Learn how to make a beautiful American Flag Fruit tray complete with fresh strawberries, white chocolate covered pretzels, and delicious blackberries in this inspiring, simple, and kid friendly appetizer tray for all your patriotic needs this year!
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Patriotic appetizers are so much fun to make up throughout the year.
Perfect for July 4th, Memorial Day, Presidents Day and any other holiday that includes the red, white, and blue, you can get super create with your patriotic flag food displays. Now this recipe is less of a recipe and more of inspiration and guiding to help you learn how to create a perfect appetizer tray.
You can easily mix up your fruit, vegetable and cheese ideas and add what your family loves to eat the most and I have given several suggestions at the bottom of the article on which fruits and vegetables you can alter.
Making a striped flag tray is fairly straight forward, but it helps to have a variety of star shaped cookie cutters. You can not only shape out your cheese, but also give the illusion of stars by filling large cookie cutters with fruit as part of your flag.
Additionally you can use other patriotic shapes like cutting out the letters U.S.A and there are many cookie cutters for flags, eagles, and the continental US shape.
I am including some links below to check out the prices online so you can order a head of time for your appetizer tray design.
Setting up a whole July 4th display? Learn how to make red, white, and blue jello shots for the adults too!
Star and July 4th Shaped Cookie Cutter Sets
- Stainless Steel 3 star Size Set
- 10 Piece Star set with tons of star sizes
- Flag, US, and Shoot Star Cookie Cutter Shape
- USA Letters Cookie Cutter
And don’t forget, you can also use really cool appetizer platters, like this red, white and blue serving dish, to really have a beautiful display and a built in star cup.
Patriotic Fruit Appetizer Tray
Let’s get started! This is how I chose to set up my appetizer tray:
- White Cheese -I used mozzarella cheese
- fresh blackberries (and/or blueberries)
- whole fresh strawberries
- fresh raspberries
- white chocolate or yogurt covered pretzels
How to make a July 4th Flag Fruit Tray
Cut cheese into 1/4″ slices
Use a small star cookie cutter to cut cheese into star shapes.
Place a small layer of blackberries in a tray.
Top with a star cookie cutter.
Fill in the remaining cookie cutter with blackberries.
Wash and dry strawberries and line them on the top of the tray. I like to leave the strawberries whole, but you could certainly cut them into slices.
Add a layer of star cut cheese below the strawberries.
Follow with a single line of raspberries.
Add a single line of white chocolate covered pretzels below the raspberries.
And end with a final row of strawberries.
Now that your red, white and blue layers are complete, add additional fruit, cheese and pretzels to fill the space.
Serve fruit tray appetizer immediately or refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.
White Stripe Food Ideas
- Cheese squares
- white chocolate covered raspberries
- Cutting skin off of apples and leaving the flesh- just remember they oxidize and turn brown so serve right away if you cut them
- White Chocolate Chips
Blue Stripe Food Ideas
- Black Seedless Grapes (sometimes called Concord grapes)
- Black Currants
Red Stripe Food Ideas
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Red Peppers
- Apples with Skin on
Fruit trays are also awesome to serve with dips and I love to serve melted chocolate and this delicious marshmallow fruit dip with mine.
Its easy to set up a chocolate fondue pot with dipping sticks (chocolate goes with all fruits!) or simply serve with melting chocolate dips, usually found right near the strawberries in the store. If you choose to substitute fruits for veggies, this cucumber dip recipe goes perfectly with all veggies and is super simple to whip up.