Labor Day signals the start of the new summer season, and there's no better way to celebrate the holiday than to pass a tray of Labor Day appetizers around at an outdoor picnic or barbecue. Since the weather is generally warm, it's best to prepare appetizers without mayonnaise or other dairy needing refrigeration. The below ideas will give you a start on putting together a nice tray of starters to pass amongst your friends and family at your Labor Day get together.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables – Prepare bite size pieces of fresh fruits and vegetables on a pretty plastic picnic tray, and add a dip of guacamole or humus and you won't have to worry about refrigeration. Sprinkle a few mixed nuts on the platter to complete this pretty Labor Day appetizer. Or use wooden skewers and alternate pieces of apple, pineapple, and grapes and serve with a caramel dipping sauce or roll the kabobs in toasted coconut.
- Baked brie – Baked brie topped with almonds and butter and just a little bit of brown sugar is a great Labor Day appetizer! This delicious, gooey treat can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature. For this one though, just to be safe, place the baked brie over a bowl of ice to keep it cool. Tear up sour dough to accompany the brie or add slices of apples around the tray.
- Chips and salsa – The old standby of chips and salsa is always a great way to start off a picnic or barbecue and is just right for nibbling. For some added zing, prepare an accompanying tray of grilled jalapeños or small chili peppers. Serve with a a cheese sauce and you've got yourself individual nachos.
With a bit of thought, you can prepare Labor Day appetizers which are delicious and safe to serve, indoor or out.