Good things do come out of our nation’s capital now and then. While you’re racking your brains trying to think of them, check out this collection of recipes from The Washington Post  that are perfect for your Memorial Day cookouts. You can use the grill for so much more than your main course. Here, from their Recipe Finder, are some appetizers, entrees, desserts and even some drinks that go over the grates.

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Limonada Sucia: Del Campo’s Limonada Sucia (Spanish for “dirty” or “sinful”)is a fantastic drink for hot days tending the grill.

 

Grilled Rosemary Lemonade: A little pulp and a few floating bits of char in your lemonade can be a good thing.

 

Smoky Guacamole: Here you’ll find the component parts of guacamole, chunkier and with crunchy bits of smoked, fried tortilla.

 

Grilled Spiced Olives: The olives’ flavor is enhanced by marinating, then grilling, them.

 

Grilled Shrimp With Plum ‘Chups Cocktail Sauce: Transform a condiment from a D.C.-based business into a dipping sauce.

 

BLT Hot Dogs: These are designed for Red Apron’s Baconwurst links.

 

Rosenfeld’s Best Burgers: Tony Rosenfeld prefers thin patties, as they cook quickly and are easier to eat.

 

Classic Barbecue Chicken: There is something nostalgic about the flavor of grilled chicken slathered in barbecue sauce.

 

Grilled Vegetable Po’ Boys: Plenty of arm-drip opportunity in this riff on the classic New Orleans sandwich.

 

Strawberry Pazzo Cake With Herbed Creme Fraiche: Take advantage of those local strawberries now at area farmers markets.

 

Grilled Pound Cake With Rum-Scented Grilled Pineapple: This dessert provides a wow factor with little effort.

 

Grilled Plantains in Cayenne and Cinnamon Sauce: You might think a plantain is too soft to grill, but its dense texture stands up to the fire with no problem.

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