Labor Day is right around the corner! What better way to celebrate the end of summer, and the working man than to make a delicious spread with these yummylicious recipes! I have included a great beverage to cool you and your guests off, a side, main course and dessert! Let me know what ya’ll think! <3
Labor Day Recipes
Non-alcoholic Sangria Punch
Serves a crowd
4 bottles of red grape juice or your favorite punch
1 cup sugar
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
4 peaches, sliced
2 bananas, peeled and sliced
3 bottles of lemonade
Place all ingredients (except the lemonade) into a large pitcher and chill overnight. Add the lemonade shortly before serving. Give it another stir. Enjoy!
Summer Fun Beefy Baked Beans
½ lb ground sirloin
½ lb bacon, diced
1 onion, chopped
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup ketchup
1 tbsp mustard
¼ cup favorite BBQ sauce
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp chili powder
3 cans (16oz each) Kidney Beans, Pinto and white beans. (or other favs)
Preheat oven to 350ºFahrenheit. Lightly grease a 2 1/2qt casserole dish.
Cook beef, bacon and onion in a large saucepan until cooked through. Drain fat. Combine the rest of the ingredients, except the beans, in a bowl. Mix well. Then add to the meat and stir. Mix in beans and place the mixture into the casserole dish. Cover and bake in the oven for about 1 hour.
Labor Day Chicken Skewers
Makes 4 skewers
1 (12oz) skinless and boneless chicken breast
½ yellow bell pepper, cut into big cubes
½ red bell pepper, cut into big cubes
1 ½ tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 ½ tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp chili flakes
½ tsp ground cumin seeds
2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
¼ red onion, sliced
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ tsp course salt
2 tbsp olive oil (for grilling)
Place all the marinade ingredients into a bowl and combine.
Cut the chicken breast into 16 cubes (4 for each skewer) and toss in the marinade. Marinade for at least 1 hour.
Using metal skewers or bamboo skewers, threat the chicken pieces alternatively with the pepper cubes to make four skewers. (If you use bamboo skewers, make sure to soak them in cold water for at least 3 hours so they don’t burn when put on the grill).
Place the skewers on the BBQ, brush with some olive oil and grill until done.
1/3 cup coconut flakes
1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup seedless red or black grapes, cut in halves
1 green apple, peel removed and sliced
1 banana, sliced
2 tablespoons apricot preserves (or another favorite)
6 taco shells
1 cup vanilla yogurt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl fold together the strawberries, grapes, apples, the apricot preserves. Place the coconut on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 10 minutes being sure to stir about every 3 minutes or so. Remove and allow to cool slightly. Add bananas to fruit mixture. Fill he bottom of each taco with just enough yogurt to cover the bottom. Add the fruit. Spread more yogurt over the top. Sprinkle with the toasted coconut.YUM!
Awesome No-Fail Barbecue Ribs
You will need:
Ribs whole rack(s)
Dry Rub (make your own or store bought)
BBQ Sauce (again, make your own or store bought)
A good sized baking pan
Start with a good fresh rack of ribs. Get them from the butcher shop if possible. prepare the ribs for the dry rub, you can rinse them if you like and pat them dry. Place the ribs in a large baking pan, preferably with a metal rack in the bottom to keep the ribs out of the liquid. Place them meat side up, cover the ribs in the dry rub, rub it in with your fingers. Then sprinkle the ribs with the brown sugar, I use quite a bit here. Put about 2-3 cups of water in the pan to keep the ribs from drying out.
Heat the oven to 250 degrees
Cover the ribs\pan with aluminum foil (try to make sure they are sealed up as good as you can)
Bake for 2 hours for one rack of ribs, 3 hours for 2
Let the ribs cool for about 10 minutes, then grill them to a nice golden on the grill. You can smoke them for a while at this point too.
Once they are grilled nicely, I like to cut them apart and place them in a deep pan and cover them with sauce. I let them sit in the sauce while I cook the rest of the meal.
I add brown sugar to the BBQ sauce too, it gives it a nice sweet Kansas City flavor.