Fourth of July in the Hamptons

Fourth of July is a huge celebration in the Hamptons and usually turns into a super long weekend. It finally feels like summer weather out here and most everyone (including me) took advantage of the sunshine and hit the beach.

On the Fourth of July I love a traditional American meal. We went all out with cheeseburgers, corn on the cob, cole slaw and cans of beer. My thought with an indulgent meal like this is that everything must be quality.

I don't eat red meat, especially burgers, very often, but when I do I make sure it is high quality. We made our burgers using organic grass fed ground beef purchased at Citarella. Organic ensures there are no added antibiotics or hormones and grass fed means the beef has a healthier fatty acid profile. I like that this beef is available at the butcher counter so I only purchased what I needed for our small celebration. In addition to quality meat, you need a quality bun. Citarella has the most amazing brioche buns at the bakery that are perfect for burgers. They are a little pricey but are totally worth it. Plus you don't get stuck with an entire package of buns you don't want. We topped the burgers with Alpine Swiss cheese, beefsteak tomato, and butter lettuce.

I should have made the cole slaw, but I bought it prepared at The Golden Pear. We cooked the corn on the grill and topped it with grass fed butter and flaky sea salt. To drink we had Montauk Summer Ale straight out of the can. 

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday!