Get Grilling for Memorial Day

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

So, it’s Memorial Day Weekend and you don’t have any plans. Stop sweating! Take a tip from the Paula Deen Test Kitchen and throw the perfect Memorial Day Grilled Picnic! We’ve got you covered from A to Z for all you need to know for a great grill-filled weekend.

Let’s get started with the basics. Here’s a list of everything that you’ll need for fun in the sun.

Perfect Picnic Checklist
-A bottle of sunscreen for all to share
-Napkins, preferably cloth
-Melamine plates, both large and medium
-Reusable flatware, forks for everyone usually works
-Serving utensils—three should do it
-Thermos for soup or cold drinks
-Stemless wine glasses—small tumblers are good
-Corkscrew and bottle/can opener
-An assortment of condiments in plastic squeeze bottles
-Paring knife
-Cutting board
-Coarse salt in a jar and pepper mill, or salt and peppershakers
-Damp wipes, soft cloths or paper towels for washing up
-Little flower vase for wildflowers
-Plastic bags for leftovers
-Garbage bag
-A camera
-Blanket, bedspread, beach towel or quilt—cotton is best and can go in the wash

Now that we’ve got you all set with your Memorial Day picnic supplies, what are you going to make?

Paula’s Top Recipes for the Grill
Simple Grilled Baby Back Racks
Grilled Cheese and Jalapeno Poppers
Grilled Tuna with Olive Tapenade
Apple and Grilled Chicken Pizza
Cherry Balsamic Grilled Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Did you know that you can even grill vegetables? We’ve got some handy tips, and even more recipes for grilled vegetables!

Tips for Grilling Your Vegetables
-Spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray prior to heating the grill to help make clean up a snap.
-Use kosher salt or sea salt on your vegetables to bring out extra moisture. Seasoning with salt and pepper both before and after grilling helps to make them sweet and full of flavor.
-Prevent your vegetables from drying out on the grill by soaking them in cold water first.
Read more grilled vegetable tips here!

And now, because we always keep our word in the Test Kitchen, are some great grilled vegetable recipes:
Easy Grilled Vegetables
Grilled Vidalia Onion Steaks
Garlic Grilled Tomatoes
Grilled Vegetable Basket
Bacon Wrapped Grilled Corn on the Cob

And lastly, but not least, make sure you outfit your grill with all of the necessities for a successful Memorial Day grilled picnic!

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