Whether you’re hosting a small group or asked to bring a dish to pass, these special recipes were handpicked to help you celebrate Labor Day weekend with family and friends. They’re simple to prepare, and we’ve included tips for prepping and making them ahead of time. So relax — enjoy — spend time with loved ones this weekend instead of spending long bouts of time in the kitchen.
Gorgonzola Ale Sauce
Adults will fall in love with the delightful marriage of sweet caramelized onions and flavor-packed Wisconsin gorgonzola cheese draped over savory grilled steaks. The unique flavors of the Gorgonzola Ale Sauce adds that extra-special touch to steaks, and it’s prepared with several on-hand staple pantry ingredients.
Recipe Tip: For ease, make the sauce ahead: Caramelize the onions, add the beer, seasonings, lemon zest, chives and red bell pepper. Cool and refrigerate the sauce. To serve with your grilled steaks on Labor Day, warm the sauce mixture in the microwave and stir. Fold in the Wisconsin gorgonzola cheese.
When you serve this fork-and-knife sandwich, kids of all ages are going to be asking for seconds! Gooey, melted Wisconsin mozzarella cheese tops this made-to-order grilled pizza. Fresh in-season tomatoes, basil and oregano take center stage in the homemade pizza sauce. Heavy cream and Wisconsin parmesan cheese give the sauce body and richness you can’t order from your local pizza joint.
Recipe Tip: Don’t have fresh herbs on hand? No problem! Swap in 1 teaspoon dried basil and ½ teaspoon dried oregano.
Making homemade parmesan chips is one of those best kept secrets for turning an everyday salad into a showstopper. They’re so easy to make with only one ingredient — parmesan cheese, and give any salad that finished restaurant look.
Recipe Tip: If you’re making the salad ahead to take on the go, store the romaine, marinated veggies, parmesan chips and parmesan cheese separate in resealable plastic bags. Assemble the salad just before serving.
The kitchen may be cool, but the dinner conversation is guaranteed to heat up with compliments when you serve your guests this decadent chocolate cheesecake. Rich Wisconsin cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream are the ideal partners with family-favorites chocolate hazelnut spread and chocolate sandwich cookies to create this dessert that you’ll be asked to prepare again and again.
Recipe Tip: With make-ahead convenience, you’ll even have time to make it a grand finale; garnish serving plates like a pro by lightly drizzling them with warmed, seedless raspberry jam and topping each with a fresh raspberry and mint leaf.
What special recipes are you planning to prepare for Labor Day weekend? Share your comments – we’d love to hear from you!