Gallery: 57 Recipes For Your Fourth Of July Party

Mexican Roadside Chicken with Green Onions
Mexican Roadside Chicken with Green Onions
Grilled Pork Chops
Grilled Pork Chops
A brined, well seasoned, and properly grilled pork chop can be truly fantastic on its own—the meat is incredibly moist and the crust full of flavor

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Tocino (Filipino-Style Grilled Cured Pork)
Tocino (Filipino-Style Grilled Cured Pork)
There isn't much to tocino: thinly sliced pieces of pork shoulder are cured in sugar and salt for a few days, then pan-fried and served with egg and rice for a hearty morning meal.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs
Spare ribs, deep-fried so they are golden brown and a little crisp, are simmered in soy sauce and sugar. The mixture reduces into a syrupy glaze

[Photograph: Chichi Wang]

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Chili-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos
Chili-Spiced Skirt Steak Tacos
Of all the inexpensive cuts on the cow, the skirt is probably the greatest dollar-to-flavor value out there. It is riddled with plenty of buttery, beefy fat with a deep, rich flavor and a tender, juicy texture.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Grilled Chicken Breasts
Grilled Chicken Breasts
It's all too common of an occurrence to get dry, chewy, cardboardy breasts. This is all correctable though, and chicken breasts can be fantastic on the grill, it just takes a little know-how.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Mexican Roadside Chicken
Mexican Roadside Chicken
The succulent flavors--an earthy and acidic combination enlivened by the chicken's juiciness, paired very nicely with the green onion and tomatillo salsa accompaniments

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Grilled Chicken Under a Brick with Lemon, Garlic, Rosemary
Grilled Chicken Under a Brick with Lemon, Garlic, Rosemary
Crispy skin, moist chicken, and...a brick? Try this recipe out and you won't be disappointed, especially by the tangy combination of lemon, garlic, and rosemary

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Brazilian-style Peel and Eat Shrimp w/Fried Garlic
Brazilian-style Peel and Eat Shrimp w/Fried Garlic
These diminutive ruby-red, briny, thin-shelled gems, complete with head and legs, come glistening with olive oil and fried garlic.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Grilled Garlic-Lime Shrimp
Grilled Garlic-Lime Shrimp
A marinade heavy on the jalapeño, lime, and garlic with a little chili powder thrown in, is ideal as the shrimp soak up all these delicious flavors. A couple minutes on the grill and you have perfectly grilled and flavored shrimp.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Beef Satay
Beef Satay
These beef skewers are complimented by the traditional peanut sauce. It has an Asian flair that, while not traditionally July 4th food, is still somehow very appropriate.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onion-Jalapeno Sauce
Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onion-Jalapeno Sauce
The sauce is sweet with caramelized onions, hot with slivers of fresh jalapeño, and has just a touch of heavy cream. Cook your steak medium-rare and smother it with sauce, then tuck it into a sturdy roll and open wide.

[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

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Homemade Vegan Burgers That Don't Suck
Homemade Vegan Burgers That Don't Suck
You'll never look at veggie burgers the same way again after eating this one.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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The Ultimate Sliders
The Ultimate Sliders
Deep aromatic onion flavor, with beef that, despite its size, was moist, juicy, and had even retained a bare hint of pink.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Homemade Big Mac
Homemade Big Mac
Even though there are several different steps to this do-it-yourself Big Mac, the final result is a sandwich that's truly worthy of the title of American Icon.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Green Chorizo
Green Chorizo
The green chilies give it a very natural flavor that season the pork thoroughly with a spicy kick, but don't overpower the meat, creating a link with great flavor and balance.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Whiskey Wieners
Whiskey Wieners
By the way, even after several hours of slow-cooking, the whiskey aroma can still be quite powerful. And of course, the best thing to pair whiskey wieners with is... whiskey.

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

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Grilled Bratwurst with Beer, Mustard, Sauerkraut
Grilled Bratwurst with Beer, Mustard, Sauerkraut
Bratwurst simmered in sauerkraut and lager is a natural pairing. A few thyme sprigs and a scoop of good whole grain mustard are a welcome addition

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Seven Spice Pork Lettuce Wrap
Seven Spice Pork Lettuce Wrap
Blend it into ground pork and grill them into patties. Wrap them in lettuce and dip them in garlic-laced soy for a spicy, juicy, intensely savory hand-held snack.

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

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Classic Potato Salad
Classic Potato Salad
Tangy, salty, and sweet with a texture that's simultaneously creamy, crunchy, and fluffy in each bite, a perfect potato salad should taste feather-light, like this one.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Summer Tomato Salad
Summer Tomato Salad
There is a drizzle of sweet balsamic and a sprinkling of nutty, toasted pignolis. There is fresh basil and a crumble of tangy local chèvre.

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

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Three Melon Salad with Mint
Three Melon Salad with Mint
End your meal with this refreshing salad of watermelon, cantaloupe, and honey dew melon. Fresh mint was perfect to highlight the candy-like sweetness of the ripe melons.

[Photograph: Carrie Vasios]

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Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions, Basil
Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions, Basil
This make-ahead salad of sweet, crisp corn scraped off the cob, mild scallions, and fresh basil in a tart white wine vinaigrette is a great alternative.

[Photograph: Jennifer Segal]

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Watermelon, Lychee, Feta, and Basil with Spicy Lemongrass Vinaigrette
Watermelon, Lychee, Feta, and Basil with Spicy Lemongrass Vinaigrette
The watermelon grainy and watery, the lychee slippery and chewy, yet with a nice savory vinaigrette with a hint of heat, a touch of lemongrass, and a drop or two of soy sauce, they come together in a great way.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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The Best Basic Guacamole
The Best Basic Guacamole
Mashing the aromatics into a paste before adding them to the avocado will result in a guacamole that is far more evenly and deeply flavored as well

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Guacamole Variation #1: Different Citrus
Guacamole Variation #1: Different Citrus
Swapping out the traditional lime for lemon, bitter orange, or even grapefruit is a quick way to alter the profile of your guac.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Guacamole Variation #2: Mango and Jicama
Guacamole Variation #2: Mango and Jicama
The sweet tropical aroma of mango and the apple-y crunch of jicama actually do make for an interesting dip.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Guacamole Variation #3: Fermented Bean Paste and Chili Oil
Guacamole Variation #3: Fermented Bean Paste and Chili Oil
Guess what? Fermented Chili Bean Paste Guacamole is actually really tasty, especially when drizzled with some extra hot chili oil

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Cheeseburger Dip
Cheeseburger Dip
Described short and sweet: "It's so gross, but it's so AWESOME."

[Photograph: J. Kenji-Lopez-Alt]

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Queso Fundido con Chorizo Verde y Rajas
Queso Fundido con Chorizo Verde y Rajas
Melted cheese with green chorizo and roasted pepper strips. Umm...yes please?

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Wings al Pastor
Wings al Pastor
The heat is fairly mild, but there is a strong earthiness from the guajillo and chipotle chiles. They definitely need the pineapple and lime to bring some freshness to the party.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Really Good Oven-Fried Buffalo Wings
Really Good Oven-Fried Buffalo Wings
The secret to our perfect oven fried wings is rubbing the skin with salt and baking powder, leading to extra crisp results without having to heat up a big pot of oil.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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The Ultimate Extra-Crispy Double Fried Confit Buffalo Wings
The Ultimate Extra-Crispy Double Fried Confit Buffalo Wings
Full-on crisp, crackly, ever-so-slightly greasy, perfectly juicy and succulent, sauce-coated, tangy, vinegary Buffalo wing perfection in every lick-lipping, finger-dripping bite.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Tea-Smoked Chicken Wings
Tea-Smoked Chicken Wings
A wok is an excellent way to add a bit of light smoke flavor to smaller foods. A tin foil pouch with aromatics, and a rack are all you need to make these delicious tea-smoked wings

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Old Bay Hot Wings
Old Bay Hot Wings
This is a recipe for fairly normal hot wings, except they get a toss of Old Bay before being baked. The result is incredibly different from Buffalo wings, yet immensely satisfying.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Extra-Crispy Thai Sweet and Spicy Wings
Extra-Crispy Thai Sweet and Spicy Wings
Coated with the familiar Thai sweet and spicy sauce, the real magic of these wings was the batter, which was golden brown, crunchy, thick, and filled with little nooks and crannies for the sauce to settle in to.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Crispy Pork and Cabbage Egg Rolls
Crispy Pork and Cabbage Egg Rolls
You can fill them with anything you like—greens, vegetables, noodles, or minced meat or shrimp all work—but pre-roasted pork from a Chinese barbecue makes the whole thing that much easier and delicious.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Coconut Shrimp
Coconut Shrimp
The coconut flavor pairs perfectly with the sweet chili sauce we all know and love. Crispy and tangy, this is a great appetizer.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Alt-Lopez]

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Great Deviled Eggs
Great Deviled Eggs
There are a lot of poor deviled eggs in the world. These are not them. You'd better make an extra big batch, because they WILL go fast.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Bacon-Wrapped Crimini Mushrooms
Bacon-Wrapped Crimini Mushrooms
You can't go wrong with bacon, and when paired with earth crimini mushrooms and essence of grill, it's guaranteed to be gone in seconds.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Grilled Pizza Napoletana
Grilled Pizza Napoletana
Grilled pizzas have lightly crisp, thin crusts, so like a good Neapolitan pie, they shouldn't be over-topped. Just one or two carefully selected ingredients make for the best balanced pies.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Ceviche
Ceviche
Your imagination, or more realistically, your palate are the only things stopping you from creating your perfect ceviche. Just get really fresh fish.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Romaine Salad with Spicy Ranch, Tomatoes, Fried Onions
Romaine Salad with Spicy Ranch, Tomatoes, Fried Onions
Grilled hearts of romaine added a nice contrast between the lightly charred, soft leaves and the cool, crunchy ones that stayed raw. Just a little spicy Ranch went a long way, adding an excellent tang and kick.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Grilled Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Grilled Chorizo Stuffed Poblano Peppers
So it's kind of cheating to call this a grilled vegetable, but there are peppers involved right? These stuffed poblanos really build upon the awesomeness of the chorizo.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Grilled Salt and Vinegar Potatoes
Grilled Salt and Vinegar Potatoes
The vinegar both softens the sliced potatoes and infuses them with an intense tanginess. The standard salt, pepper, and oil seasoning are added and tossed over a medium-high fire until browned on both sides.

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, and Bread Salad with Olive-Caper Dressing
Grilled Asparagus, Zucchini, and Bread Salad with Olive-Caper Dressing
Kenji says: "This dish is f*&king delicious." I think we'll leave it at that.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Corn with Chili Lime Butter
Corn with Chili Lime Butter
Right off the grill, corn is mighty tasty, but slather on a butter mixture with chili powder, cayenne, lime zest and juice and it's taken to a whole new level

[Photograph: Josh Bousel]

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Beef Barbacoa Nachos with Pickled Onions
Beef Barbacoa Nachos with Pickled Onions
These beef barbacoa nachos take their cue from Northern Mexican flavors. The brisket slow-cooks in a Dutch oven until fall-apart tender and then gets hit with some creamy, chipotle-laced cheese sauce, pickled onions and a host of toppings like black olives.

[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

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Crispy Pepper Jack Quesadillas
Crispy Pepper Jack Quesadillas
The key to making them is having an appropriate cheese-to-tortilla ratio, a bit of oil, and high heat. And if you're worried about a bit of cheese oozing out, don't: it's the best part.

[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

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Quesadilla Fritas with Pickled Jalapenos, Cilantro, Chipotle Crema
Quesadilla Fritas with Pickled Jalapenos, Cilantro, Chipotle Crema
These are crunchy, have a slight kick, and are ooey-gooey with melted cheese. No one can resist.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

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Nachos with Cabbage, Beans, Cilantro Sauce
Nachos with Cabbage, Beans, Cilantro Sauce
These nachos happen to be vegetarian. They are packed with vegetables, from cilantro to poblano peppers to sweet onion to red cabbage.

[Photograph: Carolyn Cope]

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