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21 Recipes You Need for Your Memorial Day Weekend

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Laid-back BBQ parties, easy frozen desserts, and simple fresh cocktails are what define Memorial Day for us. Whether you’re grilling in the backyard or relaxing at the beach, these are the recipes you’ll want to have by your side.

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    Lechon Asado con Mojo (Cuban Grilled Pork with Mojo)

    This is the garlicky and grand centerpiece of a Cuban BBQ menu. The pork marinates in a citrus-garlic mojo and then cooks low and slow on the grill. The unbelievably tender meat and crisp, crackly skin are worth the wait.
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    Cream Cheese & Guava Swirl Ice Cream

    Guava and cream cheese is a classic Cuban combination. Guava’s pear-strawberry personality pairs so well with the tangy cheese that it’s easy to see why. Here, the cream cheese is used to make a rich ice cream that gets swirled with guava purée for a dessert few can resist.

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    Simple Seafood Stew

    It’s hard to decide which is better, the mix of fresh, sweet seafood or the briny, buttery broth in the bottom of the bowl. Fortunately, each aromatic bowlful of stew contains plenty of both. Serving some crusty bread with this dish for mopping up the broth is simply nonnegotiable.

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    Bittersweet Chocolate-Bourbon Pops

    Dark chocolate and bourbon make for a truly decadent frozen treat. Since the bourbon doesn't get cooked, it's worth splurging on the high-end stuff. Visit our Drinks & Entertaining page for dozens more fun summer cocktail recipes.

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    Spicy Italian Ham and Salami Sandwich

    This “sitting sandwich” is great picnic fare because it only gets better as it sits. Pack it at the bottom of the basket so any weight on top will compress it, making it easier to eat. A mojo-like sauce made with fresh lime juice, garlic, and lots of fresh oregano perks up the flavor of a classic Italian sub.

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    Shredded Brisket Tacos with Chipotle Dressing

    This luscious, spicy taco filling is based on salpicon, a shredded or chopped cold beef salad popular in Tex-Mex cuisine.

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    Fresh Piña Colada Sorbet

    Deliciously balanced and not-at-all cloying, this classic combination of sweet pineapple, rich coconut, and rum hits all the right notes.

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    Herbed Aïoli Burgers

    These burgers get a double whammy of herb flavor: Finely chopped herbs are mixed into the beef, then the burgers are topped with an herbed mayonnaise that’s so good it can be served on its own as a dip for french fries or chips.

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    Daiquiri

    This is one of the oldest cocktails in existence, a refreshing blend of citrus, rum, and simple syrup. Straightforward and elegant, it’s a far cry from the familiar frozen version. You can buy simple syrup, but it’s easy to make and will keep, covered and refrigerated, for months.

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    Chipotle Chicken and Corn Tostadas

    Charred corn and chicken have great summery flavors, but what really makes this tostada sing is the chipotle-lime cream sauce that holds everything on the shell. You can buy prepared tostada shells or make them yourself following the directions in the tip below.

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    Grilled Chile-Spiced Pork Tenderloins

    Butterflied and pounded thin, pork tenderloins can be cooked quickly over a hot grill. Serve sliced with some rice and beans or lime-accented coleslaw, or cut the meat into strips and use as a taco filling.

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    New England Lobster Rolls

    This New England summer classic is a study in contrasts between the cool, creamy lobster salad and warm, toasted bun. Finely chopped celery and scallions provide crunch and a crisp vegetal note to contrast with the rich lobster.
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    No-Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie

    This impressive and insanely delicious dessert requires only six ingredients, but that can be your little secret. Italian chocolate-filled sandwich cookies make a crust reminiscent of a Kit Kat bar; you can also use chocolate wafer cookies.
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    Korean Flank Steak Tacos

    Kimchi, the beloved Korean side dish made from fermented vegetables, is a little tangy, a little spicy, and a fantastic foil for steak in these vibrantly flavored tacos. Marinated cucumbers add crunch and bright clean flavor, too. For additional color, add fresh radish and diced tomatoes, if you like.

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    Strawberry-Melon Sangria

    Aperol, a bittersweet, orangy Italian liqueur similar to Campari, helps balance the sweetness of the strawberries, cantaloupe, and honey in this deep-red sangria. Serve over ice, garnished with the fruit. Top off each glass with a splash of club soda.
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    Quinoa and Black Bean Burgers with Tomatillo Guacamole

    Quinoa gives these veggie burgers a fantastic “chew,” and of course packs plenty of protein. Tasty on an English muffin, they’re also delicious served sans bun.

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    Sweet Chili and Root Beer Baby Back Ribs

    A sticky, sweet, and spicy root beer glaze makes these grilled baby backs finger-licking-good. You can find kecap manis and the two chili sauces called for here at an Asian market or in a well-stocked supermarket.

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    BLT Burger

    Celebrate an all-American holiday with the ultimate summer burger that gets its amazing flavor from the combination of smoky bacon and a sweet-and-spicy ketchup with caramelized onions and Southwestern spices.

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    Summer Berry Trifle

    Use a mix of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries to make this a red-white-and-blue-striped creation, or use any type of berry you like—just make sure you choose the ripest, tastiest ones available. The bread will soak up all their sweet juices.

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    Sweet-Tea Brined Chicken

    You could mistake this brine for a lemony iced tea—hello, Arnold Palmer—and indeed, it imparts a similar subtle yet tart flavor. Grilled okra and cornbread make great accompaniments.

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    Watermelon Mojito

    If a standard-issue mojito weren't refreshing enough, one with muddled watermelon in the minty mix shoots it right off the charts. Hot summer weekend, sun beginning to set, backyard, friends. You get the picture.

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