So, I decided to create traditions - cookout, fireworks, fun. And the only fire in the yard is the controlled one inside the fire pit on the patio. Now, I host the cookout for lunch every year. I don't do the grilling, but I do the hunting & gathering, side-dishes, and themed trays.
OMG! DID I JUST SAY, "THEMED?"
Yes, yes I did. And we all know how much I LOVE themed things! I get tickled to death about making themed foods, so Independence Day is something I look forward to these days. I get excited about seeing what I can come up with that differs from the year before.
This year I decided to sketch out some theoretical food tray ideas, back in June. Nothing too fancy, just themed and fun!
IMPORTANT NOTE: First thing to do whenever you are making a fruit or veggie tray is to thoroughly wash all of your produce and set it aside until it is needed.
Ok, now that I've covered my important safety announcement, let's continue. To begin putting this tray together, I sliced up some provolone, pepper-jack, and Vermont sharp white cheddar. You can use any kind of white cheeses - Havarti, mozzarella, Gouda, etc. Then I sliced up 2 red bell peppers and picked out some cherry tomatoes. I layered everything in the form of the flag's red and white stripes then as follows:
- Red peppers
- White Cheddar
- More red peppers
Then I got some blue corn chips and put a couple of handfuls of them in the square of the upper left-hand corner to finish off the American flag look, and ta-da!
I had my doubts, but I think it turned out pretty good. Ok, well, it looks more like a starfish than a star, but hey, I free-handed it so that's the best I could do. Starfish are pretty too. (Even plastic ones like this one)
Thanks for reading, and if you have any 4th of July themed dishes that you made this year, and would like to share, please put them in comments below. Recipes and pictures are always welcome.
Oh, I almost forgot! Every year I make a cherry pie too with a different pastry symbol in the middle. This year I decided to stick with the star
I hope you had a wonderful 4th!