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Five Easy Fourth of July Foods

Quick and delicious food gets you out of the kitchen and back to the party.

The best thing you can do for your Fourth of July celebration is make easy, delicious recipes. Whether you've got people coming over or you're heading to a friend's house, you don't want to prepare anything that takes too long or tastes too bland. Socialize outside. Don't get stuck in the kitchen. But make sure your food is good.

Check out these five ideas for your Fourth of July fare, and feel free to share any great recipes you have in the comments. 

1. Use wonton skins.
This might sound a bit unusual, but wonton skins are an amazing vehicle for whatever they are holding, and they make great bite-sized snacks.

All you have to do is moisten them with a little oil, push them down into a muffin tin, and bake for six to seven minutes at 375, or until the tips turn golden brown. My best recommendation for wonton skins this way is to make them into fish tacos. Saute up a little bit of tilapia, top it with avocado and mango, put it together in your wonton skin cup and you're good to go.  

2. Pre-sauce your patties
After you take your ground meat (beef, turkey, whatever) out of its packaging to make burger patties, massage in some barbecue sauce and diced red onion. Even if you accidentally overcook the meat later, you wont lose much moisture, due to the sauce, and the patties will be way more flavorful than they would have been otherwise.

3. Microwave corn on the cob
Don't waste your time boiling or grilling corn on the cob. Wrap the corn in a damp paper towel, and microwave it for two minutes. Take it out, unwrap, butter, salt, pepper, done, delicious. 

4. Get Creative with guacamole
Most people love guacamole, and while it's ridiculously easy to make, homemade guacamole still impresses party-goers. So spice it up a little bit. Try making different variations for your guests. You wouldn't believe how delicious a simple avocado-goat cheese-pomegranate seed guacamole is. Leave some extra seeds for the top just for the aesthetic. Also, you can try putting a Middle Eastern/Central Asian twist on guacamole by adding curry powder and cumin to the mix. 

5. Serve-up the red, white, and blue (berries) 
These are crowd-pleasers for any backyard BBQ or party. This easy recipe will have everyone talking. You will need strawberries, white chocolate chips, and blue sprinkles. First, melt the white chocolate chips. Dip the strawberry in the melted white chocolate so that about half of the berry is covered. Then dip only the bottom tip in the blue sprinkles. Lay them on wax paper to dry. Voila! You have a red, white and blue snack.

Share your recipes and Fourth of July cooking tips in the comments!

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Laurie July 02, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I made these for our 4th of July party yesterday and they were so easy to make, they looked great and everyone ate them! I will take these to another 4th of July party this Wednesday. I recommend making them. :)
Kris Jones July 02, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Thanks Laurie. I might try to make the strawberries, myself. They are just super cute and I think my 2-year-old son would have fun helping them with me.

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