Celebrate Memorial Day with Fresh, From-the-Garden Food
This simple crowd-pleasing menu puts the focus on in-season produce.
Break out the grill and hang those red, white, and blue streamers! Memorial Day is just around the corner. My favorite thing about this holiday is that it puts the focus on easy outdoor entertaining, including simple dishes that highlight the bounty of late spring. This menu, made up of dishes created by Food Network personalities, will be easy to pull together and keep things fresh and tasty.
Simple, easy-to-grill kabobs allow guests to create their own from-the-garden masterpieces. This Food Network Magazine article offers several recipes, some with meat and others that let the produce shine.
Make This: Build-Your-Own Shish Kabobs
Grilled Chicken + Fingerling Potatoes
Bobby Flay takes simple grilled chicken and makes it sing with a garlic-oregano vinaigrette and crispy-golden fingerling potatoes.
Make This: Grilled Chicken with Fingerling Potatoes
Fresh Tomato Salad
Tomato 'Indigo Cherry Drops'
You can't beat the taste of homegrown tomatoes, and they're high in antioxidants, too. Unlike some fruits and vegetables, cooking tomatoes tends to concentrate the antioxidants, rather than leaching them out. ‘Indigo Cherry Drops’ tomatoes have a purplish-black cast on their red skins. The plants are indeterminate, growing 36-60” tall, and bear heavy yields of small cherry tomatoes. Give them plenty of sun and expect to start harvesting in about 65 days.
AP Whaley Seed Co/National Garden Bureau
Put fresh, garden-ripe tomatoes front and center with Jamie Oliver's fabulously simple salad. To give the salad plenty of flavor and interest, include tomatoes of different sizes and varieties and consider including fresh mozzarella cheese.
Make This: The Mothership Tomato Salad
Don't forget dessert! Make it patriotic with this rich treat laden with red and blue berries.
Make This: Cheesecake Tart