Memorial Day, a holiday that commemorates the men and women who have given their lives for the nation, is also the unofficial start of summer. With warming temperatures and a festive atmosphere, families and friends often gather outdoors to share a delicious picnic. Whether you’re hosting a backyard cookout, attending a potluck picnic, or heading down to the Memorial Day parade, these five recipes are sure to please for your Memorial Day celebration in Philadelphia.
Mayonnaise-based potato and pasta salads can spoil sitting out in the sun. This sweet and tangy cucumber salad is a refreshing alternative. Combine thinly sliced cucumbers and onions with vinegar, sugar, water, and dill. Mix things up by substituting red onion for white, using some fresh dill, or incorporating other vegetables (try carrots and peepers) for your own twist. Make sure to prepare this recipe several hours before serving to allow the cucumbers to marinate.
Flank Steak Salad
Flank steak is a lean cut of beef that’s very tender when marinated, grilled, and sliced against the grain. Marinade your steak in Italian dressing, your favorite marinade, or try this honey garlic marinade. (It’s also delicious if you substitute lime juice for the vinegar.) Score your meat against the grain, put in a bag with the marinade, and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Grill and thinly slice. You can use flank steak in a sandwich or to top a mixed green salad.
Nothing says all-American picnic like fried chicken. It’s delicious hot or cold, so it’s perfect whether you’re staying home or taking it on the go. Try this traditional Southern Fried Chicken recipe or oven-fry some chicken tenders for the kids. Serve with barbeque sauce, ranch dressing, and some blue cheese dipping sauce for a patriotic twist.
While corn on the cob may be a more traditional picnic side, this cornbread will fill your sweet corn craving while you wait for the fresh corn crop to ripen. It mixes up quickly and bakes for only 20 minutes, so you can serve it fresh and hot. Top your cornbread with butter or honey for added flavor.
With all of the picnic fun, it’s sometimes easy to forget that Memorial Day is all about honoring the men and women who fought and gave their lives for the country. Honor these patriotic roots with a red, white, and blue dessert.
This berry trifle combines angel food cake, vanilla pudding, whipped topping, strawberries, and blueberries for a delicious (and not too filling) patriotic dessert. Feel free to include other fruits such as cherries, blackberries, and raspberries.
The fresh berry flavors with the sweet cool pudding and cake will make a perfect end to your Memorial Day picnic.
With these delicious yet simple recipes, you’ll be able to have a great picnic and still have time to get out and enjoy all that Philadelphia has to offer for Memorial Day.