Labor Day Foods to Eat While Wearing White

Here's 10 celebratory recipes —from lemon cupcakes to white bean dip—that won't ruin your white tee.

  • Meyer Lemon Focaccia. Thinly sliced Meyer lemons create a gorgeous flatbread this is tart, chewy, and sweet all at once—and incredibly addictive.
  • Chamomile Lemon Cupcakes with Honey Buttercream Frosting. These cupcakes, made with chamomile tea-infused butter, are frosted with a honey buttercream. It sounds decadent, but the use of lemon keeps the whole dessert feeling light.
  • Roasted Fennel White Bean Dip. No party is complete without some sort of dip. This recipe combines white beans, fennel and rosemary for a taste that beckons the upcoming fall season.
  • Oatmeal Ice Cream with Toasted Walnuts. Oatmeal and walnuts come together to create an ice cream unlike any other you have stashed in your freezer. Rum-soaked raisins wouldn’t be an out-of-place addition.
  • Griddled Polenta Cakes with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, and Honey. Savory and sweet thanks to the combination of cheese and honey, this dish is still firmly in the entree camp, and can serve as a satisfying main course for meat eaters and vegetarians alike.
  • Herb and White Wine Granita. Sure, wine and beer are great but they can be murderous on your whites. Skip the stains and try this summery, slightly boozy recipe that combines your drink and dessert in one ice-cold package.
  • Salvadoran Breakfast Cakes. These cheesy, buttery little cakes are the perfect party food—crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and completely, monochromatically festive.
  • The Kitchn’s One-Ingredient Ice Cream. One bunch of frozen bananas and a food processor are literally all you need to whip up the fluffiest and creamiest (and vegan!) ice cream.
  • Whole Baked Fish in Sea Salt with Parsley Gremolata. This salt-crusted fish remains tender and moist while the gremolata brightens up the flavors. It’s a dish that is as crisp and clean as your outfit.
  • Roasted Celery Soup. Fennel and celery, two vegetables usually relegated to the background, take center stage in this light and creamy soup. Bonus points for it being sippable, so there’s even less chance of a drip happening from spoon to mouth.

Labor Day: the holiday that marks the end of summer also signals the start of a fashion conundrum that is debated year after year: is it appropriate to wear white after Labor Day?  There are many who follow the rule religiously, dutifully packing away their whites at the end of summer, not to be seen again until Memorial Day. There are others who balk at the notion and choose to wear white all year round. Whichever camp you’re in, white has become the dress-code for Labor Day parties everywhere. Here are 10 celebratory recipes that you can eat merrily without putting your clothes in harm’s way.

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Written by Food52 (@food52)

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