Labor Day is an important date for Americans.
Since the 19th century, brave workers have fought and won many battles for what we now call the most basic rights. It’s a long and very interesting story with many twists and turns…
But hey, Wikipedia this is not - you came here for the delicious Labor Day recipes you can make in your own kitchen and that’s what you’ll get!
“As we celebrate Labor Day, we honor the men and women who fought tirelessly for workers' rights, which are so critical to our strong and successful labor force.” - Elizabeth Esty
Let’s start making your tummy yummy:
Appetizer #1: Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks
For the perfect family barbecue during Labor Day weekend you need some sweet appetizers for everyone to chew on while the main course is getting ready.
And by sweet appetizers I mean Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks. Obviously.
And as you can imagine, it’s very easy to do. First, you’ll need:
- 8 grissini breadsticks
- 8 thin slices of prosciutto
Step 1: Simply wrap one or two slices of prosciutto around the tip of each breadstick until you have enough for everybody.
Step 2: Enjoy!
Step 3: Yes, it’s was that easy, but I think every recipe should have at least 3 steps.
This incredible snack came from Half Baked Harvest, and Tieghan’s post even shows all the images!
The Main Course #1: Texas Style Smoked Brisket
This beef is basically what you’d expected to see at any barbecue ever since barbecuing has been a thing. The word barbecue itself dates back to the 16th century if you can believe that!
Anyway, here’s what you’ll need:
- 8 to 10 pound (2.5 to 2.8 kg) untrimmed brisket
- 1/2 cup (120 mL)
- Texas-style brisket rub
- Wood chips (oak, fruitwood, hickory)
If you want to know how to perfectly smoke a brisket, there’s a nice and easy tutorial right here.
The Main Course #2: A Good Old-Fashioned Burger
The great thing about burgers is that you don’t have to know how to cook - you don’t even need experience! It’s just that easy.
All you need for a good basic burger is:
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1/2 a cup of fine dry bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
- cheese (the one you like)
Want to add a killer special sauce to your burger? Check this out!
Step 1: Preheat your grill for high heat and oil grate.
Step 2: Whisk together an egg, salt, and pepper in a bowl, then add ground beef and dry bread crumbs, mixing them all until blended.
Step 3: Form about 4 patties from the mixture using your hands or a fork.
Step 4: Place the patties on the grill and let it cook evenly on each side - usually takes 7-10 minutes per side, depending on how you like it.
Desert: Cherry Berry Trifle
After burgers and beef, you need something a little lighter to go with all the salt and pepper.
Shelby from Go Eat and Repeat has shared this delicious Cherry Berry Trifle with us! It’s easy to make and tastes like heaven, as you can probably imagine from the image… the recipe is right here!
And don’t forget to visit Go Eat and Repeat for more delicious recipes!
To Go with Everything: Patriotic Salad
Oh. My. Yum.
A varied salad is a great addition to your Labor Day barbecue because it can be always available for guests to feast on at any moment!
Basically, all you need are the ingredients:
- cherry tomatoes
- mozzarella balls (ciliegine or bocconcini)
- fresh basil leaves
- olive oil
- balsamic vinegar
- sea salt
- ground black pepper
Step 1: Throw the tomatoes, blueberries and mozzarella balls in a bowl.
Step 2: Sprinkle with olive oil, vinegar and basil leaves.
Step 3: Season to your liking with salt and pepper.
Step 4: Done!
Labor Day Drinks
We’ve seen plenty of food up until now, but we all get thirsty, especially now during the last days of summer!
So here are some deliciously satisfying drinks you can try:
- 1 - Vintage Lemonade
- 2 - Spicy Bacon Bloody Mary (yes)
- 3 - Watermelon Sling
- 4 - Sparkling White Sangria
- 5 - Frozen Gin and Tonic
- 6 - Limoncello Spritzers Cocktail
There you go - you’ve got it all figured out!
Have a happy Labor Day barbecue and let us know if you have any questions, tips, suggestions, or anything else in the comments below!