Memorial Day cookout recipes will add an extra special touch to your Memorial Day celebration. Plan a drink recipe that is cool and refreshing. Choose Memorial Day recipes for the main meal that can be easily cooked on the grill so you can spend the rest of the time with your guests. For dessert, select a sweet treat that is both delicious and patriotic.
Memorial Day cookout ideas and recipes:
Drink Recipe: Make a signature Memorial Day drink such as fresh strawberry lemonade. Offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic recipes for kids and adults. Wet the rim of the glass with a damp cloth and dip in granulated sugar. Top it off with a sliced strawberry as a garnish - this recipe is such a great balance of sweet and tart, it's bound to be a hit!
1 ½ cups of sugar
4 cups of water
2 cups of fresh strawberries without leaves
1 tablespoon of finely shredded lemon peel
1 cup of fresh lemon juice
Put one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a small pan. Cook the sugar and water on a medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Let the sugar and water cool. Place three cups of water, ½ cup of sugar and strawberries in a blender, and continue to blend until they are smooth. Put the mixture into a two quart pitcher, along with the cooled sugar and water mixture, lemon peel, and lemon juice. Stir everything together. Place the mixture in the refrigerator. Before serving, fill pitcher with crushed ice. This recipe will make 8, 8-ounce glasses of yummy strawberry lemonade.
Meal Recipe: Take advantage of cooking outside and prepare a meal on the grill. Stuffed hamburgers are delicious for lunch or dinner, and require only a short amount of preparation time.
1 ½ lbs of lean ground chuck
1 bag of shredded sharp cheddar
1 bag of shredded colby jack cheese
4 hamburger buns
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper
Divide the ground chuck into eight equally-sized hamburger patties. Flatten the patties with a fork, so that each has a height of four inches. Combine the cheeses in a bowl and sprinkle in the center of four patties. Place the remaining four patties over the four with cheese. Use a fork to press the edges together so that the patties are sealed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and grill over medium heat (burgers are usually done when you can see the cheese melting). Slice and butter each bun and place on the grill for few minutes to toast them lightly. The result is a delectable, cheesy burger ready for toppings!
Choose the hamburger stuffing based on the preferences of your guests. Try experimenting with vegetables, bacon and other soft cheeses. Prepare a variety of condiments like pickles, several types of mustard, ketchup and mayonnaise. You're bound to get mouth-watering results!
Dessert Recipe: A yummy dessert to serve on Memorial Day is an American flag cake. The cake will be patriotic AND delicious!
1 vanilla cake mix (eggs, water and butter)
1 container of vanilla frosting
2 cups of strawberries, cut in quarters
½ cup of blueberries
Using either a store-bought cake mix or your own recipe, bake a vanilla cake according to the directions given. Once the cake has cooled, frost the entire cake with vanilla frosting. Make a square in the upper left hand corner using blueberries for the stars of the flag. Create the lines of the American flag by placing the quarter pieces of strawberries next to one another in horizontal lines. Voilà! Your flag cake is complete!