American Pie and More Recipes for an Epic Fourth of July Meal

For Los Angeles–based chef Maire Byrne, her love of food stems from the memories it can create. While she has spent time honing her craft at gourmet restaurants Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Ajax Tavern in Aspen, and Aqua in San Francisco, Byrne’s favorite teacher is her mother. Byrne loved learning how to cook for her large family by helping her mom in their Southern California kitchen. That sort of seasonal, family-driven cooking is definitely at the heart of Maire Byrne’s culinary career.

After several years of running her successful company Thyme Catering, Byrne opened Thyme Café & Market. The communal environment serves comforting home-cooked food and, according to Byrne, “the delicious memories it can create.” Thanks to its tremendous success, Byrne opened a second Santa Monica location, called Local Kitchen & Wine Bar. Handcrafted pizzas, small plates, delicious wines, and a craft cocktail bar are all part of Byrne’s latest endeavor. We’ll take the Neapolitan pizza, please.

In celebration of her eatery, Byrne generously shared the recipes for her melt-in-your-mouth chargrilled corn and decadent raspberry sour cream tart. We think they would make delicious additions to your patriotic festivities this summer, so read on for her three mouthwatering Fourth of July recipes. 

American Flag Pie

Fourth of July Dessert Recipes

Decorated like a flag and completely scrumptious, this tart will win over family and friends on the Fourth! The graham cracker crust provides the perfect crunch for the rich, creamy filling.

Ingredients for Crust

8 whole graham crackers, coarsely broken
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted

Ingredients for Filling and Topping

6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 half-pint baskets raspberries
1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam 

Directions for Crust

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grind crackers and sugar in processor until coarse crumbs form. Add butter and process until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Bake until crust is firm to touch, about 8 minutes. Cool crust on rack.

Lobster Pasta Salad

July 4 Recipes

Just looking at this recipe will make you hungry. Fresh, tender lobster meat mixed with corn, tomatoes, pasta, and other delicious ingredients make this a great side dish to serve family style on the fourth. And the lobster pasta combo gives you a little more red and white.


NOTE: Serves 8

Kosher salt
Good olive oil
1/2 pound small pasta shells
Kernels from 4 ears of corn
6 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
1 yellow or orange bell peppers, seeded and small-diced
1 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lbs. cooked fresh lobster meat, medium-diced
3/4 cup good mayonnaise
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (4 lemons)
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup minced fresh dill


Chargrilled Corn With Chili Lime Butter

Fourth of July Recipes

Make sure you slather on extra butter—those “holiday calories” don’t count! And this lime-zested, paprika-flavored recipe is a Fourth of July BBQ must.


12 whole corn, husked, with a small portion of the husk attached
2 cups softened butter
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 lime, zested and juiced
1 tbsp. salt
1 1/2 cups cotija cheese


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Personalized Stripe Apron
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One Step Timers Dew Drop Wired LED Lights (Set of 2) $22
Wiliams Sonoma Red, White, and Blue Spoon Rest $10
Dot and Army Gingham Cloth Napkins (Set of 4) $32
Hester and Cook Monstera Leaf Placemats (Set of 12) $29
Bull City Barbeque Company BBQ Sauce & Rubs (Pack of 4) $28

This post was originally published on June 29, 2015, and has since been updated.

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