For most Americans, Labor Day marks the end of summer and the start of fall — which means football, pumpkin spice lattes, apple picking and hayrides.
But first, we must party.
Labor Day cookouts are summer’s last hoorah, a perfect opportunity to get a last taste of summer. We’re talking grilled meat and veggies, baked beans and potato salad. Yum!
In preparation for the three day weekend, here are a few Labor Day recipes to try that are unique takes on classic cookout recipes. If you try any of these recipes, make sure to share a picture with us on Facebook.
You don’t need a bun to enjoy great burger flavor. Now you can do it on a stick! These burger kabobs are a fun twist to burgers off the grill, and each skewer can be customized with whatever toppings you and other Labor Day partiers like. Add in fresh tomatoes and other veggies to the kabobs before you grill them. Add cheese and condiments when the kabobs are served and ready to eat. Yum!
Wow! If you are looking for a fresh take on salad that showcases your garden veggies and still satisfies your bread cravings, look no further than this summer panzanella recipe. Mix together tomatoes, onion, cucumber, mozzarella balls, basil and focaccia bread for an easy and elegant side dish.
These flavorful sandwiches are so tasty and so small that you might eat the whole pan yourself on the way to your Labor Day party. It takes about 25 minutes to make a pan that will serve 6 to 8 people, and this recipe is easily doubled or tripled if you are having a larger party. Plus, who doesn’t love a good slider?
Sure, you could just make corn on the cob the old fashioned way, cover it in butter and salt and gnaw away. That’s a perfectly normal and delicious way to eat corn. But Labor Day weekend is a celebration and you don’t have to work on Monday, so why not cover it in mayonnaise, lime juice and spices? Treat yoself.
Remember going camping as a kid and your parents pulled out foil packs full of food that cooked over the campfire? Recreate that feeling with adult flavor at your Labor Day cookout with these chicken bacon ranch foil packs. Yes, you read that right. This recipe gets two bonus points: it comes with a plate already built in (as long as you don’t serve it right off the grill) and clean up is a breeze.
No cookout is complete without beer, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a second adult beverage to enjoy. This sangria is so refreshing. Add in white wine, lemon and your favorite summer fruit (we recommend berries and peaches). Just make sure to remember to make this in advance so that you get the full fruit flavor.
Of course you have to end a party with dessert, but you don’t want a complicated recipe that will make your life more difficult. This recipe is great because all you have to do is mix ingredients together, form the graham cracker crust and then the cheesecake and let it set in the fridge. You don’t have to turn on your oven. Plus, it’s delicious and you can add other ingredients (like chocolate) if you wish.