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A Labor Day Menu: 6 Cookout Ideas to End the Summer

by Albertina Roca   |   August 8, 2016   |  
Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer, which makes it potentially the last chance for a big outdoor cookout. So why not have some friends over and impress them with your vibrant summer recipes? We’ve put together a 6-course Labor Day menu, including colorful deviled eggs, Wagyu beef sliders, Teriyaki pork chops and more. The great thing about this menu is that the appetizer, soup and dessert can all be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator, ready to serve to guests on the big day while you work on the grill items. On the other hand, you don’t have to include all 6 items. Pick and choose as you like!


The Menu

The Appetizer: Deviled Eggs Three Ways
The Soup: Summer Chilled Gazpacho
The Grill Starter: Wagyu Blue Cheese Sliders
The Grill Main: Teriyaki Pork Chops
The Grill Side: Veggies on the Grill with Pineapple Creole Sauce
The Dessert: Passionfruit Tart

The Appetizer: Deviled Eggs Three Ways

Deviled Eggs Three Ways

Deviled eggs are one of those foods you just can’t say no to. Our own recipe includes 3 cool, creamy and delicious toppings for your eggs: cheddar cheese with fried bacon, smooth-whipped avocado, and paprika-mayo topped with caviar. Expect these to get gobbled up in no time.

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The Soup: Summer Chilled Gazpacho

 Summer Chilled Gazpacho

There's a reason the Spaniards have for centuries enjoyed gazpacho during the summer: because it's super refreshing! In our recipe, we blend cool cucumber, tomatoes and onions together to create a healthy and thirstquenching soup, great for washing down those deviled eggs!

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The Grill Starter: Wagyu Blue Cheese Sliders

Wagyu Blue Cheese Sliders

Even by themselves, Wagyu beef sliders are a mouthwatering treat, filled with intensely marbled meat that tastes rich and succulent. But add some crumbled blue cheese, crispy bacon slices and caramelized onions, all stacked nicely in a bun? You just turned these baby burgers into epic, gourmet masterpieces.

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The Grill Main: Teriyaki Pork Chops

Teriyaki Pork Chops

A Labor Day Cookout needs more meat than sliders, however, so that's where these hearty hunks of pork come in. Lathered in olive oil, salt, pepper and a thick brushing of teriyaki sauce, these delicious pork chops are nicely finished with a dash of sesame seeds, then promptly chomped into pieces by your guests' mouths. Never to be seen again.

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The Grill Side: Veggies On The Grill With Pineapple Creole Sauce

Veggies On The Grill With Pineapple Creole Sauce

Great as a side for those pork chops, or as a main for your vegan and vegetarian guests, these mixed vegetables - including pumpkin, zucchini, eggplant, carrot and pepper - are easy to char on the grill before drizzling with yummy creole sauce.

View Veggies On The Grill With Pineapple Creole Sauce Recipe

The Dessert: Passionfruit Tart

Passionfruit Tart

Summer means grilling but it also means colorful, fruity flavors, so end your Labor Day bash with this passionfruit tart, easy to chop into bite-sized servings. Your guests will love the airy passionfruit mousse encased in a buttery tart shell that crumbles amidst the lips with each bite. Best of all, you can switch the passionfruit for a different fruit, depending on your preference.

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