Better late than never, right? This year for the Fourth of July, my family got together for a potluck-style dinner. Each of us contributed something yummy to the table to celebrate America’s birthday.
On the menu:
- Red, White & Blue Sangria*
- Watermelon Salad with goat cheese, basil & avocado*
- Macaroni & Cheese (recipe to come)
- Pork Tenderloin (recipe to come)
- Butterfinger Pie (recipe to come)
- Red, White & Blue Star Tart*
Every dish fit perfectly together and we all left the table in a food coma. My red, white and blue-themed items were inspired by Pinterest. Shocker. I did my best to recreate a watermelon salad that I tried last weekend in Raleigh at Poole’s Diner. Never in a million years did I think I would like the combination of watermelon, goat cheese, basil and avocado but it turns out I do…and so do a lot of people.
Here are the quick and easy recipes for each of my three contributions:
Watermelon Salad (5 servings)
- 1/2 of medium-size watermelon
- 4 oz. goat cheese
- 5-7 basil leaves, chopped
- 2 avocados
There are several ways to serve this. You could cube the watermelon and avocados, or use big slices (as shown).
Red, White & Blue Sangria
- Strawberries, sliced
- Pineapple chunks
- 2 bottles dry white wine
- 1 cup Triple Sec
- 1/2 Cup berry-flavored vodka
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup simple syrup
Mix all ingredients in large glass pitcher. Refrigerate until cold.
For the graham cracker crust:
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- 6 tbsp of melted butter
- 1/3 cup of brown sugar
For the pudding:
- 2 (3.4-ounce) packages “cook and serve” vanilla pudding
- Milk (according to pudding package instructions)
- Preheat over to 375 degrees.
- Make pudding as instructed. When thickened, refrigerate until pie crust has cooled.
- Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and brown sugar in a bowl.
- Mix together until ingredients are thoroughly combined into a wet sand-like texture.
- Spoon mixture into a pie plate. Pat with hands until entire dish is covered with crust.
- Bake for 7 minutes.
- When pie crust is cool, fill with pudding.
- Decorate the top with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Any design will look patriotic, but this star design was fun to do.