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51 Recipes All Ready for the Fourth of July

If you’re celebrating Fourth of July, odds are said shindig will look a little different this year. But! Don’t let that stop you from feasting on blue cheese burgers, superlative potato salad, cream-topped fruit pie, and then some. Here are 51 party-ready recipes for the holiday (and for the rest of summer, too).

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    Nori Deviled Eggs

    Nori Deviled Eggs

    Author Notes The inspiration for my nori deviled eggs comes from something my mom prepared for us a lot growing up: eggs fried in soy sauce and sesame oil, fluffed into white rice, with a little nori crumbled in. There's really nothing like that nostalgic tangle of nutty sesame, salty soy, yolky …

    Crispy Garlic Dip

    Crispy Garlic Dip

    Author Notes Every party loves onion dip. But does every host love hovering around the stove, caramelizing onions for almost an hour, to make it? I think not. Luckily, the solution is easy: Skip the onions altogether and swap in garlic. This tiny-but-mighty allium goes from raw and sharp to golden …

    Mark Bittman’s Minimalist Buffalo Chicken Wings

    Mark Bittman’s Minimalist Buffalo Chicken Wings

    Author Notes People have done some truly obsessive things—unnecessarily, as it turns out—in the name of creating the perfect Buffalo wing. But in his classic Minimalist way, Mark Bittman waves his hand dismissively at all of it. He doesn’t pamper his wings at all, just sticks them directly under the …

    Sausage Balls

    Sausage Balls

    Author Notes Each December 23 as a kid, my family would pack up our van with luggage and gifts and drive two-and-a-half hours north from our home in central Mississippi to the Holly Springs, a small town a short drive southeast of Memphis. We’d arrive at my grandfather’s home there, drop off our …

    Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

    Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole

    Author Notes What Santibañez wants cooks to realize, he told me, is this: "There is a very important textural thing to guacamole -- we never really mush up the avocado. You want to feel everything." He crushes only enough of the avocado to warrant it consideration as a dip rather than a salad, but …

    Crab Cakes

    Crab Cakes

    Author Notes The classic problem with crab cakes is that they fall apart without enough bread crumbs, but they taste bland with too many. Which is why we found the optimal ratio to ensure your crab cakes will have great crab flavor without falling apart. For inspiration in developing this recipe, we …

    Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Dip

    Roasted Red Pepper & Cauliflower Dip

    Author Notes I became well-acquainted with this roasted red pepper and cauliflower dip during a foray into the world of Whole30. It's equal parts creamy and perky, with a welcome tang from lemon and a little kick in the pants from cayenne. I love it just as much as the centerpiece of a crudités …

    Potato Chip Tortilla Española From Ferran Adrià

    Potato Chip Tortilla Española From Ferran Adrià

    Author Notes Since first being published in 2003, Ferran Adrià's iconic Spanish tortilla recipe has had a life of its own across the internet (and many cookbooks), and has seen many additions and tweaks (flipping vs. not, crushing the chips vs. not, kettle vs. thin chips). Trust us when we say that, …

    Furikake Chex Mix Snack

    Furikake Chex Mix Snack

    Author Notes There are good party snacks, and then there are great party snacks. I'm going to tell you right off the bat that this here Furikake Chex Mix is one of the greats. It's a recipe you'll be immediately bookmarking, sharing, and making double batches of; I can guarantee it. I hope you don't …

    Blue Cheese Burger

    Blue Cheese Burger

    Author Notes This stovetop blue cheese burger recipe makes a single portion (which is very satisfying for someone who dines alone as often as I do). But because it's exactly for one, the math to double or quadruple or octuple the patty is fairly simple. Scale up as many times as you want—no matter …

    Spiralized Firecracker Hot Dogs

    Spiralized Firecracker Hot Dogs

    • Makes 6 hot dogs 6 hot dogs • 1/2 cup hot sauce, divided (I prefer Frank's) • 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 1/4 cup sour cream • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed • 6 hot dog buns • Crumbled blue cheese, for topping • Finely chopped celery and celery leaves, for topping • Finely chopped red onion, for topping • Finely chopped or shredded …

    Avocado Crab Rolls

    Avocado Crab Rolls

    Author Notes The first summer after my husband and I met, I made my first trek to the East End of Long Island where he spent his summers growing up, and had my first bite of a lobster roll. The sweet simplicity was a revelation. I look forward to one each time we visit our family. Lobsters certainly …

    Shane's Fried Chicken

    Shane's Fried Chicken

    Author Notes My mother fried chicken in a cast iron skillet, but I prefer a covered Dutch oven, which produces less grease splatter. Mom used a paper grocery bag for dredging chicken, and added a dash of heat to her buttermilk batter. Any commercial brand will do in a pinch, but I prefer small-batch …

    Corn Dogs

    Corn Dogs

    Author Notes What's better than a hotdog? A hotdog on a stick that's been deep-fried in a cornmeal batter, that's what. Molly Yeh from my name is yeh is showing us how to make boring wieners into state fair stars. —molly yeh Prep time 15 minutes • Cook time 5 minutes • Makes 8 3 quarts vegetable or canola …

    Jasper White’s World-Famous Lobster Rolls

    Jasper White’s World-Famous Lobster Rolls

    Author Notes “If you close your eyes and you’ve never had it and you take a bite," White says. "You’d think it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever tasted.” Steaming means that the lobster cooks in its own salty-sweet juices, rather than letting boiling water in to dilute them. Steaming is also a …

    Halfsies Chicken

    Halfsies Chicken

    Author Notes This is THE go-to recipe for my family and our relatives for when friends and family come over. It's technically a no-brainer when we invite people over and need to figure out what to cook. It's easy and scrumptious, which all of the best recipes are. Basically, you just throw 4 simple …

    Gochujang Baby Back Ribs

    Gochujang Baby Back Ribs

    Author Notes My dad goes nuts over my baby back ribs. I’ve upgraded from the bottled supermarket stuff of yore to my own creation, a homemade gochujang sauce. The ingredients here are traditional in many Korean meat dishes, but the proportions are amped to mimic more classic, American BBQ flavors. …

    Chorizo-Style Seitan Tacos

    Chorizo-Style Seitan Tacos

    Author Notes In this recipe, the seitan gets a bold, spicy marinade with some familiar chorizo seasonings. You should marinate it in advance, letting it sit up to 8 hours or overnight. It’s pan-sautéed and then added to a simple taco that also includes a cool, crispy, simple slaw. This is a familiar …

    Nutty Veggie Burgers

    Nutty Veggie Burgers

    Author Notes If you don’t have (or want to use) a food processor, just swap in 1/4 cup nut or seed butter and 1/4 cup chopped nuts and/or seeds. A few great options that you can mix and match: sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and cashews. The blend of nuts makes for a more exciting flavor overall, …

    Roasted Eggplant Rolls

    Roasted Eggplant Rolls

    Author Notes This vegetarian take on the lobster roll skips lobster and uses eggplant instead. While these two ingredients seem different—like, very different—they’re both summery, with a subtle-sweet flavor and chewy-meets-tender texture. Not only is eggplant downright cheap in comparison, but it’s …

    Tempeh Kebabs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

    Tempeh Kebabs with Homemade Barbecue Sauce

    Author Notes Sweet, tangy homemade barbecue sauce is a perfect complement to the nutty, earthy taste of tempeh. This easy, crowd-pleasing dish is ideal for summer entertaining. —Gena Hamshaw Serves 4 For the tempeh kebabs: • 16 ounces tempeh (two 8-ounce packages), cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces • 1 large red …

    Superiority Burger's BBQ Baked Gigante Beans With Polenta & Coleslaw

    Superiority Burger's BBQ Baked Gigante Beans With Polenta & Coleslaw

    Author Notes Like so many dishes at Superiority Burger, these BBQ baked beans just happen to be vegan—and crazy good. If you haven’t been, Superiority Burger is Brooks Headley’s all-vegetarian burger joint in Manhattan’s East Village. It’s as much known for its tofu-fried tofu sandwiches as it is …

    Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime

    Fried Avocado Tacos with Sesame and Lime

    Author Notes I'm not sure about the rest of the country, but fried avocado tacos have taken Austin by storm. The delicious breading of crushed corn flakes, chile, and sesame seeds, was inspired by The Mighty Cone, a food truck on delightfully touristy South Congress. Get all the taco components …

    Marinated Tofu Steak Sandwiches

    Marinated Tofu Steak Sandwiches

    Author Notes When I eat meatless, the point is not for my protein to mimic flesh. Still, one of my favorite vegetarian main options is tofu, and even when I buy extra-firm, I always find it a bit yielding. Unless I’m using paper-thin white bread, the first bite of my favorite veggie sandwich tends …

    Elote Rigatoni

    Elote Rigatoni

    Author Notes A big bowl of rigatoni inspired by Mexican street corn. The stuff of summery weeknight dreams. Save any leftovers for tomorrow’s pasta salad. —Emma Laperruque Prep time 15 minutes • Cook time 30 minutes • Serves 2 to 4 2 tablespoons canola oil • 4 ears corn, shucked, and kernels cut off (about 3 …

    Cornbread

    Cornbread

    Author Notes Should cornbread have flour? What about sugar? And eggs? When it comes to Southern cornbread, many home cooks would say no, no, and no. But when it comes to Northeastern cornbread, it’s yeses all around. For our Test Kitchen’s go-to cornbread, we set out to perfect that Northeastern …

    Cucumber Salad With Magic Spice Blend

    Cucumber Salad With Magic Spice Blend

    Author Notes With a touch of spiky lime juice and a Salt Bae throw of my Magic Spice Blend, this tastes not unlike cucumbers with Tajín. Addictive, in other words. Plus, it's a three-ingredient salad when you need it the most (on busy weeknights like tonight). —Eric Kim Test Kitchen Notes Featured in: …

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