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15 Fourth of July Appetizers Everyone Will Love

June 06, 2023

Wondering what to serve your guests while the burgers and steaks are on the grill? These summery starters are perfect for any backyard gathering―Independence Day included.

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The Best Fourth of July Appetizer Recipes

We look forward to our annual Fourth of July cookout all year long. It’s a day full of family and friends, grilling, cocktails and all things red, white and blue. Since it’s one of the biggest get-togethers of the season we have a tendency to go all out, planning a menu that will keep everyone happily snacking until the big fireworks display. The easiest way to do that? Start your afternoon with a selection of ooh- and aah-inspiring appetizers, like these ones. You’ll find delicious takes on caprese salad, crowd-pleasing dips, deviled eggs and more — but no summer party is complete without at least one type of bruschetta. We love including these gorgeous toasts because they’re surprisingly simple to make (and every bit as delicious as they look). The strawberries are a nice addition to in-season tomatoes, playing up the sweet-and-savory flavor profile. Simply spoon over freshly grilled bread and serve.

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American Flag Caprese Salad

This new take on caprese can be the centerpiece at your summer party. Build an American flag with purple potatoes, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. A large wooden cutting board lined with parchment makes the perfect serving platter.

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Ranch Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs meet Ranch dressing in this simple twist on the classic. The filling is flavored with sour cream and plenty of fresh herbs, along with a little bit of dried horseradish for some spice.

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Buffalo Puppies

Drizzle blue cheese sauce onto cocktail hot dogs and top with red onions and blue chips for bite-size appetizers.

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