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MY GO-TO RECIPE FOR THE FOURTH OF JULY
Several years ago, my husband and I spent our 4th of July with our friends down at Grayton Beach. It was an all day affair so we decided that we should probably bring a decent meal to snack on as we wait for the fireworks. I ended up bringing coleslaw and potato salad and my friend Ginny brought her yummy bbq chicken which she makes with a bbq sauce that is GMO-free called The Shed. As we were fixing our plates, we decided that we should top off our bbq sandwiches with the coleslaw I brought. Best decision we ever made! The bbq chicken was sweet and spicy and the coleslaw was creamy and savory, it was a magical combination!
Since then, we have made this our go-to recipe for 4th of July and now I can’t wait to share it with you! I will warn you though, this recipe is super easy and addictive. This year instead of potato salad, I served my bbq chicken and coleslaw sandwiches with some fresh corn (a little butter, salt, cayenne pepper, and chopped scallions) and my fave Terra Chips you can find them by the case here or check your local grocery stores. I love the fact that they are red, white, and blue it’s like they were made just for the occasion!
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In case you were wondering about the drink I have pictured, I made an agua fresca with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries (I like to add frozen blueberries to keep it cool). It’s great because it’s a hydrating crowd pleaser and if you want, you can always have some vodka on the side to splash in for the adults.
Also, you can DIY the cocktail picks I used for the drinks easily by cutting down some bamboo skewers and tie on some cute ribbon, then cut the ends in a “v” shape so that they resemble a flag. These are super cute and simple, the best part is that you can change the ribbon up for any gathering to “fancy up” your cocktails!
Ok, I’m getting way too outta hand with all this cuteness! I’ve listed the recipes for the BBQ chicken and the coleslaw below.
- 3-6 CHICKEN BREASTS
- 1/2-1 YELLOW ONION CHOPPED
- THE SHED BBQ SAUCE
- OLIVE OIL
- SALT + PEPPER
- PREPARE CHICKEN BREASTS WITH A LITTLE OLIVE OIL, SALT, AND PEPPER. BAKE IN THE OVEN AT 350 FOR 30 MINUTES. ONCE CHICKEN IS DONE, SHRED IT. TIP-IF YOU HAVE A KITCHEN AID USE THE PADDLE TOOL AND TURN IT ON LOW-MEDIUM UNTIL YOU HAVE SHREDDED THE CHICKEN. MEANWHILE ADD ONION TO A SAUTE-PAN AND COOK UNTIL CLEAR, THEN ADD SHREDDED CHICKEN AND BBQ SAUCE AND STIR. I USUALLY EYEBALL THE SAUCE DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH CHICKEN I'VE MADE. SERVE WHILE HOT!
- 1 BAG OF SHREDDED CABBAGE COLESLAW
- CELERY SEEDS
- ONION FLAKES
- GARLIC POWDER
- SALT + PEPPER
- (OPTIONAL) ADD FRESHLY CHOPPED BANANA PEPPERS AND SCALLIONS FOR COLOR AND FLAVOR
- THIS RECIPE IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN MOST, I USUALLY ADD EACH OF THE SEASONINGS LITTLE BY LITTLE AND DO A TASTE TEST IN BETWEEN. SAME WITH THE MAYO, I'D SAY START WITH 1/2 A CUP AND THEN ADD MORE AS NEEDED. KEEP IN MIND THAT A LITTLE MAYO GOES A LONG WAY. YOU CAN ALWAYS ADD MORE IF YOU NEED TO BUT KEEP IT SIMPLE AT FIRST. IF YOU HAVE ADDED TOO MUCH MAYO, YOU CAN ALWAYS ADD MORE COLESLAW MIX AND SEASONING IF NEEDED. I LOVE TO ADD FRESH BANANA PEPPERS AND THE GREEN ONION OR SCALLIONS ARE A GREAT NEW ADDITION TO ADD COLOR AND FLAVOR. I'M SORRY I DON'T HAVE THIS METHOD DOWN TO EXACT MEASUREMENTS BUT THIS IS HOW I'VE BEEN TAUGHT, EYEBALL, TASTE, THEN GO!
Hope you enjoyed this post and have a safe and Happy Fourth (or 4th of Jolly as my family calls it)!
Cheers- Ashley Nicole