Top 5 July 4th Recipes

We all know that BBQ is King at most July 4th celebrations, but what else is on the menu?  Our Gatekeeper's shared their Top 5 recipes that will be celebrating with this holiday.  From classics to a new twist on the burger, check out these recipes, and share your favorites with us.

1.  Pasta Salad

2 boxes Tri-color pasta (any brand)
1 sweet red onion
1 jar pitted kalamata olives (drained)
1 container of feta cheese
1 container grape tomatoes (sliced in half)
1 16oz bottle of Italian dressing


Cook and drain pasta (salt the water).  Let pasta cool slightly in a large mixing bowl before adding other ingredients.  Roughly chop the red onion and add to pasta.  Add olives, feta, and grape tomatoes.
Mix ingredients until evenly distributed.  Pour in bottle of Italian dressing and mix thoroughly.  Season to taste with your favorite seasoning if necessary.

2.  Marshmallow Creme Fruit Dip

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
1 jar (about 7 or 8 oz.) Marshmallow Creme
7 oz. sweetened condensed milk (1/2 14 oz. can)


Combine ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Makes about 5 cups.

Serve with granny smith apple slices.

3.  Frosty Toffee Bits Pie Recipe

1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup half-and-half cream
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package (8 ounces) milk chocolate English toffee bits, divided
1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)


In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cream until blended. Fold in whipped topping and 1 cup toffee bits.  Spoon into crust; sprinkle with remaining toffee bits. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove from the freezer 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Originally published as Frosty Toffee Bits Pie in Taste of Home June/July 2008, p22

4.  Grilled Cheese-Stuffed Turkey Burgers

3lbs ground turkey breast
1 or 2 jalapeño chiles, seeded, chopped
1 cup diced Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño chile peppers
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa
12 hamburger buns, split, toasted
12 slices tomato
Additional Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa, if desired


Heat gas or charcoal grill. In large bowl, mix turkey, chiles, cheese, pepper and 1 1/2 cups salsa. Shape mixture into 12 patties, each about 3/4 inch thick.  Place patties on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 12 to 15 minutes, turning once, until thermometer inserted in center of patties reads 165°F.  Serve burgers on buns with tomato slices and additional salsa.

5.  Basic Deviled Eggs

6 large eggs 
2 tablespoons mayonnaise 
1 1/2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash of pepper
Garnish: paprika


Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan; add water to depth of 3 inches. Bring to a boil; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.  Drain immediately and fill the saucepan with cold water and ice. Tap each egg firmly on the counter until cracks form all over the shell. Peel under cold running water.  Slice eggs in half lengthwise, and carefully remove yolks. Mash yolks with mayonnaise. Add relish, mustard, salt, and pepper; stir well. Spoon yolk mixture into egg whites. Garnish, if desired.

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