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27 Genius Recipes for Labor Day

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27 of our favorite summer Genius Recipes to end the season with a bang. (Naturally, 3 of them are pies.)

Whether you're at the beach, or at the lake, or just bumping around home soaking up your last long weekend for a good while (don't think about it), these recipes will make the weekend happier, more festive, more memorable, and therefore make it last, maybe, forever.

Don't just grill a burger; stuff it with bacon and chorizo and smear romesco all over it! Eat pimento cheese! And barbecue chicken with two types of mayo! Stand around drinking boozy grasshopper shakes and eating little salt-crusted potatoes and making a mess of yourself.

Let's go all out for Labor Day. Here are 27 ways to do it.

José Pizarro's Salt-Crusted Potatoes with Cilantro Mojo

salt-crusted potatoes with cilantro mojo


Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi's Basic Hummus

 

Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Grasshopper Shake


Jennie Cook's Zucchini Butter




Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato)




Virginia Willis' Deviled Eggs

 

Louisa Shafia's Watermelon, Mint, and Cider Vinegar Tonic




Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole




Brigit Binns' Crab Cakes




Maricel E. Presilla's Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pineapple Salad




Canal House's Marinated Zucchini




Eric Korsh's Farm Lettuces Salad with Dill Vinaigrette




Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce




Sarah Leah Chase's Scalloped Tomatoes




Michel Richard's Glazed and Glistening Haricots Verts




Kevin Gillespie's Creamless Creamed Corn with Mushrooms and Lemon




Vera Obias' Cheddar & Black Pepper Cornbread




Kevin Gillespie's Barbecue Chicken with Alabama White Barbecue Sauce




Michael Ruhlman's Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic




Suzanne Goin's Grilled Pork Burgers




Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken




Steven Raichlen's Salt-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Grilled in Cloth (Lomo al Trapo)




Bill Smith's Atlantic Beach Pie

 

Martha Stewart's Slab Pie




Rose Levy Beranbaum's Fresh Blueberry Pie


Nigella Lawson's One-Step, No-Churn Coffee Ice Cream




Brooke Dojny's Blueberry Snack Cake with Toasted Pecan Topping

 

Bonus round: Genius Yogurt Whipped Cream

Tell us: What are you cooking this weekend? What kind of whipped cream are you putting on it?

Got a genius recipe to share -- from a classic cookbook, an online source, or anywhere, really? Please send it my way (and tell me what's so smart about it) at [email protected].

The Genius Recipes cookbook is here—and a New York Times Best Seller! It's a mix of greatest hits from the column and unpublished new favorites—all told, over 100 recipes that will change the way you cook. It's on shelves now, or you can order your copy here.

Tags: genius, labor day, summer, entertaining, everyday cooking

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about 1 year ago Ryan

Michael Ruhlman's pasta recipe is great. Plenty of variations to try with it.

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about 1 year ago kathleen cherrier

Great collection of recipes. I can't wait to try them. Thank you.