Whether you're hosting a barbecue in the backyard or headed to a potluck picnic, planning a great Memorial Day menu is a lot of fun. It's the unofficial start of summer for many Americans and a time to gather with family and friends. To celebrate, you'll want plenty of delicious food and refreshing drinks.
Memorial Day is also one of the year's first cookouts. From patriotic desserts to tender meats hot off the grill, there are many simple recipes to choose from.
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While this beautiful dessert looks complicated, there's a simple secret lying underneath the American flag. No one will know, though, and they'll think it took hours to make.
This is a no-fail recipe because the base for the brownie flag is nothing more than a boxed brownie mix. Once baked, simply adorn it with white frosting and create the stars and stripes with blueberries and raspberries.
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Using your favorite white or yellow cake mix, the patriotic poke cake is a ton of fun. It's also a great kitchen project for kids.
The recipe dyes coconut milk with red and blue food coloring. This is then poked inside the cake for colorful, delicious stripes. After that, simply add white frosting and finish it up with blue and red berries.
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Raspberries and blueberries make another appearance in this simple bundt cake. The vanilla glaze completes the patriotic theme and the cake is perfectly moist. It's sure to be a hit and a recipe you'll want to come back to time and again.
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Ice cream sandwiches are a favorite treat for summer. They get a lot better when you transform them into a tempting ice cream sandwich cake.
You'll use the sandwiches to create the cake's layers then top it with hot fudge and whipped cream. Add red, white, and blue sprinkles and it's a perfectly Memorial Day dessert.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Burgers on the grill are a favorite for the holiday. These all-American sliders are the perfect way to feed a hungry crowd.
The miniature ground beef patties are above average, adding bread crumbs and seasoning to the mix. Serve them on mini buns, then add American cheese and your favorite burger toppings.
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Fire up the grill and enjoy some tasty rib-eye steaks. The recipe uses a flavorful dry rub of garlic, mustard, paprika, chili, and thyme. There's no need to be a grill master either. You'll find plenty of tips for making the perfect steak.
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Barbecue chicken hot off the grill is a family favorite. If you're overwhelmed by all the barbecue sauces at the store, try making your own.
This BBQ sauce is designed specifically for chicken and uses common ingredients you probably already have. It has a wonderful flavor that everyone will love and is easier than you think.
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While you have the grill going, try a new kebab recipe. Everyone's sure to marvel at your skills when they taste these apple butter barbecue pork kebabs.
The apple-pork pairing is perfect and both the marinade and sauce take just minutes to mix up. This recipe's so good, though, that you may need to make extra. It will disappear fast.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Potato salad is a classic dish for summer cookouts because it goes perfectly with any meat you toss on the grill. For a healthier alternative to the sour cream or mayonnaise salads, try an old-fashioned potato salad recipe. It's nice and light and perfectly seasoned.
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Summer is the season to show off fresh vegetables. There's no better way to do that than with a cold and fresh salad.
The corn cucumber tomato salad combines all the best flavors of summer. It uses a light olive oil and vinegar dressing and can be prepared in just 10 minutes.
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Perfect for a potluck or picnic, the garden pasta salad is a pure delight. It's a mix of cucumber, tomato, olives, peppers, celery, and onion with rotini pasta. All that is tossed with a combination of mayonnaise, lemon, and pesto for a mouth-watering side dish.
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Memorial Day is also a time to enjoy fresh drinks. Few can beat a tall pitcher of homemade lemonade.
This recipe skips the sugar and sweetens the lemonade with agave nectar instead. It creates a richer flavor that everyone will love and is a perfect base for your favorite lemonade drinks.
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For the adults, take some of your lemonade and mix up a shandy. It's the ideal barbecue drink. This one even tastes a little bit better when you're standing over the grill or playing a game in the backyard. Best of all, the only other thing you need is your favorite beer.
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