Is anyone else in disbelief that summer is officially winding down and Labor Day is upon us? To hold onto summer just a little longer, we came up with some delicious food ideas for the last BBQ of the season.
In this blog post we have a hot dog bar, mini peach pies, a bacon mango salsa fit for any hot dog, classic corn on the cob with a variety of toppings, and a tasty watermelon refresher beverage.With a little prep work, this Labor Day spread is simple to put together and only requires a grill, an oven and your favorite Fiesta Dinnerware. We used Sunflower, Scarlet and Cobalt as our color scheme.
To start with our delicious menu, we lit the grill to get it nice and warm for our corn, hot dogs and zucchini. We suggest grilling the corn with the husk on because it helps to create a steam pocket for the corn and cooks it evenly. We have the half husked corn, but suggest finding the corn with the full husk—trust us, it’s so worth it.
While the grill warms up and starts to cook our main items, let’s talk about Bacon Mango Peach Salsa. We used Mrs. G’s Hot Pepper Jelly in Mango Ginger Habanero, grilled bacon (yes, we said grilled bacon, try it if you haven’t yet!) fresh mango, and red onion. Simply dice half of one red onion, grilled bacon and fresh mango and mix together in a medium bowl. Add 5 tablespoons of Mrs. G’s Mango Ginger Habanero hot pepper jelly (add more if desired). You can use this to dress up your hot dog, grilled corn or for just eating by itself, it’s that good.
Once we were finished with the bacon mango salsa, we placed all the toppings in Fiesta cups near the hot dog bar on our tablescape. Toppings for the hot dogs are featured in our Labor Day Shopping List at the end of this blog post to make things easier.
When we started thinking of classic Labor Day recipes, we of course thought of hot dogs. It doesn’t get more American than that. But we wanted to jazz up the standard grilled hot dogs and surprise family and friends with something unexpected. We think this does the trick.
We did three different hot dog options that included a vegetarian option. We grilled zucchini to take the place of the hot dog and included Italian-inspired flavors to top it off: marinara sauce, grated parmesan mixed with breadcrumbs and Italian seasonings.
For the second delicious dog, this is where the bacon mango salsa comes into major play. Because we already made the bacon mango salsa, all your guests have to do is top their hot dog or zucchini dog with it and enjoy.
Last but not least is the Southern dog. This hot dog requires red onion, cheddar cheese, chives, and bbq sauce. The combination is sweet, salty and delicious.
Who doesn’t love corn on the cob? It’s such a yummy classic summer staple, it’s not a BBQ without it. Continuing with the idea of the hot dog bar, we created a corn bar as well.
Fiesta Entertaining Tip- Giving your guests options makes the process fun for not only you as the host, but for them as the guest.
We used the omni trays in the colors of our color scheme and snaked them across the table instead of a circle to allow for more items on the table. We made four different toppings for the corn that included a Greek Tapenade of feta and olives, a New England option with butter and Old Bay Seasoning, a creamy Mexican cheese topping and an Italian parmesan bread crumb topping. The omni trays were the perfect size to roll and coat your corn with ease.
No holiday is complete without a sweet treat, so we made individual peach pies in ramekins, taking a fun tip from our friend the Sugary Shrink. To keep pies simple and easy to make, we used two cans of peach pie filling and we opted to have minimal crust by only using it on the top in the shape of a star. The result is a warm, gooey treat.
We’ve all heard that watermelon is mostly water, but have you ever put it in a blender and served it as a beverage? That’s just what we did. It was refreshing, not too sweet, and perfect for all ages. If you want to take your Labor Day BBQ to the next level, you can serve the watermelon refresher in the watermelon itself as a beverage server. All that is needed is a spout.
We hope that you all have a wonderful Labor Day full of rest and relaxation, but most importantly we hope that you enjoy your friends and family on this holiday as we observe a day of rest for all hardworking Americans.
To make your Labor Day less stressful, here is a free downloadable shopping list for your very own Labor Day BBQ.
*Flower arrangements courtesy of Wes’ Flowers in Temecula, California.