Recipe Ideas for a Perfect Memorial Day

Flickr Photo Credit: Gary MorrisHave you decided what classic Michigan recipes you are going to make at your Memorial Day party yet? We have some suggestions that are sure to make your holiday dining more festive.

Photo Credit: Pure Michigan Cookbook

Did you know that there is a Pure Michigan cookbook featuring more than 60 fantastic recipes, including many recipes from some of the best chefs and the best restaurants in Michigan? See one of the recipes from the cookbook to the left.

If you are having a picnic, the State Agriculture Department has offered tips on ways to incorporate some of the best foods that Michigan has to offer into your picnic basket.

We also asked our fans on Facebook to share their best recipes for a delicious Memorial Day picnic, and now we want to share some of them with all of you. We learned that the ingredients to a special Memorial Day goes beyond the food you serve, so we've included some “experience recipes” included here as well. Please note: some of the recipes are more detailed than others.

Broccoli Salad

2 bunches broccoli
1 medium chopped red onion
2 cups mayonnaise
½ cup sugar
½ cup real bacon bits (store bought or homemade)
½ cup salted sunflower seeds (no shells)
½ cup apple cider vinegar (any will work, this gives the best flavor)
1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese.

1) Cut broccoli into small bite size pieces (do not use the stem, only the florets), rinse and drain. Set aside.
2) In a small mixing bowl, mix mayo, sugar and vinegar together.
3) In a large bowl (preferably with a lid) combine broccoli, mayo mixture, bacon bits, onion, and sunflower seeds. Put lid on bowl and shake vigorously.
4) Add cheese right before serving, and mix well.

Make it the night before to give that extra punch of flavor.

Submitted by AnnMarie McCallum

Macaroni SaladFlickr Photo Credit: Cynthia Olivares

1 lb shell macaroni
1 to 2 small cans of tuna
1, 8 oz block of sharp cheddar (cut into bite size pieces)
3 to 4 sprigs green onion (chopped into bite size pieces)
3 to 6 hard boiled eggs (cut into bite size pieces)
1 green pepper (chopped into bite size pieces)
1 1/2 cups mayo
1/3 cup mustard
4 tbsp sugar

Cook macaroni according to box directions. Mix mayo, mustard, and sugar, to taste. Mix all ingredients in big bowl, serve chilled. Salt and pepper to taste.

Submitted by Christia Cheney Catrell

Memorial Day

great weather
a sandy beach
family and friends
a beautiful sunset

Submitted by Patricia Cashman

Sausage, Peppers, and Pasta

2lbs smoked sausage fried
Red peppers
2 lbs tortellini pasta

Mix with parmesan, Italian seasoning and 1 cup of Italian dressing.

Submitted by Cheyenne Hunt Brower

Twinkie shortcake


(Best when camping) At home, mash strawberries and sugar. Put in bowl with tight lid and pack in cooler. At camp, open box of Twinkies. Unwrap, put in a bowl, top with strawberries.

Submitted by Krystal Johns

Memorial Day

Food with family and friends
Under a beautiful Michigan sky
Tigers on the radio
Nice fire at night

Submitted by Mary Slancik Knight

Rhubarb Custard Pie

1 Pie crust (for a two crust pie, homemade or from store)
4 cups Rhubarb
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 eggs, beaten
2 ½ tbsp milk
1-2 tbsp butter

Place crust in a 10 inch pie pan. Add rhubarb to the pan. In a bowl, combine sugar, vanilla, eggs, and milk. Stir together, and pour over the rhubarb. Cut butter into pieces and sprinkle over the mixture. Cut the second crust into strips and put a lattice top on the pie. Bake at 375* for about an hour.

Submitted by Rita Nielsen

Memorial Day

2 hugs for a Veteran
1 flag raising
3 prayers for peace
4 visits to local cemeteries to honor our fallen heroes

Remember the reason for the day.

Submitted by Sue Ann Oinas

These are some ideas we put together, but what makes a Memorial Day perfect for you?