Fourth of July

4thofjulyWith the 4th of July tomorrow, I should probably start planning our meal! We just moved into a new house, so cooking a huge extravagant meal isn’t really in the cards, but here is what we are having!

Mexican Lime Corn on the Cob

Macaroni Salad with a Twist

Marinated Steak

BBQ’d Bananas

What are you having to eat for the 4th of July?

Dessert Recipes

imagesHere is a great recipe for BBQ’d bananas. I’m so glad that it is BBQ season again. Oh I missed it! 🙂

This is a fun summer treat after BBQing a meal, a different take on traditional smores.

4 bananas
1/4 c. chocolate and peanut butter chips
3/4 c. chopped strawberries
1/3 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c. mini marshmallows

Preheat BBQ while you prepare the bananas. Get 4 pieces of foil squares. Slice each banana peel with the curved side up, don’t cut through the banana. Place each banana on a foil square and make an envelope with the foil leaving the top part open.

Open up the banana peel carefully with your fingers, making room for all the toppings. Distribute the chocolate and peanut butter chips, strawberries, graham crackers and marshmallows evenly on each banana.

Place bananas on the preheated BBQ, cook for about 10-15 minutes until chocolate is melted.

BBQ’d Bananas

This is a fun summer treat after BBQing a meal, a different take on traditional smores.

4 bananas
1/4 c. chocolate and peanut butter chips
3/4 c. chopped strawberries
1/3 c. graham cracker crumbs
1/2 c. mini marshmallows

Preheat BBQ while you prepare the bananas. Get 4 pieces of foil squares. Slice each banana peel with the curved side up, don’t cut through the banana. Place each banana on a foil square and make an envelope with the foil leaving the top part open.

Open up the banana peel carefully with your fingers, making room for all the toppings. Distribute the chocolate and peanut butter chips, strawberries, graham crackers and marshmallows evenly on each banana.

Place bananas on the preheated BBQ, cook for about 10-15 minutes until chocolate is melted.

Peach Cheesecake

6 peaches, cut in half and pitted
1/4 c. butter, melted
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
7 tsp sugar
4oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. + 7 tsp sugar (divided)
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 whole graham crackers

Preheat oven to 350. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Cut peaches in half and remove the pit. Then cut a very small slice off the bottom of each half to ensure they sit flat on the baking pan. Dip each peach halve into the melted butter and place in the baking pan. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and 7 tsp of sugar. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over peaches. In a bowl, use a mixer to beat cream cheese. Then add sugar, egg yolk, vanilla & nutmeg. Mix well. Spoon an even amount of cream cheese mixture into each peach halve. Place the whole graham crackers in a sandwich bag, seal and smash crackers. Sprinkle peaches with graham crackers. Bake for 35 minutes, uncovered. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

1 box of brownie mix (your choice)
3/4 c. peanut butter chips – divided
1 16oz canister of vanilla frosting
4 whole graham crackers – crushed

Make the brownies per the instructions on the box, and mix in 1/2 c. of peanut butter chips. Cook brownies according to package instructions, then allow to cool when done. Once the brownies have cooled, spread frosting evenly on top. Then top with crushed graham crackers and remaining 1/4 c. of peanut butter chips.