Month: September 2012

Smoked Turkey and Ricotta Cheese Pizza

Smoked Turkey and Ricotta Cheese Pizza

I’ve made my share of all things turkey over the last few years, and all of them being really delicious, there was one that stood out, and that was this smoked turkey and ricotta cheese pizza. When I last smoked a turkey breast, I had…

Seared Swordfish with a Lemon and Wine Rosemary Sauce

Seared Swordfish with a Lemon and Wine Rosemary Sauce

I’m a huge fan of all sorts of different fish recipes. I will also admit that I do not eat as much fish as I would want to. I do make a Wisconsin fish fry on a fairly regular basis and have been known to…

Potato Salad with Garlic and Dill

Potato Salad with Garlic and Dill

The end of summer is near. As much as that is a bit saddening, I think most of us Wisconsinites look forward to the upcoming fall and winter seasons. I know I do. I will miss the nightly grill sessions, the full day of smoking meats, and some of the foods that define summertime such as corn, burgers, and delicious salads. As much as I will miss these meals, I also look forward to fall time meals such as soups and hearty stews.

Summer is not over though. Granted, we are having some fantastic weather in Wisconsin where it is sunny and in the mid-seventies, but the grill is still fired up, and those things such as grilled corn, and potato salad are still flowing. It’s our way of holding on before we are bundled up in our jackets, and shaking in our boots to stay warm. With that said, I bring you this potato salad that was the perfect side dish to, well, pretty much anything.

Potato Salad with Garlic and Dill Recipe

Now I have made some pretty fantastic potato salads, and I know everyone simply loves my mother-n-law’s version, but I came up this dill and garlic potato salad that simply blew me away. To say the least, I thought it was something wonderful. A great garlic punch is balanced out by the dill and scallions and some creaminess from a touch of mayonnaise. Enough said, let’s get started.

Ingredients: [Print this Recipe]

  • 18-20 small red potatoes, cleaned, and boiled until fork tender
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced

This potato screams summer, and again, it is packed with this bright garlic and dill flavor that just opens your palette.

Start by bringing a large pot of water to the stove. Add in the potatoes, whole, and bring it to a medium-high heat. During this time, Add the remaining ingredients to a mixing bowl.

Ingredients for making a potato salad

When the potatoes are for tender, remove them with a slotted spoon or cooking spider and add them directly to the mixing bowl. Once they are all added, gently toss to cover each of the potatoes. Plate in a nice serving bowl and dig in.

The end result is a thing of beauty. You get these super tender potatoes that are coated with this amazing dressing. When cutting into them, or forking for that matter, you get the great flavor on the exterior while the interior remains soft and creamy. It’s a perfect balance to end any summertime meal. Hope you enjoy.

Aji Sauce

Aji Sauce

I’m a big fan when it comes to sauces. As a matter of fact my wife said to me the other day that we need another refrigerator for all of our sauces. I’m game for that. She’s right though. I do have a lot of…

Spam Fried Rice

Spam Fried Rice

Some time ago I decided to come up with a recipe known as the Spam burger. To say the least, it was amazing, and it was my first real attempt at having Spam. Yes, I am now 40 and have never had Spam prior to…

Fattoush

Fattoush

I am always thinking of things to make with the abundance of items in my garden. Mint being one of them. I’ve said it on a number of occasions, and have even gone as far as telling my neighbors to swing by and clip some my fresh mint or sage. It kills me when going to the store and seeing fresh herbs being sold for close to $4.00, whether it be basil, thyme, rosemary, or mint. Mint is one of the herbs in my garden where everyone enjoys. My daughter is often back there picking fresh mint leaves and walking around the house eating them. My boys are often looking for bugs around the plants, and me, well, I am the one watering, and picking a plethora of leaves for recipes such as larb gai, or fresh fruit with a mojito syrup.

As summer is winding down, we are taking advantage of our local farmers market buying carrots, lettuces, beans, and everything in between. With that said, we are consuming a lot of salads; practically every evening we are preparing a large salad as the centerpiece. So this past week, I wanted to do something a bit different with the salad, and use some traditional ingredients, but jazz it up a bit with some mint dressing, and offer some toasted pita. I offered a salad known as Fattoush, and Arab salad that is just out of this world in flavor.

Fattoush Salad Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients: [Print this Recipe]

  • 1/2 head of Romaine lettuce, washed, spun dry, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 large carrot, cleaned, and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup of red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 small seedless cucumbers, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 2 1/2 slices of pita bread
  • 1/4 cup of flat Italian leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil, plus 1 tbsp
  • salt, to taste

Begin by taking the one tablespoon of olive oil and brushing it on to the pita slices. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and add the pita to the oven, baking for about 12 minutes or until fully toasted.

During this time prepare your remaining ingredients, adding all of the vegetables to a mixing bowl. Add a pinch of salt, and give it a good toss.

Ingredients for making Fattoush salad

Next, make the dressing. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic to a small mixing bowl. Use a whisk and whisk until the olive oil emulsifies. Set aside.

Fattoush Salad Recipe

Remove the pita from the oven, and set aside to cool. When fully cooled, break the pita into bite sized pieces and toss them into the mixing bowl with the vegetables. Pour the salad dressing over the top, and mix to coat.

Let the salad sit in the dressing for at least five minutes to allow the bread to soak up some of the dressing.

Serve in a nice serving dish, and dig in. The result is a salad that blew my wife away. She was startled by the flavors the mint dressing exposed. As it looks like a standard dinner salad, it isn’t. It is actually better and offers a tart and minty flavor that has you coming back for more, and to me, that’s not a bad thing. Hope you enjoy.