We all know I love a party and of course, 4th is one of my favorites! Food is a main ingredient and of course you can’t forget the drinks, sun and all the fireworks! You all know I obviously love to cook, but cooking for a party can be stressful so I put together a list of easy make ahead dishes that will assure you’re sweating outside with your family not in the kitchen! Lets GO!
Let’s start with some savory dishes. We’ve got everything from dips to thin and crispy double stacked burgers!
All these recipes can be found by clicking on the titles!
I decided to spruce the traditional 7-layer dip up a bit and add a little taco meat, and spicy bean situation. This can be the star of the show! Serve it with a side of chips or warm tortillas for people to create their own burrito! Love love this one!
We all know and love guac, but sometimes it can get a little too fancy, if you will. This showcases the avocados and adds a bit of tang, spice and everything nice 🙂 The most perfect poolside dip there ever was. Pair it with a marg and pretend were in Mexico, shall we?
You know that crew that never really ventures outside and would much rather sit inside and eat all the snacks?! Well, this is for them!! This cheesy spinach dip is all made in a food processor!! NO cooking whatsoever, pop it in the oven and voila its ready for dipping!
“This dip will bring all the peeps to the kitchen”… but really this will be gone FAST!! I suggest making it and keeping it in a crock pot to stay nice and warm. Serve it with Frito Scoops and you’re in business. This one is a big winner at every party!
Now, for some more substance at your party. I love a good dip, but I’m always the one who’s looking for what’s next. I love my protein!! Here’s 4 of my favorite dishes to feed a crowd!
Wow, these are just perfect for a crowd, easy and can be eaten hot or room temp!! I love a good slider and these do not disappoint. If you’re not trying to slave all day on the smoker, but want the delicious BBQ flavor try these! The chicken is made in the crock pot or IP and assembled with just a few ingredients! Everyone will LOVE these!
I love love a good taco bar, it’s great because everyone can make it exactly how they want and they can eat whenever they want!! I love these tacos because once again, you can use a crock pot, the meat is tender, juicy and flavorful and perfect on a warm tortilla.
Pasta salads are always a hit!! 1. they are so simple, and delicious and 2. you can make them ahead!! I love anything where I can just take it out of the fridge and it’s even better than when you made it! The BBQ pasta salad is full of BBQ flavor, cheese, and bacon!! The Ranch Pasta Salad is creamy but light and also packs a punch of flavor! Which one will you choose?!
Let’s be real, if you need to know one thing about me, it’s my love for a good burger. And, I mean GOOD! Starting with the 80/20 beef, american cheese, and a toasted bun. Really that’s all you need! You can make these indoors but it’s the 4th after all get outside and get grilling!
Now for the most important part in a lot of peoples minds. I’m a savory person, but I can’t pass up a good sweet! All of these are so simple you could do them with your eyes closed, if I can do it, you can do it!
Both simply delicious & no cooking required! You can put these both together the night before and bring them out for the party! So cute, everyone will think you tried hard, but you really didn’t! Which one do you like better? Me? Oreos!
So simple even I can do it!! This is light refreshing and reminds me of summer! I don’t think there is anything better than a juicy summer peach, put buttery sugary crumble on top and its even better!! Everyone will devour this one!
A holiday doesn’t go by where I don’t make cookies. I LOVE a simple chocolate chip but when you want to spruce it up a bit the monster cookies are where its at! Add some red, white and blue M&M’s and these would be a beautiful addition to your party!!
OK, it’s time to wrap this up, and what a better way to do that than with a few drinks!!
I hope you all enjoyed this 4th of July edition of my recipe round up! I absolutely had a blast creating it! I hope you get some inspiration from these recipes! If you make anything tag @brookslately and share your thoughts! Have a great holiday weekend and stay safe
— XOXO Caroline