4th of July Menu and Food Safety

Courtesy of epiphanystl.org – click for website

For the first time in 10 years, I am not hosting a 4th of July party. When I moved to my first house, it was to a neighborhood close (walking distance) to the fireworks in my city. The next house, has a neighbor with a really great view, so at the end of the BBQ, my friends, all the kids and I would walk to the hill behind my neighbors house. It was lovey, it was wonderful, it was a lot of work.

This year, the kids are gone to grandma’s house and the husband is travelling. That is too much work and food to bring chaos to a house I get to clean up alone. So, this is the year the annual 4th of July party went bust.

But, in case you have a shindig planned for tomorrow, I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes for the occasion:

Hamburgers

Everyone has their favorite version, but save me from the pre-formed cardboard patties, blech

2lbs ground beef (or ask your butcher to ground a chuck roast)
1/4C favorite BBQ sauce
1Pkg Lipton Onion Soup Mix
2 splashes of Worstershire sauce

Mix the above ingredients and form into 8 hamburgers. Grill to desired doneness.

Broccoli Salad

Pasta Salad

This salad contains no mayo- so it is relatively safe to have out and about during a warm picnic.

1 Pkg Favorite Noodles, I like rainbow twisted ones they are so pretty
4 TBSP Balsamic Vinegar
8 TBSP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 TBSP Italian Seasoning
2 Balls Fresh Mozzarella, chopped
4 Tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 Lb of pepperoni or salami

Boil the noodles, and on a warm day, boil the noodles early, early in the morning, with windows and doors open to get the heat/steam outside before it gets too hot. Drain the noodles and set aside (Do Not Rinse the noodles, it keeps the dressing from sticking to them). Mix the Balsamic, Olive Oil, Seasoning and toss in the noodles till completely covered. Let noodles cool in the fridge. Bring out and toss the Tomatoes, Salami and Mozzarella. (You want the noodles cold for this so they don’t melt the cheese or get the meat too greasy) If the noodles have soaked up all the dressing, make some more and toss again. Serve room temperature.

As always, when BBQing outside, please be aware of food safety guidelines. We want poeple to remember the party, not the after effects!

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