4th of July Outdoor Party Recipes


It‘s Independence Day and you, your family and friends have a desire to celebrate the birth of the Land of The Free in style, so how about an outdoor party?! Below are some fantastic recipes to make this 4th of July party, your best ever!

1) Peppery Grilled Okra With Lemon Basil Dipping Sauce (1 of 4)

Peppery Grilled Okra With Lemon Basil Dipping Sauce

1) Peppery Grilled Okra With Lemon Basil Dipping Sauce (1 of 4)


This starter is a marriage of the classic southern delight with a wonderful addition in the way of a dipping sauce.


Serves 8

  • ¼ cup Chopped fresh basil
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 container (34 oz) Plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp sugar
  • 2 pounds Fresh okra
  • 1 ½ salt
  • 1 ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil


  1. Take a strainer and line it with a coffee filter or 3 cheesecloth and spoon yogurt into it. Cover and leave in the refrigerator for 24 hours. When done, discard the filtered liquid and set the yogurt aside.
  2. Preheat a grill to high heat (400-450 degrees). Combine yogurt, basil, lemon juice, garlic, sugar, ½ tbsp salt and ¼ tbsp pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the okra with the remaining 1 tbsp each of salt and pepper and olive oil.
  4. Cover with grill lid and grill okra on high heat, turning 2-3 times on each side. Set aside to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Serve with yogurt dipping sauce and a light pepper garnish.

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