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The Fourth of July is much more than fireworks and home-town parades. It is a day to celebrate our independence and those who were brave enough to stand up for their belief in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Of course, this calls for some major festivities to take place! And no party is complete without the perfect food. We’ve got you covered!

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Haute Dogs

Trivia time: Can you guess how many hot dogs are eaten on the Fourth of July? 10 million? Higher. 50 million? You’re getting warmer. Try 155 million! Independence Day is the biggest hot dog holiday of the year. With all those dogs to throw on the grill, creativity tends to get lost in the shuffle. But fear not! Check out some of these unique hot dog recipes to spice things up this Fourth of July.

There will always be room at the table for a classic hot dog with ketchup and mustard, but try something new for a cookout to remember. A really spicy twist on the original dog is our Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Hot Dogs. While the onions and butter are cooking to a golden brown, wrap the hotdogs in bacon and place on a wire rack. After they’re done baking for 15 minutes, serve on toasted buns with the onions and cheese. Another non-grill recipe is our Oven Baked Chili Cheese Dogs. This one-pan meal goes easily from oven to table. Simply place the buns in the pan, the dogs in the buns, then ladle a healthy amount of chili on top. Cheese and onions go on next, then bake for 30 minutes. Serve these up warm! Nothing sounds quite so American as Cowboy Hot Dogs. While you’re grilling up the dog of your choice (bison, anyone?), sauté onions until they’re golden brown. Toast the buns until slightly charred then spread some mayo and BBQ sauce on the inside. Add in the hot dog and onions and you’re all set. These BLT Hot Dogs combine two classics—a BLT and hot dogs! Fire up the grill to cook the hot dogs and bacon, then when they’re good and browned, place them in toasted buns with mayo, lettuce, and tomato on top. Yum!

 

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Sensational Sides

A meal is only as good as its sides! Try out these great recipes to make your Fourth of July celebration a success. Nothing says summer quite like corn on the cob. Try adding herbs and garlic with our Garlic-Herb Corn on the Cob recipe to put a tasty twist on this classic. Simply brush the corn with an herb-garlic-butter mixture, wrap in a foil sheet, and grill for 15 minutes. Our Bacon Ranch Potato Salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser. After baking the potatoes and vegetables, mix dry Ranch mix, sour cream, and mayonnaise then add everything together. Easy! Our simple Strawberry Caprese Salad will have your guests seeing red- in a good way! Creating your own simple dressing is a breeze, and mixing the strawberries and cubed mozzarella together is even easier. Garnish with basil and serve with baguette slices for a side of elegance.

 

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Delicious Desserts

No cookout or party is complete without a well-stoked dessert table. Try any of our sweet treats to end the day on a high note. Fresh berries, cool whip, and Jell-o: yes please! Our Berry Dessert will cool you down after a day in the hot sun. With a little bit of prep, our Chocolate Truffle Stuffed Strawberries will be the star of the dessert table. Instead of milk chocolate drizzle, use white and blue frosting or dyed white chocolate for a patriotic edition!

Whether you’re spending the day lake-side, at a cookout, or at a parade any of these recipes will brighten the day. To create any of these delicious dishes be sure to visit your local Sparkle Market to pick up all your ingredients. Happy cooking!

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