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AKA Mom’s Fourth of July Food Favorites

AKA Mom’s Fourth of July Food Favorites

It’s that time of year when the kids are deciding between black snakes, smoke bombs and super sparklers and moms are planning perfect family picnics. Here are a few great ideas to help make your plans “sparkle”.

Have a Patriotic Picnic with these easy recipes!

 

Festive Fruit

Ingredients:

  • Whole strawberries
  • White chocolate chips or white melting chocolate
  • blue sugar

Directions: Melt white chocolate, dip strawberries 3/4 into melted chocolate and then 1/2 into blue sugar. Set on waxed paper and allow to harden. Enjoy!

 

 

Funtastic Fruit & Cheese Tray

Ingredients:

  • Cubed white cheddar (1/2 – 1 inch cubes)
  • Cubed watermelon (seedless – 1 inch cubes)
  • blueberries

Directions: Place blueberries in a small white bowl in the top left side of a square platter or dish. Make a line of watermelon starting at top of platter and then follow with a line of white cheddar in flag pattern. Continue until dish is filled.

 

Red White & Blue Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb lean ground sirloin
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 1 large sweet white onion
  • 2 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese
Directions: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Using your hands, lightly shape the ground sirloin into four 1/2-inch thick patties. Try to leave some air in the burger and avoid packing them too densely. Season with salt and pepper. Lightly drizzle the red pepper quarters with olive oil. Cook the burgers on both sides over the hot grill for about 5 to 6 minutes per side for medium burgers. At the same time, grill the peppers for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Lightly toast the buns on the grill. Serve the burgers on toasted buns with grilled red peppers, slices of sweet white onion and crumbled blue cheese. Delicious! 

AKA Mom wants to wish everyone a safe and happy 4th!