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This year, for the 4th of July, let’s take a step back and depart from the usual hot dogs and potato salad.
I know, I know. It seems like sacrilege. But I propose we plan a 4th of July BBQ menu that is a little bit unexpected, a little bit familiar, and a whole lot of delicious. Are you with me?
Appetizer: Stuffed Mini Peppers
Everyone needs something to munch on while people arrive and you get the rest of the meal ready to go. Those appetizers are just as important as anything else you serve – they set the tone for the meal! This year, try this Stuffed Mini Peppers recipe. Adorable mini peppers are stuffed with tangy goat cheese and herbs. They’re flavorful but still light enough for summer.
Drink: Basil Gin Smash
While everyone is milling about, it is always nice to have a drink in hand. In addition to beer or wine, try providing a creative mixed drink, such as a Basil Gin Smash. This drink is herbaceous and refreshing, and provides a great opportunity to use up some of the excess basil from your yard.
Main: Grilled Pork Loin and Pineapple
Now it’s time to think about the main event: Grilled Pork Loin and Pineapple. Grilled pork loin is an unexpected choice, but it pairs well with rosemary and sweet grilled pineapple, making this main dish a hit with crowds.
Sides: Crock Pot Baked Beans and Brussels Sprout Salad
For our sides, Crock Pot Baked Beans are a familiar dish made even easier for the host or hostess in the slow cooker. Brussels Sprout Salad is an unexpected way to use an oft-forgotten vegetable, with a tangy vinaigrette and additions such as walnuts, avocado and blueberries making this a lighter option that does not disappoint on flavor.
Dessert: Blueberry Crisp
For dessert, let’s bypass the traditional apple pie or flag cake and turn to an easy, delicious Blueberry Crisp recipe. Tart-sweet blueberries and a crispy topping make for the perfect summer dessert. Topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, this is the perfect way to end a fabulous BBQ meal.
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