Independence Day Side Dishes

“To be successful you can’t show up to the potluck with just a fork.”

Dave Liniger

The big day is almost here! Your best friends have rented a huge party tent, the fireworks have been procured, and the weather is looking perfect! The kids are excited to swim with their buddies, you’ve got the perfect matching patriotic attire planned for the whole crew, and the drinks are already chilling. Your friends are known for hosting the best summer bash of the year every Independence Day and this year promises to be no different. They’ve got the entrees covered … it’s up to you to wow them all with some festive side dishes, enough to make our founding fathers proud.

And now you’re drawing a blank. Ack!

We’ve rounded up three that should really dazzle a crowd, all while keeping prep-time manageable (because let’s be real, we know you’re be-bopping all over town between summer camps and lessons … whoever said summer was for relaxing clearly hasn’t seen your family’s day planner!). Jerry’s Foods has you covered on ingredients and we’re here to walk you through the simple steps to take to make side dishes you’ll be proud to add to the potluck table this year.

So let’s talk fruit. Full-on sit-down meals are tough to come by at Independence Day parties. Grazing seems to happen all day, only interrupted when the entrees are pulled off the grill and hit the buffet … then bring on the binging! We get it … we’ve been there. So let’s add some ease with a lot less guilt for our first side dish, Patriotic Fruit Skewers

With just a little work and a star-shaped cookie cutter, you’ve just amped up a plain-Jane cut fruit salad a notch or two. If you’re looking for something to keep the kids away from their electronics for a hot minute, this is the recipe to get them involved in. Finally, if your crew likes strawberries but isn’t much for raspberries – not a problem! Any red fruit can be used. Now there aren’t many options for blue-colored fruits other than blueberries, however we suggest loading up on them for your versions. They add such a great pop of color, mild flavor, and really tie the whole dish together.

Patriotic Fruit Skewers

Ingredients and supplies

  • Toasting bread of your choice
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Red colored jelly of your choice
  • One pint of blueberries
  • 3-4 bananas
  • Lemon juice
  • Serving platter

Directions

  1. Slice watermelon into 1” wheel slices, set aside. Rinse and drain blueberries and raspberries, pat dry and set aside.
  2. Alternate color scheme to your liking, adding fruit to skewers.

Next up … you’re on a fruit kick, so let’s keep going. Now, until Ma Nature decides to send us some other blue-colored fruits we’re still slightly limited in variety and will be sticking to blueberries once again. But gosh darnit, they’re tasty so let’s not let it be an issue.

Where we do have a severe lacking in color though is the white fruit department … so we’re going to take a little liberty (see what we did there?) and use vanilla yogurt-covered raisins. They are so tasty and will look perfect! This tri-colored offering will leave everyone feeling like a kid at heart and offer a healthy option to those loaded-down BBQ plates.

Red, White, and Blue Berry Salad

Ingredients and supplies

  • One pint blueberries
  • One pound total of red berries
    (strawberries, raspberries, or cherries)
  • Two 8oz. bags of vanilla yogurt covered raisins
  • Plain white serving platter

Directions

  1. Rinse and drain all fruit, pat dry.
  2. Working in alternating lines, add red fruits, blueberries, and yogurt covered raisins. Repeat until platter is filled.

We think you’re getting the hang of the Americana fruit dishes. They really are very easy, look great, and taste delicious! We’ll add a third one for good measure … I mean, can you ever really have enough star-spangled goodness at your Independence Day BBQ? No. The answer is no.

So for our final easy side dish to add a little pizazz to your party we give you Flag Toasts. These little guys are just darling and so easy to make – they are also a great activity to involve your kids in, and give them a civics lesson at the same time if you’re feeling really ambitious you little Betsy Rosses! Make it your own by using delicious sweet and fruity bread, English muffin toasting bread, or even a pound cake, we won’t judge! If jelly isn’t really your thing, alternate the bananas with a red fruit of your choice. If you’re a little averse to cream cheese flavoring, there’s nothing stopping you from using white icing is there? The options are limitless!

Flag Toasts

Ingredients and supplies

  • Toasting bread of your choice
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Red colored jelly of your choice
  • One pint of blueberries
  • 3-4 bananas
  • Lemon juice
  • Serving platter

Directions

  1. Rinse and drain blueberries, pat dry.
  2. Toast bread to desired doneness.
  3. Spread toast with softened cream cheese. Top with jelly being careful not to incorporate the cream cheese.
  4. In the top left corner, add a small square of blueberries (9 or 16, depending on the size of your toast slices).
  5. Slice bananas into coins, then again in half. Toss in lemon juice to prevent browning. Pat dry on paper towels.
  6. Place bananas in strips resembling the American flag, leaving space where the red jelly shows through.
  7. Add all of your Flag Toasts to a serving platter and set out just before serving.