Fourth of July, like any good American holiday, revolves around food and entertaining. And while it’s fun to spend time in the kitchen, poring over a cookbook while your friends lounge in your backyard is not an ideal way to spend your holiday. Plus, what if you want to host an impromptu party and don't have time to get all the necessary ingredients? Those cookbooks are just holding you back.
So, in the spirit of independence, go rogue and ditch the books today for some Not Recipes instead. You’ll spend less time making sure you got the exact details right and more time enjoying the afternoon. If you're still on the fence about hosting a party, you can dive in with what you have at home right now and throw together a fête with ease. Here are 14 of our favorite recipe-less dishes that make for perfect Fourth fare.
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