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4th of July Recipe Ideas from the Half Hour Hostess

Southern Living The Half Hour Hostess4th of July Recipe Ideas from The Half Hour Hostess

If you’re me, everything is the last minute these days. Where does the time go?  If you’re short on time but want to wow your guests with some delicious food — here are some ideas.

Watermelon Barbeque Sauce
Makes: 3 1/2 cups Hands-on Time: 5 min. Total Time: 5 min.
Pick up a slab or two of ribs from your favorite ‘cue joint to serve with this sweet and zippy sauce.

3 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 (18-oz.) bottle barbeque sauce
2 Tbsp. lemon juice

1. Process chopped watermelon in a food processor until blended. Stir together watermelon puree, barbecue sauce, and lemon juice.

Tangy Blue Cheese Slaw
Makes: 8 servings Hands-On Time: 10 min. Total Time: 10 min.

Don’t be tempted to add more mayonnaise. Expect the dressing to lightly coat the slaw mix, and give it a toss just before serving.

½ cup white wine vinegar
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. sugar
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
2 (16-oz.) packages shredded coleslaw mix
4 green onions, sliced
1 (4-oz.) package crumbled blue cheese

1. Whisk together first 6 ingredients. Pour dressing over coleslaw mix and sliced green onions. Toss together, and top with crumbled blue cheese.

Blueberry Cobbler with Sugared Star Shortcakes
Makes: 10 servings Hands-On Time: 10 min. Total Time: 18 min.

Look for sparkling sugar at craft stores and supercenters. If you’re in a pinch, granulated sugar is a good substitute. Reduce amount to 2 teaspoons.

2 pt. fresh blueberries
½ cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. almond extract
2 (12-oz.) cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1 Tbsp. coarse sparkling sugar
Sweetened whipped cream

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until bubbly and sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
2. Separate biscuits, and flatten each into a 3 ½ – inch circle. Cut with a 3- inch star shaped cutter, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet; sprinkle with sparkling sugar, pressing to adhere. Bake at 400° for 8 minutes or until lightly browned.
3. Spoon blueberry mixture into 1- bowls; top with biscuits. Serve with whipped cream.

Recipes and photo are courtesy of Southern Living and The Half Hour Hostess.

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