Each year we gather with family and friends under bursts of red, white, and blue fireworks to celebrate our patriotism in a way that is as unique as our local culture. Amid the sharp whistle of bottle rockets and the low crackling of sparklers, cooks across the state prepare meals that are at once all-American and distinctively Louisiana. These Cajun Fourth of July menus might vary wildly by household—but many prefer to stick to the classics.
For our midsummer holiday spread, we’ve taken fried chicken and kicked it up a notch by adding a spicy Cajun brine. Cool apple slaw and creamy four potato salad make the perfect accompaniments, creating flavorful new takes on basic preparations.
Relax with a refreshing rum punch, and follow the meal with melt-in-your mouth blueberry crumble bars. Guests will nominate you as the party’s host for years to come.