Friday, September 2, 2011

Our Labor Day Extravaganza!

It's time for another Labor Day Weekend! We're excited for the extra day off and a big barbecue with friends and family. We hope the weather's warm where you live so you can enjoy the extra day outdoors, relaxing and grilling up a storm!

For our party, we're having guests bring their favorite side dishes while we make all kinds of tasty barbecued and grilled entrees. We have Pulled BBQ Turkey Sandwiches, Grilled Fish Tacos, Handmade Black Bean Veggie Burgers and Bobby Flay's Dallas Burger that's smothered in BBQ Sauce and Cole Slaw.

With such a varied menu, we know we can satisfy everyone from hardcore carnivores to dedicated vegetarians. All the dishes we picked are easily portable so you can load up a place and eat as you roam the backyard to talk to one person after another.

With barbecue on the brain, we fired up the FoodPair recipe search engine and found a handful of great recipes from across the Web.

Watercress Salad with Manchego & Orange
This light summer salad is a great starter or side.
Ingredients: Manchego cheese, salt & pepper, olive oil, watercress, sherry vinegar, slivered almonds, navel orange

Barbecued Turkey Sandwiches with Celery Salad
This sandwich looks saucy and delicious.
Ingredients: olive oil, white wine vinegar, blue cheese, salt & pepper, celery, scallions, flat-leaf parsley, cooked turkey, barbecue sauce, sandwich rolls

Grilled Fish Tacos
You can't go wrong with a perfectly grilled fish taco.
Ingredients: red onion, cider vinegar, sugar, lime juice, cilantro, olive oil, mahi mahi, mayo, sour cream, corn tortillas, radish, avocado, cabbage

Vegetarian Lentil Burgers
These homemade veggie burgers will make vegetarians swoon.
Ingredients: cooked black lentils, eggs, sea salt, onion, whole grain bread crumbs, olive oil (or clarified butter)

Bobby Flay's Dallas Burger
This burger screams BBQ with a spice rub, BBQ sauce & pickles.
Ingredients: ground beef chuck, canola oil, salt & pepper, ancho chile powder, Spanish paprika, dried oregano, coriander, dry mustard, cumin, chile de arbol, cole slaw, BBQ sauce, dill pickles

Let's get cooking!

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