Happy (almost) 4th of July!
Even though I'm Canadian, I love seeing all the red, white and blue popping up on the internet this time of year. Maybe it's because of my awesome American friends, or maybe it's because I've always been a sucker for a good party. Either way, I love it.
I wanted to create a 4th of July menu for you that was stylish and grown up but yet playful enough for a good party. The burger, with its fried mozzarella and sweet grilled peaches, is out-of-this-world awesome. Standing beside it will be some delicious spicy, cheesy grilled corn and a sexy summer salad. The dessert might just be my favourite part: tequila watermelon popsicles!
Make sure to pick up some great local beer and have a few bottles of bubbles to kick off the party. 🙂
Fried Mozzarella and Caramelized Peach Caprese Salad :: Half Baked Harvest :: These beautiful burgers will take your BBQ to a whole other level. Just imagine: crispy on the outside and melty on the inside fried mozzarella, sweet grilled peaches, and tangy balsamic reduction all sitting on top of your juicy burger.
Mexican Street Corn :: Little Spice Jar :: This corn is simply too good not to make. If you're familiar with eating elotes on your Mexican vacations, you'll know why you want this in your life. The grilled corn is brushed with some garlicky mayonnaise then rolled in salty cojita cheese and sprinkled with lime and chili. It's crazy delicious.
Sexy Summer Salad :: Anastasija Jegorova :: This salad isn't just sexy, it's tasty too. Sweet ripe cherries, nutty hazelnuts, spicy radishes and creamy avocado are all wrapped in a blanket of pretty greens and a simple lemon dressing.
Sliced Watermelon Margarita Popsicles :: Pickles and Honey :: Are these not the best popsicles you've ever seen? They're 100% perfect for your stylish 4th of July party. If you have any little ones at your party, you can always make a few boozy free ones. 🙂
Get it done on time:
Being organized for your party means that you’ll be able to have a lot more fun once your guests arrive, and since having fun is the whole point of throwing a party, you want to be organized.
You’ll need between 1 – 1½ hours to prep for this dinner, depending on how fast you work in the kitchen. All the prep can be done at least 4 hours ahead, so there’s no need to worry about things getting crazy last minute.
Once you’re ready to fire up the grill count on 30-40 minutes until you will be ready to serve dinner.
Click here for a printable version of the timeline.
- Clean your house and set out any decorations, plates and serving ware you need at least a few hours before your guests arrive.
- Set up a bar station with a big ice bucket for beer and white wine, lots of glassware, bottle and wine openers, cocktail shakers and lemons and limes. Don’t forget to put a cloth on your bar station … drinks can get messy.
- Aim to be ready an hour before your guests arrive. This will give you lots of time to get yourself organized, relax and pour yourself a drink.
Prep time: 1-1/2 hours
- Start your prep by making and freezing the watermelon popsicles.
- Make the garlic mayo for the corn and store it in your fridge. Remove the husk from the corn and keep the corn in a bag in your fridge.
- Next you’ll want to prep everything for the hamburgers. Make the patties (layer them between sheets of parchment or wax paper if you’re making a lot), slice the peaches and sprinkle them with sugar, coat the mozzarella, pick the basil and make the balsamic reduction. Store everything except for the balsamic reduction in your fridge in separate containers.
- Put all the salad ingredients, except the dressing and avocado, in a large bowl and set the bowl in your fridge. (I like to put the avocado in the salad bowl so I don’t forget about it later.) Whisk together the lemon and oil for the dressing and set it aside on your counter.
Cook time: 30-40 minutes (depending how big and how much you can cook on your BBQ at once)
- Fire up the BBQ and let it heat for 10 minutes. Cut the buns while the grill is heating.
- Put the corn on the BBQ and grill it for 10 minutes, turning a few times.
- Remove the corn from the BBQ and put on the burgers. While the burgers are cooking brush the corn with the garlic mayo and sprinkle them with the remaining ingredients. Set them aside on a plate and tent them with foil.
- When the burgers are finished cooking remove them from the grill and tent them with foil.
- While the burgers are resting grill the peaches, fry the mozzarella and toss the salad (don’t forget to put the avocado in!).
- Set everything out on the table and let your guests dig in!
I think serving the dessert on a tray of small ice cubes would be a pretty way to keep them frozen.