We hosted a last-minute 4th of July Party (and boy do I mean last minute). I quickly threw together a menu for what I would make, and those that came filled in the rest.
I decided to keep it simple and just have burgers – but as my husband always says “Colleen is incapable of cooking burgers and dogs…if she says she’s doing that you will end up with lobster and something else she dreams up”! Haha, what can I say…he does know me!
So I really did do burgers, a trio of burgers actually…crab-jalapeno, salmon and beef. I did the crab and the salmon as sliders and for the beef, I dressed it up in a way none of our guest had tasted previously and you know what? People were nuts for the food. One of my friends said “Colleen out of all the things you ever made – this (the beef burger) was the best and the salmon slider was a close second”. A couple days later people were still talking about the burgers. Huh?? I was shocked – all the time & energy that goes into some of dishes I have made and this is what got so many excited – a variety of burgers!
I also made potato salad, my Tomato Caper Salad, Strawberry Mojito’s and couple of apps. I was almost 1 hour behind when people showed up – so I kicked them outside so I could finish. One friend made fruit & marshmallow skewers for the kids which they enjoyed, she also made this Tomato & Bean Bruschetta (which is to-die-for – see photo above, the flavors of summer explode in your mouth!). Others brought tomato & mozzarella salad, pasta salad, quinoa salad. My sister whipped up tray full of shrimp wrapped in bacon for the grill, half were glazed in BBQ sauce the other in honey mustard and everyone loved them. Lucky for us that the party went on till late so some ate twice! It was a good day, filled with family, friends, food, kids swimming and laughing and lots of games of cornhole! I hope yours was just as fun!
I will soon share the burger recipe – which you really will have to pinky swear to me that you will try! Today I am sharing the Salmon Sliders which I topped with a Roasted Red Pepper Mayo. I hope you enjoy!
Did you try a delicious new-to-you food this 4th of July?? If so, I would love to hear what it was!
Salmon Cakes with Roasted Pepper Mayo
2 lbs of salmon fillet(s)
1/2 cup scallions, sliced thin (whites and greens)
1/4 cup parsley (flat leaf), chopped
2 – 2 1/2 cups fresh bread crumbs from a loaf of French bread
A few dashes (or more of red pepper)
1/4 cup mayo
2 TBS Dijon Mustard (Grey Poupon Country Dijon is my fav)
2 TBS olive oil
Kosher salt & pepper to taste
Roasted Pepper Mayo
2 roasted peppers (from a jar is fine)
2 TBS rice wine vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
2 TBS Dijon mustard
A good dash of Sea or coarse salt and black pepper
1 tsp (or more) of red/cayenne pepper
2 TBS light olive oil
1/4 cup mayo