Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Weekend BBQs

This past weekend my friend hosted a BBQ at her house, and I jumped at the chance to make some new recipes! My personal favorite was the spicy peanut slaw, but everyone loved the corn salad- a recommendation from LR, the super-dietitian!

Here are the recipes
(Sorry for the crappy corn salad picture, that must have been taken after I had a beer or two... my critical assessment of photograph quality was amiss...)
Macque Choux ("Mock-Shoe")
Recipe from Eating Well, August 2008
Adjusted for how I made it, quantities doubled from original recipe
Serves 20 at about 1/2 cup each
95 calories/serving
1/2 of a large vidalia onion
1 Red bell pepper, diced
1T chopped jarred garlic
20oz Frozen sweet corn (recipe called for fresh corn, but my local market did not have any great looking ears... thus the corn was a bit more mushy than I would have liked)
1/3c water
2 Medium tomatoes, chopped
5 scallions, green parts sliced thinly
1tsp fresh chopped thyme
1tsp cayenne pepper
Salt to taste
Heat oil in pan, add onion and cook until onion softens (~2min)
Add bell pepper and garlic and cook another 2 min more
Add corn and water and cook until tender crisp (mine was never...) about 5 min more
Remove from heat, and stir in tomato scallions, thyme and cayenne.

Confetti Cabbage Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Cook's Illustrated
Again, estimated serving 20
68 calories/serving
32 oz shredded cabbage and carrots (Bagged variety. The chefs at CI would be very disappointed- there are explicit directions to slice fresh cabbage and add salt to wilt it for up to four hours...)
4T smooth peanut butter
2T Walnut oil
1T Canola oil
1T Toasted sesame oil (recipe called for all peanut oil- but I didn't have any... this seemed to work well enough
4T rice vinegar
2T soy sauce
2t honey
1t chopped garlic (jarred)
1.5in piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 Jalapeno chili
6 scallions, green and white parts sliced thinly
Salt to taste
Lime juice (1/2 lime)
1/2 lime for decoration
Dump bags of cabbage into bowl
Puree the remainder of ingredients in a food processor
Add dressing to cabbage, stir
Add lime juice, and lime
(so easy, right?!)


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