“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
The forefathers were totally talking about having the right to barbeque in a public place within the union of friends, while experiencing relative tranquility, right?
The 4th of July is without a doubt American’s most important public holiday. After all, it is the one day set aside annually to celebrate our very existence as a nation. How exactly, then, does one commemorate the birth of a nation, as well as its history and present? As you wish, I suppose. In my experience, however, most Americans make the most of this day by stocking up on an assortment of delectable foods and drinks, heading outdoors to bask in what’s hopefully beautiful weather, and letting pleasure and mirth, for once in the year, take precedence over responsibility and routine. As long as you’re doing all of these things—you’re doing it right.
Here’s a collection of some of our favorite 4th of July picnic items to help you enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
Just because you have the day off work and will be frolicking around outside with your buddies, doesn’t mean you get to skip eating your veggies for the day! This coleslaw is perfect for picnics. It’s inexpensive, easy to make in big batches, and full of flavor. Do nutrition in style this 4th of July.
Yeah, you could try to impress everyone at whatever celebration you’re at by grilling ribeye steaks and lobster tails—but why make things complicated? Throw some good ole’ fashioned hot dogs on the grill, as well as the buns to get ‘em nice and toasty, and finish ‘em off with our three assorted toppings. Just imagine it now: you’re manning the grill and looking out at a crowd of friends, savoring every bite of their hot dogs, and smiling from ear to ear.
Another BBQ staple. Find a large mixing bowl or two, fill it up with our delicious homemade potato salad, and simply arrange it next to the offerings of the other guests. No one will scoff at your for bringing a salad—this gem of a menu item satisfies even the biggest hungers.
You could bring dessert, but it might be kind of hot outside, which means you don’t know how well your sweet treats will keep. Since they have roughly the same amount of calories, you can safely substitute a refreshing drink like Moscow mule for cake and ice cream. This classic American mixed drink is super easy to make, contains refreshing ginger beer, and is perfect for a crowd.
There you have it! A holiday menu for the outdoors that’s easy to prepare and even easier to enjoy.
Happy 4th of July from the Kitchen Stories team!
Published on July 2, 2016