Red, White and Blue Savory and Sweet Recipes by Gabriela Rodiles in Holidays, July 2nd, 2013
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Colorful summer produce and clever ingredients make Fourth of July food even more festive with red, white and blue shades. Starting with breakfast and ending with dessert, these recipes will ensure your holiday food pays tribute to Independence Day in the colors of the American flag.
Rise and shine with this Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Whipped Cream and Strawberries. Prepare the bread and custard mixture the night before and simply bake the casserole in the morning. Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and whipped cream complete this star-spangled start to the holiday.
When lunch or dinnertime roll around, utilize the colors of potatoes for a patriotic salad. Blue or purple potatoes, red-skinned potatoes and Yukon gold potatoes make up the United Tates of America side served with a spicy mayonnaise dipping sauce. Or try this Red, White and Blue Potato Salad with hearts of palm and piquillo peppers, tossed in a white wine and Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Coleslaw gets an Independence Day makeover with red onion and dried blueberries in this Red, White and Blueberry Coleslaw. Serve the salad alongside these mini Buffalo Puppies topped with a blue cheese sauce, diced red onion and crumbled blue tortilla chips.
Make a toast during the festivities with Guy Fieri’s Fourth of July Cocktail. The red bottom — a combination of watermelon schnapps and cranberry juice — is topped with a sweet-and-spicy mixture of blue curacao and tequila. For extra refreshing beverages on the hot summer day, try Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris complete with red, white and blue layers of slushie. The sparks will fly when you sip the flavors of passion fruit, watermelon, strawberry and coconut.
End the holiday with a sugar fix that represents Fourth of July colors. Sandra Lee’s semi-homemade Red, White and Blue Cherry Pies call for cherry pie filling and pie crust mix for quicker preparation. Once the pies are out of the oven, top them with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a spoonful of blueberry topping. This Flag Cake is holiday-themed from the inside out. Mix red and blue sprinkles into the cake batter for a surprise of speckled colors. A flag design couldn’t be simpler thanks to ripe red strawberries and plump blueberries.
Red, white and blue ingredients continue the American theme all the way into your holiday menu. These sweet and savory recipes will keep the Fourth of July celebration present all day long.