With Memorial Day approaching, we're eagerly anticipating the official kickoff to grilling season. On the menu for the weekend? A refreshing cocktail, sangria-marinated steak, Beard's favorite burger, a raspberry–rhubarb crostata, and more. Just choose from the options below to mix and match your way to a delicious and effortless holiday.
Lime juice + mint + gin + ginger beer = a drink that you'll make over and over again all summer.
Bread Salad with Asparagus, Arugula, and Pickled Rhubarb
"I love bread salad because it’s not quite a starch and not quite a salad, and because it’s a perfect accompaniment to almost any protein," says JBF Award winner Naomi Pomeroy. With raw asparagus, peppery arugula, and bright pickled rhubarb, we're sold.
Grilled Whole Fish with Tarragon Butter
This recipe can cover anything from a fresh sardine or smelt to as large a salmon as your grill will accommodate. Just don't skip the tarragon butter!
Sangria-Marinated Skirt Steak
The marinade, made from Rioja wine, orange, shallots, garlic, and thyme, gives this summery steak tons of flavor.
James Beard's Favorite Burger
This Memorial Day staple has a secret ingredient: heavy cream. Just trust us.
Grilled Mushroom Tacos
Stuffed to the brim with grilled portobellos, seasoned rice, Monterey cheese, and a silky avocado crema, these tacos from JBF Chefs Boot Camp alum Spike Mendelsohn make the perfect vegetarian option.
Make the most of rhubarb season with this beautiful, rustic crostata from JBF Award winner Ina Garten.
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