Start your Independence Day celebration with a delicious kick this year! These easy 4th of July appetizers are fun, festive and each one is full of flavor. Because the only thing summer parties really need are a few delicious appetizer recipes perfectly crafted to keep your guests entertained while you fire up the grill.
Treat them to a summery 4th of July cocktail to kick off the festivities, then one of these mouth-watering apps like spicy corn on the cob, sun-dried tomato dip, peeling shrimp, candied nuts and more. Happy 4th, America!
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The best 4th of July appetizers
1. Spicy corn on the cob
If you plan to fire up the grill, use this homemade spice blend for a memorable 4th of July appetizer.
2. Spicy Sriracha Basil Popcorn
This spicy snack is a modern twist on a classic treat that’s sure to please any 4th of July party. It’s convenient and easy to snack on between courses, and it has just enough zest to make it interesting for adults and kids alike!
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3. Goat Cheese Peperonata
Anne Burrell’s goat cheese peperonata are pretty as a picture, and they’re also the perfect snack size for a 4th of July get together. The sweet-smoky spread and crumbled goat cheese make a perfect memorable appetizer for the most festive red, white and blue inspired recipes.
Whether you’re feeding kids or adults, hummus is always a crowd favorite. Buying a pre-made pot is easy, but homemade is healthier and tastier!
5. Sun-Dried Tomato Dip
This tangy and delicious dip from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is full of bright summer flavors. Whether you serve it with veggies, crackers, or chips, it’s always a winner.
6. Sweet, Spicy, and Salty Candied Pecans
Also called “crack nuts” because they’re so addictive, these candied pecans are the perfect snack to serve with cocktails.
7. Peeled shrimps and homemade cocktail sauce
These Old Bay Seasoned Shrimp are perfect for a casual garden party – easy to make and fun to eat!
8. Thai Ground Chicken Lettuce Cups
Delight your guests with this light and wildly addictive aperitif. A little Sriracha will spice up the evening!
Make the celebrations more patriotic with these festive 4th of July desserts and red, white and blue drink ideas.
Jennifer Segal is the chef behind the famous food blog Once Upon a Chef. Intern Alyssa Rhodes contributed to this article.
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