Labor Day is the last blast of summer. After this holiday, the kids go back to school, summer clothes, picnic baskets, and gardening tools are packed away, and everyone gets into the swing of fall. So make this day a real celebration with this wonderful and easy menu.
I love making burgers on the grill, with a few caveats. First, I never ever serve burgers unless they are well done. Don't groan - well done burgers can be wonderfully moist, juicy, and flavorful when cooked my way!
And you won't have to worry about the health of any of your guests. Second, the burger must be served on a roll that won't get mushy or fall apart as the hamburger is eaten. That means a roll with some substance - and English muffins are my roll of choice.
Grill corn on the cob for the vegetable in this menu. It is so delicious cooked this way, with a smoky taste and underlying sweetness.
Potato salad is a must for any summer holiday meal. This salad is a twist on My Mother's Potato Salad, and is it ever fabulous. I add cooked egg yolks to the dressing for incredible richness and the most creamy texture ever. Bacon, of course, is a no-brainer.
Dessert is some easy, crisp, chewy, and crunchy cookies that everyone will love.
Don't forget to fly your flag, and set a nice colorful table with red, white, and blue accents. Enjoy the day with family and friends.
Classic Burger Labor Day Menu
- A panade of bread crumbs added to ground beef keeps the meat moist and soft while it cooks. The meat is flavored with Worcestershire sauce and onion powder, which accent the beef. I like to top my burgers with mayonnaise, mustard, baby spinach leaves and avocado slices. Yum.
- Grilled Corn on the Cob
September is when corn on the cob is at its peak, so it must be served in this menu. When you grill corn it takes on a slightly smoky flavor, which accents its natural sweetness.
- Bacon Deviled Egg Potato Salad
This is about the most indulgent potato salad in the world. The dressing is rich and creamy, the potatoes tender, and the bacon adds the perfect touch.
- M&M Cookies
This classic cookie is a great choice for a picnic. Using chocolate candies instead of chocolate chips in a brown sugar cookie dough is a nice twist. Everyone loves them, especially kids.