Start a revolution in your kitchen. Let the guests, including kids, put together their own Independence Dinners, which can cook while you watch fireworks.
Cooking time: 3–4 hours
Preparation time: 45 minutes
Pot size: 3–5 quarts
1. Mince the onion and garlic. Combine with hamburger, crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and mix well. Divide the mixture into 8 patties or 16 balls.
2. Clean and halve the potatoes and carrots. Clean and trim the asparagus and yellow peppers; cut into 4-inch lengths.
3. Cut 8 1-foot lengths of heavy-duty aluminum foil (or double thickness of standard aluminum foil). In the center of each foil square, put one portion: 1 patty (or 2 balls) of meat mixture, 2 potatoes, 3 carrots, some asparagus, some pepper slices, and 2 cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and fold edges to seal.
4. Arrange on a trivet or rack in the slow cooker. Pour water around the base of the trivet.
5. Cover and heat on a high setting for 3 to 4 hours.
A Chemistry Trick
If your vegetables are giving off too much odor while you cook, simmer a small pan of vinegar on top of the stove at the same time, or immediately afterward. The vinegar fumes will help neutralize odors in the air.