We love Independence Day in the test kitchen. (We are America’s Test Kitchen, after all.) And though we love all the historical significance and pretty bunting and colorful fireworks associated with our nation’s birthday, our favorite part of July 4th is, of course, the food.
Most people (rightly so) think about burgers and hot dogs when they think about the Fourth of July, but we’re looking to get a little nontraditional with our menu suggestions this summer. We still want to break out our grills, but instead of timeworn basics, we’ll be grilling dishes like paella and beef tenderloin instead. We think you should mix things up, too! Here’s a list of some less traditional—but just as delicious—July 4th grilling options (with a salad and a dessert thrown in there, too).