The 4th of July is all about celebrating our freedom, but it is also about eating some delicious summer party finger foods. Why bother with stuffy silverware at your big Independence Day bash when you can whip up some yummy snacks that are easy to take from the deck to the pool? Here are some delicious ideas for your 4th of July party:
1. Barbecue Chicken Wings
No 4th of July celebration is complete without some barbecue. Instead of fussing with large pieces of chicken, why not grill up some wings? They are small and easy to eat; plus, they cook much more quickly than your standard cuts of bird. Once you have gotten a nice char on your wings, toss them with your favorite barbecue sauce and serve with a side of napkins.
2. Deviled Eggs
Another fun treat at any Independence Day celebration is deviled eggs. They are synonymous with summertime and are a cinch to make. To jazz them up for a big summer celebration, add in some deviled ham, bacon, olives or sweet pickles.
3. Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
There is nothing more colorful at a 4th of July party than ripe red tomatoes. For another finger food option, consider making a roasted tomato spread from your summer tomato harvest. Simply toss your tomatoes with some olive oil, salt and pepper and roast them at 350 degrees for about ten minutes. Meanwhile, rub some slices of baguette with a raw garlic clove to add some yummy flavor to the bread. Once your tomatoes are ready, chop them up and add them to a bowl with some more olive oil until it forms a paste. Once it is at your desired consistency, spread it on the baguettes and top with some fresh parsley and basil. This is a refreshing, light finger food that will be enjoyed by all.
4. Hot Dog Sliders
You can’t have a 4th of July without hot dogs. To make them more fun and festive, turn them into sliders! Cut a hot dog into three slices. Then, place a piece into a roll and serve. You can offer some delicious toppings for your guests, such as raw and grilled onions, jalapenos, relish, pickles, sauerkraut and, of course, mustard and ketchup.
5. Cream Cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms
Stuffed mushrooms are a fun party snack that can be easily eaten without any utensils at all—as long as you use smaller mushrooms, such as white or brown button mushrooms. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems. In a mixing bowl, combine a package of cream cheese with about a half cup of cooked, chopped bacon. Fill each mushroom cap with a teaspoon of the filling and bake for ten minutes at 350 degrees. This is an incredibly delicious finger food that is easily doubled or tripled if you need to feed a crowd.