|Saturday Spotlight #26|
Have you planned to add any festive touches to your 4th of July meal today?
It's not too late!Are you planning to grill burgers, but would like to add a little bit of a festive touch to your meal? Do you wish the meal you are serving could have more of a 4th of July theme?
It's still possible - and there's no need to spend a lot of time at the store or in the kitchen!
Go to the parade, take a hike, float on the river all day, or just spend time visiting with family! Then impress your family and friends with these easy tips for adding an American Independence Day theme to a quickly prepared meal!
A hamburger and a salad might be enough to satisfy.Perhaps nothing is more American than a burger right off the grill.
Your menu could just include a burger and a salad, but if you want to add some other side dishes here are some good options:
- potato chips and dip
- a pickle
- baked beans, potato salad, and/or coleslaw
Ending the meal with watermelon, ice cream, and/or brownies would make practically everyone happy! Of course, if you feel like making a dessert, my Hershey Chocolate Marshmallow Pie recipe is always gobbled up!
A Fourth of July Salad
The first thing you might notice about the photos of this salad could be the bowl and plates I used to serve it with. I did not buy anything special, just rummaged through my cupboards for items that were red, white, and blue.
If you look closely, you will notice that the bowl is actually disposable. Plastic bowls such as this are sold in both red and blue, and are really very pretty against a white plate. Use your imagination - and start with what you have. For some other ways to add a little festive flair to your table decor, click here: How to Decorate for the 4th of July Without Spending a Dime.
|For a dinner party, you could use both red and blue bowls.|
How to make a Red, White and Blue Star Salad
For this salad, I nestled red, white, and blue foods amongst freshly picked, washed, and torn lettuce.
To a bowl of torn lettuce, I added:
- thinly sliced radishes
- thinly sliced red onion
- halved red cherry tomatoes
For a dressing, we opted for a simple splash of virgin olive oil and white basalmic vinegar, with a healthy dose of salt and pepper. Ranch dressing (a favorite of many Americans!) would be another good choice.
- star-shaped cheese pieces *
No quantities are listed here, because it is really just a matter of individual preference. I would recommend 2 or 3 cheese stars per person. These should be added after the salad ingredients are tossed and the dressing is added.
*How to Make Star-Shaped Cheese Pieces
- I used rounds of deli-style provolone cheese, but any cheese slices (round or square) could be used.
- Using tiny star cookie cutter (or you can create a star template from clean cardboard or parchment paper, and cut around it with a knife), carefully cut out stars.
- Only cut a few stars from each slice, keeping them well-spaced from each other, and away from the edges of the slice
- Save the remnants of each slice, keeping them as intact as possible. You will use these for the cheeseburgers.
A Fourth of July Burger
Make a tasty burger!The most important thing about the burger is, of course, the taste! Frozen patties are fine for regular events, but it is worth taking the time to shape and cook your own patties for a special event. We prefer ground bison rather than ground beef for our burgers. If you have never tried it, I highly recommend it!
A good quality hamburger bun can make a big difference as well. Our hot weather heat wave has made it too hot in my kitchen to bake. I just found a recipe for How to Make Burger Buns though, and I think they would be great to try!
Add stars to your cheeseburgers for a very special touch.Just top each burger with one of the round pieces from which you cut the stars for your salad. I love how it turns out!
Don't forget to provide the condiments! All of these are good:
- slices of tomato
- slices of avocado
- mayo, ketchup, mustard and relish
- salt and pepper
My weekend plans include a hike, floating a river in our canoe, and watching the Women's World Cup soccer game. I hope you have some fun plans too!
Happy 4th of July to all of my American readers - and happy weekend to everyone else!
What are your favorite condiments and toppings for a hamburger?
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