With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it's time to plan your annual cook out! There is nothing more frustrating than deciding what items should make it on the menu and which ones get a pass. Don't get stressed.
"Good Morning America" took the work out of planning by pulling together our best party plates. Check out some of our favorites.
As your guests trickle in, it's important to have something out to snack on and Christina Ferrare's taco bites are just the thing. These mini delights have a bit of cheese, a bit of meat and a bit of salsa in a phyllo shell. Pair them with Rick Baylass' bacon and tomato guacamole and your guests will polish them off in no time.
Myron Mixon's Ribs
The Fourth of July holiday is synonymous with barbeque. So, fire up the pit, break out your favorite rubs and get grilling. Grill master Myron Mixon suggests using the classic baby back ribs. They're a mainstay in competitions and according to the master "they're fun to cook and fun to eat." Check out his secret recipe and chow down. Nothing pairs with ribs quite like a nice piece of corn on the cob.
Smoky-Spicy Grilled Corn
Its natural sweetness makes it a refreshing compliment to the grilled meat. This recipe for Jim Hirsch's smoky, spicy grilled corn is easy to make and impossible not to like. If the smoky taste isn't your favorite flavor Hirsch suggests flavoring it with curry powder instead of the listed spices. Whatever seasoning you choose, this dish will surely be a hit.
Red Bliss Potato Salad with Crispy Bacon
Usually potato salads are filled with mayonnaise and lots of needless calories. Emeril's red bliss potato salad with crispy bacon isn't. In this delicious combination Emeril paired red bliss potatoes with olive oil, red onion, red bell pepper and bacon. The vegetables and sweet potatoes give the salad a fresh and natural taste, while the bacon adds a salty kick.
Spicy Jicama, Cucumber and Fruit Skewers
After your filling of ribs and potatoes, a bit of fruit is in order. Rick Baylass' jimaca, cucumber and fruit skewer is just the thing. Here Baylass reinvented a popular Mexican street food and jazzed it up with a dash of lime, chile and salt. Regular fruit salad is always fun, but this dish will make a delicious statement.
No meal is complete without dessert, and this strawberry shortcake is a "Good Morning America" favorite. Strawberries are in season and the perfect end to you delicious Fourth of July barbeque.