Labor Day is a day to acknowledge America’s workforce. Thus it is a patriotic occasion full of flags, barbecues and backyard fun. This menu is perfect for Labor Day cookouts and even tops off with a red, white and blue dessert.
Tender Turkey Burgers
2 lbs ground turkey
9 oz chopped green chilies (canned)
1 red bell pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Place ground turkey into large mixing bowl.
2. Chop red bell pepper and set aside.
3. Beat eggs thoroughly and add to mixing bowl.
4. Drain chilies and add to bowl. Add red bell pepper.
5. Add garlic powder and black pepper and mix by hand.
6. Form into desired sizes and grill on medium heat until done.
Shrimp & Chicken Shish Kabobs
10 oz chicken breast
8 oz pineapple chunks
30-40 large shrimp
2 green bell peppers
1 red bell pepper
1 large onion
10 bamboo skewers
1. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes.
2. While skewers are soaking, cut chicken, onion and bell peppers into bite-size pieces.
3. Thread chicken, onion, peppers, pineapple and shrimp onto each skewer alternating each ingredient.
4. Grill skewers over medium heat, turning frequently, until chicken is fully cooked.
6 corncobs, still in husks
4 tablespoons butter
Additional herbs and seasonings as preferred
1. Soak corn in water for 15 minutes, then remove.
2. Mix butter with desired seasonings.
3. Pull husks away from corn without removing completely.
4. Coat corn with butter and replace husks.
5. Grill for 15 minutes on low heat, turning frequently.
Fresh Fruit Salad
2 cups strawberries, chopped
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
2 bananas, sliced
2 apples, chopped
1 cup chopped walnuts
16 oz whipped cream
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1. In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
2. Serve immediately, or chill for 30 minutes before serving.
1 cup pitted fresh or frozen cherries
1 cup lime juice
½ cup fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons mint extract
4 teaspoon stevia
3 cups seltzer water
1. In blender or food processor, smooth cherries into liquid. Drain with strainer into bowl.
2. In pitcher, combine lime juice, mint extract, stevia and seltzer water. Add half of mint leaves and mix.
3. Divide cherry juice among four glasses. Pour seltzer mixture into each glass and stir.
4. Add ice as desired to each glass and garnish with remaining mint leaves.
One of the best parts of celebrating Labor Day is the fellowship of family and friends. Many enjoy lighting up the grill to have a traditional cookout. Wherever there are fun and friends, there should always be great food.