Some people may look forward to the Fourth for the fireworks, but we’re in it for the food. Living in LA as we do, we spend most of the year guilted into consuming quinoa and lotus root topped with chia seeds in order to perhaps inexplicably elongate our lives. But we digress. The point is that the patriotic holiday affords us an opportunity to indulge in good old American foods (read: mostly devoid of nutritional value), and for that—and the time off work—we love it. Here, five recipes that, while not exactly guilt-free, will make you feel festive—and full—AF.
Pre-Game: Blueberry Strawberry Jicama Salsa
This one is actually LA-approved—strawberries are in season and everything!—and still nonetheless patriotic.
Recipe author: Two Peas & Their Pod
Main Event: Firecracker Pigs In A Blanket
Unless you're a vegetarian, it's impossible to deny the deliciousness of a hot dog quietly to yourself, even if you'd never admit out loud to loving them. This version is wrapped in soft, delicious dough that puts soggy old buns to shame.
Recipe author: PopSugar
Side Hustle: Red, White & Blue Deviled Eggs
We here in Hippieville are wary of food colors that don't occur in nature. That said, we're willing to make an exception for this one day, as dyeing these eggs is an easy and quick way to make your spread look impressively on brand for the holiday.
Recipe author: Momdot.com
Dessert: Red, White & Blue Cake Batter Dip
We'll quit sugar next week.
Recipe author: Sugar & Soul Co.
Late Night: Buzzed Cherry Bombs
We've always been told to avoid Maraschino cherries, but it may embolden you to know they don't actually—as rumored—contain formaldehyde. What they do contain in this instance is booze, and for that we salute them.
Recipe author: Frosting & A Smile