Here, recipes for festively colored foods for an amazing Fourth of July party like grilled watermelon, cool white gazpacho and blueberry tart.
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Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Pancetta
Peak-season tomatoes make all the difference in this simple bruschetta from author Susan Spungen. They’re the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of soup or a large salad, or, to turn them into two-bite hors d’oeuvres, simply cut the bruschetta crosswise into strips.
Pastry chef Jennifer McCoy of Craft in New York City bristles when other people offer to bring dessert to parties. "What are they thinking?" she says. "That's mine!" McCoy often brings this raspberry tart, with its creamy filling and pistachio-studded crust. She packs the components separately and assembles the tart just before serving.
This is Michael Psilakis's modern take on the traditional Greek combination of watermelon and feta cheese. It features the creamy yogurt he grew up eating in New York's Long Island: "My mom made it at home all the time, and we'd snack on it with honey after school."
Soft, sweet and earthy, roasted beets make for a vivid pink dip that’s a fun take on hummus. If you are pressed for time, use the preroasted beets available in many supermarket produce sections instead of roasting your own.
Honeyed Yogurt and Blueberry Tart with Ginger Crust
Melissa Rubel Jacobson mixes creamy yogurt with honey so it's deliciously sweet and tangy, then she spreads it in a graham-cracker crust spiced with bits of crystallized ginger and tops it with plump blueberries.
Laurent Tourondel set out to use this lemon cream and blueberry compote for a Fourth of July pie, but decided that he preferred the look and lightness of the fillings layered in parfait glasses. In place of the blueberries, try other summer fruits like raspberries or strawberries.