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Kicking off Independence Day festivities with these hot 4th of July appetizers can really get the fun times going. While some of us consider making finger foods a waste of time, thinking about how many hungry guests will be arriving with barbecue on the mind will make it worth the effort. Quite naturally, potato chips, an assortment dips and soda will only hold the hungry mob off for so long!

Besides, who wants to munch on carrot and celery sticks all afternoon while the aroma of grilling steaks and ribs fill the air? This is when the coin phrase "Can we eat yet?" becomes unnerving! If you want to really keep your guest and chef happily sated until the main course is ready, try some great tasting 4th of July appetizer recipes.

Patriotic Pops

On this holiday, we can break the rules for having dessert before dinner. The 4th of July can be a pretty hot day, especially for those grilling out in the sun. Keep everyone cool and happy with red, white and blue pops. These pops can typically be bought pre-made at the store.

DIRECTIONS: To make yourself, simply pour red, white and blue colored juices into an ice tray, and then freeze with popsicle sticks stuck in! It's one of the easiest and fun appetizers you can make during Independence Day, and a treat you can get the kids involved in making too!

Avocado Angel Eggs

Instead of the traditional deviled eggs try Avocado Angel eggs for a little taste of heaven!


DIRECTIONS: Using one dozen large eggs to serve up to 24 guests, hard boil the eggs and let stand to cool. Then cut each egg lengthwise exposing the yolk. Remove and chop the yolk. Next combine three ripe California Avocados (peeled and pitted of course) with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1-2 cloves of very finely chopped garlic, green onions or shallots, and red, yellow and green bell peppers. Add a teaspoon of black pepper and a half teaspoon of salt. Once the avocado mixture is complete, fill the egg halves and garnish with the chopped yolk and bacon bits. Yum!

Pigs in a Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are by far the most common finger food served at nearly every family function or gathering. However, making BBQ Pigs in a blanket are fun and a slight change of pace.


DIRECTIONS: First grill the hot dogs (using three 10 packs for 60 pigs in a blanket is ideal.) Next, all you'll need is a couple of cans of old fashion butter biscuits or croissants and your favorite BBQ sauce. Cut the hot dogs in half then taking a half slice of cheese wrap the half dogs with the cheese and biscuit. Place the prepared dogs on a cookie sheet and place in a preheated oven at 300 degrees and for 10-15 minutes or until the biscuit or croissants are plump and golden brown. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and drizzle with BBQ sauce also served on the side with mustard and mayo. Serve hot or cold these are great 4th of July appetizers!

Cheesy Meat Balls Puffs

Have a little nutrition with your finger foods for the 4th of July. Try these cheesy meat ball puffs! These are loads of fun to make and eat. All you need is your choice in meats. Be it crab, tuna, shredded or pâté beef, chicken or can select one or more meat fillings to give your guest a true treat!


DIRECTIONS: Simply prepare the meat filling to your liking the night before. Then using a can or two of butter biscuits, flatten the precut batter and cut into smaller circles. Take a tablespoon of the meat filling and a pinch of graded American cheese. Roll into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in the oven at the appropriate temperature until golden brown. Once the meat balls are done, sprinkle them with cheese and bacon bits to create the best July Fourth appetizers!

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