We’ve been doing several articles on the upcoming summer and how to deal with the scorching heat that’s about to come. One of the highlights of summer is coming up in a few days, the 4th of July. America celebrates more than its 240th year of existence as a nation during this much-anticipated holiday, America celebrates its unity as a nation. A nation backed steeped in diversity.
This is why the 4th of July is normally celebrated with family and friends with a day filled with activities, a scrumptious feast and wonderful fireworks displays all over the country. The 4th of July has evolved from an event of historical significance to a celebration of the American people and how the importance of their interactions with each other form the building blocks that make this nation one of the greatest that ever existed in history.
That kinda brought a tear to my eye and goosebumps to my arms because of the truth in it. Now, say you’re almost all set for the 4th of July, you’ve got all your work wrapped up for this week as you’re about to take off, you’ve invited your family over along with some close friends as well, what are you missing out on? Of course! You need something to prepare that will turn your meal into a legendary banquet with proportions equal to the legend that this country is! Don’t worry we have some recipes that will make your 4th of July into a memorable experience.
We’ll start off with something refreshing for this scorcher of a summer. This recipe will cool down your guests and sets you up nicely for the main course. This light Fresh Lemon Greek Salad combines the zest of the citrus with the saltier components to whet your guests’ appetite and lines you up wonderfully for the main event.
Fresh Lemon Greek Salad
3 cups torn romaine lettuce
8 wedge-cut slices from a medium tomato
¼ cup thinly sliced radishes
¼ cup of thinly sliced onions
1 cup torn escarole or curly endive
2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon of honey
¼ teaspoon of dried oregano
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Combine the lettuce, tomato, radishes, onions, escarole or endive in a large salad bowl.
- Combined the olive oil, lemon juice, yogurt, honey and oregano in a mason jar. Shake it hard to combine all of the wonderful flavors. Pour over the salad as a dressing. Feel free to create more of this in case your guests want more. Pour this over the salad and toss well.
After that delicious salad, it’s time to turn our attention to our main course. Nothing defines summer and the 4th of July more than an outdoor grilled meal. The weather, the company and the fireworks that follow in the evening do well to complement being out grilling some good ol’ American meat. This also celebrates the abundance of our land and with so many to choose from, here’s an ideal recipe you just might want to try. An evolution of an American classic, this Honey Baby Back Ribs in Whiskey Marinade are guaranteed to make your guests happy in every way. It will take some advanced preparation but good things come to those who wait. This recipe serves 8 so feel free to scale it up
Honey Baby Back Ribs
3 racks of baby back ribs
¼ cup and 2 tablespoons of whiskey
¼ cup and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
¼ cup of pure honey
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 and ½ teaspoons of freshly ground white pepper
2 tablespoons of finely grated fresh ginger
½ teaspoons of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoons of freshly grated nutmeg
½ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup of honey
¼ cup of fish sauce (This is available at Asian markets, don’t smell it but trust me on this, when mixed with sweet ingredients it makes a heavenly concoction.)
¼ cup of soy sauce
¼ cup of red pepper flakes
¼ cup of cilantro
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of hot water
- Marinate the ribs by laying them out on a baking dish. In a separate bowl, whisk the whiskey and soy sauce. Add in the ginger, honey, white pepper, sesame oil, cinnamon and nutmeg while continuing to whisk. Pour the marinade over the ribs and rub it with your hands to coat both sides. Cover then refrigerate for 4 hours.
- Proceed to making the glaze by combining the honey with the hot water. In a separate bowl, put together the lime juice and the fish sauce, soy sauce, pepper flakes, cilantro and sugar. Stir them together until the sugar is dissolved in the mixture.
- Fire up your oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, allow it to heat up for a good 15 minutes. While waiting for the oven to heat up, line a baking sheet with foil to make cleanups easier. Lay the ribs on this and roast it for 2 hours. Baste the ribs with the honey and hot water mixture then roast for another 15 minutes. Remove the ribs and apply more honey sauce to it while cooling.
- That step was necessary to make those ribs nice and tender. You’ll need to grill them for that finishing touch. Grill the ribs over a hot grill that’s already on moderately high heat. Lightly char it for a good 4 minutes each side. Serve it up and enjoy!
Highlight your main course with some baked beans, corn or potatoes and enjoy a true, blue American picnic. Happy 4th of July, everybody!