You’ve got a week to create a special July 4th dish, on the theme of red white and blue. It can be as simple as vanilla ice cream or any other white food with red and blue berries, or an elaborate cake.
It’s easy to find red berries and blue berries. For white fruit, consider apples, bananas, coconut and lychees. You can also use a white topping—cream cheese, crème fraîche, frosting, mascarpone, sour cream, whipped cream, yogurt, etc.
One of the challenges is the lack of blue food, other than blue cheese and hard-to-find blue potatoes, in the savory dishes for lunch and dinner. But you can easily create tasty and artistic July 4th food in the other categories.
Check the drawer for star-shaped or bell-shaped cookie cutters, check the stores for red, white and blue sprinkles and candy stars.
Patriotic fruit skewers, for dessert or snack. Photo courtesy Stix Mediterranean Grill | NYC.
Cottage cheese or yogurt with red and blue berries
Pancakes, waffles or French toast with a garnish of sour cream or whipped cream and red and blue berries (recipe)
Lunch & Dinner
A star-shaped piece of white American cheese atop a slice of tomato on a burger
Red, white and blue potato salad (recipe)
Angel food cake with berries (recipe)
Ice cream, sorbet, ice cream cake or ice cream pie with red and blue berries
Panna cotta with red and blue fruits
Red velvet cake/cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and blueberries or blackberries (recipe)
Red, white and blue fruit salad
Red, white and blue shortcake (recipe)
Red, white and blue fruit skewers (see photo)
Red, white and blue potato salad, with red and blue-jacketed potatoes (you can add crumbled blue cheese, too)
Rice pudding or vanilla pudding parfait, layered with red and blue berries
Star-shaped watermelon cake, cut from a melon and decorated with red, white and blue fruits
Strawberries dipped in white chocolate and blue sanding sugar (recipe)
Vanilla pudding or mascarpone-filled tartlets with red and white berries
White cheeses with red and blue fruits