8 Recipes to Celebrate Juneteenth
The annual summer holiday that marks the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States, Juneteenth is a day to celebrate Black American joy and resilience, particularly through food. From Hibiscus Snow Cones to Moscato Pound Cake, here are Food & Wine's best Juneteenth recipes.
Stone Fruit Salad with Collard-Peanut Pesto
For cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor, this savory fruit salad evokes memories of summer parties that stretch long into the night. Here, fonio, the popular West African grain, bolsters the salad and sops up the flavors of the pesto, ensuring that they're evenly distributed through every bite.
Red Velvet Cake
Red foods are a customary part of Juneteenth celebrations, nodding to color emerging from hibiscus flower and kola nut, both crops that arrived to the United States with enslaved Africans, and symbolizing the resilience and creativity of African Americans. This Red Velvet Cake gets its signature hue with the help of food coloring paired with the natural earthy tones of unsweetened cocoa powder, all finished with a generous layer of cream cheese frosting.
Rosy Hibiscus-Gin Lowball
Hibiscus is native to West Africa, and it is often the ingredient that gives red drink its vivid hue. Here, writer Osayi Endolyn pairs it with a splash of gin, mint, and lime juice for a refreshing summer cocktail.
Hibiscus Snow Cones
In an icy twist on red drink, Nicole A. Taylor uses hibiscus to make a sweet and tangy syrup that she laces through pulverized ice and tops with whipped cream and pink peppercorns for a delicious, elegant snowcone.
Moscato Pound Cake with Grape Glaze
Grilled Pork Chops with Burst Blueberry Sauce
If grilling is in your Juneteenth plans, these pork chops, from Nicole A. Taylor's Juneteenth menu, are an excellent way to go. The blueberry sauce is accented with balsamic vinegar, shallots, and chipotle chile, giving the dish a sweet and spicy flavor profile.
Sauteed Collards and Cabbage Gremolata
Unlike the slow-braised version, these collards from Chef Carla Hall are meant to have a little bit of bite to them. Their pleasingly bitter flavor is accented with parsley, minced garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.