• You can't go wrong with a big old shrimp boil—full of seasonal produce and right in one pot. It's a perfect alternative to barbecue or grilling outdoors, without skimping on the fun factor or the flavor.

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  • Paella is one of those dishes that scream "summer," so I reckon that it would be perfect for an Independence Day get-together with friends and family. You can cook it in a large pot indoors or outdoors, but the idea is to keep it all in one pot.

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  • This is a perfect family-style fish stew that is also great for entertaining on the Fourth of July. The ingredients are easy to acquire, the recipe simple to make, and the flavors look super-welcoming for feeding a crowd.

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  • Anything made in a skillet is basically ideal: delicious, simple, and no fighting over who's going to have to tend the steaming-hot grill. Chicken and rice is a winning combo with anyone and a sure crowd-pleaser with kids and adults alike. This version includes lots of flavor-packed favorites (bacon, mushrooms, wild rice, carrots, fresh herbs) that make it feel special in honor of the holiday.

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  • Who doesn't love enchiladas? The fact that you can cook them all-in-one is genius and they're a delightfully spicy way to ring in the Fourth. This Mexican comfort-food dish is also casual and stress-free, because everyone can serve themselves without ceremony.

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  • When in doubt, salads will save the day, especially on a hot July afternoon. Making it a hearty dish packed with protein and pasta means it's a meal on its own and will keep guests full and happy for longer.

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  • Another fun and festive way to serve a salad as a main is to layer all the ingredients. Not only is it easier to serve, but it also looks great on the table.

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  • Risotto is, by definition, a one-pot meal, so if you add summer vegetables and flavors, then you have yourself a winning, easy dish to serve for your Fourth of July celebrations.

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  • A big pot of pasta can also be jazzed up for entertaining, like this Bloody-Mary-inspired seafood linguine recipe, which has vodka in the sauce and crispy Italian breadcrumbs as a delicious topping.

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  • Mussels are a fantastic summer dish for the Fourth of July because you can make them in a large pot and serve with sauces, crusty bread, and/or fries. This white wine recipe also has cream in it for added luxuriousness, and I'm not complaining.

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