13x9 Recipes for Celebrating the 4th of July
The 4th of July is one of summer’s biggest celebrations, and you know what that means. Southern hostesses love any excuse to throw a party or show up to one with a covered dish, so the 4th of July is a big event. Whether you’re attending a casual neighborhood cookout, a beach bash, or a lakeside gathering, your 13x9 casserole dish is the most portable option for your offering. If you’ve been asked to bring a side dish, choose from classic summer dishes like squash casserole or kid-friendly favorites like macaroni and cheese. It wouldn’t be a cookout without baked beans, so try out our Rum Baked Beans in your 13x9. If you’re providing something for the dessert table, there are plenty of delicious options. For a truly patriotic 4th of July recipe, go with our Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars or Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake, but you can never go wrong with old-school peach cobbler. Whatever direction you go with your 4th of July food, your 13x9 is the best option for the job. These crowd-pleasing 4th of July food ideas use your trusty 13x9 for bake-and-take ease.
Old-School Squash Casserole Recipe
Squash casserole is a staple dish found at meat-and-three diners and at church covered-dish suppers.
Rum Baked Beans
Recipe: Rum Baked Beans
Put this new twist on baked beans together up to two days in advance to save you time on the day of your party.
Okra and Rice Casserole
Recipe: Okra and Rice Casserole
This colorful casserole takes summer classic okra and tomatoes to a whole new level with fresh corn, rice, and a dash of Cajun seasoning.
Mac and Cheese with Ham
Recipe: Mac and Cheese with Ham
Kids and adults will be fans of this creamy baked mac and cheese recipe.
Zucchini, Squash, and Corn Casserole
Three summer farmers’ market favorites meet in this crowd-pleasing casserole recipe.
Hot Potato Salad
Recipe: Hot Potato Salad
Swap out the expected potato salad dish and bring this warm, cheesy version instead—it will be a hit.
Savory Corn Pudding
Recipe: Savory Corn Pudding
Put that fresh summer corn to good use with this easy corn pudding recipe that can be made up to two days ahead.
Recipe: Potatoes Patio
No one will turn down a cheesy, creamy potato side dish.
Blueberry Cornbread Casserole
Hot Chicken Salad
Recipe: Hot Chicken Salad
You’ve probably never thought about baking your chicken salad but let us tell you—it’s delicious. This vintage dish will be requested time and time again after you make it once.
Baked Ziti with Summer Vegetables
This comforting baked pasta is filled with fresh squash, zucchini, and tomatoes—and plenty of melty cheese.
Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake Bars
These fruity bars are the easiest way to serve cheesecake to a crowd.
Cherry Dump Cake
Recipe: Cherry Dump Cake
This last-minute dessert recipe only takes four ingredients and a few minutes of hands-on time.
Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
Recipe: Red, White, and Blue Poke Cake
We don’t know what we love most about this festive dessert—the luscious white cake, the fact that it has not one, but two delicious fruit fillings, or the dreamy mascarpone frosting on top.
Cherry Pie Bars
Recipe: Cherry Pie Bars
This is the easiest and most delicious way to make cherry pie portable for the 4th of July.
Recipe: Pecan-Peach Cobbler
The true sign of a summer gathering in the South is a fresh fruit cobbler on the dessert table.
Death by Chocolate
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Poke Cake
It can be difficult to serve even portions of classic banana pudding to everyone in a crowd, so this luscious cake makes it easy for you.
Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
Recipe: Raspberry-Almond Crumble Bars
These gooey, crumbly bars are the perfect treat to share. Plus, red raspberries add a patriotic touch.
Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Recipe: Plum-Berry Cornmeal Sheet Cake
Fresh summer fruit shines in this easy dessert that’s as portable as it is delicious.