What are you whipping up for your Fourth of July barbecue this year? Make your celebration a bit more spirited with these red, white and blue treat ideas. Whether you're catering to a big crowd or an intimate group, adults or children, men or women, here are eleven holiday treats that will add some eye-candy to your holiday table. After all, Fireworks don't have to be the only thing to give you your Independence Day a spark.
1. Flag Fruit Skewers
This patriotic snack is healthy, delicious, and deceptively simple. Just cut up strawberries, bananas, and blueberries on barbecue skewers to create an American flag.
2. Flag Waffles
Start off your day with a dose of American pride. Belgian waffles are a delicious base. Then just add strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream on top to kick off the celebratory day.
3. White Chocolate Strawberries
Add some holiday flavor to your traditional chocolate covered strawberries — just dip strawberries in white chocolate and add a layer of blue sprinkles.
4. "American Pie"
Not many things scream America like homemade pie. But add some holiday pizazz to your ordinary pie recipe. Use any combination of blueberries, blackberries, strawberries or raspberries for the red or blue filling. Lastly, use a cookie cutter to carve stars out of the pie dough.
5. Patriotic Spritzer
Cut up strawberries and pineapple chunks with blueberries in your glass, mash the fruit with a wooden spoon, and add your choice of ginger-ale or lemon-lime soda. You may want to add your favorite spirit to give the spritzer a kick.
6. Stars and Stripes Lasagna
Fourth of July treats don't necessarily have to be sweet. Try out this savory lasagna recipe perfect for hosting a big crowd. The recipe calls for ground turkey, onion, mushrooms, marinara sauce, cottage, ricotta and Parmesan cheese, 2 eggs, lasagna sheets, and shredded mozzarella. Use chopped black olives and marinara sauce to paint on the colorful topping.
7. Star-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats
Homemade rice krispie treats are always a hit, so try making them in red, white and blue. Just use a star-shaped cookie cutter to separate the sheet of gooey rice krispies. Red and blue sprinkles add the perfect holiday touch.
8. Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Cone
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. You can adapt this recipe to your own flavor preferences but keep the red, white and blue flare with some fruit topping or sprinkles. The opportunities are endless.
9. Patriotic Berry Trifle
This Food Network recipe for "Patriotic Berry Trifle" will certainly be a crowd favorite. And it's easy to make too — all you need is sugar, angel food cake, cream cheese, heavy cream, blueberries, and strawberries. It's the perfect light and sweet treat for your holiday occasion.
10. Red, White, and Blue Cocktails
You can make this colorful cocktail from any red drink. The Food Network recipe recommends cranberry and pomegranate juice. Add seltzer and your alcoholic beverage of juice, and sprinkle some Pop Rocks candy on the rim for that extra holiday addition.
11. America the Beautiful Salad
What's a holiday without endless amounts of delicious treats? But so many sweet snacks can send your body into sugar overload. Try out this red, white, and blue salad for a much-needed dose of fruits and veggies. Sprinkle chopped strawberries and blueberries and your choice of crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese over your lettuce to add color. Garnish the salad with raspberry vinaigrette and you'll be serving a perfectly refreshing and patriotic creation.