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July 4th Side Dishes

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

Cowboy Calico Beans

Cowboy Calico Beans

Cowboy Calico Beans

This filling dish is a tradition at the table when my girlfriends and I go up North for a "girl's weekend." The husbands and kids are left at home, but the slow cooker comes with us!—Julie Butsch, Hartland, Wisconsin

Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Beans with Bacon

Baked Beans with Bacon

This recipe was one of my mother's and was always a hit. The chopped jalapeno pepper spices it up a bit. It's an easy-to-remember recipe because most of the ingredients are 1/2 cup.—Nadine Brissey, Jenks, Oklahoma

Grilled Corn with Bloody Mary Butter

Grilled Corn with Bloody Mary Butter

Grilled Corn with Bloody Mary Butter

At the peak of the season, sweet corn makes a regular appearance on our dinner table. Basted with this unique, slightly spicy, spread makes it a real treat.
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Slow-Cooked Baked Beans

Slow-Cooked Baked Beans

Slow-Cooked Baked Beans

My friend suggested this recipe when I needed a new dish to bring to a barbecue. It was an incredible success, and I've been making it ever since.

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.

Grilled Potatoes & Peppers

Grilled Potatoes & Peppers

Grilled Potatoes & Peppers

My husband Matt grills this recipe for both breakfast and dinner gatherings. Besides the company, the potatoes are one of the best parts! —Susan Nordin, Warren, PA

Slow Cooker Calico Beans

Slow Cooker Calico Beans

Slow Cooker Calico Beans

With so many folks moving to meatless or healthier food choices, I decided to remove the meat from the original recipe but turn up the flavor. The savory veggie blend balances the sweetness of the baked beans. —David Dixon, Shaker Heights, OH

Grilled Green Beans

Grilled Green Beans

Grilled Green Beans

I cook almost everything outdoors, including green beans. I prepare this snappy side dish while the entree is cooking. The recipe has won over my picky eaters. —Carol Traupman-Carr, Breinigsville, PA

Grilled Spicy Corn on the Cob

Grilled Spicy Corn on the Cob

Grilled Spicy Corn on the Cob

During a family picnic, we added jalapenos and hot pepper sauce to our homegrown corn. Now we spice up the ears every chance we get. —Bernadette Walker, Waco, Texas

Sweet Corn with Parmesan and Cilantro

Sweet Corn with Parmesan and Cilantro

Sweet Corn with Parmesan and Cilantro

A little tart and a touch sassy, this fun way to fix corn will be a hit. Just a few minutes of pan frying gives it a delightful golden color. —Faye Sloan, Las Vegas, Nevada

Dilly Vegetable Medley

Dilly Vegetable Medley

Dilly Vegetable Medley

“I love to eat what I grow, and I have tried many combinations of the fresh vegetables from my garden. This one is really great! I never have leftovers when I make this tasty side." Rebecca Barjonah Coralville, Iowa
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