94 Recipes for a Perfect Memorial Day Celebration

94 Recipes for a Perfect Memorial Day Celebration

If you're having a large friends and family cookout or just relaxing with a few loved ones, Memorial Day is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of warm weather and great times outdoors. Read on to see 94 of our favorite recipes for this joyous occasion.

A P P E T I Z E R S

Steamed Clams and Shrimp: This is a quick and easy recipe for your summer barbecue. Quick and very tasty.

Tommy Wings: The Tuttle family of Pleasant Hill, Missouri love to barbecue, especially the kids of the family. Their specialty is a marinade developed and perfected by a late nephew, Thomas Wilson V. 

Chicken Liver Pate: This yummy liver pate recipe will surely be a hit at your next party! Try it with extra spicy barbecue sauce.

Barbecued Meatballs: Next time you're having a party try putting this delicious recipe out for all your hungry guests.

Angie's Little Barbecue Smokies: Perfect for a potluck or snack food.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp: Italian ham wrapped around jumbo shrimp and grilled on the barbecue make for one heck of a dinner! They also work for appetizers.

Mini Barbecue Meatball Sliders: Use the "Light Turkey Meatballs" recipe to make this delicious dish! You can substitute any meatballs you like if you don't want turkey meatballs.

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers: This appetizer Is a great addition to any party or barbecue!

Summer Orzo Salad: This is a fresh summer salad that you can bring to a barbecue. It contains noodles, pine nuts and dried cherries! Delicious!

Salad of Peppers: Grilling the peppers is what makes this salad so delicious! The tomato and garlic are great complementary tastes!

Cucumber Dip: This is a refreshing dip to serve at a summer party or barbecue. Serve with potato chips. It only takes five minutes to make!

Chipotle-Black Bean Dip: This dip is perfect for super bowl parties, graduation parties and barbecues!

Barbecued Shrimp: If you’re looking to add even more flavor to this already appetizing dish, add a bay leaf.

S I D E S

KFC Cole Slaw: This simple recipe perfectly replicates the slaw at the fast food chain. Great for any barbecue or large gathering.

Fruit Salad: This recipe has been enjoyed by anyone I've ever made it for!

Fiesta Chopped Salad: A very festive and colorful salad with a bunch of yummy veggies. 

Egg Salad: This simple and delicious recipe for egg salad is the perfect meal for lunchtime. This egg salad recipe serves four people so make this for you whole family. They will enjoy it.

Hawaiian Slaw:Copied from a dish from a Hawaiian Luau, this salad is unique and healthy and delicious!

Mac and Cheese: Mac and cheese very different from ones offered today.

Homemade Chips: These homemade chips are to die for and they are actually better for you then those greasy store bought ones.

Potato Salad: If you like a moist, flavorful potato salad, this is it!

Green Salad with Mozzarella and Tomato: This nice, light salad is especially delicious with fresh tomatoes, a summertime favorite.

Hush Puppies: These fried, cornmeal balls are delicious with flaky fish.

Grilled Corn on the Cob: Grilling brings out the sweetness of the corn along with the smoky kick of the chili powder and bacon.

Pineapple Cole Slaw: This is very simple to make! The pineapple makes the slaw sweet, and the cider vinegar adds a wonderful tang!! great with BBQ Chicken.

Corn Bread: This is a delicious-tasting corn bread that will have everyone come back for seconds and thirds!

Baked Beans in a Crockpot: What's a BBQ without baked beans?

Macaroni Salad: Not only does this salad tast great, but it looks appealing with the assortment of coloful vegetables!

Homemade Chips: These homemade chips are delicious and  healthier than greasy store bought ones.

Chip Dip: This easy dip tastes great both fresh out of the crockpot and served cold on crackers.

Fruit Salad with Mint: The use of fresh mint  compliments the berries and melon in this awesome tasting fruit salad.

Tomato Bread: Incredibly flavorful with fennel, rosemary, oregano and basil.

Hot German Potato Salad: A hearty potato salad with lean bacon, vinegar, and a touch of sweetness.

Chinese Cole Slaw: This unique cole slaw features ramen noodles and almonds!

M A I N   D I S H E S

 

Brats and Beer on the Grill: The essence of Wisconsin tailgating – this is the ultimate football afternoon menu.

Grilled Apricots with Fromage Blanc: Grilled fruit is a great finish to a backyard barbecue. The best fruits for grilling are apricots, peaches and nectarines (white are best).

Bacon Wrapped Hamburgers: Add some life to your regular barbecue - the bacon makes the hamburgers so tender!

 

Grilled Burgers Latino: In the mood for some juicy burgers? Make it latino style! Add some ground cumin and cinnamon to your meat mixture along with tons of great ingredients.

Grilled Pineapple: Flavored with honey and a little hot pepper sauce, this is a great fruit preparation.

Grilled Prosciutto and Basil Wrapped Shrimp: This colorful dish can be made as an appetizer or a full meal - either way it's delicious.

Grilled Shrimp Scampi: This is a nice shrimp dish because the sauce isn't very heavy at all. A lot of lime juice , olive oil and garlic simply flavor these shrimp.

Grilled Cornish Game Hens with Herb Marinade: The elegant wine, lemon, and herb preparation makes this dish perfect for a special occasion.

Best Ever Grilled Corn on the Cob: Grilling brings out the sweetness of the corn along with the smoky kick of the chili powder and bacon.

Easy Grilled Potatoes: This mixture of spices is really flavorful and it tastes especially good on the grill. It's a healthier way to make potatoes than frying.

Chicken Kabobs with Lemon Marinade: This simple marinade is reminiscent of Greek flavors because it uses a lot of lemon juice. The flavor is amazing and the chicken will be juicy and tender.

Basted Grilled Vegetables: Your choice of mixed vegetables are prepared with olive oil, lemon, and fresh herbs.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp: Serve these flavorful shrimp as an appetizer or on top of pasta!

 

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad: This recipe  for grilled chicken Caesar salad is amazing because you are adding some special ingredients such as oregano and marjoram to it.

Grilled Cheese Bread: This cheesy bread makes a perfect after-school snack or appetizer. Especially great for kids.

Grilled Chicken Strips: These simple skewers are deliciously tasty! Great for appetizers or a main course.

Grilled Salmon with Tomatoes and Basil: Great taste and beautiful presentation. The salmon is moist and full of flavor. 

 

Sweet Onion Grilled Quesadillas: Try these vegetarian quesadillas for a light lunch or a delicious side item.

Oriental Grilled Flank Steak: Add a taste of Oriental for dinner tonight with this recipe that calls for flank steak, barbecue sauce, soy sauce and some veggies and fresh spices.

Grilled Chile Rellenos: A loose interpretation of the wonderful Mexican dish, vegetarian and non-greasy but very savory.

Southern Grilled Barbecued Ribs: The secret to these delicious ribs is red wine vinegar, mustard and Worcestershire.

 

Grilled Tuna Steaks: Simply flavored with teriyaki and fresh ginger, this fish dish stands on its own.

 

Jack Daniel's Grilled Chuck Roast: Add some Jack Daniels Whiskey to your grilled chuck roast for a great flavor.

Grilled Greek Chicken Breasts: Wonderful blend of flavors and super simple! Makes for a nice twist on boring chicken. Can also cook in skillet or panini press.

Stuffed and Grilled Jalapeno Peppers: These are a great appetizer for any party! Superbowl, World Series, Family BBQ..... sliced Jalapenos, stuffed with cheese...Mmm!!

Hawaiian Chicken: Truly scrumptious and easy chicken recipe that can be cooked in the oven or on the grill. This recipe was given to me by a Hawaiian neighbor. If you wish, you can decrease fat content by using skinless chicken. Also delicious with pork country style ribs.

C R O C K P O T   B B Q   D I S H E S

Crockpot Barbecue: When you don't have time to fire up the barbecue at the end of the day, get the same smoky, barbecue taste from your crockpot with half the work.

Crockpot Barbecue Spoon Burgers: An incredibly easy recipe to throw together in minutes. Can be served on buns, or over noodles or rice.

Crockpot Pork Barbecue
: This shredded pork dish is delicious on its own or served on buns for sandwiches. It also freezes well for easy storage and leftovers.

Barbecue Meatloaf: This tasty version features Worcestershire, brown sugar, and so much more.

Barbecue Calico Beans
: This super-easy crockpot recipe is a hearty chili-like concoction with lots of beans and smoky barbecue flavor.

Barbecued Turkey Breast: Not only is this a good recipe but it is so very simple.

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches: The meat for these sandwiches cooks in the crockpot and comes out tender and juicy.

Barbecued Country Ribs: These barbecue ribs are slow-cooked to perfection with apricot-pineapple jam and soy sauce.

Garlicy Barbecue Chicken
: This is a simple chicken dish to make in your crockpot, but will fill up the hungry tummies at your dinner table.

Busy Day Barbecue Ribs: These delicious ribs can cook in an hour if you're in a hurry or all day if you stick them in the crockpot ahead of time.

Super Barbecued Ribs: Amazingly flavorful, tender, eat-off-the-bone ribs! Can be cooked in a roasting pan or a crockpot.

Texas Barbecued Beef and Beans
: Texas does it right with this spicy side dish.

Busy Day Barbecue Brisket: Seasoned with thyme, paprika, cayenne powder and cumin, this brisket is aromatic and flavorful.

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork with Potatoes: This versatile crockpot recipe can be made with its classic sweet flavors or varies with hot sauce, black beans or rum.

Zesty Slow Cooker Pork Chop Barbecue: This is so easy and the chops come out tender, moist and super-tasty. I serve it up with a big pan of corn bread and a green salad. What a meal!

D E S S E R T S

Cantaloupe Cream Pie: This cool, refreshing custard pie is a unique way to use cantaloupe.

Fruit Dessert Pizza: This clever dessert is always a great choice for a party or potluck dinner.

Apricot Upside-Down Cake: By substituting apricot puree for all the oil and most of the butter, the calorie content is greatly reduced in this recipe.

Sassy Dee’s Wild Raspberry Blackberry Pie: This is a very pretty pie.  It has great flavor and it's a great holiday or any-other-day dessert. The cream topping adds some delicious flavor.

Strawberry Mango Cobbler: For a low-cal version of this tropical treat, use your favorite sugar substitute and serve with frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.

Blueberry Muffin Cake: Like a giant blueberry muffin, this is a versatile cake that is great for brunch, dessert or even breakfast. 

Orange Cheesecake Pie: Yogurt, lower-fat cream cheese and orange juice concentrate make this creamy dessert light and refreshing.

Fresh Strawberry Tarts: It's easier than you think: The tart shells are made with an inverted muffin pan. Pie crust rounds are draped over the inverted cups and baked. Then, just fill and enjoy!

Blueberry Lemon Tart: How can a dessert this easy be so gorgeous (not to mention luscious)? It's made easy with Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts.

D R I N K S

Italian Summer Drink: My dad would make this by hand, and now with blenders it takes only minutes. The taste is very refreshing and not too sweet. It looks beautiful with a leaf of mint.

Dulche De Leche Frappé: Nothing beats an ice cold frappé - unless it's flavored with coffee and dulce de leche ice cream.

Sparkling Ginger Mint Lemonade: A classic summertime drink is given a refreshing twist with the addition of mint and ginger. On its own or as a cocktail with vodka, this lemonade is sure to quench your thirst on even the hottest of summer days.

Fruit Iced Tea: Cloves, cinnamon sticks and fruit nectar make this is a refreshing summer beverage without all the calories.

Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake: Alarmed by the hidden calories and fat in some ice cream chains treats (one milkshake has 2000 calories and over 130 grams of fat!), I created this light version. The Svelte Gourmet PB&B Milkshake is delicious at only 250 calories!

Strawberry Lemonade: The perfect thirst-quencher for a perfect summer day.

Thai Iced Coffee: Here's a sweet twist on iced coffee. The condensed milk makes the drink a little thick, but you could thin it with more coffee or some regular milk.

Summer Tea Cooler: The pineapple is an unexpected addition to the iced tea, but certainly a good one.

Orange Smoothie: This smooth and creamy orange smoothie is a wonderful, low-fat dessert that can be enjoyed anytime!

Watermelon Granita: This refreshing, ice dessert is thick enough to be eaten out of bowls, or can be made into a drink.

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