4th of July

25 Sides Dishes for Your 4th of July Get-Together — Recipes from The Kitchn

I firmly believe a good Fourth of July gathering is as much about the burgers and hot dogs as it is about the vast array of side dishes. A great pasta or potato salad, coleslaw, and a few extra things tossed on the grill all turn the party into a full-blown celebration. While you very well may already have your standard sides in order, this year bring a few new things to the spread. Here are 25 of our most favorite recipes from the archives.

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Our Most Popular 4th of July Desserts — Recipes from The Kitchn

Along with the sparklers, thick-cut wedges of watermelon, and juicy burgers from the grill, the very best part of any Fourth of July celebration is the dessert spread. It's a day to call up crowd favorites and summertime classics like no-bake icebox cake, patriotic trifle, jammy blueberry pie, and gooey s'more brownies. Here are 20 of our most popular Fourth of July desserts that are sure to wow the whole crowd.

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How To Make a Watermelon Roll Just Like Friendly’s — Ice Cream Lessons from The Kitchn

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A watermelon roll is a sherbet-meets-ice cream treat made famous by Friendly's restaurants, but at home this refreshing treat is the kind of pure fun that makes you the hero of the neighborhood pool party.

A watermelon roll is made by layering watermelon sherbet (easily made in the blender) with vanilla ice cream (make your own or use store-bought) and studded with chocolate chips to create the appearance of a watermelon with a cool and creamy twist. This homemade watermelon roll recipe is easy to make and heavy on the fun. Here's how it's done.

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Recipe: Hot Corn Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Sides

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As soon as those ears of sweet corn hit the market, take a night to enjoy them as they are, piping-hot with lots of butter. Then immediately move onto this warm and creamy corn casserole, because it is the most irresistible way to use up a few ears of sweet corn. It's cheesy and indulgent, although the mix of tender kernels of corn, veggies, fresh herbs, and a pop of heat keep it in check so it's not too heavy for summer.

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10 Potluck Dishes Everyone Will Want the Recipe For — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Summer potlucks are mostly about friends and family. The burgers could be burnt, the salad soggy, and the white wine lukewarm and you'd still have a good time because you're with your loved ones. But if you're secretly hoping to bring the dish that everybody talks about — the one that gets polished off right away — you're not alone. It's not a contest, of course, but who says you can't have your friends and impress them, too?

These 10 recipes will get you started in the right direction. From tomato and mozzarella caprese skewers to a rustic tomato galette to no-bake salted chocolate oat bars, these potluck picks are sure to impress. Bonus: They're also quick and easy to pull together!

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Recipe: Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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In the South, we love buttermilk for more than just biscuits and cornbread. In fact, it's one of our favorite ingredients for marinating meat — and it's not just fried chicken. Good grilled chicken can benefit from a dip in this tangy liquid. Because it has a fair amount of acidity and lots of body, the buttermilk coats the chicken in both fat and flavor and acts as a carrier for lots of garlic and a little paprika.

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