Tomorrow is the Fourth of July! To help you have the best ever, I’ve put together a few ideas for a traditional Fourth of July picnic. At least in New England, salmon is a Fourth of July classic. So visit your favorite fishmonger and get out the grill. Then again, if you have a big crowd coming, it will be easier to prepare everything in advance and go with a cold buffet.
Start with a special cocktail: Spiked or not, Watermelon-Limeade is refreshing on a hot day. To nibble, try some Caponata with pita chips. Add a bowl of Spicy Olives and a real fan favorite Rosemary Cahews. With all the cooking done in advance, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy family and friends.
Moving onto dinner … Whip the salmon up in advance and serve it cold. Gravlax with Tarragon-Mustard Sauce would be a delicious choice. Or roast salmon in the morning and serve it cold with Tarragon Aioli. If you are noticing a pattern here, tarragon pairs very well with salmon. Serve the salmon with Asparagus & Radish Salad and Potato Salad Niçoise or maybe you’d prefer a creamy and delicious Potato Salad Dijon or New Potato Salad with Gorgonzola.
End on a sweet note with special, early summer dessert. The pick-your-own strawberry field down the road from my house is open. Strawberry Shortcake with Cardamom Cream is a terrific choice for a Fourth of July picnic. That said, Panna Cotta with Strawberries would be wonderful as well.
Have a wonderful picnic and a happy Fourth! Bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2014