Happy 4th of July!

It’s here, so it’s time to celebrate the way Americans like to celebrate: fireworks and food.
Some neighborhoods in my city begin setting off fireworks a couple weeks before the 4th of July, so by the time the actual holiday rolls around, the sidewalks are already chalky with ashes and the air is perpetually smoky. Tuesday will seem easy compared to the last couple weeks, I wager.
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The better half and I have a couple dogs who are more comfortable inside where it’s cool and quiet, not so boom-y. We’ll be making some mojitos with fresh mint from the garden and grilling up some delicious food on our new (to us) gas grill, bought at an estate sale for pennies on the dollar. The flatbread is stocked, the sausages and burgers procured, so we are ready to honor our independence day!
This long holiday weekend calls for all things grill able, as well as a sweet treat or two. (I mean, besides the mojitos.)
No 4th of July would be complete without a hotdog, or two. Try this fab LA-style bacon wrapped dog that’s as cheesy as it is spicy. If simplicity is your thing, or if there are hungry, pool-drenched kids to feed, a pig in a blanket made with whole grain flatbread is super easy and so, so good.
I’m sure some of you will be having burgers, but if you want to switch it up a bit, we have a great recipe for a bison BBQ burger, and our brand new salmon burger using a slice of watermelon for an unexpected, sweet crunch tucked into the flatbread.
Or, you could make your own fireworks at home with a spicy red curry chicken pizza  topped with an explosion of flavor and color. We love this flatbread pizza, especially for impromptu grilling parties!
For dessert, we make it ice cream. Ice cream sandwiches to be exact, chocolate dipped and rolled in coconut and matcha to keep the party going. Fresh fruit pizza,  made with summer berries and flatbread, will gladly take the place of flag cake any day, and be just as beautiful on the table.
Wishing you a glorious, fun, and safe 4th of July!
-Amy at Flatout

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