Labor Day is a holiday tradition celebrating the great efforts of American workers and their contribution to society both economically and socially. Traditionally celebrated on the first Monday of September, the day is symbolic to rest, play and enjoy the people around you. Weather permitting, a last summer visit to the beach, a family barbecue or a pool party is commonly the events you see being used to observe Labor Day usually planned to also say good bye to the warmer days of the year. For those of you anticipating on hosting a feast to accompany your special soiree, you’re going to want to incorporate the characteristics associated with this holiday within your food selection. Menus should coordinate well with the feel of the get together so the cuisine should be brightly colored, veggie based and prepared predominantly in the outdoors. These might seem to be sticky guidelines for the struggling chef but I can assure you there are a few recipes perfectly suitable for your Labor Day fete! These are the hottest recipes for 2015’s end of the year celebration.
German Potato Salad
You’ll need a bag of small wax potatoes (either red or white your choice) and clean well to remove any dirt on the skin. Boil the potatoes in a pot of water with salt and a tablespoon of olive oil. Once cooked, rinse in a colander with cool water and set aside. In a skillet, heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add one medium sized onion finely chopped and sauté until softened. Place the cool potatoes and onions in a large mixing bowl and then add finely diced scallions, one tablespoon of vinegar and three sprigs of dill mashed well. Stir together until all of the ingredients have combined and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place the dish in the refrigerator until serving time and watch your guest go wild for the beautiful tasty sensation!
All American Burger DogThis is a great recipe I found that the kids have a great time preparing and eating! The combination of a hotdog and hamburger (really, what’s not to love?) becomes a fun grilling treat, which is a perfect main dish accompanied with chips and potato salad. All you have to do is make a regular hamburger patty with lean meat and form into a tube. Wrap plastic around the beef and work with reshaping until you are confident the form has been set. Unwrap the hamburger dogs and grill on medium heat until cooked through. Add a slice of Swiss or cheddar cheese and continue to cook until the topping has melted. Place the dogs in a long bun that has been seasoned with a light spread of mayonnaise. Right before serving, give it a thick swipe of ketchup on top to finish the decadent masterpiece!