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Classic, Crowd-Pleasing 4th of July Food

Posted by Papa Cantella's on Jun 27, 2018 9:01:00 AM



Fourth of July is our Superbowl.

Okay, the Superbowl is our Superbowl, but Fourth of July is when we really pull out all the stops. It’s the perfect holiday – it’s casual, it’s warm, it’s patriotic – and at our houses it’s always all about the food.

What do your guests want this Fourth of July? They want you to think beyond the standard burgers and Brats and come up with something extra-memorable. This is no time to look into diet recipes or to buy anything pre-made at the grocery store. This is your moment.

Here are some classic, crowd-pleasing dishes to master this Fourth of July.



Spiedini is an Italian classic. It’s hearty, it’s filling, and it makes a gorgeous platter. We love to eat Spiedini as a main course with some buttered noodles on the side, but we also think it’s perfect for serving as an appetizer. Our family recipe has actually been passed down for over a hundred years, and it originally hails from Villa Rosa, Italy. If your guests include a lot of meat-lovers, you won’t find a better dish to please their palettes than Italian Spiedini.


Muffaletta Sandwiches

Sure, you could grill up some Sausage and Peppers. Of course your guests would be thrilled with a plate of Beer Brats and onions. But what’s something unexpected that’s also really simple to prepare? Muffaletta Sandwiches! Originally a specialty of New Orleans, Muffalettas have been riffed on endless times in every region of the country. Our favorite Muffaletta is about as classic as it gets and it relies on the fresh, savory taste of Papa Cantella’s Italian Sausages. Make a few, cut into small wedges, then watch them disappear.


Italian Sausage Kebabs

Kebabs are excellent barbecue foods because they can be made ahead of time. They’re also flexible – you can spear whatever veggies you happen to have on hand! One thing we always have a lot of is fresh links of our Italian Sausage. Skewered with peppers and onions, they make a most well-rounded party treat. We like to make a huge batch of Italian Sausage Kebabs before an event and keep a few (uncooked) in reserve in the fridge in case people are extra hungry or additional guests show up. They cook in just a few minutes and people are always happy to see them!


What’s on your Fourth of July menu?

Summertime is the perfect season to brush up on your grilling skills but that doesn’t mean your 4th of July get together has to be outdoors. If you serve the right food, your guests won’t care where you’re celebrating! Share pics or links of your favorite party food with us over on the Papa Cantella’s Facebook page. We can’t wait to see what you’re cooking!

Look for Papa Cantella’s in your grocer’s meat section.

Topics: Fourth of July