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Unforgettable Labor Day Recipes

It doesn’t get much more nostalgic than a late-summer cookout to celebrate Labor Day. This holiday offers the opportunity to get outside with friends and family, enjoying delicious eats and refreshing libations. If you’re planning a gathering for Labor Day Weekend, you’re in luck. These recipes, courtesy of Food Lab’s Casey Easton, are sure to impress your guests.

Puttanesca Pasta Salad

Take some of September’s fresh produce to create a refreshing pasta salad, easy to transport for picnics and potlucks.

1 lb pasta, cooked

½ cup olive oil

¼ cup sherry vinegar

3 TBSP parmesan, grated

1 clove garlic

2 TBSP capers, divided

¼ cup peppadews or mini pickled peppers

½ cup mixed olives, chopped

1 tomato, diced 

handful basil leaves

burrata ball

salt and pepper, to taste

Chill cooked pasta. With a hand blender, blend oil, vinegar, parmesan, 1 tablespoon capers and garlic. Pour into a bowl and toss the rest of ingredients in. Serve chilled with a dollop of burrata. Enjoy!

Grilled Peaches

2 peached, halved

5 leaves basil

3 oz Delice de Bourgogne

3 TBSP sesame seeds, black and white

1 TBSP honey

Olive oil

Salt 

Pepper

Grill each peach half until it begins to darken, then set aside. Heat a pan to medium heat and add sesame seeds, toasting until they begin to darken and are fragrant. Add honey and salt, then turn out onto parchment paper to cool. When the honey mixture is cool, break it up into pieces. Spread cheese on plate and peaches on top. Sprinkle with honey and seeds, basil oil, salt and pepper, then serve.

Shaved Zucchini Salad

1 zucchini, shaved with a vegetable peeler

handful parsley

1 squash blossom, sliced

3 oz comte cheese, sliced thin

3 TBSP toasted sunflower seeds

2 oz pancetta cubes, cooked until crisp

1 TBSP maple syrup

¼ cup olive oil

Juice of one lemon

Salt

Mix oil, lemon, salt and maple syrup in a bowl. Carefully add in zucchini to coat. Toss in blossom, parsley and cheese, place on a plate and top with sunflower seeds and pancetta. Serve chilled. 

Hot Dog Bar

Mix it up with hot dogs and sausage for an easy, “fancy” looking display! Shoot for fun toppings and some basics for a true crowd-pleaser that gives you the freedom to relax and not just be cooking. 

Hot dogs

Brats

Pretzel buns

Regular buns

Coleslaw

Bacon bits

Raw onion

Relish

Mustard

Ketsup

Sauteed Onions

Shredded Cheese

Feta Cheese

Chile

Kraut

Place ingredients on display, then let your guests self-serve. Enjoy!

Watermelon Salad

Nothing beats an easy and cool watermelon salad on a hot summer day! We found the yellow melon to shine and add a whole new element to this rendition. 

4 cups watermelon, cubed

3 sprigs mint, torn

2 limes, juiced

1/4 cup toasted pumpkin seeds

1/3 cup cotija cheese

salt

olive oil

red chili powder, for dusting

Toss all ingredients with each other, chill until served. Dust with chili powder. Serve and enjoy. 

Happy Labor Day!

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