Last-Minute Fourth of July Cooking Ideas

Here’s how I’m guessing it went: You got bored yesterday, sitting around the fire pit, drinking beer, and you ran out of things to talk about with the family. Bored, you thought it would be a great idea to throw the steaks you bought for the 4th on the grill, even though it was a day early. By six o’clock, the food was gone, and today, you can’t find an open supermarket to save your life.* If you’re looking for ideas for something to cook at the last minute, here are some of our tried-and-true favorites. Happy 4th of July, everybody!

  1. Rhubarb Water
  2. Moxie Cocktails: The Dark ‘n’ Stinky
  3. Homemade Hummus
  4. Green Beans with Warm Bacon Fat Vinaigrette
  5. Hamburgers al Pastor
  6. Beer and Bison Burgers with Garlic Pub Cheese
  7. The “From Away” Burger
  8. Turkey Burger with Fried Pickles and Coleslaw

*Actually, the Forest Avenue Hannaford is open until 9 P.M. Whole Foods is open until 8 P.M. Food scarcity may not be the issue I thought it was.

Malcolm Bedell is co-author of the critically acclaimed "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as Brocavore, a blog focusing on street food culture, and the junk food-centric "Spork & Barrel." His contributions include Serious Eats, Down East, L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, and The Huffington Post and his food truck, "'Wich, Please," was named "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015 by Eater. Finally, he finds it very silly to be trying to write this in the third person.

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