Food of the Red White and Blue

Food of the Red, White, and Blue
PATRIOTIC PARTY IDEAS
Food of the Red, White, and Blue
These are the most patriotic bites around! From firecracker franks to an American flag pie, your guests will be bursting with patriotic pride.

Patriotic Pretzel Rods
Sweet, salty, and crunchy in every bite, these chocolate-dipped pretzels will be the stars of your party table.

Ingredients
Red, white, and blue candy melts
Pretzel rods
White sprinkles

Print Recipe
Melt the candy melts in the microwave according to package directions, each in its own separate bowl.
Dip two-thirds of the pretzel rod in the white chocolate. Lay out on parchment paper or cooling rack with wax paper underneath until hardened.
Dip the top third of the white section in the blue chocolate. While it is still wet, sprinkle with the white sprinkles. Allow to dry.
Pour melted red candy into a plastic baggie. Cut the corner of the baggie, and drizzle over the white section. Place on wax paper, and allow to harden.

Firecracker Dogs
No summer picnic is complete without hot dogs. Take your franks up a notch by adding some biscuit dough to turn them into sizzling firecrackers!

Ingredients
16 hot dogs
1 can refrigerated breadstick dough
16 thick slices Colby cheese (cut to about ¼ to ⅜-inch thick)

Print Recipe
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Stick a skewer all the way through each of your hot dogs, leaving about an inch and a half exposed out of the top of each hot dog.
Take a piece of breadstick dough, and carefully wrap it around a hot dog until you get to the top; repeat with the other hot dogs. Place the wrapped dogs on a Silpat® (nonstick baking liner) or parchment paper, and bake according to the package directions for the breadstick dough, about 20 minutes.
Using a small star cookie cutter, cut out your stars out of the cheese. (Note: how large or small your cookie cutter is will determine how many stars you get out of each slice of cheese).
After your hot dogs have cooled for 2–3 minutes, stick the skewer through the star at the top.

Red, White, and Blue Ice Cream Sodas
I scream, you scream, we all scream for red, white, and blue ice cream sodas! This is the perfect way to cool off at a hot summer picnic.

Ingredients
3–4 ice cubes
2 tablespoons Torani™ syrup, strawberry
Club soda
3 tablespoons half-and-half
2 tablespoons Torani™ syrup, blue raspberry
Whipped cream and a cherry for the top

Print Recipe
Add a few ice cubes to the glass. Pour in red syrup, and then measure in about ½ cup of club soda.
Add in half-and-half, followed by the blue syrup.
Top with whipped cream and a cherry.

American Flag Pie
There’s almost nothing as American as pie, especially this berry pie that looks just like Old Glory!

Ingredients
Refrigerated piecrust
1 can cherry pie filling
1 can blueberry pie filling
Egg whites, optional

Print Recipe
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Take one half of your piecrust, roll it out, and lay it in a pie pan. Make a dam/divider by tearing off a piece of aluminum foil and folding it over several times until it’s about 2 inches high. Then fold the foil in half, creating a sharp crease in the middle. Before you lay it in the pie plate, trim the ends to fit.
Open your foil dam/divider to a 90-degree angle, and place it in your pie plate.
Carefully spoon the cherry filling against the foil divider, and the same for the blueberry.
Use the entire can of cherry filling to fill up the cherry side of the pie, then finish filling the blueberry side to match. Once full, carefully lift up the foil divider to reveal a sharp boundary of cherry and blueberry.
Trim any excess piecrust to slightly outside the outer edge of the pie plate, then roll out the remainder of the piecrust. With a pizza cutter or knife, cut 6 strips of crust approximately 1-inch wide, and long enough to touch the sides of the pie pan.
Lay one pastry strip at the bottom of the blue filling to create a clean line. For the stripes adjacent to the blueberry filling, carefully cut one edge at a perfect right angle to place at the dividing edge of the red and blue pie filling, and lay across the cherry pie filling. Trim and press the edges of the strip laying on the piecrust rim into the crust. Continue until all 6 strips have been positioned.
Using a star cookie cutter, cut your stars out of the pastry. Lay stars all over the blueberry section of the pie. Fold the piecrust rim inwards, and crimp with your fingertips.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until crust is light golden brown. For a browner crust, brush the pastry with egg whites before baking.
Use these recipe ideas to throw your own patriotic summer bash, and share the photos from your celebration on social media using the hashtag #ALMbites.

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