Out-Of-The-Box Appetizer Ideas for Your 4th of July Bash
The 4th of July not only is a day to celebrate country, but it's also a great time to meet up with family and friends to enjoy fireworks and, of course, food. Whether you're hosting an Independence Day BBQ or attending a friend’s shindig, delicious snacks and hors d'oeuvres make any occasion better. With help from our friends at Kenmore, we present you with six easy recipes for tasty appetizers to appease hungry guests.
Whipped Ricotta and Heirloom Tomato Bruschetta
Bright, juicy and bursting with flavor, tomatoes are a true summertime staple. When their sweet, acidic taste mingles with creamy ricotta, savory garlic and crisp French bread, it results in a mouth-watering masterpiece. This recipe is quick and easy, and you probably already have most of the ingredients on hand. For even more convenience (and flavor!), the tomatoes can be made and stored a day in advance.
Easy Cheesy Onion Pull-Apart Bread
For a sure-fire crowd pleaser, look no further than this rich, buttery creation topped with ooey-gooey cheese. Seriously simple to make, this appetizer involves very little prep and just 25 minutes in the oven. Guests won't be able to keep their hands off of this deliciousness, so keep plenty of napkins within reach.
BLT Sushi Rolls
A classic summertime go-to gets a fun, sophisticated makeover. This appetizer takes the all the goodness of a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich and rolls it up (literally) into easy-to-eat maki sushi. With just a little practice, this recipe will have you turning out stylish, handheld snacks in no time. Plus, these rolls can be made in advance.
7-Layer Chicken Chipotle Mexican Dip
If you're looking for a bit of spice this all-American holiday, a zesty seven-layer dip fits the bill. Chipotle chile and adobo sauce deliver a sharp, spicy punch that gets balance from savory refried beans and creamy guacamole. Sour cream, lime and fresh salsa round out the recipe with bright acidity. When served in a clear glass dish, this healthy, colorful snack brings gorgeous color to your spread.
Black Bean and Cauliflower Vegan Tacos
Whether you've got vegans on the guest list or just want a healthier version of a crowd-pleasing classic, these tacos offer full-flavored goodness that will impress across the dietary preference spectrum. Topped with the brightness of cherry tomato fresca salsa, these hearty, handheld apps will be the culinary star of your summer shindig.
Quesadilla Bites with Fresh Pear Salsa
Enjoy a slice of the good life when you bite into these delectable quesadillas. Filled with a savory mixture of red pepper sauce, cream cheese and crumbled bleu cheese, each tasty little wedge gets sweet balance from a fresh pear salsa topping. This recipe is a bit more involved than the others, but most of it can be assembled in advance for more free time on the Fourth.
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