Cookout Classics for Labor Day

Savor the end of summer with Food Network's Labor Day party recipes, including Labor Day desserts, appetizers and picnic recipes.
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Chicken or Turkey Salad Sandwiches

This sandwich spread is as refreshing as it is satisfying; dressed up with shredded chicken, celery, mayo and onions, it's perfect for a Labor Day lunch. 

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7-Layer Pasta Salad

This summer salad has it all: layers of creamy avocado, heaping spoonfuls of diced ham, crunchy broccoli, hearty pasta, cheddar cheese and a topping of crispy romaine.

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Dijon Chicken Wings

Make a glaze of Dijon mustard, honey, mustard powder and garlic to make deliciously sticky wings.

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Baked Creamed Corn With Red Bell Peppers and Jalapenos

With just five ingredients, Ree Drummond turns fresh corn into a delicious casserole with a kick.

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Flank Steak With Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Bobby Flay grills with flank steak for these party-ready bread bites because it cooks quickly and is affordable.

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American-Style Potato Salad

This eggy potato salad gets crunch from onions and a creamy texture from a mustard and mayo dressing.

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Honeydew and Arugula Salad

The sweetness of honeydew melon complements the spicy quality of arugula for a refreshing summer salad.

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Mini Chicken and Mango Tostadas

Save time on this appetizer by using cooked, shredded chicken. Scoop onto a tortilla chip with mashed avocado.

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Spicy Lemon Shrimp Skewers

Sriracha, an Asian chile sauce, gives spice to these grilled shrimp skewers.

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Chili-Corn Casserole

Leftover chili, corn, polenta and Monterey Jack cheese are layered to make an easy yet hearty side dish that's great with hot dogs.

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Sparkling Raspberry Limeade

Make the Neelys' raspberry syrup up to two days in advance. Just keep it in the refrigerator until the party starts.

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Turkey Burgers With Orange Mustard Glaze

Guy found this burger in health-conscious San Diego. A turkey patty gets topped wtih an orange-mustard glaze.

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Herb-Stuffed Zucchini

Scoop out zucchini seeds and stuff the hollowed out vegetables with breadcrumbs, tomatoes, herbs and garlic.

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Macaroni and Egg Salad

In just 20 minutes you can turn elbow macaroni into a creamy, egg-filled salad.

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Triple B Burgers

The Triple B stands for a beef patty topped with bacon and boubon sauce. It also comes with smoked cheddar.

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Beer Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce

A beer can holds this chicken up while cooking and brings it to a juicy and tender state. Slather the chicken with a cola barbecue sauce that is sweet and savory.

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Mini Open-Faced Steak Sandwiches on Garlic Bread with Aged Provolone and Parsley Oil

Wrap up grilling season with Bobby's open-faced steak and provolone sandwiches complete with crusty garlic bread and a parsley olive oil sauce.

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Connecticut-Style Lobster Rolls with Butter

Fresh lobster tossed with melted butter, lemon juice and paprika is stuffed into hot dog buns for a summer cookout classic that's ready in 20 minutes.

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Green Salad with Shallot Dressing

Thinly sliced shallots are mixed into a warm mustard vinaigrette. Toss with mixed greens and serve, or add favorite toppings.

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Grilled Lamb Kebabs with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Yogurt Sauce

Individual lamb kebabs made with tomatoes and zucchini are perfect for Labor Day entertaining. Serve with a cucumber, dill and yogurt dipping sauce for a Mediterranean-inspired dish.

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Hoisin Eggplant

Glaze eggplant in a mixture of hoisin — a sweet and savory Asian dipping sauce — rice vinegar and hot chili sauce before tossing on the grill for a tangy summer side.

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Nectarine-Tomato Salad

The flavors of yellow tomatoes and ripe nectarines are complemented by a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing. Toasted pine nuts and shaved cheese add the finishing touches.

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Ranch Chicken Sandwiches

Juicy chicken breasts topped with a zesty ranch mayo and sandwiched between rolls are a quick, go-to summer entertaining dish.

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Fried Chicken

Marcus Samuelsson fries chicken dredged in a chile and paprika spice blend and marinated in buttermilk and coconut milk. The result is crispy, flavorful meat fit for summertime.

Fried Chicken

Grilled Pizzas

Use an outdoor grill instead of an oven to make margherita pizzas for Labor Day celebrations. The mozzarella and basil combination is an assured crowd-pleaser.

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Grilled Turkey Sliders with Tomato Jam

Adding ricotta cheese to a turkey burger mixture helps to keep it moist and flavorful.

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Strawberry-Arugula Salad with Sweet Lime Vinaigrette

Sunny's simple strawberry and arugula salad is drizzled with a citrus vinaigrette.

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Foil-Packet Corn

Roast summer corn easily on the grill in a foil packet filled with butter and fresh herbs. The aromas of thyme, basil and rosemary will infuse the corn with earthy flavors.

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Barbecue Cheeseburgers

Nothing says summer celebration like grilled burgers. Top each patty with homemade sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, red onion, Jack cheese and avocado.

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Fresh Blackberry Crisp

Food Network Kitchen chefs combine flour, brown sugar and butter to make a sweet, crumbly topping for juicy late-summer blackberries. 

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Black Bean and Corn Salad

Rachael's super-easy salad is a foolproof cookout side. Chop and add whatever vegetables you have on hand to the corn-and-bean combo, then brighten it up with a squeeze of fresh lime.

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Fresh Peach Cake

Ina uses peaches and eggs from a local farm to make her cake, which is delicious served warm. She layers the fresh peaches, cinnamon sugar and batter, and tops it off with crunchy chopped pecans.

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Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar

Three layers come together in Melissa's no-mess picnic meal: vinaigrette-dressed rice, spiced chickpeas and garlicky eggplant. 

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Corn Salsa

To kick off your end-of-summer party, serve chips alongside Trisha's mix of yellow and white corn, jalapenos, chiles and tomatoes.

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Frozen Sangarita

Trisha finds inspiration for her frozen sangarita at a Texas restaurant. This cocktail is a blend of frozen sangria and frozen margarita; just spoon a few layers of each into a margarita glass and it's ready to sip. 

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