Posted: Jul 03, 2012 10:00 AM
Forget the red, white and blue tablecloths and napkins -- go colorful with your food items instead! Check out these clever patriotic-looking foods for your 4th of July gathering.

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Red, white & blue slaw salad

Serve this colorful side dish with your favorite barbecue foods.


  • 12 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 6 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup coleslaw dressing
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. In a large bowl, combine the bacon, cabbage and the coleslaw dressing and mix well.
  2. Embellish with the tomatoes and blue cheese.
  3. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Mom Tip^Roll a vanilla ice cream cone in red and blue sprinkles! ~Abigail

Patriotic chicken

Did you ever think chicken could be red, white and blue? With red berry sauce and blueberry stuffing, your white chicken is all set!

Berry sauce


  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, halved
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a pot over medium heat.
  2. Cook slowly, stirring occasionally.
  3. Continue cooking until the sauce starts to thicken.

Main dish


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Grease the grill slats and start the grill.
  2. While the grill heats, butterfly the chicken breasts.
  3. Spread 1/4 of the ricotta on each breast and spread the blueberries over the cheese.
  4. Fold the chicken back over and secure with some twine. Coat generously with salt and pepper.
  5. Grill the chicken 10 minutes on each side. Cool slightly.
  6. Serve with the berry sauce.

Mom Tip^Make finger sandwiches with the white bread, strawberry jelly and blueberries. ~Robyn

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Patriotic gelatin salad

This gelatin salad is almost too pretty to eat… almost.


  • 2 packages blueberry gelatin (3 ounces each)
  • 2 packages strawberry gelatin (3 ounces each)
  • 4 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups cold water, divided
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. In four separate bowls, prepare the blue and red gelatin as instructed on the package.
  2. Pour one bowl of blue gelatin into an oiled 10-inch fluted tube pan. Chill 30 minutes or until it is almost set.
  3. Set aside the remaining bowls of gelatin at room temperature.
  4. Soften the unflavored gelatin in the remaining cold water and let it stand for 5 minutes.
  5. Heat the milk in a saucepan to just below boiling. Stir in the softened gelatin and the sugar until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the sour cream and the vanilla until it is smooth and spoon 1-1/2 cups over the set blue gelatin in the fluted pan. Chill for 30 minutes.
  7. Spoon one bowl of the room-temperature red gelatin over the sour cream layer. Chill another 30 minutes.
  8. Spoon 1-1/2 cups of the sour cream mixture over the red gelatin.
  9. Repeat, adding the layers of the blue gelatin, sour cream mixture and the strawberry gelatin. Chill between each layer.
  10. Chill the finished dessert overnight.

Mom Tip^ Stick a toothpick flag in hamburgers and hot dogs for a festive effect. ~Jennifer

Cheryl's patriotic cookies

Delight kids and adults alike with Cheryl & Co.'s famous buttercream cookies. Festive red-white-and-blue sprinkles embellish the tasty frosting, and it all arrives in a fun fireworks-designed reusable tin. Priced at $39, you can get your own Summer Fun Gift Tin at

Mom Tip^ Make patriotic kabobs. Skewer strawberries and blue berries with something white, such as angel food cake, bananas, marshmallows or cheese. ~SueAnn

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