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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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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!"

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
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Cajun Summer Vegetables

Cajun Summer Vegetables

Cajun Summer Vegetables

Put your garden-fresh summertime veggies to good use in a colorful side dish that gets a little heat from Cajun seasoning. It pairs well with any entree, and it's quick and easy to prepare. —Nancy Dentler, Greensboro, North Carolina

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.

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, all wrapped up on the grill. —Johnnie McLeod, Bastrop, Louisiana

Steamed Veggie Bundles

Steamed Veggie Bundles

Steamed Veggie Bundles

“In late summer, when we have an abundance of garden produce, we enjoy this medley of fresh veggies,” says Terri Mulé from Angola, New York. “Usually, we pop the packets on the grill, alongside our main dish meat, fish or poultry.”

Saucy Baked Beans

Saucy Baked Beans

Saucy Baked Beans

My family enjoys these baked beans with corn bread, but they also round out any cookout. Canned pork and beans make preparation easy. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas

Cashew Green Beans and Mushrooms

Cashew Green Beans and Mushrooms

Cashew Green Beans and Mushrooms

Savory and earthy, this simple green bean side dish couldn't be easier to prepare, and the cashews make it seem extra special. — Rhoda Knippelberg, Vancouver, British Columbia
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