Considering the origins of this country, an interesting dish for a large Fourth of July party would be an American version of English trifle. Some years ago I made a layered red, white and blue Jell-O dessert for a large Fourth of July party and it was so pretty I remembered to take a picture!
For this year’s large Fourth of July party I plan to add fresh fruit to the trifle mixture and a touch of fruit liqueur (instead of the traditional sherry) to sparkle it up.
Following is my recipe for Quick & Easy Trifle for the Fourth of July. Whether served in a beautiful bowl with thick layers or individual servings, this dessert has a big impact at large Fourth of July parties and it is very easy to assemble.
Quick & Easy Trifle for the Fourth of July
1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned & sliced
1 pint fresh raspberries, cleaned & sliced
1 small package strawberry or raspberry Jell-O, prepared & scored
1 angel food cake, cut into cubes
1 large box instant vanilla pudding, prepared
1 container Cool Whip or whipped cream
1 pint blueberries, cleaned & sliced
1 small package blue berry Jell-O, prepared & scored
Liqueur or brandy (optional) such as Amaretto or a fruit brandy.
More whipped topping
Prepare Jell-O according to package directions and chill in a shallow pan. When set, cut the Jell-O with a sharp knife (or mash with a fork) to make it more spoonable.
Prepare the fruit and keep it all separated by color in bowls (you can use one bowl for raspberries and strawberries if you like).
Cut the angel food cake into 1” cubes. Drizzle cake cubes with ¼ cup liqueur, if desired.
Layer ingredients by color (blue first, white, and then red on top) in a deep glass bowl with straight sides, or in clear plastic cups for individual servings. First place a layer of blue Jell-O followed by sliced blueberries. Next is a layer of cake cubes, pudding and whipped topping. The third layer is a combination of red Jell-O with sliced strawberries and raspberries. Repeat layers if desired. Decorate top with additional whipped topping and extra fresh fruits.
BTW, my personal tradition is to read the Declaration of Independence every year on the Fourth of July. It never ceases to amaze me the absolute courage it took to sign that document with the powerful words: “We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”
Happy Cookbooking & Happy Independence Day