Memorial Day is this Monday so I thought I would share some yummy recipes for your holiday cookout. Let me know if you will be trying any of these recipes. I would love to know what you think of them!
Want something a little healthy for dessert? Try this “cake” which is really just watermelon decorated with yogurt, almonds, blueberries and strawberries! Lots of nutritional goodness in such a pretty dessert and no baking required. For more recipes, visit www.watermelon.org.
Red, White and Blue Watermelon Cake
- 1 seedless watermelon
- 1 cup low or no fat natural vanilla flavored yogurt
- 1 cup sliced almonds
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- Place watermelon on side on cutting board.
- Cut 3–5 inches off each end to create large center slice between 3–5 inches in depth. Trim off outer rind.
- Cut watermelon slice into 6–8 pie-shaped wedges. Blot edges with paper towels to absorb excess moisture.
- Dip the back (curved) side of each slice in yogurt and then almonds, re-assembling pieces on serving platter as each piece is completed.
- When finished, it will look like piecrust of almonds around watermelon slices. Frost top of reassembled watermelon with remaining yogurt and decorate top with berries. Serve cold.
Bison really is delicious and lower in fat than ground beef. Most grocery stores are carrying bison (buffalo) meat these days too so it is much easier to find. This recipe is from Chef Michael Symon. I love the Castello Burger Blue Cheese he uses as well – it adds so much more depth of flavor to anything you put it on. For more recipes, visit castellocheeseusa.com.
Bison Burger with Blue Cheese
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon
- Kosher Salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound ground bison, loosely packed into burger patties
- 4 slices Castello Burger Blue cheese
- 4 brioche-style soft hamburger buns, toasted
- 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced into rings
- 1 cup arugula
- Heat your grill to medium-high heat.
- Season burgers with salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides. Drizzle with olive oil, then place on grill.
- Cook 3 minutes, then flip.
- Add slices of blue cheese (1 slice per burger), and let cook another 1–2 minutes.
Remove burgers from grill and place patties on toasted buns.
- Top each burger with slice of red onion and 1/4 of arugula.
I love the idea of serving fresh vanilla ice cream on these dipped and decorated ice cream cones. These are easy to make ahead of time or have the ingredients ready at your cookout and let the kids, and adults, decorate them on their own. Have a mixture of red, white, and blue toppings for your guests to pick from. For more recipes, visit www.wilton.com.
Dipped Ice Cream Cones
Yield: 12 ice cream cones
- 1 bag (12 ounces) Bright White Candy Melts Candy
- Sugar ice cream cones
- Jimmies 6-Mix Sprinkle Assortment
- Rainbow Jimmies
- Melt candy in microwave safe bowl. Dip cones about 1 inch deep around opening of cone. Cut small hole in tip of bag and drizzle melted candy 1 inch deep around opening of cone. Tap cone lightly to smooth, and sprinkle with jimmies. Position cone in cone rack. Let chill, about 10–15 minutes.
- Add ice cream scoops at party and serve in cone rack.
Happy Memorial Day!