3 easy, classic recipes to try out this 4th of July

The Fourth of July begs for classic American recipes. Essentially, that calls for two cornerstones of the American diet: fat and alcohol. Below are three simple recipes sure to impress your guests on this iconic holiday.

Deviled eggs

Ingredients:

  • 6 eggs
  • 2 spoonfuls mayonnaise
  • 2 spoonfuls mustard
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Paprika (optional)

Method:

  • Place eggs in a pot large enough to keep them in one layer. Fill with cold water until they are submerged about 1 inch.
  • Bring to a rolling boil, uncovered.
  • Remove from heat and cover with lid.
  • Set timer for 13 minutes.
  • Remove eggs and submerge in an ice bath for about 5-7 minutes or until cool to the touch.
  • Peel eggs.
  • Slice eggs in half lengthwise.
  • Gently scoop out yolks and place in a bowl.
  • Add mayonnaise, mustard and lemon juice, and stir with a fork until well combined.
  • Season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Spoon egg yolk mixture back into both halves of sliced egg whites.
  • Garnish each with a pinch of paprika for a classic look and serve.

This recipe easily scales up or down depending on how many people you plan to serve. Feel free to adjust the amount of seasoning until your desired consistency is reached. Experiment by adding some horseradish sauce for an extra kick, garnishing with some chopped dill or lemongrass for a pleasant earthy, lemony flavor, or substituting regular paprika for smoked paprika for an added flavor boost.

 

Kraft Mac & Cheese on steroids

Ingredients:

  • Boxed Kraft Mac & Cheese
  • Generous pat of butter
  • Splash of milk
  • Black pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoons oil (preferably olive)

Method:

  • Prepare mac and cheese as instructed on the box; this includes adding the butter, milk and powdered cheese sauce.
  • Toast garlic in oil over medium heat until browned (but not burned) on all sides.
  • Chop up garlic and add to mac and cheese.
  • Generously season with pepper.
  • Serve immediately while hot.

Again, this recipe easily scales up depending on how many you plan to serve. The garlic really amps up the flavor and elevates the recipe beyond what you’re normally used to. Kraft Mac & Cheese is near and dear to my heart — as a kid, I ate it at least once a week with a glass of Dole Pineapple Orange Banana juice on the side. This recipe is great to eat even without guests; it’s good enough to eat in one sitting and still want more. 

 

Three-ingredient kombucha cocktails

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 parts kombucha
  • 1 part sparkling white wine
  • Mint leaves to garnish

Method:

  • Mix 1.5-2 parts kombucha to 1 part white wine depending on your preferred alcohol content.
  • Pour each serving in a cup, garnish with a mint leaf and serve.

You could also crush the mint leaves and add to each cup for a more refreshing flavor profile. Pro tip: Sneak some large thermoses into International House and siphon off some kombucha of your choice.

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