Celebrating U.S. Labor Day, Caribbean Style

Labor Day in the United States is the official end-of-summer celebration filled with family gatherings and barbecues. But when you fire up the grill this year, why not do it Caribbean style. We have some delicious recipes from some great Caribbean cooks that are sure to make you happy .

When it comes to barbecue, the sauce is the all important ingredient. Caribbean Pot has two delicious sauces for you to use this Labor Day weekend.  Try out Trinidadian Chef Chris’ Classic Jerk Marinade or his Homemade Caribbean BBQ Sauce.

You still need the grill for this  Grilled Corn, Avocado and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing  from Jehan Can Cook.  Guyanese Chef Jehan combines grilled corn and in season avocado and tomato, a great cool compliment to your jerk sauces.

jehancancook cornsalad4
Jehan Can Cook Grilled Corn Salad

Even though we’re grilling, what’s a Caribbean meal without rice.  Tru Bahamian Food Tours supplies us with this tasty Bahamian Peas ‘n Rice recipe.

Peas n' Rice (bahamasfoodguide)
Peas n’ Rice (bahamasfoodguide)

I love baked macaroni. One of our favourite multicultural bloggers, Melanie from Modern Mami has a  Trinidadian Macaroni Pie recipe that is sure to please.

Modern Mami's Macaroni Pie
Modern Mami’s Macaroni Pie

Fruit PunchFor a nice tropical dessert, try our own super-simple Mango Sorbet. Although, like the days of Summer, the mango season is just about done, there are still a few out there to be found. And of course, we need to round off the meal with our Easy Tropical Fruit Punch.  You just need a few ingredients to make this refreshing drink that can take you back to the islands at anytime:

Easy Tropical Fruit Punch

Mix equal parts of:
Hawaiian Punch – Fruit Juicy Red
Orange Juice
100% Pineapple Juice

Combine juices in pitcher add thinly sliced orange slices. Serve cold.
Add some dark rum or coconut rum to kick it up a notch!

Even though you’re saying goodbye to summer on Labor Day, you can always say hello to these foods anytime of the year.  Most of these ingredients are easy to find  whenever you want a taste of the Caribbean. Check out all of the websites mentioned for even more great recipes.


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