Memorial Day Menu

Memorial Day Menu
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A Memorial Day Menu Memorial Day grilling steakIn the United States, most consider Memorial Day to be the unofficial start to summer. We tend to gather our family and friends together for a good meal, and make plans for the months ahead. I hope everyone will also remember to participate in the "National Moment of Remembrance" at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day. It's a time to pause and reflect upon the true meaning of the day, and to say a prayer for those lost, if appropriate for your family.

The menu below has something for everyone. To finish it off add a bowl of fresh fruit, or a simple cake for dessert.  The steaks can be marinated ahead of time, and the beans can be assembled the night before, then baked the day of your gathering.  If guests want to know what they can bring to the table,  ask for rolls, bread or ice cream.  Lastly, serve iced tea and lemonade or your favorite beverages.

Grilled Marinated Steaks

3-4 pounds 1/2-3/4 inch steaks
4 tbsp. herb or wine vinegar
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. fresh thyme minced, or 1 tbsp. dried
1 tbsp. fresh rosemary minced, or 1 tsp. dried
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Place all but the steaks in a bowl and mix together until well combined. With your a wooden spoon or spatula smear each steak, on both sides with some of the thick marinade. Place the steaks in a glass, plastic or ceramic dish, cover and allow sit in the refrigerator for 2 hours to overnight. When ready,  grill the steaks for 6-10 minutes on each side, depending on the desired doneness.  Transfer to a plate and allow to sit for 8-10 minutes before serving. Serves 6-8 people.

Notes: I've used many different types of steak because I buy what is on sale at the time. You can change the herbs to dried basil, or even Italian seasoning if you wish.  A teaspoon of capers are a nice addition as well.

Garlic Lemon Asparagus

3 pounds fresh asparagus, trimmed
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup butter, room temperature
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
salt and ground black pepper
Steam or boil the asparagus until crisp tender. This is usually about 5 minutes once the water starts boiling, but may take longer if the asparagus is thick. Arrange on a platter.  In a small sauce pan bring the lemon juice to a mild simmer, stir in the butter and the garlic with a whisk until the butter has melted. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over the asparagus before serving. 

Smoked Pork Baked Beans 

2 16 ounce cans pork and beans, any variety
4-6 sliced bacon slices
1 pound hot breakfast sausage
1 medium Vidalia onion, sliced thinly 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Place the beans in a large casserole dish. Sauté the bacon until crispy. Set aside on a plate lined with a paper towel. Using the same pan (wipe out part of the grease if you wish.) sauté the sliced onion until soft. Add it to the casserole dish with the beans. In the same pan, sauté the sausage, breaking up into small pieces as it browns. While this is cooking, chop the bacon and add it to the beans. When the sausage is cooked, add to the beans, bacon and onions in the casserole, and stir gently.  Cover the casserole with a lid, or foil, and bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm. 

Notes:  This is a very flexible recipe. You can use regular pork and beans or any flavor you like. I've found flavored pinto beans that work really well too.  I buy hot breakfast sausage in the roll, but you can use any variety of sausage as long as it's ground. The bacon is optional.  You can also buy a little packet of real bacon crumbles and use that.  You don't cook this, just add with the onions and cooked sausage. 

If you need some beverage ideas, here are several iced tea recipes, some party punch recipes, and even some recipes for summer herbal drinks you might enjoy.

More ideas on the grill:
Summer Dinners on the Grill
Grilling Kabobs for Dinner
Grilling Steak on a Budget
A Grilled Summer Menu

About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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