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Festive 4th of July favorites

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Published on July 01, 2020 with No Comments

Plan your picnic or cookout with some of our favorite Fourth of July menu ideas and recipes. We’re grilling up burgers and hot dogs, making classic sides like potato salad and coleslaw and mixing up plenty of red, white and blue cocktails.

Red-White-and-Blue Cocktails

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min

Directions

  1. Turn summer drinks into firecrackers by coating the glass rims with Pop Rocks. Just dampen with lemon juice, then dip the rims in the candies on a plate. To get the red-white-and-blue effect, use Tropical Punch (blue) Pop Rocks, then fill the glasses with any red drink or cocktail; we mixed pomegranate and cranberry juice with seltzer.

Photograph by Levi Brown

Special equipment:

Six 3- to 4-ounce ice-pop molds with wooden or plastic ice-pop sticks (without guards)

1.  Puree the watermelon with 1/4 cup of the sugar in a blender. Pour into a medium bowl and freeze, stirring every 30 minutes, until the puree resembles a slushy mixture, about 2 hours.

2.  Fold the chocolate chips into the watermelon slush and pour into six 3- to 4-ounce ice-pop molds, filling them about three-quarters full. Insert wooden or plastic (without guards) ice-pop sticks. Freeze until the mixture is just slightly set, about 30 minutes.

3.  Meanwhile, mix the coconut milk and 2 tablespoons of sugar in a small bowl and refrigerate.

4.  After 30 minutes, pour the coconut milk mixture on top of the watermelon mixture, leaving a 1/4-inch headspace at the top. Freeze until the mixture is just slightly set, about 30 minutes.

5.  Right before the coconut milk mixture is just set, puree the avocado, lime juice, 1/4 cup of water and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a blender until smooth and creamy. Top the coconut layer with the avocado mixture and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.

Layered Watermelon Ice Pops

Nothing says summer quite like slices of watermelon and frozen ice pops, so put the two together for a summery, layered treat. When avocado is sweetened and pureed, it freezes up just like ice cream, making it the perfect ingredient for the green watermelon rind layer.

• Level: Intermediate

• Total: 7 hr 25 min (includes freezing time)

• Active: 25 min

• Yield: 6 frozen pops

 

Ingredients: 

3 cups seedless watermelon,

cubed and chilled

1/2 cup superfine sugar

2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 ripe avocado, diced

Juice of 1 lime

Chocolate Covered Frozen Bananas

Bananas, candy melts and sprinkles are all you need to make these sparkling frozen treats.

Directions

Just cut peeled bananas in half, insert a lollipop stick into each and freeze until firm, about 1 hour. Then dip in melted red, white or blue candy melts; drizzle with more candy melts and decorate with sprinkles. Freeze until ready to serve.

Recipes courtesy of Food Network Magazine

 

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