10 Delicious Recipes to Get You Fired Up for Memorial Day

Celebrating the holiday with family, friends and plenty of food is an American tradition.

Memorial Day is the symbolic start to summer. It's a chance to get together with loved ones, fire up the grill, and remember our fallen soldiers. Treat your family and friends to feast with a little help from these amazing recipes.

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1. Spicy Hot Appetizers

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Flickr / David Yonehara

Whether you like a cool deviled egg or a hot, bacon-wrapped jalapeno popper, be sure to offer some finger foods to keep your guests happy.

2. Stuffed Burgers


Hamburgers are the perfect Memorial Day menu item. Try a classic or one of these stuffed burgers.

3. Apple Bacon Coleslaw

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Flickr / Burger Austin

Bacon makes everything better. You need to try this coleslaw with crispy apples and bacon!

4. Creamy Jalapeno Corn Dip

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Flickr / I Believe I Can Fry

This Creamy Jalapeno Corn Dip adds a little spice to any backyard party. Make it really hot and spicy or with just a touch of heat.

5. Potato Salad


Potato Salad can be served warm or chilled. It is the perfect side dish for almost any occasion. Try it alongside hamburgers, steaks or barbecue.

6. Baked Beans

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Flickr / wintersoul1

Here is another versatile side dish you can serve with just about any meat or main dish. Try baked beans if you are looking for something new this year.

7. Pasta Salad

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You can make a cool pasta salad ahead of the main course and keep it in coolers or the refrigerator so you have plenty of time to entertain.

8. Summer Vegetables

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FLickr / Michela Simoncini

Grill your favorite summer vegetables, including zucchini, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, squash and corn, straight out of the garden, .

9. Pitcher Drinks

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Flickr / Bill McChesney

It can get hot and humid in the south, so always have plenty of drinks on hand. Try the strawberry lemonade recipe or thcucumber lemonade recipe. For more Wide Open Country ideas on drinks, look for our lemonade, tea and sangria posts.

10. Desserts


Top off this year's Memorial Day remembrance celebration with a delicious brownie, fresh fruit cobbler or a red, white and blue poke cake. Just don't forget the ice cream!

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