4 Unique Recipes for your Labor Day Cookout

4 Unique Recipes for your Labor Day Cookout

grill photoLabor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for many people, mostly because school usually starts the following Tuesday immediately afterwards. If you are planning a Labor Day celebration this year, you might want to consider these great recipes to help make your cookout memorable until Memorial Day!

Grilled fruit skewers with balsamic reduction

Soak 6-8 bamboo skewers in water for 10 minutes to prevent burning. Cut some fresh pineapple, watermelon, and peaches into uniform chunks and skewer them onto the soaked bamboo skewers.  While you are skewering, add about ¾ cup balsamic vinegar to a saucepan and reduce it by half on a low flame, stirring several times, and remove from heat.  Add a swipe of olive oil to the skewers and grill on low for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until grill marks appear.  Place the grilled skewers on a serving plate and drizzle a small amount of balsamic reduction over them.  These make a great first course.

Stuffed burgers with spinach and mushrooms

Sauté a small onion, a handful of button mushroom and about 2 cups of fresh spinach together in a pan. Form 8 thin burger patties with 2 pounds of ground beef.  Divide t
he spinach mixture between 4 of the patties and top them with the other 4 pinching the edges together to seal the mixture inside.  Salt and pepper the burgers to taste.  Carefully grill the burgers only turning once for about 4-5 minutes on each side.  Serve over greens or on a bun with melted mozzarella cheese.

Greek yogurt potato salad

Stir together 8-10 small cooked and cooled redskin potatoes (cut into bite-size pieces), 1/4 small diced yellow onion, 1 large stalk of celery diced, 1 hard-boiled egg chopped, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tsp diced chives, 1 tsp diced parsley, and Salt & Pepper to taste. Chill for about an hour and serve!

S’mores brulee

Make your favorite childhood treat a bit more sophisticated by crushing some graham crackers with some butter to form a crust. Press the crust into the bottom of a pie plate.  Layer on some extra dark chocolate and top with marshmallows.  Using a brulee torch, fire the tops of the marshmallows giving them the toasted appearance and taste you love.

What are some of your favorite and unique Labor Day recipes? Share with us in the comments below.

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