10 Ridiculously Last Minute Fourth of July Recipes

Has your husband/boyfriend/lovable-but-absent-minded roommate recently called to inform you that the barbecue you are attending tonight is, in fact, a potluck, then followed up with “What are we bringing?” and, “Oh, didn’t I tell you?” It sounds like you and I are living parallel lives you could use one of these 10 last-minute Fourth of July recipes.

10 Fast Fourth of July Recipes

Ben and I are, in fact, attending a potluck (a pig roast!), and to give him his due justice, he gave me 24 hours notice that we should bring, “more than one thing.” He also suggested that we “just buy it,” a clear indication that after our three plus years co-habitation, I am still a total stranger.

Unless it’s a bottle of wine, I feel strongly about showing my host my appreciation for his or her efforts (such as burying a pig in the ground) by arriving with something I made myself. I find it doesn’t matter so much how much or how little time I spend on the dish—all my hosts remember is that I cared enough to expend a measure of effort contributing to the meal, even if that effort was restricted to three ingredients and 10 minutes.

In case you, like me, need to pull a dish together by tonight or tomorrow, here are 10 excellent options that you can bring with pride to any Fourth of July affair. All are ready in less than half an hour and have ingredients you can find at your nearest grocery store. As this post goes to press, I have yet to grocery shop, but I’m fairly settled on #2 and #8, and I might have to throw in a #10, because I like to make an entrance.

Spinach artichoke dip meets mac and cheese in this decadent, suprisingly healthy recipe

Spinach Artichoke Mac and Cheese

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Clean Eating Cherry Blackberry Crisp made with wholesome oats, pecans, and maple syrup

Cherry Blackberry Crisp

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Raspberry Angel Food Cupcakes with Lemon Whipped Cream

Raspberry Lemon Angel Food Cupcakes

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Pesto Potato Salad

Pesto Potato Salad

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4 Ingredient Hummus Crusted Chicken. So juicy and takes only 5 minutes to prep!

Hummus Crusted Chicken

Hummus Crusted Chicken is the latest episode in my love affair with chickpeas. I’ve long been a devotee of these peculiarly shaped little beans, to the extent that I once wrote them a sonnet....

Red White and Blueberry Cheesecake Bars. The perfect dessert for the Fourth of July!

Red White and Blueberry Cheesecake Bars

One of the things that I miss most about being home in Kansas is my Grammy’s porch suppers on the Fourth of July. We rub extra butter on our corn on the cob, consume...

BLT Pasta Salad

BLT Pasta Salad

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3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam

3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam

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