3 Simple Recipes for Your 4th of July Party
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3 Simple Recipes for Your 4th of July Party

Posted on Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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What will you serve at your backyard 4th of July party?  Try some of these simple (and frugal) recipes.Many families celebrate the 4th of July by having a backyard party. Hosts will need to figure out what to serve guests that will be inexpensive enough to fit in the budget. Guests are often asked to bring a dish to the party. Try some of these simple, and frugal, recipes!

Fruit Pizza
This is a light, fruity, dessert that is simple to make. I found it on a website called KitchMe.

You will need:
* 18 ounce package of refrigerated sugar cookie dough
* 8 ounce package of cream cheese, softened
* 8 ounce container of frozen whipped topping
* 2 cups of fresh, sliced, strawberries
* ½ cup of white sugar

You will also need some salt, corn starch, orange juice, lemon juice, orange zest, and water.

First, spread out he sugar cookie dough to form a round, pizza, shape. Cut it into “slices” and then fit the pizza back together. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let it cool.

Next, mix the cream cheese and the whipped topping in a bowl. Spread it over the crust. Arrange the sliced strawberries on top, and let it cool. You can add other sliced fruits if you like.

Grilled Potato Salad

This recipe comes from MyRecipes. It is an interesting alternative to traditional potato salad.

You will need:
* 8 bacon slices
* 4 medium-size red potatoes, cut into ¾ inch cubes
* 1 large white onion, cut into ½ inch thick strips
* Some potato salad dry rub
* Some potato salad dressing
* Chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat or until it is crisp. Drain the bacon on paper towels. Crumble it into pieces. Add the potatoes, onion, and the dry rub mix into the skillet with the bacon grease. Toss the potato mixture so it is coated. Stir until tender. Put mixture into a bowl, add the bacon, and the potato salad dressing. Mix it up and serve!

All American Hamburgers
This recipe comes from Taste Of Home. It sounds like the perfect recipe for the 4th of July!

You will need:
* 2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion
* 2 tablespoons of chili sauce
* 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
* 2 teaspoons of prepared mustard
* 1 pound of ground beef
* 4 slices of either cheddar or American cheese
* 2 slices of swiss cheese

Mix up the onion, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard in a bowl. Crumble the ground beef into it. Mix it together well. Form the mixture into four hamburger patties. Next, grill them! Add some American cheese (or cheddar) and Swiss at the last minute. Toast the bun. Serve!

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