Can you believe the Fourth of July is almost upon us?
If not, we don’t blame you. It’s one of those holidays that seems to sneak up on us every single year–which means we quietly postpone our plans for hosting parties and BBQs until the following year, having not had time to prepare. If this sounds anything like you, we have good news: this year is going to be different.
This year, we’re prepping you a ready-made menu that you can whip up entirely at just a few hours’ notice. That’s right, no need to make plans weeks–or even days–in advance. And if you don’t have the energy for a party, that’s fine too–we can guarantee you’ll still want to make at least one of our picks.
To start: caesar salad
We could wax poetic about Caesar salads all day long–from the way the hydrating romaine perfectly absorbs the creamy, briny flavor of the dressing. But instead, we’ll save you time and tell you this: our version, which leverages the herbaceous and health-boosting chicory root in addition to all of the usual suspects, is the best version we’ve tried.
To pair: fries and grand aioli
Caesar salad and fries are an unbeatable combo, but if you really want to amp up the appetizer ante, why not pair them with our grand aioli platter? Our platter features a creamy and flavorful homemade aioli, but that’s just the beginning; our intention is for the sauce to sit in a bowl in the platter’s center surrounded by a veritable feast of shrimp, asparagus, and fingerling potatoes. Yes, please.
The vegetarian main: mushroom walnut veggie burgers
Meatless meals are hardly the exclusive reserve of vegetarians anymore. In fact, there are a number of people who love meat and still voluntarily forgo it when there’s an excellent vegetarian option in the mix. And our mushroom walnut burger most certainly qualifies, not just as a vegetarian option, but as an excellent one, indeed.
The meat-eater’s main: smash burger
Not quite ready for a mushroom burger? No judgment! We can guarantee our smash burgers will do the trick, and–in what might seem like a Fourth of July first–there’s no grill required for these ones. And even if you opt for the mushroom, don’t miss out on making this recipe’s secret sauce.
The sip: lemonade concentrate
We took all of the nostalgic flavors of your childhood favorite, lemonade, and removed the processed sugars to give it a healthier twist. It’s easy to store–simply combine with 5 cups of water, top with ice, and stir to combine.
The sweet: Icebox cake
This icebox cheesecake comes together in a matter of six hours–but fear not! The prep time is no more than 35 minutes. Oh, and lest we forget: our version is not your average cheesecake–it’s bursting with the additional flavors of raspberry and pistachio, and if you’re feeling extra festive, edible rose petals sprinkled on top?
Happy Fourth! If you make any of our recipes, tag us on social using #casadesuna