Are you planning a cookout to celebrate the last gasp of summer, otherwise known as Labor Day? If you're like millions of your friends and neighbors in Los Angeles, you'll be firing up the grill for burgers, hot dogs, and steak. But what will you be serving with your meat? Here are five favorite side dish recipes to make your Labor Day barbecue party even more memorable.
- Pasta salad with pesto and cherry tomatoes (click for recipe). This is a great pasta salad recipe for outdoor picnics and barbecues because it's mayonnaise-free and thus poses less of a food safety risk. Use prepared pesto or make your own.
- Macaroni and cheese with kale (click for recipe). Assemble this the day before and refrigerate it overnight. All you need to do on the day of your barbecue is stick it in the oven. Adding kale to a traditional baked macaroni and cheese will make everyone feel virtuous.
- Perfect roasted potatoes (click for recipe). So much better - and better for you - than frozen french fries or tater tots. These roasted potatoes come out golden and crispy on the outside, creamy and tender on the inside. Read the recipe for the secret no-fail roasting method.
- Broccoli mash (click for recipe). A luxurious side dish that doesn't add too many calories to dinner. Pureeing cooked broccoli with a splash of olive oil and a bit of grated cheese yields a rich, thick paste with the texture of mashed potatoes.
- Cabbage salad with lemon (click for recipe). Four ingredients and you've got a simple, unusual salad that everyone will love. Make it an hour ahead of time to let the cabbage wilt a little - this is one salad you don't want to serve until it's had time to rest.
Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!