Serve these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips with
homemade salsa for a delicious 4th of July snack!
I’ve always been somewhat of a history buff. I absolutely love Roman and Greek history, and I’ve been known to ask for a big book on Roman history for my birthday. And not just any book on Roman history. I wanted the one that was as thick as the telephone book. (Speaking of which, why do phone companies still print telephone books? Ours goes straight into recycling bin whenever it shows up on the doorstep. But I digress…) So, yeah, I’ve always been fascinated with history.
When my wife and I first decided to move to upstate New York, I did what any logical person would do and googled exactly where we would be moving. To be completely honest, I didn’t know much about New York other than the city. But it turns out there’s a whole state up here! And it’s a big one. There’s actually a lot of farmland upstate. I always pictured New York as tall buildings and lots of yellow cabs…but not up here a couple hours north of the city. We have friends from the city who come visit occasionally, and they always say they’re coming up to their country cottage.
As I was googling our area before we moved, I couldn’t help but notice all the connections to the Revolutionary War and United States history. We live very close to Saratoga Springs, and the Battle of Saratoga was arguably one of the key turning points in the war. It also turns out that Uncle Sam is from nearby Troy, NY. Well, to be fair, Uncle Sam is a fictional person, but he is based on Samuel Wilson, a local meatpacker who helped supply food to the U.S. troops during the War of 1812. He is buried nearby, and I’d like to go over and see his grave. I mean I didn’t even know Uncle Sam was a real person until we moved up here!
With July 4th quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about patriotic dishes to serve at the backyard picnic. If you’re anything like me, then July 4th is a great excuse to invite friends over and fire up the grill for the afternoon! But, we all know that delicious grilled food requires delicious appetizers, right? It’s not a party until the chips and salsa come out!
That’s where these star-shaped Seasoned Tortilla Chips come in. Not only are they perfectly festive for the 4th of July, but they taste delicious, too! And to make them even more festive, I served ’em up on this striking new Americana Flag Bread Tray from Wilton Armetale. You can’t get much more patriotic than star-shaped chips and the Stars & Stripes!
You guys may have noticed that I’ve featured several different Wilton Armetale pieces on here over the last year. I can’t say enough good things about their serveware and grillware! While this Americana Flag Bread Tray is only made for serving, most of their other pieces are made for both cooking and serving. And they are freezer safe, too. That means I can put the pieces in the freezer and then use them to serve cold appetizers. Or I can put them in a warm oven for serving hot appetizers. And the grillware is designed to be used directly on the grill. I don’t know about you, but I always appreciate a multi-tasker when it comes to kitchenware!
I included my go-to Restaurant Style Salsa recipe here just because it’s incredibly delicious…and incredibly easy! Making salsa for a crowd? This recipe is a cinch to make in bigger batches, too. (I often make one without jalapenos and one with jalapenos whenever we have friends over.) These Seasoned Tortilla Chips are deliciously simple, too. Just cut stars out of corn tortillas, brush ’em with lime juice and olive oil and sprinkle them with spices before baking them up. But be forewarned…you’re gonna want to make a lot of these. They have a strange habit of disappearing quickly. Happy 4th of July!
What are your plans for July 4th? Did you know that Uncle Sam was a real person?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Wilton Armetale, but the recipe and opinions are entirely my own.