. . . our potatoes and strawberries shall be! What do they have in common? Well, we’re not mixing the two luckily, but they’re both getting a a little red, white and blue makeover for a special day.
Our patriotic dishes are in honor of yesterday’s Independence Day, and the freedom since we have come to share. It was technically Freedom’s 236th Birthday, so we did not cut any corners! Along with our BBQ best, we had a Patriot’s Potato Medley Salad, and after dinner some Yankee Doodle-dipped berries. I know . . . that may sound a little cheesy, but the 4th is supposed to be festive and patriotism never goes out of style. Even our Founding Father John Adams, had this to say to us about the 4th of July:
“…It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with show, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” – John Adams, 1776
Well, skipping the gun part, I think we successfully upheld his wishes. We recruited some good friends to celebrate in our red, white and blues! Here’s what we made and how you can make it for another summer gathering soon…
Potato salad and BBQ’s go hand-in-hand, so we’re going to take a standard and give it a makeover. I usually opt for my Chicken Egg Potato Salad, but I also love using mini tri-color potatoes that really are red, white and blue varieties! Blue potatoes? Promise I’m not already drinking the sauce; there really are potatoes with a dark skin and bright blue flesh, and it’s not due to any dyes or trickery! They are mysterious, but taste just like our red new potatoes, so we’re going to throw them in too. If you’re still skeptical, check out the slide show below. We’re going to mix them with a little red onion, garlic, green onion, dill and a special sauce we’ll whisk together. It’s a good one, here’s how to treat these taters:
Looks like the hot dogs will become the side dish next to our stellar salad.
As for the strawberries, we’re doing a traditional chocolate dipped, but using white chocolate and a little blue-bedazzling. Just gently melting the white chocolate morsels, and believe-you-me, don’t over heat these, or you will be having patriotic cement for your gathering, and I already did that a few times. Good thing there were libations. If the melting ends victoriously, then these beautiful berries will go well alongside a bubbly Champagne toast, holiday or not! 5-7 servings of fruit a day they say, so here you go; now you can cross one off your list.
Hope you had a fun 4th of July with great company, delicious dishes, liberty libations & festive fireworks to go the night ’round!