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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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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!"

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

Grilled Vegetable Skewers

My mother and I love to eat vegetables the most flavorful way—grilled! Seasoned with fresh herbs, these colorful kabobs showcase the best of summer's bounty. —Susan Bourque of Danielson, Connecticut

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

Sweet 'n' Spicy Roasted Corn

In Bryan, Texas, Erin Littlefield saves herself the trouble of husking those ears of sweet corn she brings to family picnics and get-togethers with this scrumptious grilling technique. “My husband came up with the sweet and spicy glaze,“ she confides. “It tastes really good, looks beautiful with the flecks of red pepper and requires much less butter than folks generally use.“
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Braised Dill Potatoes

Braised Dill Potatoes

Braised Dill Potatoes

Dill, chicken broth and a few other simple ingredients create a side dish your family will love. The braised potatoes are delicious with sour cream. —Amie Schmidt, San Diego, California

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

Red Pepper Corn

Red Pepper Corn

Red Pepper Corn

“This handy corn dish is a must at family parties.” —Kasia Rachfall, Langley, British Columbia

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

Spiced Grilled Corn

Spiced Grilled Corn

Spiced Grilled Corn

The wonderful spice mixture doesn't add heat, only great flavor. This just may be the best corn you've ever had! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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.”
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