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It’s time to fire up the stove and crank up the grill for Memorial Day weekend. And while social gatherings may look a little differently these days, there’s no reason you can’t create your own taste of home. So, we’ve compiled a list of down home holiday recipes that are sure to remind you of the dishes your mom used to make.
Note: You may need to scale down some of these recipes — or just be prepared to enjoy the leftovers!
Southern potato salad
Potato salad is one of those sides everybody loves, but only when it’s done right and this recipe won’t disappoint. Besides being chock full of eggs and potatoes, the sweet pickles, coupled with mustard and other seasonings give it the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.
Of course, you’ve got to have ribs, but not just any ribs. This slow and easy, mouth-watering Memphis-style recipe will leave your ribs so flavorful and tender that the meat will be falling off the bone.
2 racks St. Louis-style pork spare ribs, 5 to 6 lbs total
Throw out the boxed macaroni and cheese, pull out the pan and get ready to make a mac and cheese dish that makes you feel like you’re traveling back to your childhood. This five-cheese recipe is a throwback with a modern-day twist.
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
4 tbsp butter
4½ cups whole milk, or half & half
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp granulated garlic
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp dry mustard (optional)
pinch of ground nutmeg
½ cup seasoned Italian or Japanese breadcrumbs (optional)
1 lb dried pasta of your choice (see note below)
kosher salt (for the pasta water)
1 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
½ cup pecorino-romano cheese (optional)
1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups shredded fontina cheese, plus a few pieces cut into cubes