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Planning a Successful Labor Day Menu

September 28, 2012 Emily Murray Seattle 0 Comments

Planning a Successful Labor Day Menu

When planning your Labor Day menu, there are several things you can include that will help secure your culinary arts success. The following menu ideas will please every culinary enthusiast with both taste and presentation. Labor Day is usually associated with the last hurrah before summer ends and the kids head back to school. This means barbeques and outdoor fun galore. However, just because you are cooking outdoors, does not mean you cannot make your menu gourmet, yet fun. In fact, as basic as barbeque sounds, there is a real art to it and many Seattle cooking schools devote specific classes to mastering the techniques.

Light and Tasty Hors d'oeuvres

While everyone is running about, playing games, and/or swimming, they are all sure to work up an appetite. Put out these simple, but elegant and flavorful hors d'oeuvres. Don't feel you have to shy away from gourmet culinary arts ingredients because you are not having a typical sit-down dinner. 

Mini Caprese Kabobs
Using metal decorative Hors d'oeuvres picks, golden and red cherry tomatoes, diced fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves, alternate the ingredients on the picks. Then, arrange on a platter and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and Balsamic vinegar. 

Grilled Asparagus Spears
Brush fresh asparagus with olive oil, then salt and pepper to taste. Wrap two of the spears with thinly sliced Havarti cheese and paper-thin Black Forest ham. Place on the grill until the cheese is melted and the asparagus is al dente. 

Gourmet Stuffed Tri-Colored Potato Skins
Using pre-baked red, gold, and purple potatoes you did at home the night before, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the centers. Coat them inside and out with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then, in a bowl, mix together chopped spinach, artichoke leaves, and Boursin Garlic & Fine Herbs cheese. Spoon this mixture into the potatoes and top with a little drizzle of olive oil. Place them on the grill to heat through. Serve on a platter with a ranch-style dip or as is. 

Mouth Watering Main Course

Now that the group is satisfied by those amazing hors d'oeuvres, it is time to get to business. The following menu will be one to remember for some time to come. These easy and elegant dishes and sides will take no time to execute, so you can enjoy your family time.

Gourmet Stuffed Lamb and Turkey Burgers

Mix together ground lamb and ground turkey in a bowl. Be sure to use disposable gloves for easy clean up. Add in a Greek seasoning mix and combine well. Form hand-size meat balls and using your finders, make a hole in each meat ball. Then, into each hole, add feta cheese chunks and close the holes. Flatten the balls into a patty shape and grill until cooked through. Serve with fresh baby spinach, brown mustard, tomatoes, and onion on bakery ciabatta buns. 

Grilled Spicy Sweet Potato Wedges
Peel and cut sweet potatoes into large wedges. Coat each with olive oil and a Cajun seasoning mix. Place them on the grill until tender. Serve with a honey flavored Greek yogurt for dipping. 

This Labor Day menu brings the basics, but turns them into gourmet style dishes. The menu is fun and tasty for the kids, but classy and refined for the adults. Also, any menu is not complete without dessert. So, a couple dozen cookies from the bakery will do the trick. Now that you have a handle on some basic culinary arts techniques you may want to look into some of the cooking enthusiast classes offered by Seattle cooking schools in your area.

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