Happy Birthday, America! The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays of the year, and for good reason. There’s barbecue, fresh sweet corn, sparklers, friends and family. What’s not to love? So we rounded up some sure-fire picnic hits to make your guests “oohh” and “aahh” at the food as much as the fireworks.
How does that song go again? Every heart beats true for some good bar-be-cue? Ok, that’s our version. But ribs are an essential menu item for any cookout. The secret is always in the sauce, and these ribs hit all the right notes with molasses for sweetness, hot pepper sauce for some kick, and of course, some ranch to round it out. Just make sure to have the napkins close at hand.
You can’t have barbecue without some coleslaw on the side. That’d be like cookies without milk, peanut butter without jelly, salt without pepper. It’s just not right. Thankfully, this recipe takes next to no time to make and will restore power and balance to the universe and your picnic table.
A special day calls for a special burger. Worcestershire sauce keeps the beef juicy and savory, while scallions and fresh garlic add sharpness and depth. Top it off with some Swiss cheese and Hidden Valley Ranch®, and watch your guests revel in its undeniable deliciousness.
Fresh corn is one of the many gifts nature’s bounty bestows on us over the summer. And this holiday is all about celebration and appreciation, right? While, yes, it is delicious with a simple smattering of butter and salt, it’s really delicious with some Parmesan cheese and cayenne pepper. So start shucking and give your corn some extra love this year.
There’s no one, and I mean no one, who will be able to resist this homemade mac n’ cheese. Asiago gives it a sharp, bold flavor while evaporated milk and ranch make it extra creamy. Top it all off with some perfectly browned bread crumbs, and watch your guests line up for seconds.
Potato salad is a staple at any summer gathering. Everyone has his or her own spin on the picnic classic, but this recipe here is guaranteed to win your guests’ favor. Make it the night before to let all the flavors mingle overnight so your potato salad can shine like the star it is.
No backyard bash would be complete without the veggie platter. We all know it, we all love it. While there are literally thousands of dips you could make, we think this Green Goddess dip is especially perfect with fresh veggies, herbs and a slight tang from the lemon. A Greek yogurt base keeps it light and gives the herbs some extra gusto.