Northern Michigan Memorial Day Picnic Recipe Ideas

Northern Michigan Recipes: Most importantly, Memorial Day is a chance to show pride for our country and honor those that sacrifice their lives each day for our freedom and safety. The holiday weekend also marks the unofficial start to summer- warm days by the lake, time spent with family, and gorgeous sunsets over Lake Michigan. Burgers and brats are popular standbys for the season’s first picnic, but there are many other easy-to-prepare (and eat) options that utilize unique ingredients and the region’s fresh produce. So, get outside this weekend to celebrate our amazing nation and the precious months of summer ahead.

Appetizers

Breaded Morels

Morels can be tricky to find, but if you have been lucky enough to hunt some down this year, show off your scavenging skills! This delicious appetizer uses just a few basic pantry ingredients, enabling the mushroom delicacy to really shine.

Blanched Asparagus with Three Aiolis

When fresh produce starts to hit the grocery shelves, it is a sure sign of the start of summer. Asparagus is one of the first vegetables to be harvested and is often ready by the end of May, making it great for a Memorial Day picnic. This recipe also offers options for a large group, with three easy, yet interesting, aioli dips.

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