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    3 Fourth of July Recipes to Wow Your Crowd

    June 28, 2017
    With 4th of July just around the corner, it's time to celebrate the United States - and what better way than around the grill with family, friends and food? We rounded up some favorite Independence Day recipes, from appetizers to burgers and sides. Feel free to use some during this years barbecue or party!

    1. Chickpea Cilantro Dip with Grilled Pita and Carrot Sticks

    Here’s a healthy and tasty appetizer you can serve while heating up the grill and flipping the burgers. The dip can be made one day ahead and brought to room temperature before serving.

    Start to finish: 45 minutes

    Serves: 4 (or more as an appetizer portion)

    1 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained

    1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt

    1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

    1 small garlic clove, chopped

    1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

    1 tablespoon water

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    2 (7-inch) pita loaves with pockets, split horizontally

    1/2 lb. carrots, trimmed and cut into sticks

    1. In a food processor, purée chickpeas with yogurt, cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, water, and salt until smooth.
    2. Prepare grill for cooking, and when fire is hot, grill pitas on lightly oiled grill rack, just until golden, about one minute per side.
    3. Serve dip with carrot sticks and grilled pita.

    2. Star Spangled Burgers

    Let your USA pride fly with these red, white and blue burgers that are sure to be a hit! Stuffed with red peppers and blue cheese, these are a great twist on the classic.

    Start to finish: 30 minutes

    Serves: 8

    2 pounds ground beef

    1 large red bell pepper, diced

    2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon ground black pepper

    2 (4 ounce) packages crumbled blue cheese

    1. Preheat outdoor grill to medium high heat.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, red pepper, garlic, salt, and pepper. Portion into 16 thin patties. Place 1 ounce blue cheese in the center atop 8 of the patties. And top each with a remaining patty. Seal the sides together so the cheese doesn’t escape during cooking.
    3. Cook on the preheated grill until the burgers are cooked to your desired temperature. Serve on hamburger buns with your choice of toppings.

    3. Grilled Ranch Potatoes

    If you’re already grilling, you might as well throw some potatoes on as well. Combined with cooling ranch, these are the perfect side dish for your celebration.

    Start to finish: 20 minutes

    Serves: 8

    2 lb. baby potatoes, halved

    1/4 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

    Juice of 1/2 a lemon

    1/2 packet ranch seasoning

    Kosher salt

    Freshly ground black pepper

    Ranch dressing, for drizzling

    Chopped fresh chives, for garnish

    1. Toss potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice, and ranch seasoning in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    2. Thread potatoes on skewers and grill over medium heat for about 15 minutes, until tender and lightly charred.
    3. Garnish with chives and ranch dressing.

    These grilling favorites are sure to satisfy at your 4th of July barbecue, but if you don’t feel like cooking this year, a fun Independence Day celebration can be had at Isle Casino® Racing Pompano Park!

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