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10 Crafty Labor Day Recipes

Updated on November 9, 2012
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Colorful Mashed PotatoesMashed Potato Cup Cakes with half cut cherry tomatoes and food colored mashed potatoes. Mashed Potato Cup Cakes, no food coloring added, without the cherry tomato and gravy with butter.Hot Dog PeopleFruit Shish KabobVeggie Shish KabobBaked Potato Skin PizzaSweet Potato Bacon PieSnouts and BeansHomemade SangriaChimichurri de UruguayYou can't have a barbecue without a chef.
Colorful Mashed Potatoes
Colorful Mashed Potatoes
Mashed Potato Cup Cakes with half cut cherry tomatoes and food colored mashed potatoes.
Mashed Potato Cup Cakes with half cut cherry tomatoes and food colored mashed potatoes.
Mashed Potato Cup Cakes, no food coloring added, without the cherry tomato and gravy with butter.
Mashed Potato Cup Cakes, no food coloring added, without the cherry tomato and gravy with butter.
Hot Dog People
Hot Dog People
Fruit Shish Kabob
Fruit Shish Kabob
Veggie Shish Kabob
Veggie Shish Kabob
Baked Potato Skin Pizza
Baked Potato Skin Pizza
Sweet Potato Bacon Pie
Sweet Potato Bacon Pie
Snouts and Beans
Snouts and Beans
Homemade Sangria
Homemade Sangria
Chimichurri de Uruguay
Chimichurri de Uruguay | Source
You can't have a barbecue without a chef.
You can't have a barbecue without a chef.

Crafty recipes are easy and fun to make!

Labor Day probably means you will be at a barbecue with friends and family. And most likely, you will be asked to bring a dish. Everyone wants to bring in the easiest of course, but that doesn't mean it has to look easy. Here are 10 cool ideas that look harder to make than they are.

1. Colorful Mashed Potato: Trick is to not put too much milk in this. You want it stiff enough to be able to scoop it out with an ice cream scooper. Add food coloring, and scoop them into a bowl.

2. Mashed Potato Cup Cakes: Recipe is same as previous, only difference is you put each scoop into cup cake papers, add half cherry tomato on top. You can also make this recipe without food coloring and cherry tomatoes, place gravy for icing and butter on top.

3. Hot Dog People: Cut arms, legs and put on ketchup and mustard for faces. Lay a bunch out on a tray or deep dish and put on their faces before serving.

4. Fruit Shish Kabob: Your fruits of choice on a skewer. It doesn't get any easier. Don't use bananas though. Use firm fruits like strawberries, pineapple, apple, or cheese, etc.

5. Veggie Shish Kabob: Same as fruits but veggies. Mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, peppers, zucchinis, etc.

TIP: Bring dip for each. Fruits get yogurt and veggies get something cheesy.

6. Baked Potato Skin Pizza: Just like pizza but using potato skins. Scoop out potato (use the extra potato for mashed), fill inside with mozzarella cheese or cheddar, top with pepperoni, stick in the oven at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until crispy brown on the edges.

7. Sweet Potato Bacon Pie: I love this recipe because you don't cook anything in it except the bacon but it looks awesome on the table. And is delish! Simply buy a sweet potato pie, then weave bacon strips over and under each other and lay them in a pan to fry. Once they are cooked on one side, they won't come apart. Flip them over and when done, simply place them on the pie and you're done.

8. Snouts and Beans: Really not snouts. They are hot dogs you slice and poke two holes in each slice to create a snout. Cook in with baked beans, keep in a crock pot or bowl to serve.

9. Homemade Sangria: Grab that huge pitcher and chuck in your favorite fruits. Add red wine, orange liqueur and chill for at least one hour before serving.

TIP: Any red table wine will do. Don't worry about the price. But do worry about the taste. Dryer wine will work best with this recipe or it will be too sweet.

10. Chimichurri de Uruguay: A recipe my family has used for generations in Uruguay, it is used on Asado, which is our version of barbecue. This sauce is placed on all the meats, including chicken, pork, red beef and sausage. I don't measure, I go by texture. And depending on how many people you're cooking for, it's best to make more than less. I'd fill up a large mason jar. It keeps for a very long time, so it won't go to waste. This will be a favorite on the table.

In a small bowl, put in already diced parsley, garlic, salt, black pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, you can use spicy red peppers chopped fine but if there are people that can't eat spicy, I would leave this ingredient out if you're not sure. Then add a little water if it's too pasty. You want it to be like a gravy.

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