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.
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.