Memorial Day Food Memories – Our 3 Favorite Holiday Recipes

Our 3 favorite recipes to celebrate and honor the brave, live from the sunny side of life:

For many, Memorial Day is the traditional start of the summer season and a good reason to have a backyard party or picknick, but it’s truly more than just that. While there are many fantastic reasons to celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day, let us not forget the true reason of this holiday: It is a time to remember all those armed service men and women who died while serving and protecting their country.

Even though I have lived in the US for almost two years, due to my many travels, this will be my first Memorial Day celebration. We have some amazing friends here, who serve and have served in the military and we want to thank them for all their great service. Yes, I am still a proud Austrian citizen, but that doesn’t mean I’m not grateful to live and work in sunny California. America is a great country, but it wouldn't be the powerful nation it is without those who fight to protect it day by day. For this reason, let’s celebrate this day by getting together with family and friends, raise a glass, dust off the grill, cook a large holiday meal, and pay a tribute to our heroic patriots.

And if you’re looking for some great ideas and recipes, then read on, because we’ve got you covered with our famous mouth-watering Chicken Spiedini Sliders, Josh’s incredible delicious Buffalo Chicken Dip, and my patriotic desert favorite, the Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Berry Crisp. With recipes like these, you'll want to fill your plate over and over again. 

Chicken Spiedini Slider

Have you ever tried chicken Spiedini before? We love it! Spiedino (singular) is basically the Italian word for skewered meat or fish. This dish is usually served with spaghetti and a thick, beautifully stewed tomato sauce, but since we want to make sliders we skip right over the pasta. It’s a great choice for summer cook-outs and poolside bbq’s. We also changed the proper way of preparation so you don’t need skewers to grill them, and the meat will be just as tasty with far less work than the original recipe.

Here’s what you need (for 4-6):

* 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into thin 1/8 inch slices) * 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (or plain breadcrumbs mixed with Italian herbs) * 1⁄2 cup grated parmesan cheese * 1 Tbsp fresh parsley * 2 tsp lemon rind * 2 garlic cloves * 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil * 2 Tbsp butter or ghee * 1 big tomato, sliced * 1 handful arugula leaves * 5 Provolone cheese slices * 1 lemon * King’s Hawaiian Rolls * Ranch Dressing (optional)

Let’s do this:

In a big bowl combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, all of your chopped parsley, the lemon peel, and the minced garlic. In a shallow dish or on a deep plate combine the olive oil and the melted butter/ghee. Now dip the chicken slices into the butter mixture and coat it with crumb mixture. Make sure to let it sit for at least 10 minutes so the mixture will stay on the meat during grilling. Heat up the grill and put the chicken on it, turn it occasionally until browned and slightly charred on both sides. Depending on the grill it takes about 10-15 minutes. Before you take the chicken from the grill, cut the Hawaiian Rolls lengthwise without separating the single rolls and place the two sides with the inside on the grill for about 1-2 minutes or until lightly toasted/browned. (Be careful, some grills may only need a few seconds.) Place the chicken on the bottom side of the sliders, cover with cheese, arugula and tomatoes. If you like you can put Ranch or squeeze on top. I simply love it with both! Put the top part of the rolls on top of the smothered chicken and now carefully cut out the single rolls to get your mouth-watering and super delicious sliders.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

We made this dip for the last our Super Bowl Party and everybody loved it so much, we had to promise to make it again soon. It’s almost too easy to believe and you can prepare it ahead of time without a problem. If you like chicken wings, you will love the buffalo chicken dip like you wouldn't believe it. It’s delicious served with celery or carrot sticks, tortilla chips, or even pita bread.

Here’s what you’ll need (at first you think it’s not enough for two, but in the end ALL your party people will have enough):

* 2 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened * 1cup ranch salad dressing * 1 cup hot sauce (if I’d buy anything else than Franks, Josh wouldn’t feel we were doing it right) * 1 cup crumbled blue cheese * 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese + 1/2 cup for topping * 2 cans chicken in water or shredded cooked chicken breasts (I personally don’t like chicken in cans, so always prepare the chicken myself) * 1/2 tsp black pepper * pinch of sea salt

Easy as this:

Preheat oven to 370º F. In a deep mixing bowl add the cream cheese and smash or stir with a fork until smooth. Mix together all ingredients except last extra shredded cheese and then pour it into a medium baking dish. Bake for 10 minutes, then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the dip and bake for another 15 minutes until hot and bubbly. That’s it. Seriously, that’s all the magic! Dip in and enjoy!

Broad Stripes and Bright Stars Berry Crisp

A mix of colorful, juicy berries are the base for this sweet, saucy, and crunchy dessert. Topped with ice cream or coconut whipped cream it becomes dessert perfection. What can I say, I’m just a true crisp and cobbler lover. Yummm…

Here’s what you need (for 6-8):

* 2 tsp butter or coconut oil * 2 cups blueberries * 2 cups strawberries * 1 cup raspberries * 1 medium crip apple (I like Gala the most) * 1 Tbsp lemon juice * 1/4 cup raw honey * 1/4 tsp sea salt * 1/4 cup flour of your choice (I prefer nut flour over regular flour, so mine was Bob's Red Mill Coconut Flour ) * 1/2 tsp cinnamon * 1 tsp vanilla essence * 1 1/2-2 cups of your favorite granola (I think that the Oats & Honey Granola from Cascadian Farm Organic Cereal is the best one for this particular recipe) * Vanilla ice cream or whipped coconut cream

This is how easy it is:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease your baking dish (it should be big enough to hold all ingredients) with 1 teaspoon butter or coconut oil. Cut the fruit into smaller pieces and combine with lemon juice, honey, sea salt, coconut flour, vanilla essence, and cinnamon. Now put the fruit mixture in the oven for about 10 minutes. In the meantime prepare the granola mix by mixing the granola with the remaining butter or oil. Take the fruit out to the oven and place the granola mix on top. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes or until browned and bubbling. To get your white stars on top of the desert, service it with little scoops of ice cream or the whipped coconut cream on top of each portion. The Behlster Way Memorial Day Tip: If you want to add more “Red and Blue” to your celebration, simply freeze a few of the berries, put it into a glass of champagne and say a toast to all the brave men and women.

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