Just For Fun: Charley's 5 Things!

4th of July Tastes So Good!
4th of July Cookout Table with Burgers & Fixins
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Summertime cookouts bring out the best food! When people are asked to bring a dish, they never bring something you usually eat at home. It's always salads and dips and casseroles. There might be a veggie tray to make you feel like you're eating something healthy, but we're really here for the mayonnaise and cheese!

The 4th of July is this weekend, and I can't wait to indulge in all of the delicious food. What are my go-to potluck items? They're this week's "Charley's 5 Things!"

Charley's Top 5 Cookout Sides!

1. Pasta Salad
If it's got pasta in it, I will eat it! Italian or Ranch, Macaroni or Farfalle, I have never met a pasta salad I didn't like. My favorite to make is a simpler version of this recipe (I don't bother with the vinegar or celery & I use red onions).

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2. Broccoli Salad
If it's got broccoli in it, it must be good for you, right?? Ok, probably not when you add bacon, cheese, and a creamy dressing, but I still think it counts. Here's a great recipe that's almost guarantees you'll bring home an empty bowl!

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3. Deviled Eggs
Come on, everyone loves deviled eggs! They're so easy to pop in your mouth as you're waiting for the host to officially say, "Let's Eat!" Gourmet deviled eggs seem to be on trend today adding things like bacon, avocado, & other garnishes, but I'm a simple girl - just mix mustard, mayonnaise, salt & pepper with the egg yolks and top with a sprinkle of paprika. Betcha can't eat just one!

Deviled eggs with paprika
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4. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Some people call it "Chicken Crack Dip" but I'm not a fan of naming food after drugs, so I'll just call it delicious. It's super simple, and it doesn't matter if you can't keep it hot on the potluck table - people will gobble it down no matter the temperature. I use Frank's Red Hot Recipe, minus the blue cheese and add a cup of mozzarella cheese. Make sure you have plenty of Scoops nearby for dipping!

Buffalo Chicken D
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5. Pigs In A Blanket
I know, I know, I'm a grown person and shouldn't still love these little guys. But guess what...I don't care! They're poppable and anything wrapped in a crescent roll is a win in my book. Buy the pack of little smokies, wrap each in a piece of crescent roll, and cook according to the crescent roll directions. Just don't pop them all before you get to the cookout!

Pigs in a Blanket
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When it comes to bringing a side dish to a cookout, simple is best. Don't spend hours trying to come up with a new fancy concoction - I promise you'll be bringing half of that home. Stick with one of these reliable dishes and everyone will be raving. Empty dish gets bragging rights!

Have another reliable side dish that you love to take to cookouts? Hit me up on Facebook or Instagram and share it with me!

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