Labor Day weekend is almost upon us, and you might find yourself in the position of hosting or attending one last summer dinner party, barbecue, or porch hang. But we’re also in the languid depths of the season’s end, so if you, like us, are trying to maximize the deliciousness and minimize the stress of entertaining, look no further. Among the menu suggestions below, there are plenty of ideas for making good use of those late-summer tomatoes (see also: the best summer tomato recipes) and sweet corn, but also outside-the-box ideas for mains, and even a baking project to make the most of the holiday weekend.
Rachel Gurjar, Bon Appétit
This recipe is a winner on several levels, starting with its super-approachable ingredient list — besides the fish itself, it’s pretty much pantry basics, down to the canned tomatoes — as well as its versatility as a dairy-free, meat-free, one-pot affair. My husband Daniel (who handles all the cooking around here) made just a few adjustments, swapping in powdered cumin for cumin seeds (again, pantry basics!) and adding turmeric and coriander for good measure. It’s a nice, light, flavorful dish that captures that late-summer tomato vibe — and if you’re planning on entertaining this Labor Day weekend, it’s an impressive one that is easier to make than it looks. — Ellie Krupnick, director of editorial operations
Kay Chun, NYT Cooking
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