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July 4th Side Dishes

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

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!"

Calico Beans

Calico Beans

Calico Beans

I made this once for my dad and now my mom has to make it often. It's one of his favorites. --Suzanne Kern

Smoky Beans

Smoky Beans

Smoky Beans

These beans are a perfect side dish to almost any meal. Try serving them with your favorite grilled meat! —Pat Turner, Seneca, South Carolina
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Oregano Onions

Oregano Onions

Oregano Onions

"My dad, who loves onions, invented this tasty side dish," says Marcia Preston of Clear Lake, Iowa. "The tender seasoned onions go well with all types of grilled meat, so we enjoy them frequently. Cleanup is a breeze, too."

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

Fresh pineapple adds an elegant touch to a barbecue when grilled, topped with butter and maple syrup and sprinkled with nuts. Polly Heer of Cabot, Arkansas suggests cutting each pineapple quarter into bite-size pieces before serving.

Potato Pockets

Potato Pockets

Potato Pockets

Our young sons like to help me assemble potatoes, carrots and onions into foil packages that we can grill alongside the turkey. Just before serving, we top the steaming medley of vegetables with a sprinkling of cheese. — Denise Nebel, Wayland, Iowa

Grilled Sweet Corn

Grilled Sweet Corn

Grilled Sweet Corn

"Since we have plenty of fresh sweet corn available in our area, we use this recipe often in summer," writes Connie Lou Hollister of Lake Odessa, Michigan. "Parsley, chili powder and cumin accent the corn's just-picked flavor."

Apple Sausage Beans

Apple Sausage Beans

Apple Sausage Beans

This is a nice way to jazz up canned beans. When it comes time to serve the beans, whoever was the best helper in the kitchen gets to eat the apple.—Becky Gourley, Sequim, Washington

Smoky Baked Beans

Smoky Baked Beans

Smoky Baked Beans

They’ll be standing in line for this saucy bean recipe, full of campfire flavor. A variation on colorful calico beans, it makes a great side dish with all your cookout favorites.—Lynne German, Cumming, Georgia

Basil Corn on the Cob

Basil Corn on the Cob

Basil Corn on the Cob

Steaming the basil under the husks adds lots of flavor to these fantastic ears. Lime makes their sweet taste pop even more. —Diane Eaton, Campbell, California

New England Baked Beans

New England Baked Beans

New England Baked Beans

For a potluck or picnic, you can’t beat this classic side that starts with a pound of dried beans. Molasses and maple syrup give it a slight sweetness. —Pat Medeiros, Tiverton, Rhode Island
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