Memorial Day holds a special place for those military members in our family as well as those who have lost their life for our freedoms. To celebrate in true fashion and forum, we not only deck the house out in American memorabilia, but we also have true American foods and drinks.
If you are interested in dressing up your party, try adding the banner flags around your deck or overhangs on your roofing. A little bit goes a long way.
Appetizers and BBQ Meals– It truly is up to you as far as taste and selection. But here are a few of my favorites.
BBQ Hotdogs for the kids– I prefer to grill for a minute and then allow the dogs to bake in the oven smothered in BBQ sauce. You can also do this as an appetizer with the little hotdogs.
Meaty Ribs– I love the taste and smell of ribs grilling on the barby but with time and space being a hindrance, I put my ribs in the crockpot the night before and allow them to cook and marinate with the barbecue sauce for several hours.
BBQ Corn– Pull back the husks and remove the silk from inside. Pull the husks back onto the corn and soak for an hour or two in a large pot or bucket of water. Remove from water and then put on the grill still wet. This will create a steam inside the corn and cook it to perfection. Allow to slight cool. Peel husks back and lightly season with salt and pepper. Place back on grill and allow the corn to sear on all sides.
Steamed Corn– Remove husks and silk. Using a large cooler, put the cleaned corn into the cooler and cover with boiling water. Close the top and allow to “cook” for twenty – twenty-five minutes.
Hamburgers– I never use prepared hamburgers. I prefer to make my own. I use 3 lbs of hamburger, 2 tbs soy or steak sauce, garlic, salt, pepper. And mix it all together. Sometimes I will add in cheese, pepper, mushrooms, onion or any other item that you enjoy. Variety is best. I use a patty presser to make uniform patties that don’t shrink up to nothing. Grill for 7 minutes on each side to your preferred taste.
Pasta Salad– This is the easiest way that I can tell you to make it without the hassle. Prepare one box of tri-color pasta. Defrost a bag of peppers and onion mix, 1 pkg of frozen broccoli, 1 pkg of cauliflower. Once can of small black olives. Combine all ingredients in a large pot or serving bowl. Cover mixture with a bottle of Italian dressing and mix thoroughly. Allow to cool overnight in the refrigerator.
Finally, always make available to your guests a variety of drinks for their pleasure. I like to dress up the table with festive décor and supplies. Rather than inundate the party with flags everywhere, dress up and accent the flags with American Colors – Red, White and Blue. From the napkins and plates to the cushions on the seats, there can never be enough support. Throw in a fifty- fifty when half of the share going to the winner and the other half going to a local veteran’s hall or even to help pay for disabled vets utility bills. Contact your local utility company for ways to accomplish this.