5 Recipes for the Labor Day Cookout

Sunrise Senior Living  |  August 16, 2016
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The combination of these recipes makes the perfect cookout meal.

Labor Day is only a few weeks away. Now's the perfect time to start planning your cookout! Here are a few recipes to consider:

1. The Perfect Burger
What's a backyard barbecue without a hamburger fresh off the grill? This recipe from Food.com yields four burgers.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion – finely grated
  • 1 clove garlic – mined
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1 lb. medium ground beef

Directions:

First, fire grill to medium heat and prepare with a light coating of oil.

In a medium bowl, whisk egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, salt and pepper together. Gradually crumble beef into the mixture and use your hands to combine. Once the ingredients are fully incorporated, gently shape beef into four 3/4-inch thick burgers. Use your thumb to make a shallow dent in the center of each patty.

Place burgers on the hot grill, close the lid and flip after 7 minutes. Close lid for an additional 7 minutes.

Once they're finished, place the burgers on a bun and let your guests add their favorite condiments and toppings.

2. Chicken, Bacon and Ranch Skewers
This recipe from Delish turns a classic chicken dish into a convenient, handy treat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ranch dressing – plus more for drizzling
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts – cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 16 slices bacon
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped chives for garnish

Directions:

First, heat the grill to medium. Lay down a piece of foil prepared with non-stick cooking spray and have your skewers ready. 

Then, stir ranch, lemon juice and cayenne in a medium bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste, followed by chicken. Toss until fully coated.

Grab your skewers and get ready to assemble. Start with the end of one piece of bacon. Top with a chunk of chicken, then weave the bacon back over the skewer. Add a cherry tomato, then weave the bacon again. Repeat process until you've use two slices of bacon.

Place finished skewers on the foil and grill until bacon is crispy and chicken is fully cooked – this should take about 8 minutes per side.

Move skewers to a serving dish, then drizzle with ranch and garnish with chopped chives.

3. All-American Potato Salad
Who doesn't crave a serving of potato salad at the family get-together? This recipe from Martha Stewart Living creates the classic dish everyone will love.

Ingredients:

  • 8 russet potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. and 2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 3 stalks celery – cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 red bell pepper – cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion – finely diced
  • 10 cornichons – cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 scallions – thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp. paprika

Directions:

First, place potatoes in a large pot and cover in water. Set over high heat, add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are tender – this should take about 25 minutes. Drain into a colander and let cool. Once they're easy to touch – but still slightly warm – peel and cut into 1-inch pieces. Drizzle with cider vinegar and set aside.

Place your eggs in a small pan and cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Then, turn off heat, cover and let sit for about 14 minutes. Drain water and place eggs in cool water to stop the cooking process. When they're cold, peel the shells and dice 2 eggs into 1/4-inch chunks. Slice the last egg into 1/4-inch thick rounds for garnish. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine diced egg, mayonnaise, celery seed, mustard, 2 teaspoons salt and black pepper. Gradually add potatoes, celery, red pepper, onion, cornichons, scallions and parsley, stirring to combine. Let chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving. Once your guests have arrived, top with reserved hard-boiled egg and paprika for the perfect finishing touch.

4. Baked Cream Corn with Red Bell Peppers and Jalapeños
Spruce up your traditional corn dish with this recipe from Food Network!

Ingredients:

  • 8 ears of corn – husked
  • 2 red bell peppers – diced
  • 2 jalapeño peppers – diced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 stick salted butter – cut into pieces

Directions:

First, heat your oven to 350 degrees.

Use a sharp knife to slice the kernels from the ears into a large bowl. Add red bell peppers, jalapeños, heavy cream, 2 teaspoons salt, pepper and butter, stirring well to combine. Pour into a 9x13-inch baking dish and cook for about 45 minutes. Enjoy!

5. Blueberry Pie
No cookout is complete without a delicious dessert. Try this simple treat from All Recipes!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1 premade pie crust
  • 1 sheet pastry dough
  • 1 Tbsp. butter

Directions:

First, heat your oven to 425 degrees.

Then, mix sugar, cornstarch, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle mixture over blueberries.

Pour blueberry mixture into crust and top with pastry crust. Press edges to enclose the blueberries, then slice three vents in the top.

Place on the lower shelf in the oven and bake for 50 minutes.