A Cool 4th of July: Part II

July 4th Hors d’oeuvres

My idea of a summer 4th of July picnic is the traditional  barbecue of hamburgers and hotdogs with seasonal fresh summer produce. A 4th of July picnic is based around the idea of meat, watermelon, and corn-on-the-cob. I am not going to change that tradition. My idea is to create appetizer-size portions of that menu. My idea of an abbreviated barbecue chow is that you can enjoy the meat and all the accompaniments, but not feel stuffed to the gills later that day. The idea is to savor the food, not gorge. Just because there are smaller portions of the food, does not give the excuse to eat more portions.

I have a beef, poultry, and pork option for meat-eaters. Vegetarians are not be left out in all the fun. Most plates are gluten-free or have a gluten-free option and very few plates have nuts.

This menu is composed from my imagination with inspiration from one of my culinary idols, Jamie Oliver, as well as Food Network stars, and various cookbooks.

Abby’s Gourmet Picnic

Meat and Fish Plates

Garden burger sliders with mozzarella cheese, sungold cherry tomato slice, and basil on slightly toasted buns with condiments of mayonnaise, ketchup, and mustard)

Grilled salmon salad with mayonnaise, red onion, celery, salt, and pepper, served in a Swiss Chard leaf

Mini chicken tacos served on corn tortillas with cilantro, pinto or black beans, shredded white cheddar cheese, and Trader Joe’s Peach Salsa (may be served without chicken for vegetarians) (Future blog post)

Chicken salad wrap with hummus (in lieu of mayonnaise) and apple cubes, served in a lettuce leaf (Future blog post)

Mini pan-seared bratwurst pork sausage with sauteed bell peppers, white onion in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and kosher salt; served in brown rice bowls

Egg Dishes

Basil Deviled Eggs with bacon bits

Curry egg salad wraps served on lettuce leaves

Vegetarian Plates

Brandywine tomatoes with a slice of mozzarella cheese and a dolloped with pesto (contains tree nuts)

Corn vichyssoise (Future blog post)

Minty Corn-on-the-cob (cooked in infused mint water)

Pesto Bruschetta on baguette rounds topped with two cherry tomato halves (contains tree nuts)

(The Tomato Burger) Beefsteak sliders with feta cheese and basil leaves on lightly toasted buns with mayonnaise

Vichyssoise with watercress (Future blog post)

Watermelon mint soup (Future blog post)

Watermelon strawberry  salad with a light lemon mint vinaigrette

Dessert Table

Fruit pops ideas- mint-orange, peach-mango, strawberry vanilla

Gluten-free coconut creme flag cupcakes (contains nut flour) (Future blog post)

Stars & Strips chocolate-beet cake with coconut icing, and blueberries (Future blog post)

Watermelon star, blueberry, and pineapple square kabobs

Drinks Table

Basil infused sparkling water

Mint lemon limeade- homemade with mint simple syrup

Slightly Sweet earl grey tea with a squirt of lemon


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