Memorial Day Party Ideas
Beef Burgers with Sweet-n-Smoky Ketchup
To spiff up a big, juicy burger, try making this sweet, spicy ketchup, which gets its smoky flavor from dried pasilla chiles.
BLT Hot Dogs with Caraway Remoulade
These "BLT" hot dogs are topped with crispy bacon, fresh tomatoes and crunchy lettuce dressed with a creamy caraway-pickle mayonnaise.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Barbecue Sauce
Roasted garlic seasons this pork shoulder, which slow-cooks until tender and deeply flavorful. Shred it and top with barbecue sauce, coleslaw and a spicy habanero vinaigrette for the perfect sandwich.
Double Drive-Thru Veggie Burgers
Vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli is famous for her deliciously charred veggie burgers. For a "special sauce," she swaps out mayo for silken-tofu mayonnaise to make a tangy-sweet vegan take on Thousand Island dressing.
Watermelon and Charred-Tomato Salad
Tim Byres uses a smart trick here: He sears the tomatoes on one side only, so they're fresh and smoky at the same time.
Grilled-Vegetable Pasta with Cumin
If you're a fan of grilled vegetables, here's a fine way to turn them into a meal. We've selected a combination of eggplant, zucchini, and red bell pepper, but you can replace any of them with another vegetable, such as onions, tomatoes, or mushrooms.
Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa
This supereasy mango salsa gets spiked with lime juice and hot sauce.
Pork and Bacon Kebabs
This double dose of pork was inspired by a dish Steven Raichlen encountered on a recent trip to Serbia, where he researched native barbecue traditions for his upcoming book, Planet Barbecue. "The grilling there was amazing, as sophisticated as any grill culture in the world," he says.
Baja-Style Rosemary Chicken Skewers
Chicken thighs are perfect for the grill because they stay nice and moist. Skewering them with rosemary imparts a lovely herbal flavor.
Chicken Drumsticks with Asian Barbecue Sauce
Instead of making a traditional American barbecue sauce, Grace Parisi prepares a sweet, sticky, slightly fiery version using Asian ingredients, like chile sauce, hoisin sauce, rice vinegar and ginger.
Raspberry, Lime and Toasted Coconut Pops
Using just a handful of ingredients, these pops are something I often crave as the weather warms up. When you shop for coconut milk, make sure to choose a brand that lists only coconut and water in its ingredients. There's really no need for added preservatives, fillers and thickeners. The toasted coconut adds a lovely chew and looks pretty when sprinkled on the ends.
Brown Butter Custard Pie with Cranberry Glaze
To make this glorious pie, Momofuku pastry chef Christina Tosi uses a cinnamon-sugar crumb crust, a luscious brown butter filling and a cranberry glaze. Adorning the dessert: sweet potato-white chocolate ganache.