Easy Labor Day Recipes

Alexandra Heep By Alexandra Heep, 27th Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1decd5rz/
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A complete Labor Day menu - pick and choose but all items are very easy to make. Not just for Labor Day either!

More than just burgers and hot dogs

While the Labor Day holiday started as recognition for those in the work force, it has quickly added to its popularity. It can now be the last festivity during summer, ring in the fall season, and give those going back to school a last carefree weekend. Foods reflect this multitude. While Labor Day picnics and cookouts are as popular as ever, it's not just about grilling burgers and hotdogs anymore.

Keeping all this in mind, I have created a menu that has a variety of foods (other than the obvious). All items are easy to prepare. You can use all the recipes for full course entertaining, or pick and choose. A lot of the dishes also are suitable if you have to bring something to an existing party.

While all of these foods make a complete and all around picnic, you can of course omit one or two (or more) recipes, if you don't need to feed that many people.

Cheese Straws

A perfect appetizer, homemade, yet easy to make. Kids will love it as well.

8 oz. sharp cheese, grated
1 1/2 sticks margarine, softened
2 cups self-rising flour
1 dash red pepper
seasoned salt

Mix the first four ingredients and divide into three parts. Put into the refrigerator the dough not being worked on. Take one part, and roll it out. Cut into strips. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Bake at 350 degrees F for about eight minutes.

Crab Dip

This is a very versatile dish. It can be one of your appetizers. It's perfect for those living on the coastline or northern parts as well. Or, how about serving it up while watching a sporting game or NASCAR race during Labor Day weekend?

1 pound crab meat
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon milk
1 tablespoon minced onion
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Combine all ingredients in baking dish and top with pats of butter. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbly around sides. Serve warm with wheat crackers.

Three Bean Salad

You can never go wrong with this dish. It's easy to make, and perfect to bring to any type of get together as well.

1 can string beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can lima beans
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Drain the liquid from the beans. Mix all ingredients. Best if chilled overnight before
serving.

BAR-B-Q

No Southern picnic is complete without this. There are many different recipes for this dish, but this one is one of the easiest.

6 pounds fresh shoulder
1 medium bottle of ketchup
1/2 bottle Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup juice from meat
1/4 bottle hot sauce

Boil meat until it begins to fall off bone. Cut off bone into chunks. Mix all other ingredients. Add to meat and cook for 30 minutes or until real done. Serve on hamburger rolls.

Hamburger Muffins

A different way to serve hamburger. These muffins are perfect to bring along when you are invited. These can be made in advance and frozen until you are ready to serve.

1 pound hamburger
1/4 cup chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1 pkg. canned refrigerator biscuits (12 biscuits)

Brown hamburger and add onion, salt, pepper, and green pepper. Cook until onion is tender. Drain mixture well. Return to skillet and add the barbecue sauce. Press canned biscuits in greased muffin tin. Put mixture in biscuits. Grate Cheddar cheese on top. Bake according to directions on biscuit can.

Crab Cakes

Instead of frying them in a pan, for people on a low fat diet, these can be baked in an oven at 450 degrees F. For a cookout, simply finish them on the grill.

1 pound crab meat
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 egg, well beaten
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 slices bread (crusts removed)

Break bread into small pieces and moisten with a little milk. Mix together all ingredients and shape into cakes. Fry until brown.

Zucchini Bread

To serve this bread at other occasions and during different seasons, you can substitute the zucchini with strawberries or bananas.

2 cups shredded zucchini
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup oil
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange peel
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 cup nuts or raisins
1/2 cup cinnamon

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add to shredded zucchini. Add eggs, oil, vanilla and spices and blind with a spoon. Add nuts or raisins. Pour into two loaf pans and bake at 375 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Punch

No entertaining is complete without a homemade beverage. The cranberries give you a taste of autumn to come.

4 cups cranberry juice cocktail
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 cups pineapple or grapefruit juice
2 quarts chilled ginger ale

Slowly add cranberry juice to sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Add pineapple juice. Chill. Pour into a punch bowl. Add ginger ale just before serving.

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Barbecue, Bbq, Cooking, Crab Cake, Crab Dip, Dip, Food, Frying, Grill, Grilling, Hamburger, Labor Day, Labor Day Food, Labor Day Picnic, Labor Day Recipe, Picnic, Punch, Recipe, Recipes, Salad, Three Bean Salad

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author avatar Alexandra Heep
I am a freelancer and I can write about any subject. I have a professional background in administration, real estate, marketing, and mortgage post-closing. Other areas of expertise include health and beauty as well as spirituality and self help iss...(more)

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author avatar Brenda Shelton
29th Aug 2010 (#)

Wow a whole meal. Most of the time there is only one recipe I am impressed. Thanks.

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author avatar Denise O
31st Aug 2010 (#)

Alexandra, what a very impressive article.
I can not wait to try these recipes...Thanks
I also would like to suggest to you a article to read, I read it this morning, it was written by James 'Fibromyalgia: Insight and Options from Someone Who Lives With It'. You are not alone hon.

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
24th Sep 2010 (#)

Amazing article and great pics to go with it! This should have been a star page.

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