The fourth of July is a HUGE food holiday. Today on ABC’s Lowcountry Live, I covered all your bases with an appetizer, entrée, dessert and a patriotic drink to celebrate!
When it comes to your appetizer, keeping it simple is the way to go, especially if you are expecting a lot of people. You can’t go wrong with your chips, dip and sliced veggies. I shared the Garden of Eatin’ Corn Tortilla Chips. The Ranch has hints of buttermilk, garlic and onion and the nacho is made with farmhouse cheddar and has a kick of paprika. These are also organic, gluten-free and have 25% less fat than your standard corn tortilla chip. You can serve them with guacamole and hummus, or you can get creative with a homemade dip.
It’s not the 4th of July without getting our grill on. I shared a spin off our classic 4th of July hotdogs – Smithfield’s Yuengling Bratwursts. Typically we have them on a bun with toppings — but encourage you to get creative and make them your own. I shared veggie kabobs. I make mine with zucchini, onion, red bell pepper and the bratwursts, which are made with Real Yuengling Lagar and Smithfield Premium Pork. Throw these on the grill and they are ready to serve!
I shared some baking mixes that will save you time in the kitchen – brownies, cookies and biscuits! These aren’t your typical baking mixes, these are meant to accommodate guests with food allergies or sensitivities so they’re GREAT if you are baking for a lot of people. The three mixes that I shared are grain, gluten and dairy free. They also do not have any added sugar, which is RARE for a baking mix, so it allows you to adjust the sweetness to your liking. You can find them here.
Finally, we ended with a patriotic toast. I shared my Sparkling Watermelon Mimosas made with herbal tea by the Herb Guru Brand. The Immunity blend has hints of orange, and ginger – so it’s really refreshing. The Vitality blend is light and airy, and the Tibet Golden Tea is similar to the Immunity blend. All these teas have herbs that have been selected and added for their unique perceived benefits. So you can enjoy them on their own or add them to mixed drinks for a functional component.
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