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4th of July Appetizer Recipes: Fun Foods and Snacks for a Party

Finding just the right 4th of July appetizer recipes can sometimes be a bit of a problem! Sure, fireworks, parades, cookouts and family get-togethers are always going to mark the 4th of July holiday festivities... but when the weather is warm and events are happening all over the city, it can be difficult to put together the easy Fourth of July snacks and finger foods most appropriate for your party.

Not only do you have to think of the tone of your party --is it a casual event, a nice dinner, an outdoor picnic?-- it's also a balancing act of who's bringing what, where they're bringing it to, and when does it all need to be ready. And, of course, the weather may not cooperate - it may rain or get too hot... both of which can require last minute changes to your menu.

So organization is key! After all... just how many Jell-O salads do you really need for your 4th of July party?


Festive 4th of July Deviled Eggs

Tasty Deviled Eggs AppetizerIf you are hosting the 4th of July party this year and want some 4th of July appetizer recipes that are a cinch to make, then you are in luck! You can serve these deviled eggs and watch them fly off the plate.

Note: deviled eggs are very flexible. You can switch them up with fusion flavors. For example, use olive oil, basil, finely minced spinach and feta as a Greek-influenced filling.

Makes 24 deviled eggs.

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Ingredients:
12 eggs
1/2 cup salad dressing or mayonnaise
1-1/2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2-3 tbs. horseradish or horseradish sauce
1 tbs. mustard (optional)
2 drops hot pepper sauce, or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp dry dill
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes, for garnish
1 teaspoon paprika, for garnish

Directions:

Begin by putting the eggs into a deep pan filled with enough water to cover them completely plus one inch. Bring the pot to a full rolling boil. Continue boiling for five minutes. Turn off the flame and let the eggs sit for five more minutes before peeling and cooling completely. Note that chilling the eggs makes them easier to handle for stuffing.

Slice the eggs in half lengthwise. Remove the yokes and put them into a small mixing bowl. Mash the yolks with a fork with all the other ingredients until well incorporated. Now you can either spoon the mix into the egg whites or to be fancy, put the blend in a plastic food storage bag and snip one corner off. You now have a serviceable piping bag!

Put a bit of parsley and paprika on top to finish the dish. Viola! One of the easiest 4th of July appetizer recipes ever.


Flavorful 4th of July Ginger-Molasses Skewers

Marinated Skewer Appetizers with Beef and vegetablesNow that finger food is out of the way, let's look to the grill! Skewered food is fantastic at picnics because you can "take it with you"-- you don't even need a plate to eat it. Here's one recipe for 4th of July appetizers that can be used for beef, chicken, or vegetables (or a combo of all three!) equally easily.

Serves about 10, 3 skewers or so each.

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Ingredients:
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup stock (vegetable or beef)
2 tablespoons molasses
2 teaspoons mustard powder
1 teaspoon freshly ground ginger
2-3 cloves fresh minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon minced onion (or onion powder)
2 lbs. fresh vegetables, chicken breast, or steak, cut into
32 wooden skewers soaked in white wine

Directions:

Put all your marinade ingredients into a large bowl for which you have a secure lid. Add the meat or vegetables (or both if you wish). Cover and move this into the refrigerator, shaking regularly. Marinate for 8-10 hours for the richest flavor.

Next, transfer the meat and/or vegetables onto your skewers. Heat up the grill to medium high, oiling the grates so your skewers don't stick. Cook on each side for about four minutes, or until done to your liking. Serve on a pretty bed of lettuce (with a pile of napkins or small paper plates ready!).

This is one of those 4th of July appetizer recipes that can also be used as a main dish!


Gooey-Good Tex Mex Chili Dip Recipe

Since the Fourth of July is all about celebrating our freedom and our nation, why not look to your own personal background for ideas? America is a melting pot, and that means your 4th of July appetizers can be likewise diversified.

This recipe is the perfect example: a Tex-Mex type fusion appetizer dip that everyone seems to love. This is one of those 4th of July appetizer recipes that will keep people coming back again and again.

Hint: use your crock pot to keep the dip warm... you can even use it to make this 4th of July appetizer recipe if you want! Just leave it a little more time to allow it to melt.

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Ingredients:
1 - 15 oz. can chili
1 - 8 oz. jar medium salsa
1 - 8 oz. jar taco sauce 2 chopped banana peppers or green chili peppers
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper
2 pounds shredded cheese
chips

Directions:

Set your crock pot on low and give the interior a quick spray with cooking oil (this makes for much faster clean up later). Put all the ingredients into it and stir periodically until the cheese is mixed completely into the blend. This takes about four hours. Serve with lime tortilla chips.

Making it a festive 4th! Holidays are a great time to gather together with family and friends. 4th of July appetizer recipes, however, don't have to be stressful! It just takes that bit of imagination and creativity... which you probably already have in spades. Go get celebrating and have fun!


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