Portable Picks to Make and Take on July 4th — Summer Soiree

Count on these on-the-go, make-and-take dishes that are perfect for potlucking and picnicking on the 4th of July.
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Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips

Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips

Food Network Kitchens Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips

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Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, GP. All Rights Reserved

Festivities for the  4th of July are coming up fast. No matter where you're celebrating, whether at home, at a friend's or in the great outdoors, making dishes that are easy to take on the go can be a game changer for your celebrations. Classic American dishes like burgers and hot dogs don't generally transport well on the fly, but luckily we have a few make-and-take dishes up our sleeve that will make potlucking and picnicking on Independence Day go off without a hitch.

Bring an extra-easy, patriotic appetizer that doesn't take more than 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Make quick red pepper salsa and creamy garlic-lime dip at home for  Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips. The dips are easy to pack up and bring, while the chips require just a trip to the store.

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Brian Kennedy , 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Cook up a big batch of orzo and toss with cherry tomatoes, red onion, fresh herbs and feta cheese for an easy-to-make  Orzo Salad.  Since it's a cold salad that just needs to be scooped to be enjoyed, this crowd-pleasing dish is a fuss-free option to take to a party.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Soup may not sound like the most-convenient dish to schlep, but not all soups are created equal. Make Anne Burrell's refreshing  Gazpacho ahead by pureeing the veggies in a blender, and transport the finished product in a plastic pitcher or bowl.

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Alice Gao, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Instead of toiling with dessert while you should be mingling, watching the fireworks and taking part in other 4th of July-ish things, plan on a treat that's best assembled a day in advance. Layered with homemade chocolate pastry cream, wafer cookies and bananas, Bobby Flay's  Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding is a scoopable finale for a cookout, and all there's left to do before eating is top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Don't forget to pack a drink to wash it all down. Ree Drummond's  Raspberry Lemonade is an easy, kid-friendly refresher that might taste even better when swigged in the great outdoors out of a plastic cup.

Get more recipes ideal for the 4th of July from our friends:
Bacon and Souffle:  Red, White and Blue Bark
Red or Green:  Roasted Sweet Pepper Salad

Elephants and the Coconut Trees:  Heirloom Tomato Pie

In Jennie's Kitchen:  Summer Raspberry Sorbet
Homemade Delish: 4th of July Cheesecake
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