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The Cookstr 10: Ten Memorial Day Dishes

May 26, 2011

Introduced to honor Union and Confederate soldiers after the Civil War, Memorial Day is now generally used to mark the beginning of summer as well as to provide an occasion for commemorating all U.S. soldiers. Always observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day kicks off the grilling season and celebrates the start of the barbecues, picnics, and get-togethers with friends and family that warmer weather brings.

Florence Fabricant's Mediterranean Couscous Salad

So fire up the grill and get cooking with these ten recipes. Whether you’re partial to ribs or burgers, barbecued chicken or lamb kebabs, your backyard bash will have something for everyone – not to mention delicious vegetarian options, delectable side salads and desserts that are sheer Americana.

Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner's Corn on the Cob

1. First-Timer’s Ribs
Steven Raichlen

The ubiquitous barbecue must-have, pork ribs should be tender and juicy. This recipe includes two barbecue sauces and a dry rub that hit the ideal hot, sweet and smoky flavor profile, as well as tips for both indirect and direct grilling.

Click here for Steven’s First-Timer’s Ribs Recipe

2.Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese Burgers

Sally Sampson

A great make-ahead addition, herbed caramelized onions add a depth to these burgers that’s well worth their prep time. The burgers themselves benefit from a surprise helping of blue cheese stuffed inside.


Click here for Sally’s Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese Burgers Recipe 

3. Barbecued Chicken 

Bob Sloan

Good-quality chicken requires only a quick basting with barbecue sauce, house-made from ingredients you’ll probably have on hand in your refrigerator and pantry.

Click here for Bob’s Barbecued Chicken Recipe

4. Nazareth Lamb Kebab

Joan Nathan

Kebabs and skewers are a fun and easy addition to meals cooked on the grill, and this recipe, in which ground seasoned lamb is threaded onto kebabs with tomatoes and onions, is sure to be a crowdpleaser.

Click here for Joan’s Nazareth Lamb Kebab Recipe

5. All-Veggie Burgers
White Beans Didi Emmons

While vegan and vegetarian burger and sausage alternatives for barbecues are widely available in pre-made form, it’s a cinch to make these meat-free patties from fresh eggplant, grated carrots and sun-dried tomatoes. Even your more carnivorous guests might get hooked!

Click here for Didi’s All-Veggie Burgers Recipe 

6.  Corn on the Cob

Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

Sweet corn on the cob is one of the signature tastes of summertime, and this recipe serves up the classic with an herb and garlic butter that might find its way alongside grilled meat and dinner rolls as well.

Click here for Victoria and Brigitte’s Corn on the Cob Recipe

7. Picnic Potato Salad

James Beard

Fresh cucumber and rich bacon drippings set this mouthwatering potato salad apart. Prepare this recipe at least two hours before serving, allowing the flavors to combine.

Click here for  James’ Picnic Potato Salad Recipe

8. Mediterranean Couscous Salad

 Florence Fabricant

This cold couscous salad fills two roles, offering the lightness of a green salad while serving as a refreshing alternative to the expected pasta salad at a barbecue. Couscous can be cooked in under ten minutes, and this easy, portable dish is an excellent choice to bring to a potluck.

Click here for Florence’s Mediterranean Couscous Salad Recipe

9. Sweet and Salty Brownie

Matt Lewis

This take on the American classic injects the fudgy dark chocolate brownie with a layer of luscious caramel and cream filling. Serve a la mode if you like, but these brownies stand just fine on their own.

Click here for Matt’s Sweet and Salty Brownie Recipe 

10. Blueberry Cobbler 

 Lori Longbotham

While it may not be quite “as American as apple pie,” it’s worth the trip just a bit further into the alphabet to arrive at this blueberry cobbler, topped with cut-out biscuits and sprinkled with sugar.

Click here for Lori’s Blueberry Cobbler Recipe

One Comment leave one →
  1. Caryln Berghoff permalink
    May 27, 2011 2:54 pm

    The First Timer’s Ribs recipe sounds amazing and I cannot wait to try it this holiday weekend. I couldn’t agree more that everyone should know how to make ribs. It is the one dish my entire family loves and is much easier to cook then most people think. My favorite secret to give the pork the sweetness is Pianapple Juice. Bring on the summer and the grilling!

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