When it comes to July, everyone looks forward to a red, white, and blue celebration. As a college student, however, it may seem a little daunting to entertain guests when you’re still learning how to cook. Fortunately, a delicious day doesn’t have to be difficult. These seven easy July food ideas will have friends and family begging for seconds.
Start with Salsa
Begin your festivities with a red salsa and white and blue corn tortilla chips for dipping. Or, try your hand at making a watermelon-blueberry salsa. The sweet-and-tangy combination of the salsa pairs perfectly with the crisp crunch of chips.
Caprese Stars and Stripes
Turn the classic Caprese salad into a centerpiece at your summer soiree. Make an American flag out of purple potatoes, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella. Just grab a large wooden cutting board, line it with parchment, and you’ve got the perfect serving platter.
Serve It Cold With Gazpacho
Treat guests to something cool if the weather is hot: gazpacho. This great make-ahead soup is a fan favorite during the summer. Simply puree all the fresh ingredients in a blender and chill.
Pigs in a Blanket: All-American Style
Give pigs in a blanket an All-American makeover by getting a little creative. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter on the puff pastry, and wrap each one around a mini hot dog. Partygoers will be nibbling all day.
Someone Say Sides?
If you’re searching for July BBQ food ideas that go beyond burgers and dogs, then open the door to some classic summertime side dishes. Campfire baked beans, potatoes in foil, and grilled corn on the cob with spicy paprika and cayenne butter are go-to party favorites.
Red, White, and Booze
Celebrate America’s birthday with a drink or two. Whether it’s a Firecracker cocktail or blueberry strawberry mojito, what better way to keep the party going — and everyone cool — than with a fun toast to the USA? Have fun mixing drinks for your friends and family, and feel free to make non-alcoholic versions, too.
Offer Sweet Surprises with Dessert
Turn ordinary strawberries into a sweet and scrumptious dessert by dipping them in melted white baker’s chocolate and topping them with blue sugar sprinkles. Or, consider the classic peach cobbler for another dose of delicious.
Whether you’re watching fireworks or playing with sparklers, it’s easy to serve up July Fourth fun alongside some great food. While planning your Independence Day party, keep CORT Furniture Rental in mind if you need temporary outdoor furniture for your event.