Labor Day weekend is often the time when family and friends gather to have at least one more cookout before fall arrives and the weather turns cooler. This is also a time when barbecue experts will outdo themselves, presenting a fabulous array of grilled foods. It’s a treat to relax on this Monday and enjoy some good “patio food”.
I’ve got a menu that I’m passing along today that will fit the bill for Labor Day barbecuing or even to have in the fall. For starters, let’s begin with a “Barbecued Hamburger Dinner” that will appeal to all hamburger fans. What makes this recipe rather interesting is that the hamburger patties are bundled in a pouch of aluminum foil along with carrots, potatoes and onion. They are topped off with barbecue sauce and grilled. It serves four but the recipe can be multiplied according to the number being served.
For a salad, let’s have “Cucumbers & Cream”, which is a nice change from the traditional coleslaw or green salad we often have with grilled meats. This salad begins with cucumbers that are marinated, then combined with sour cream, onion and garnished with fresh tomatoes. A good-tasting salad, in addition to having plenty of eye-appeal!
For dessert, something very simple: “Ice Cream Desserts” where fresh cantaloupe is topped with vanilla ice cream, surrounded with your choice of fresh berries. It’s a refreshing and different type of dessert to have with this menu.
While talking about ice cream, last summer I shared some ice cream recipes that would be equally good to have for Labor Day entertaining. Here’s the links to some of those recipes, in case you missed them earlier:
Enjoy the Labor Day weekend, making it one with plenty of good food, beginning with these recipes!
BARBECUED HAMBURGER DINNER
- 4 large sheets heavy-duty aluminum foil
- 4 hamburger patties
- 4 medium carrots, quartered lengthwise
- 4 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
- 1 large onion, cut in wedges
- Barbecue sauce (recipe follows)
Spoon 2 tablespoons of barbecue sauce onto each sheet of foil. Place the hamburger patties on top of sauce and top each with 2 more tablespoons of barbecue sauce. Place a prepared carrot, potato and 2 onion wedges with each hamburger. Wrap the packets, sealing edges of foil together tightly. Place on grill 4-6 inches above hot coals. Cook for about 25-30 minutes.
- 1/2 stick butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Melt butter in a saucepan and saute onions until transparent. Add remaining ingredients and simmer about 30 minutes.
CUCUMBERS & CREAM
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 6 black peppercorns
- 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
- 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
- 1 cup sour cream
- tomato wedges for garnishing
Combine vinegar, water, salt and peppercorns. Add the cucumber slices and chill for about 2 hours. Drain well and combine with onion and sour cream. Serve garnished with tomato wedges. Serves 4-6.
ICE CREAM DESSERTS
- 1 small cantaloupe, sliced in 1-inch rounds or cut into wedges
- vanilla ice cream
- fresh berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or peaches
Place a round of cantaloupe on a serving plate. Top with desired amount of vanilla ice cream and scatter a few berries or peach slices around the entire dessert.