Red, White, & Blue :: 3 Festive Fourth of July Recipes

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I think for a lot of us, our 4th of July plans might look a little different this year. Whether you will be having a quiet celebration at home or a socially-distanced gathering with friends, here are some fun and festive, red, white, and blue recipes to enjoy.

Let me start this by telling you something you already know, there are not a lot of naturally blue foods out there! Fortunately for us, blueberries are very much in season and there are several “you pick” farms around the DFW area if you want to take a day trip before cooking. Here is our Dallas Moms guide to local blueberry farms.

Yogurt and Berry Parfait

This is a very simple “recipe,” but it’s cute and healthy. My kids loved making it themselves and using the fancy glasses and grown-up spoons to eat it.

Yogurt and Berry Parfait
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Yogurt and Berry Parfait
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Instructions
  1. Fill the bottom of a glass with blueberries, add a layer of yogurt.
  2. Top with a layer of strawberries or raspberries, then add another layer of yogurt, and top with a swirl of honey and a few more berries for garnish.
  3. *You could use a flavored yogurt (like vanilla) instead of plain. If you do, I suggest omitting the honey.
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Cream Cheese Pound Cake with Berries

My mom is a wonderful cook, but she’s not big into cake decorating. I’d be willing to bet she’s never made a “flag cake” in her life. However, I remember her making this pound cake most summers. Top it with fresh berries and you have a perfect red, white, and blue dessert. It’s plenty to serve a crowd, but if you don’t want to share, it also pairs excellently with a cup of coffee in the morning (I won’t judge).

Cream Cheese Pound Cake
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Cream Cheese Pound Cake
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°.
  2. Cream butter and cream cheese together, add sugar. Beat well.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, while beating.
  4. Add vanilla and flour. Beat well for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan.
  6. Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Let cool for 15 minutes, then turn out on a plate. Serve with fresh berries.
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Red, White, and Blue Sparkling Sangria

This sangria is delicious, refreshing, and perfectly festive! I’m not sure why I didn’t think of this ahead of time, but when I pulled a pitcher of fruit and juice out of the refrigerator, my kids immediately thought it was for them. Luckily, it’s super easy to make a non-alcoholic version that is just as fun, but perfectly kid-friendly!

Red, White, and Blue Sparkling Sangria (plus non-alcoholic version)
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Red, White, and Blue Sparkling Sangria (plus non-alcoholic version)
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Instructions
  1. Combine chilled white wine, berries, and liqueur of choice in a pitcher. I really like this with elderflower liqueur, but we also tried it with triple sec and my husband preferred that one.
  2. Stir and refrigerate for 2-3 hours (or longer, but if you leave it overnight it will start to turn pink).
  3. Before serving, add sparkling wine and ice.
  4. *To make a non-alcoholic version, use 3 cups white grape juice and 1 bottle sparkling white grape juice in place of the wine
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No matter how you are celebrating this year, I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July!

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