Patriotic Food for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Veteran's Day, or Presidents' Day

It's fun to get in the spirit of patriotic holidays by having red, white, and blue foods. Here are a few patriotic foods we've tried and enjoyed:

Patriotic Pancakes

One of our favorite foods is pancakes, so an easy patriotic breakfast that we like to make is red, white, and blue pancakes. I just divide up the batter and add food coloring paste to the mix before baking on the griddle. Here's our favorite pancake recipe.

Homemade Raspberry Ice Cream

Top raspberry ice cream with whipped cream and blueberries to complete a trio of patriotic colors. My favorite raspberry ice cream recipe is here.

Fruit Pizza Flag

The fruit pizza I made above was not for a patriotic holiday--so I didn't use red, white, and blue fruits. But many people have adapted this fruit pizza dessert into a cute American flag for patriotic holidays. Just choose the appropriate red and blue fruits to top the dessert to make it patriotic (see the cake below for an example of how to arrange the fruit to look like an American flag)


For the pizza "dough" use your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Here's our all-time favorite! Flatten out the dough to create one extra large cookie that fills an entire pan. Bake the cookie dough crust in an oven until it is lightly browned, according to the instructions for your chosen cookie dough.

You could use a round pizza pan to make it more like a "pizza," or use a rectangular cookie sheet to make it a flag shape.

Then, once the cookie dough crust is baked, add a topping. You could add your favorite whipped or cream cheese frosting. I like to do a frosting that is a mixture of whipped/cream cheese.

Fruit Pizza Topping:

12 oz. cream cheese
1/3 c. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1 t. vanilla
1 c. frozen whipped topping
fruit (i.e., strawberries, blueberries, etc.)

Blend together cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. Fold in frozen whipped topping. Top with desired fruit. To make the fruit pizza patriotic, use red and blue fruits such as strawberries and blueberries. If you want, lay out the fruits in a flag design with a rectangle of blueberries in the upper left-hand corner and stripes of strawberries throughout the rest of the fruit pizza.

Cake with Patriotic Fruit Topping

This is similar to the fruit pizza above but instead of using a cookie dough crust, we used a white cake as the base. Then we just added frosting and fruit topping to create an American flag!


White Box Cake
8 oz. cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 pint whipping cream (whipped)
2 boxes of strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 package Danish Dessert Topping
1 package blueberries


1. Cook white cake according to instructions.
2. Whip cream cheese and powdered sugar until fluffy.
3. Combine cream cheese mixture with whipping cream.
4. Make Danish dessert and use juice from the strawberries for liquid. Add strawberries to Danish Dessert.
5. Top Cake with creamy mix
6. Make stripes on the flag with strawberry mixture as shown above.
7. Make "star" corner of the flag by making rows of blueberries as show above.
8. Refrigerate. Best if served cold!

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