11 Last-Minute Fourth of July Recipes
You may not have time to smoke a rack of ribs but you can still throw together a last-minute Fourth of July party. These quick and easy recipes are perfect for an impromptu party—most of them come together in under an hour. Don’t stress over baking an elaborate dessert – simply use seasonal berries over ice cream or pound cake. And don’t forget to keep your guests cool with a crisp summer cocktail. So whether you serve a selection of fresh salads or grill a tray of classic burgers, call your friends over for a last minute Fourth of July party—our recipe selection will help you plan a delicious holiday menu.
Tomato, Peach, and Corn Salad
Grilled Ratatouille Skewers
Field Pea, Corn, and Bacon Salad
Recipe: Field Pea, Corn, and Bacon Salad
It is hard to decide which ingredient is the star in this quick and easy summer salad. The Lady Cream peas, fresh corn, and smoky bacon combine to create a tasty dish that highlights some of our favorite summer produce.
Grilled Chicken Tacos
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos
You don’t have to spend hours at the smoker to serve up great outdoor flavor. Place the chicken in the marinade early in the day while you prepare for your party.
Sour Cream Potato Salad
Recipe: Sour Cream Potato Salad
A backyard cookout isn’t complete without a potato salad. Your guests will love this bacon-flavored salad with a sour cream, mayo and herb dressing.
Burgers with Green Tomato Mayonnaise
Classic Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Classic Deviled Eggs
A Fourth of July party without deviled eggs is merely a meal eaten outside. Whip up a serving of everyone’s favorite classic cookout side.
Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs
The chicken can be marinating in a wonderful mixture of buttermilk, honey, and hot sauce while you finish straightening the house and arrange flowers for your last-minute get together.
Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
These can be made a day ahead of your event, if you have that much time. But they are equally easy and delicious if you need to make them for an impromptu party.
Recipe: Party Poppers
Keep your hungry guests satisfied with these delicious two-bite appetizers. Stuffed with chicken cream cheese and wrapped in bacon, they may completely forget about the burgers on the grill.
Sesame, Tomato, and Cucumber Salad
For a fast and fresh side for your last-minute cookout, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful salad. Ready in 10 minutes and bursting with flavor, this might become your favorite summer side dish.