Fireworks will light up the sky, but your Independence Day spread will stun the whole family. Don't be fooled by the presentation — you can whip up all of these dinners, sides, desserts, and drinks with time to spare. And if you're feeling really ambitious, we've got amazing July 4th decorating ideas for you to try!
Fact: Those 18 herbs and spices in make this five-minute dish taste ah-mazing.
Go lean with chicken patties then indulge by smothering them with cheese and BBQ sauce — because that's how you do balance.
This is pretty much summer on a plate.
Pretzel buns for president.
Try using one part yogurt for two parts mayo to lighten up this classic recipe. A dollop of grainy mustard balances out the creaminess and extra zest too.
Go ahead and pile on the toppings with these New-York-deli-inspired hot dogs. Or swap corned beef for wieners for a completely fresh take.
Here's a grilled entree for your vegetarian friends that's actually exciting to eat.
Let's make sandwich salads a thing.
We lightened this one up with Greek yogurt instead of mayo so feel free to double scoop.
Traditional Southern fare doesn't get any more delicious than hearty barbecue brisket on a bun, topped with a tangy cabbage slaw.
It's not a BBQ without the beans.
Baby back ribs with a gooey, tomato-based sauce are a summertime tradition, whether you enjoy them as a main dish or an appetizer. These Kansas-style ribs are steamed in the oven for over an hour before getting grilled to perfection.
After tasting this sweet-and-salty combo, you'll never serve a regular fruit salad again.
Your BBQ could use some green. Don't worry, we made them cheesy.
Smoked sausages and a rainbow of grilled veggies make for the ultimate backyard barbecue fare. Bonus: You can prep and stack these kabobs ahead of time.
It's not delivery, it's fruit pizza — and you don't even have to cook anything either.
It doesn't get much easier than these slow-cooked sandwiches topped with a quickie vinegar sauce. Looking for a challenge? We also have Bobby Flay's smoker instructions for the seasoned grill master.
Save some napkins and serve this party-friendly sammy in place of sticky wings. (And the accompanying Blue Cheese-Apple Slaw will put a standard dipping sauce to shame.)
For this flame-fired dish, shrimp and ripe peaches (plus the carmelized juices) are seasoned with a smoky cumin-and-chile rub.
You'll have to trust us on this one, but throwing sweet potatoes on your pie adds texture and pairs with tomato sauce perfectly.
Swordfish steak with a side of fresh corn and zucchini are made even more flavorful with lime juice and chili powder. Yum!
Fusilli (a.k.a. corkscrew) pasta is the total way to go; the extra nooks and crannies pick up more pesto-y goodness than regular shells.
Using (Japanese bread crumbs) gives these slices that the perfect crunchy outside you're craving.
Low-fat buttermilk and light mayo means you can double up on a serving of spuds, sans regrets.
A dash of paprika and cayenne will up the flavor of boiled ears, but you can just as easily try adding fresh herbs instead.
Prepared hosts will appreciate that the cabbage can be sliced the day before, and the dressing can be made up to three days ahead.
This cupcake version travels better than a traditional flag cake, and guests get to pick between the three different toppings.
You might not know how to weave a pie lattice, but everyone can use a . Genius!
As you can see from our barks of holidays past, chocolate bark is quick, easy and totally versatile. The psychedelic blue and red swirls of this Independence Day version make it particularly mesmerizing.