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food flags for the fourth

6 kids 2 food flags

The 4th of July is two weeks from today. It’s not too soon to start planning the menu for your party or the dish that you plan to bring to that party you’re invited to.

Even if the “party” is just you and the kids waving around sparklers in your backyard, you need some fun festive food.

I’ve got just the thing for you.

Berry Banana Fruit Flag

I am in the middle of a week-long set of private cooking classes. We made a super simple Fruit Flag for dessert. Obviously, no recipe is needed!!

assemble the fruit flag

Skewers + Strawberries, Blueberries & Bananas = USA Flag

Fruit Flag

layer dip flag

For the appetizer food flag, use your favorite layer dip recipe and top it as shown here.

Or follow the recipe below. Either way, your colors will be flying high.

American Flag Layer Dip

1 can refried beans
1 package round corn tortilla chips
2 cups cooked taco-seasoned ground turkey or beef
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup salsa
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 Anaheim chilies, roasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
4 green onions, finely chopped
3 avocados, peeled and diced
2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup whole black beans
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 container grape tomatoes, each tomato cut in half lengthwise

Evenly cover the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with the refried beans.

Use the round tortilla chips to make a double border of chips around the entire inside rim of the baking dish.

Top the refried beans with cooked meat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, salsa, and cumin. Spread this mixture on top of the meat layer.

Sprinkle the chilies, green onions, and avocado over the salsa mixture layer. Then top with the shredded cheddar cheese.

assembled the layer dip flag
Top the upper left-hand corner of the baking dish (for the star area of the flag) with shredded lettuce, and sprinkle the black beans on top of the lettuce to resemble the stars.

To simulate the stripes, start at the top of the dish and make a stripe of shredded Jack cheese. Next, make a stripe of cherry tomatoes, cut-side down. Then, another stripe of cheese, then tomatoes, etc. for a total of 5 cheese stripes and 4 tomato stripes or enough to reach the bottom edge of the baking dish.

fourth of July layer dip flag

Serve with additional tortilla chips.

Serves a crowd

boys with layer dip flag

For more 4th of July recipes go to the Complete Recipe Index at the top left of this page and scroll down to Holidays, then to 4th of July.

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1 Marissa { 06.20.13 at 7:40 AM }

I like the fruit one! I could make that!

2 Betsy { 06.20.13 at 8:00 AM }

hope I have somewhere to take the Mexican dip– such a fun new twist !
Didn’t know you were teaching any more

3 Linda Hopkins { 06.20.13 at 8:28 AM }

Marissa, Yep, easily!

4 Linda Hopkins { 06.20.13 at 8:30 AM }

Hi Betsy, It’s true that I’m not offering my 6 weeks of kids summer cooking anymore, retired from that. But I still teach adult classes and assist visiting chefs at at Les Gourmettes. And I’ll still put together private classes for groups of 10 to 12 for kids or adults. Plus, private one-on-one classes as well.

5 Sloane { 06.20.13 at 10:32 AM }

I sure do miss your annual 4th parties. ­čÖü

6 Lori V { 06.20.13 at 1:41 PM }

Linda- these are so fun! I am going to add them to our festivities for the 4th with Jon’s family up in MI. Just got home to Chicago last night- so the timing is perfect! That dip is going to be a hug hit!! So creative as usual my clever friend! oxoxo

PS I just read your reply about my awful stories circulating @ your bday dinner out last week. Lord, those poor ladies must really think I am some kind of mess- which I probably am! Too funny.

7 Janette { 05.27.17 at 3:33 PM }

Thank you for the great ideas for my Memorial Day BBQ!

8 July 4th Food Ideas For Kids - Feeding My Kid { 06.07.17 at 11:48 PM }

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9 charlie mckinnon { 05.20.18 at 11:42 AM }

How do you keep the bananas from browning?

10 Linda Hopkins { 05.20.18 at 4:58 PM }

When the skewers were made for this cooking class they were eaten within about 20 minutes, but if you would like to make them ahead, you could squeeze a little lime or lemon juice over the bananas, after cutting but before placing on the skewers. They will hold for about 60 to 90 minutes.

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