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July 4th Side Dishes

These family-favorite recipes include baked beans, coleslaw, grilled corn, tomato salad and more.

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Hearty Baked Beans for Two

Hearty Baked Beans for Two

Hearty Baked Beans for Two

Old-fashioned baked-bean flavor gets jazzed up with garlic, brown sugar and mustard in our Test Kitchen’s easy, downsized version of this family favorite.

Parmesan-Onion Potato Packets

Parmesan-Onion Potato Packets

Parmesan-Onion Potato Packets

This delicious twist on the baked potato is great for summer cookouts because the potatoes can be added to the grill while the meat is cooking. The recipe is also an excellent take-along side dish because each potato is individually wrapped in foil. If needed, it's easy to double or triple the recipe.

Barbecue Beans

Barbecue Beans

Barbecue Beans

"I USED TO make Mama's beans from scratch, just like she did. But, one day when I was pressed for time, I resorted to canned beans and doctored them up a bit. To my surprise, this 'doctored dish' took first place in a contest! Of course, I've been preparing my beans this way ever since!"
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Basil Grilled Corn on the Cob

Basil Grilled Corn on the Cob

Basil Grilled Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob is a comforting and cherished Midwest dish. It's amazing when grilled, and my recipe adds a few unexpected ingredients to make it taste even more like summertime. —Caitlin Dawson, Monroe, Ohio

Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Pepper Butter

Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Pepper Butter

Corn on the Cob with Lemon-Pepper Butter

Roasting fresh-picked corn is as old as the Ozark hills where I was raised. My Grandpa Mitchell always salted and peppered his butter on the edge of his plate before spreading it on his corn, and I did the same as a kid. Today, I continue the tradition by serving lemon-pepper butter with roasted corn—it's a favorite! —Allene Bary-Cooper, Wichita Falls, Texas

Garlic Corn on the Cob

Garlic Corn on the Cob

Garlic Corn on the Cob

Every summer we look forward to fresh corn on the cob. I make it extra special by jazzing it up with garlic. — Heather Carroll, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Grilled Potato Fans with Onions

Grilled Potato Fans with Onions

Grilled Potato Fans with Onions

Sharon Crabtree GRAHAM, WASHINGTON Looking for the ultimate grilled potato? These seasoned potato “fans” are filled with tender onions, roasted garlic cloves and savory Parmesan cheese.

Minted Orzo

Minted Orzo

Minted Orzo

In just 15 minutes, I can make a warm, fresh-tasting side. Its mild flavor balances lots of entrees, especially the spicy ones. —Donna Curtis, Oakhurst, New Jersey

Roast Corn on the Cob

Roast Corn on the Cob

Roast Corn on the Cob

Every summer, my family looks forward to corn on the cob. I make it extra special by roasting it.—Johnnie McLeod, Bastrop, Louisiana

Smokin' Spiced Corn

Smokin' Spiced Corn

Smokin' Spiced Corn

My dad, the family gardener, grew corn in abundance, so it graced our table A LOT. This is one of the ways my grandmother spiced it up on the grill. —Shirley Hodge, Bangor, Pennsylvania

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Tangy Baked Seven Beans

Everyone needs a go-to side dish for school events, picnics and potlucks. Here's mine. Freeze leftovers for future outings. —Rod Lundwall, Tooele, Utah
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