Labor Day Weekend is the last hurrah of the summer, so make it a big one with this Labor Day Weekend Menu! Believe it or not, summer is just about over. After this weekend, it’s back to the regularly scheduled program of school, sports activities and hitting those Q4 goals at work. AMIRIGHT!? Whether you’re hosting or attending any sort of get-together this holiday weekend, taking a final beach trip or just hanging out at home, you should spend these last beautiful days of summer eating some delicious foods. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite recipes of the summer for you to enjoy this Labor Day weekend!
Labor Day Weekend Menu Appetizers
Serve this savory spread to guests right when they arrive so by the time dinner comes around, they’re hungry again! Not only are these appetizers DAYUMMM good but they are easy to prepare. When attending or hosting, the ideal apps are the ones that take little to no time to prepare. We’ve done the hard work for you, now all you have to do is follow a few simple steps and kick back and enjoy!
These fig and goat cheese sliders with arugula are like an elegant cheeseburger, you should feel classy when you eat them. The perfectly paired sweetness of the jam with the beefiness of the burger and the saltiness of the goat cheese are a match made in heaven. It may sound like an odd combination but have I ever eld you astray on the flavors?! Trust me, this will be a fan-favorite!
A quick and easy salty dip perfect for entertaining guests. With few ingredients and a simple cooking method, this is the perfect appetizer for your guests to be snacking on as they sit around a campfire or hang around the kitchen island. Grab a bag of crispy and salty scoop corn chips to move as much of the dip from bowl to belly as possible!
I think every event needs a cheese board for guests to graze over while they’re waiting for the main course. For your cheese board, I recommend including some seasonal fruits. Take advantage of nectarines and cherries while you can still find them at the store! Assembling a cheese board can be difficult, but my blog post on putting together a versatile charcuterie board walks you through each element of the aesthetically pleasing hors d’oeuvre.
Labor Day Weekend Menu Main Courses
Here are some of my favorite main course meals of the summer. There’s something for everyone here! These recipes shine in the summer months featuring seasonal ingredients as well as quick and simple. We want to eat well without sacrificing all our summer nights hustling over a hot stove.
I’m sure by now, the end of summer, you’re tired of eating hot dogs. Before I came up with this recipe, I felt like I would never want to eat another hot dog again. A scoop of flavor-packed chili on top of your would-be nemesis the hot dog completely transforms it into an entirely new and delectable food! Not only is the chili tasty and easy to make, the key ingredient is a can of Athletic Brew Free Wave IPA, a non-alcoholic craft beer. Pick up some extra to enjoy during your long weekend!
A refreshing chimichurri made from your garden’s fresh herbs will cool your mouth off after the heat from the bold spice mix used to marinate this Santa Maria Pork Loin Roast.
Who says a salad can’t be a main course? Most salads are better as side dishes, but this Smoky Flat Iron Steak Salad is filling and substantial enough to have as the main meal. We love serving bold beefy steaks over delicate leafy greens.
Labor Day Weekend Menu Summery Side Salads
Fresh fruits and veggies can become scarce once the temperature gets colder, so take advantage of summer produce while you can still get your hands on it by making these summer salads!
What makes a salad? Is it a base of greens topped with dressing or veggies? Or is it a melee of ingredients thrown together in a bowl? This Melon and Prosciutto Salad corresponds with the latter. Maybe you could call it a fruit salad? Honestly, it doesn’t really matter what it is as long as it tastes good, which trust me, it does! Juicy melon topped with crumbly cheese and salty meat…are you hungry yet?
This Broccoli, Apple and Cheddar Salad with Dill Ranch Dressing is the ideal last minute side dish for a Labor Day weekend party. It comes together in less than 10 minutes and still tastes amazing! Crunchy, fresh and served cold. Easy to assemble and full of flavor.
If I had to describe this salad in one word, it would be JUICY! A summery twist on the classic caprese salad, this dish is easy to assemble and is perfect for your Labor Day Weekend Menu. Grab a final batch of summer fresh tomatoes and cherries and serve this fresh side chilled.
Labor Day Weekend Menu Desserts
Yes, summer coming to an end is definitely bittersweet, but why not emphasize the sweet part? Any of these desserts on your Labor Day Weekend Menu will satisfy the sweet. They are simple to make and full of fresh summer flavors!
This Traeger Nectarine Crisp is made of a sweet summer fruit, but it will get you looking forward to fall! We take this crisp to the next level with preparing it on the Traeger Grill. We all want to enjoy desserts in the summer but not always ideal to heat the house with a hot oven. No need to bake indoors! Set the Traeger and use it as your outdoor oven!
A light summer cake filled with fresh fruit, this bright and colorful angel’s food cake is a fabulous dessert to serve at a warm weather get together. With a few store-bought ingredients this refreshing cake is a visual show-stopper without hardly any hassle!
One of the my favorite summertime activities is having a bonfire and toasting marshmallows. Not only does the fire let you toast a sweet treat for yourself, it keeps the mosquitos away so you can keep the party going even as the sun starts to go down! As a seasoned marshmallow toaster, you should take my advice and put some peanut butter on your s’mores, specifically my favorite Fix & Fogg Coffee Maple Peanut Butter.
Summer may be over, but that just means we’re entering the fall and winter holiday seasons, which will bring with them a variety of delectable new Feeding the Frasers recipes! Stay tuned!
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