Creating a Marvelous Memorial Day Menu

Planning a big Memorial Day bash? Maybe you’re just in need of a good recipe to take take over to a potluck celebration? Either way this menu plan will be sure to satisfy everyone during your Memorial Day festivities!
Honey Chicken Skewers
chicken skewers
What You’ll Need:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
8 skinless, boneless chicken breast
halves – cut into 1 inch cubes
2 cloves garlic
5 small onions, cut into 2 inch pieces
2 red bell peppers, cut into 2 inch pieces
skewers
Fix it Fast:
1. In a large bowl whisk together oil, honey, soy sauce and pepper. Before adding chicken reserve a small amount of marinade to brush onto kabobs while grilling. Place chicken, garlic, onion, and peppers in the bowl and marinate in the refrigerator at least two hours.
2. Preheat the grill to high heat.
3. Drain marinade from chicken and vegetables and discard. Thread chicken and veggies alternatively on skewers.
4. Lightly oil grill grate. Cook skewers 12-15 min. until juices run clear. Be sure to turn and brush with reserved marinade frequently.
Serves 12
Super Simple Picnic Potato Salad
We love this recipe from Betty Crocker.
potato
What You’ll Need:
1bag (32 oz) frozen southern-style diced hash brown potatoes
1/4cup water
2tablespoons cider vinegar
1tablespoon yellow mustard
1 1/2teaspoons salt
1/4teaspoon pepper
5eggs
1cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2cup chopped celery
1/3cup chopped onion
Paprika, if desired
Fix it Fast:
  1. In ungreased 3-quart microwavable bowl, mix frozen potatoes and water; spread evenly in bowl. Cover tightly with microwavable plastic wrap. Microwave on High 15 to 20 minutes or until potatoes are hot and tender, stirring once halfway through cooking.
  2. Add vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to hot potatoes; mix well. Spread evenly in bowl. Cover, refrigerate at least 5 hours or until completely cold.
  3. Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, place eggs in single layer. Add enough water to cover eggs by 1 inch. Heat to boiling. Immediately remove from heat; cover and let stand 15 minutes. Drain; rinse with cold water. Place eggs in bowl of ice water; let stand 10 minutes. Drain. Peel eggs. Reserve 1 egg for garnish; chop remaining 4 eggs.
  4. Stir mayonnaise into cold potato mixture. Add celery, onion and chopped eggs; toss gently to mix. Spoon mixture into large serving bowl. Slice reserved hard-cooked egg; arrange on top of salad. Sprinkle with paprika. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate until serving time.

Serves 16

Raspberry Sweet Tea

For your nonalcoholic drinkers this is a yummy, refreshing tea to serve up with your Memorial Day menu.

tea

What You’ll Need:

4 quarts water

Sugar substitute equivalent to 1 cup sugar

10 individual tea bags

1 package (12 ounces) frozen unsweetened raspberries, thawed and undrained

3 tablespoons lime juice

Fix it Fast:

1.In a large saucepan, bring 2 qts. of water to a boil. Stir in sugar substitute until dissolved. Remove from the heat.

2. Add tea bags; steep for 5-8 minutes. Discard tea bags.

3. In another saucepan, bring raspberries and remaining water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Strain and discard pulp. Add raspberry juice and lime juice to the tea.

4. Transfer tea to pitcher and refrigerate until chilled. Serves 15

Super Duper Strawberry Shortcake

Top off your meal with this delicious shortcake!

strawberries

What You’ll Need:

1 quart fresh strawberries (or more if you like)
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping
1 (14 ounce) angel food cake, cut into cubes (make it easy and buy the cake already made!)

Fix it Fast:

1. Wash, stem, and cut strawberries in half.
2. Add sugar; toss and mix well.
3. Chill.
4. Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar well.
5. Fold in whipped topping and cake cubes.
6. Spread cake into an ungreased 13×9 dish.
7. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
8. Cut cake into squares and top with strawberries (add blueberries and whip cream too!).

Serves 12

Do you have a great recipe you’re cooking up for the long weekend? We’d love to hear about it. Leave us a comment!

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