Forget slaving away for hours in the kitchen this 4th of July, and wow your friends with fireworks of your own by simply sparking up the grill.  As the host of the party, it is your responsibility to make sure your guests are served healthy and tasty dishes.  Try some of these irresistible delights to enjoy with your friends.

Balsamic BBQ Chicken / Steak and Veggie Skewers: It doesn’t get much better than gourmet finger food.  Skewers are a quick fix but have the potential to turn into a gourmet treat.  Add a dash of elegance to your kebabs by marinating them in a succulent homemade balsamic BBQ sauce.  Finger licking good!

Fire Kissed Shrimp or Scallops: Gently fire glazed shrimp or scallops drizzled with a light butter sauce are quick and easy to make.  The dish adds an elegant flare to your party and if cooked to perfection may be your new favorite dish.  Put it over a bed of fresh grilled asparagus and you’ve got yourself a five star entree.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes: Instead of baking your potatoes, try to add color and sweetness with grilled sweet potatoes.  When cut into halves or quarters and grilled, the delightful aroma will lure in all of your hungry guests.  Diversify the flavors on your palate by squeezing a lime over your grilled grub.

Grilled Corn on the Cob with a Squeeze of Lime:  Grilled corn on the cob needs minimal preparation before grilling.  Unhusk, wash, and just toss it on the grill.  After grilled to your liking spruce it up a bit by adding some cayenne pepper, salt, and sour cream.  Oh so simple, yet oh so classy.

Mini Veggie Burgers: Show off your ability to be creative with mini veggie burgers. Not only are they adorable, they’re tasty too.  Try grilling fresh veggies like mushrooms and zucchini, add your favorite cheese with a wasabi mayo spread on the bun and your done.  There you have it, simple elegance. Bon Appetite!

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