The Butcherbox 4Th Of July Menu

The Fourth of July is the perfect holiday to showcase the best of summer cooking, from meaty grilled masterpieces to beautiful stone fruits—or maybe both!

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We’ve compiled a Fourth of July menu, from which you can mix and match to make your ideal summer food spread. We’ve got everything covered, including appetizers to munch on while you grill, char-kissed mains, bright side dishes, and even a dessert you can make on the grill.

On this menu, you’ll find celebratory recipes like:

  • Baked wings with tangy yogurt dip
  • Greek bison burgers
  • Peachy BBQ chicken thighs
  • Potato salad with grilled bacon and herbs
  • Grilled peach shortcake
  • And more!

We hope your holiday is filled with family, great food, and a healthy dose of vitamin D. Happy Fourth of July!

Appetizers

Deviled Egg Trio

Deviled eggs are an enduring appetizer, for good reason. But this deviled egg trio goes above and beyond with new flavors, including avocado, bacon, and smoked salmon.

If you haven’t made deviled eggs before, the classic recipe calls for hard-boiled eggs, cut in half with the yolks separated. Add to your yolk mixture some mayonnaise, dry mustard, and salt, then fill your egg white halves with the mixture.

Now, if you want to mix things up, try experimenting with mashed avocado in place of mayo, or adding crispy bacon or smoked salmon. Yum.

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Easy Baked Wings with Tangy Yogurt Dip

Spicy, crispy, and tangy: These easy baked wings with tangy yogurt dip may be the best chicken wings you’ve ever had. You’ll want them on your Fourth of July spread.

These easy baked wings are a good bit healthier than their fried counterparts, but every bit as flavor-packed. They’re gluten-free, to boot.

It’s the spicy rub that makes these chicken wings shine, complete with paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne. Don’t forget about the glistening melted butter that helps them to crisp up.

Finally, the tangy yogurt sauce comes together with a bit of Greek yogurt, reserved dry rub, sour cream, a bit more cayenne, and a few more key ingredients.

Bacon Guacamole

Looking for a Fourth of July appetizer that takes barely any effort at all? Try this bacon guacamole.

This recipe is just your basic guacamole, made all the better with crispy bacon. Just cook up some bacon and crumble it, then work it into guacamole made with avocados, lime juice, minced garlic, fresh cilantro, salt, and pepper.

Appetizers don’t have to be hard, and this endlessly dippable bacon guacamole is a testament to that.

Entrées

Burgers on Fourth of July just make sense. But this year, try mixing things up with this Greek bison burger recipe.

These burgers are tangy, savory, and so satisfying, thanks to a burger patty made with ground bison, feta, kalamata olives, garlic, oregano, and black pepper. No need for extra salt, as the feta and olives provide plenty.

A homemade tzatziki makes every bite creamy and delicious. Serve these bison burgers sandwiched between pita halves for a fully Mediterannean-inspired meal.

Just Peachy! BBQ Chicken Thighs

Sweet and juicy, these Just Peachy! BBQ chicken thighs make fruit part of the main dish, and wow, do they succeed.

With ripe peaches aplenty in summer, this recipe is perfect for the Fourth of July. To make it, you’ll start by whipping up a quick and easy BBQ sauce, made with onion, ketchup, Tamari, apple cider vinegar, coconut sugar, and more.

Meanwhile, halve and pit your peaches, and slather your chicken in the homemade sauce. Grill both to perfection. From here, you can serve it all atop a vibrant salad, or alongside some great side dishes. We’ve got a few suggestions for those later in the list.

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Sirloin Cap with Peppers and Onions

Sirloin cap, aka coulotte or picanha, may be a lesser-known cut, but one bite of this sirloin cap with peppers and onions recipe and you’ll wonder why.

This cut is large enough to feed a family and grills up beautifully with very little effort. It’s the marinade that imparts bright, bold flavors to this sirloin cap, thanks to a (literal, as in you’ll use a blender) blend of garlic, onion, Fresno pepper, sugar, beer, orange juice, and more.

Once you’ve grilled your sirloin cap, peppers, and onions, you can fold it inside warm tortillas with fresh avocado and a spritz of lime. Amazing.

Side Dishes

Summer Potato Salad with Grilled Bacon and Herbs

If it’s the Fourth of July, you’ve probably already got your grill fired up. You had may as well throw on some bacon and corn and make this summer potato salad with grilled bacon and herbs.

Beyond grilled corn and bacon, you’ll just need to boil some red potatoes and toss it all with some fresh herbs and dressing. To make that dressing, combine champagne vinegar, Dijon mustard, whole grain mustard, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.

It’s bright, vibrant, and zingy.

Grilled Veggies with Aged Balsamic

Nothing tastes better than char-kissed veggies, so whip up these grilled veggies with aged balsamic while you’re working on your entrée.

While you can customize this side dish with almost any veggie you’d like, we’ve used a colorful blend of red onion, asparagus, portobello mushrooms, corn, Japanese eggplant, and more.

Because the grill imparts so much flavor, the seasoning for these veggies is simple. Just sprinkle with salt, pepper, and drizzle on aged balsamic.

Dessert

Grilled Peach Shortcake

Skip the strawberries and opt for grilled peach shortcake this Fourth of July. Sweet, caramelized grilled peaches, tall, buttery biscuits, and thick, decadent whipped cream—need we say more?

Make the shortcakes ahead of time by baking them in the oven. They’re a tall, sweet biscuit that pairs wonderfully with caramelized fruit and whipped cream. To grill your peaches, simply cut and grill flesh-side down on the hot side of the grill. When they’re done grilling, slice them and toss with sugar.

easy ways to make your Takeout at home

Almost everyone has a go-to takeout spot—or several. But, if you’re itching for creamy and spicy chicken tikka masala, or a drive-thru worthy fried chicken sandwich, you might be surprised at how simple it is to replicate your favorites at home.

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This compilation features several recipes for whipping up common takeout dishes at home. You’ll find recipes for:

  • A succulent meatball sub
  • Homemade orange chicken
  • A foolproof 3-ingredient burger
  • Copycat chicken burrito bowls
  • And more!

Many of these recipes take very little time to cook at home, meaning they’re faster than picking up takeout or delivery anyways. Enjoy!

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1. Pork and Beef Meatball Sub

If you’re a meatball sub lover, this pork and beef meatball sub is just as good as the ones from your favorite sandwich shop—or possibly, better.

It starts with some particularly tender meatballs, made from a succulent blend of ground pork and ground beef. Milk (or heavy cream) and breadcrumbs make them extra indulgent. Once you whip up these meatballs, all you’ll need is some good sub sandwich bread and marinara sauce. Toss on some parmesan for good measure.

2. Quick Chicken Tikka Masala

Indian dishes like curry, tikka masala, korma, and more are some of the best things to order out. With this quick chicken tikka masala recipe, you can capture the same bold flavors in your own kitchen.

Aromatic spices like garam masala and turmeric join garlic, ginger, and tomatoes for an intensely fragrant sauce. Tangy yogurt cools some of the spice and lends it a delicious creaminess, while chicken grows tender in the sauce.

You get all that in less than 25 minutes with this recipe—less time than it would take to pick up or have takeout delivered.

3. BB Fried Chicken Sandwich

Fried chicken sandwiches are a drive-thru favorite, but we think this BB fried chicken sandwich is even better.

A truly epic meal, this sandwich requires two hands, thanks to additions like bacon, a tangy pickled slaw, and creamy avocado mayo. It’s the uber-crisp fried chicken cutlet that shines, though.

To make the cutlet, you’ll dredge thinly sliced chicken breast with garbanzo bean flour (or your preferred flour), and a spice blend of chili powder, black pepper, garlic powder, salt, and paprika. The cutlets are shallow-fried and emerge crunchy and warm. Yum.

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4. Homemade Orange Chicken

What would a takeout-inspired list be without homemade orange chicken? This tangy, sweet meal is a household favorite.

While the sauce may be bursting with flavor, you might be surprised to know you can make it with things you likely have lying around. The orange sauce that lacquers the chicken comes together with soy sauce, honey, orange juice, orange marmalade, ketchup, rice vinegar, and sesame oil. Serve your homemade orange chicken atop a fluffy mound of rice, with your favorite veggies on the side.

5. Simple 3-Ingredient Burger

You could hit the drive-thru, or you could whip up this simple 3-ingredient burger in less than 15 minutes flat.

A burger patty requires only a few things: Ground beef, garlic powder, paprika, and some salt. Just combine these ingredients and form the mixture into some patties. From there, you can grill or pan-sear your patties to perfection. Don’t forget a slice of your favorite cheese, if you’re so inclined!

This is a great basic recipe to start with. You can pile your burger high with your desired toppings, or keep it simple with a lettuce wrap and some condiments.

6. Chicken Burrito Bowl

Replicate your favorite chicken burrito bowl at home with some basic ingredients. The flavor-packed marinade for this chicken takes it to the next level.

To make the marinade, you’ll need onion, garlic, lime juice, chili powder, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce, olive oil, and some key spices. Those include cumin and oregano, among others. You’ll want to marinate your chicken for at least an hour, up to 4 hours. Then, grill it until blackened and delicious.

You can customize your burrito bowl just as you would at the takeout spot, with rice, beans, cheese, lettuce, salsa, and more.