Patriotism is something that resonates deeply within each of us dads, so when the birth of our nation comes around, we like to go all out. When there is a man cooking Fourth of July treats, we know it’s going to be awesome. On that day, we take a little more pride in what we cook and who we’re cooking for. We’re celebrating our independence from foreign aggressors and being thankful for what we have.
Patriotic Pigs in a Blanket
The Fourth of July appetizer is the start of the meal and sets the tone for everything that comes after. Patriotic Pigs in a Blanket is a quick and easy dish which shows our American pride.
- Cook sausage patties or links
- Take out the biscuits or crescent rolls and lay them on a cutting surface
- Cut the biscuits into star shapes before baking
- Use a toothpick to connect the sausage and star “blankets”
- Bake and you’re done.
Fourth of July Pulled Pork
While everyone is barbecuing burgers, we’re feeding our troops some barbecue pulled pork.
- Buy a nice pork roast and put it in a crock pot.
- Pour a can of Dr. Pepper over it — yes, trust — and cover it in your favorite spices.
- Cover and cook on high for at least an hour.
- Turn the cooker to low and let it cook for about eight hours.
When it’s done, pull the pork and mix with your favorite barbecue sauce and serve open faced. There are no stars and no stripes on this main dish, but it’s 100% pure Americana.
Sure, you could do an apple pie to show off your American pride; but a flag cake looks and tastes awesome. The cake itself doesn’t matter, but I love a cream cheese frosting — so carrot cake is a good choice. When the cake is cool, cover it with white frosting. This serves as the background and the white stripes for the flag. For the stars, I love to use blueberries because they’re small enough to actually fit 50 of them on the corner. The red stripes are from cut strawberries placed in straight lines. When finished, we have one heck of a patriotic dessert.
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