Fourth Of July Quick and Easy Appetizer Recipes

Summer’s into full swing with parties, grilling, and sun. And the fourth of July festivities seem to bring out the cook in everyone. Every year my girlfriend Mariann throws a fabulous  fourth of July bash in her amazing backyard. She is the perfect hostess, greeting each guest in a timely manor and putting out any fires along the way. She is a seasoned party-throwing pro, but  I often wonder how she does it.  Her party is always festive, creative, and the food ever so scrumptious. Each year guests bring an appetizer, entree, or dessert, and every year I struggle with my dish. Although I work in food, and there’s a chef in the family, I too struggle to find the perfect recipe. Like many women, I vow to make something from scratch, but I can’t seem to find the time. This year I’ve started early and compiled a few simple, time-saving recipes to help you make the most of your bash.

Time: 5 minutes

Fruit Tart Flag Photo Credit Tara Donne Recipe from Food Network Magazine

You’ll need: 

  • miniature tart shells or phyllo cups
  • 8 ounce container of mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream


Fill premade miniature tart shells or phyllo cups with sweet mascarpone cream (recipe below), then arrange on a tray and top with blueberries and halved strawberry slices to create stars and stripes.

Mascarpone Cream Recipe:

Beat an 8-ounce container of mascarpone cheese and 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar with a mixer until smooth. Gently fold in 1/2 cup freshly whipped cream.


Time: 10 Minutes

You’ll need:

Red, White and Blue nachos Photo Credit by David Roth Recipe by Sharon Cindrich and Judith Fertig

  • 1 bag blue corn tortilla chips
  • Cooking spray
  • Aluminum foil
  • Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  1. Place blue corn tortilla chips on a foil-covered baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  2. Sprinkle the chips with shredded Monterrey Jack, then bake at 350° for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Top the nachos with salsa and sour cream. Recipe courtesy of  Family Fun

Revolutionary Strawberries

You’ll need:

Revolutionary Berries Appetizer Recipe by Sharon Cindrich and Judith Fertig, Photographs by David Roth

    • Strawberries
    • Blue sugar or edible glitter
    • 12 ounces white chocolate chips
  1. Melt 12 ounces of white chocolate chips in a microwave according to the package directions (make sure the container and the berries are dry; even a little moisture will alter the texture of the candy).
  2. One at a time, dip strawberries into the chocolate and then into blue sugar or edible glitter.
  3. Set them to harden on waxed paper.
  4. Makes 35 to 45 decorated berries.

Spicy Sausage Wonton Stars
Time: 20 minutes

You’ll need:

Spicy Sausage Wonton Stars. Photo Credit & Recipe Taste of Home

  • 1 pound bulk spicy pork sausage
  • 2 medium carrots, finely shredded
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) finely shredded cheddar cheese
    • 1/2 cup sour cream
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
    • 36 wonton wrappers
    • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
    • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
    • Sliced cherry tomatoes, optional
I. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. In a large bowl, combine the sausage, carrots, onion, peppers, cheeses, sour cream, garlic and lemon-pepper.
2. Press wonton wrappers into miniature muffin cups coated with cooking spray. In a small bowl, combine butter and garlic powder; brush over edges. Bake at 350° for 8-9 minutes or until lightly browned.
3. Spoon sausage mixture into cups. Bake 5-7 minutes longer or until heated through. Garnish with tomatoes if desired. Yield: 3 dozen. Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home

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