the Chili con Queso recipe in the same post will work as well for an outdoor party, but you can try it.






If, however, you have been able to get your hands on some early in-season tomatoes, here’s a version of Guacamole to make using those.






The base of the recipe is this colorful, zingy Pico de Gallo, made spicy to your (and your guests’) tastes.  It is also perfect served on its own with the non-tomato Guacamole alongside of it.






Looking for something other than the usual hummus to serve with veggies?  Try this Rosemary-Garlic White Bean Dip.  It has the same consistency and brings the flavors of Italy to the table.





What to use to scoop up some of these great starters?  Well, if you can stand to heat up the oven for a little bit, what about making Homemade Pita Chips/Crisps?  These can be made in advance and will travel well to wherever you will be feasting today.




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