How to Prepare a Fireworks Feast this 4th of July

The lawn chairs are out, you just purchased new tableware, and your guest list is ready – now, the only thing left to do for your 4th of July celebration is put your menu together. The HoneyBaked Ham Co., is here to help local hosts and hostesses prepare a feast that will be sure to provide a "bang!" for guests this Independence Day.

We know how busy it can be to plan a celebration. Therefore, we are offering recipe recommendations to make life just a little bit easier for customers as they open their homes to celebrate, Traditionally, the 4th of July holiday calls for grilled and barbecued meals, but we are offering some unique ideas that are sure to be crowd pleasers.

Here a few our recipe favorites for the July 4th holiday.

Ham & Cheese Picnic Quiche In a large frying pan, over medium heat, sauté until tender (approximately 2 minutes): 1/3 cup butter or margarine, 1/4 pound mushrooms (sliced), 1 clove of garlic (minced), 1 medium zucchini (thinly sliced). Add to pan and cook for a minute longer: 1 1/2 cups diced HoneyBaked Ham. Set aside. In a large, separate bowl blend together: 4 eggs, 2 cups (1 lb. ricotta cheese), 1 cup (4 oz.) grated Jack cheese, 1-10 oz. package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained, 1/2 tsp. dill, salt & pepper to taste. Add the sautéed ham and vegetables and pour all into a greased 10-inch pie pan or quiche dish. Bake uncovered in a 325º oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the center is set when the dish is gently shaken. Serves 6 to 8 and can be served hot or at room temperature.
An easy way to transport and keep your dish hot is to wrap your dish entirely with heavy foil, and then wrap it in several layers of newspaper tied up with string. Carry it in a cardboard box or an insulated bag for extra help.

Smoked Turkey and Country Slaw Sandwiches Pre-heat the broiler and toast (about 3 minutes total turning once): 8 slices thickly sliced sourdough, country style or rye bread. Remove and set aside. In a medium saucepan heat over medium heat: 2 tablespoons wine vinegar. Add and toss to coat and starting to wilt: 1/2 a small head red cabbage, shredded (about 1 quart). Transfer the cabbage to a medium bowl and add: 2 carrots, grated, 2 green onions diced with some of the green part, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper. To assemble sandwiches, divide among 4 of the bread slices: 8 slices HoneyBaked smoked turkey, 2 large sliced tomatoes, 1/4 of the slaw. Top with the remaining toast and serve. Makes 4 Servings.These are really easy recipes and sometimes it's better to think outside of the box when you're preparing meals for your family and friends. This way, they are always surprised. The holidays are all about bringing family and friends together. This 4th of July holiday, we hope our recipe suggestions will make celebrations ones to remember.

Think of incorporating the patriotic American colors: red, white and blue, to desserts and other meals for the holiday. This is a great way to honor patriotism.

Featuring products such as its signature spiral-sliced ham and complimentary dishes that include sweet potato soufflé, green bean casserole and other decadent sides, the local HoneyBaked Ham Co. provides an array of offerings ideal for holiday dinner meals. The retail store is part of the HoneyBaked franchise, which has been in business for more than 50 years and has an unparalleled reputation for quality meals.

About The HoneyBaked Ham CompanyThe HoneyBaked Ham Company was founded by Harry J. Hoenselaar in 1957. Mr. Hoenselaar’s family still owns the company, carrying on its tradition of providing the original spiral-sliced gourmet ham. Today, each fresh ham is prepared with Mr. Hoenselaar’s 20-step method using only the highest quality ingredients. In addition to the legendary ham, the company offers an expanded selection of meal options to fill niches of the workday lunch, easy dinners, gifting and catering opportunities. The HoneyBaked Ham Company currently has more than 400 locations nationwide.