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The Ultimate Fourth of July Feast


June 18, 2012

Every year around the fourth of July the tradition of creating a grilled feast is thrust upon men across the nation.  As most celebrations go steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs are usually in order.  But what about the rest of the feast?  The meat is a good start to the meal, but a good portion of sides is necessary to induce the food comma that is so commonly associated with this legendary, rugged day.

A good place to start is with an appetizer.  There is a great recipe for a Collard and Sausage soup at Gloryfoods.com that is sure to start any celebration meal off on the right foot.  The recipe calls for 1 can of Glory Foods Collard Greens and, among other things, some onion, potatoes, and 2 lbs of Italian sausage.  Cooked slowly with garlic, this soup is the perfect start to the best meal of the summer. 

Now, back to those side dishes.  While Mom is working on the mashed potatoes, which are a perfect complement to any meat dish, the men can work on a side dish too, without ever leaving the grill.  Glory Foods also offers numerous other canned vegetables that taste great and are easy to make.  There’s a simple process that any manly group can use to successfully complete a side dish on the grill alongside those delicious grilled meats.

Step 1: Choose your favorite canned Glory Foods vegetables.  Glory Foods offers corn, string beans, and carrots among others.  For the sake of this guide lets use string beans as an example.

Step 2: Take a large piece of aluminum foil and dump the can of string beans into the middle.

Step 3: Add some butter and seasonings.  For green beans, a bit of garlic, salt and pepper is all you need

Step 4: Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil to completely cover the vegetables in the middle.  This will hold in the heat so they cook faster and don’t lose any flavor.

Step 5: Put on the grill, and wait until they’re done.  It’s as simple as that. 

Now that the main course is taken care of, we can start thinking about dessert.  Everyone loves a good pie on the 4th of July and none is better than Apple Pie.  Traditionally, apply pie is a bit time consuming when made from scratch.  Now there is a way to make an apple pie that tastes just like the time consuming one.  Start by making the pie crust and lining the pan as normal.  Then, take a can of Glory Foods fried apples with cinnamon and dump the can in the middle of the pan to spread.  Put the top layer of crust over the freshly poured apples, and put it in the oven for 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Voila!  The perfect 4th of July feast!   Begin with collard and sausage soup, next grill your favorite meat and grilled veggies using only the best from Glory Foods, and then top it off with a delicious, hot out of the oven apple pie, with an optional side of vanilla bean ice cream and whipped cream on top.  Cooked from scratch, this course may seem challenging.  But luckily, you have the help of Glory Foods to save you time, so that you can finish your Fourth of July celebration with some fireworks and a great time had by all!

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