3 easy red, white and blue July 4th appetizers

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time Total Time 10 minutes

Ideas for 3 easy, healthy July 4th appetizers that are red, white and blue!

Ingredients

    For the mini fruit and cream cheese sandwiches

    • 4 slices whole wheat bread, crusts removed (see notes)
    • 1/4 cup cream cheese
    • 1/2 cup sliced strawberries
    • About 1/4 cup fresh blueberries

    For the popcorn

    • 4 cups popcorn (see notes)
    • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
    • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
    • 1/4 cup dried blueberries

    For the fruit and cheese skewers

    • 12 strawberries, halved (see notes)
    • 24 fresh blueberries
    • 12 mini mozzarella balls, halved (packed in water, usually found near the deli section in the grocery store)
    • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

    Instructions

    For the sandwiches:

    1. Spread half of the bread slices with cream cheese.
    2. Top with sliced strawberries then top with the other bread halves. Cut sandwiches into triangles.
    3. Top with a blueberry and a toothpick and serve!

    For the popcorn:

    1. Make popcorn: Add 1/4 cup corn kernels to a large microwave-safe glass or Pyrex bowl. Cover with a tight fitting lid. Microwave on high for about 5 minutes, until popping sounds are 3-4 seconds apart. Remove carefully (use oven mitts - the bowl and lid will be hot!) Remove top immediately to release excess steam.
    2. Add butter and salt to popcorn and stir to combine. If you are using a store-bought popcorn bag or prepared popcorn, skip the butter and salt here.
    3. Add dried cranberries and blueberries and stir to combine.
    4. Serve and enjoy!

    For the fruit and cheese skewers:

    1. Place strawberry half on a plate. Use a toothpick or skewer to add and secure a mozzarella slice and blueberry on top.
    2. Serve on a platter with a bowl of balsamic vinegar for dipping and enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    You can snack on the leftover crusts or use them to make homemade breadcrumbs or croutons. Or toast them and use with peanut butter, hummus or guacamole for snacking.

    You can substitute strawberry jam for the fresh strawberries in the sandwiches. Or use blueberry or grape jam and sliced strawberries in the sandwiches. And you could make them with mini-bagels or English muffins, for a more substantial snack or lunch.

    For the fruit-cheese skewers, I cut a very thin slice off the bottom of the strawberries so they will sit flat.

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