Sunday, May 20, 2018

Romaine and Apricot Salad


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Romaine and Apricot Salad: A wonderfully light and delicious salad of romaine lettuce, broccoli slaw with an apricot dressing. Perfect for the holiday! - Slice of Southern

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and I'm already planning my menu!

Since the weather's been nice here we've been grilling quite a bit if different food lately, so I need to come up with a new main dish.  But one's things for sure is that THIS salad is going to be on the menu!

I first made this back at Easter but never got around to posting about it.  Well it's high time because this one is gonna knock your socks off.  It's gonna be your go-to summer salad!


Romaine and Apricot Salad: A wonderfully light and delicious salad of romaine lettuce, broccoli slaw with an apricot dressing. Perfect for the holiday! - Slice of Southern


ROMAINE AND APRICOT SALAD

A wonderfully light and delicious salad of romaine lettuce, broccoli slaw with an apricot dressing.  This attention-grabbing salad compliments any barbecue, grilled chicken or pork.  It's irresistible at a potluck or any backyard bash.  This will be a star at my Memorial Day cookout, for sure! 

This salad's success is in the flavors.  Apricots are light and sweet and are present in the dressing as well as in the salad.  The romaine and broccoli slaw are perfect together, giving the salad some texture and crunch.  You will also love the look of the salad.  The orange colors pop against the green and make for one beautiful salad.


Romaine and Apricot Salad: A wonderfully light and delicious salad of romaine lettuce, broccoli slaw with an apricot dressing. Perfect for the holiday! - Slice of Southern

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, eat lots of yummy food, and include this salad!  You won't regret it!

Enjoy!





Romaine and Apricot Salad


Apricot Vinaigrette:
3 T apricot preserves
3 T white wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste

Salad:
1 8 oz bag chopped romaine
1 12 oz bag broccoli slaw
1 cup cherry tomatoes, slice in half
1/2 cup dried apricots, diced

Prepare the vinaigrette.  Place all ingredients in a mason jar.  Tighten the lid and shake vigorously to combine.  Set aside.

Place the lettuce and slaw in a large bowl.  Toss to mix.  Add tomatoes and apricots.  Tossing to combine.  Add the vinaigrette right before serving and tossing to mix.  Serve at once.

If making ahead or traveling, keep lettuce and vegetable mix separate from the dressing.  Toss and dress right before serving.


Romaine and Apricot Salad: A wonderfully light and delicious salad of romaine lettuce, broccoli slaw with an apricot dressing. Perfect for the holiday! - Slice of Southern

Romaine and Apricot Salad: A wonderfully light and delicious salad of romaine lettuce, broccoli slaw with an apricot dressing. Perfect for the holiday! - Slice of Southern





Saturday, May 5, 2018

Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mediterranean Rice


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Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mediterranean Rice:  Grilled chicken smothered in the complex flavors of balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and lemon turn this into a company worthy meal, but simple enough for a family weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern

Boy do I have a recipe for you today!

It all started when I went to my local Farmer's Market over the weekend and ran into a booth that was displaying the most decadent looking oils and vinegars! Oh do I love specialty items.  So after tasting a dozen or so I decided to purchase 6 types.  Not 1 or 2, but 6 different flavors.  I went exotic with Pear Vinegar, Peach Jalapeno Vinegar, Blood Orange Olive Oil....and a few others.  However, one of their best is a basic Balsamic Vinegar.

The nectar of gods!  The flavor was soooo good I could chug it straight from the bottle!. It tastes like candy, no seriously it does!  With this precious new find I decided this would be first up in the next recipe I make. 


Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mediterranean Rice:  Grilled chicken smothered in the complex flavors of balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and lemon turn this into a company worthy meal, but simple enough for a family weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern

So I got to thinking about a quick weeknight meal.  It's springtime and I don't want to be cooking all night and stuck in the kitchen.  I want to be sitting outdoors, enjoying the evening and glass of sangria!  With that in mind a quick chicken dish was in order.  Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mediterranean Rice was born!

GRILLED BALSAMIC CHICKEN WITH
MEDITERRANEAN RICE

This dish does require a quick marinate of 1 hour or 2.  If you only have a tiny amount of time before dinner then leave the chicken marinating out on the counter for 15 minutes instead of placing the chicken and marinade in the refrigerator.  This will speed up the process. 

The rest comes together really quickly.  Make the rice and vegetable sauté first (using instant if you like) and then grill the chicken.  The meal comes together in about 30-40 minutes.  NOTE:  You can use any brand of balsamic vinegar you like.  Here's a link to the one I purchased which can be bought online as well.

Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mediterranean Rice:  Grilled chicken smothered in the complex flavors of balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and lemon turn this into a company worthy meal, but simple enough for a family weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern


Grilled chicken smothered in the complex flavors of balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and lemon turn this into a company worthy meal, but simple enough for a family weeknight meal.  Accompanied by a flavorful rice that combines with the vegetables of the Mediterranean.  The perfect combination, and a winner in my book!

Enjoy!






Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mediterranean Rice

serves 4

4 thin cut chicken breasts

Marinade:
2 T Dijon Mustard
2 T balsamic vinegar
juice of 1 lemon
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
2 T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Rice:
1 1/2 cups converted brown rice
1 1.2 cups chicken broth - low sodium
1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 Zucchini, sliced lengthwise and cut into moon shapes
1 T olive oil
1 tsp Italian Seasoning

Place the chicken breasts in a zip lock bag.  In a bowl add the rest of the marinade ingredients and stir to combine.  Remove 1/3 cup of the marinade and place in a container for use during grilling.  Add the rest of the marinade in the bag, seal and toss to coat the chicken.  Place in the refrigerator up to 2 hours.

In a small sauce pan add the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat.  Add the rice and cook until tender on low for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile in a medium skillet add the olive oil and heat over medium-high heat.  Add the tomatoes and zucchini and sauté until golden brown and tomatoes have burst.  About 3-5 minutes.  Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and stir to combine.  Remove from heat.  Once rice is done add vegetables to the rice and fluff, tossing to combine.

Using an indoor grill pan, heat over medium heat.  Add the marinated chicken to the grill pan, throwing away the used marinade.  Cook 3-4 minutes on the first side.  Turn and brush with the saved marinade, watching closely so the chicken doesn't burn.  Cook for 2-3 minutes until cooked through.

Remove from pan and serve along with the veggie rice.

Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Mediterranean Rice:  Grilled chicken smothered in the complex flavors of balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and lemon turn this into a company worthy meal, but simple enough for a family weeknight meal. - Slice of Southern





Sunday, April 22, 2018

Country French Toast


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Country French Toast: Light and tender, fluffy thick pieces of country br bead fried to a golden brown, and smothered in real maple syrup - Slice of Southern

There is nothing better than down home cooking.  The kind that reminds you of your mom's or grandma's food.  It's comfort food for sure, but also the kind that sticks to your ribs and keeps you wanting more!

Our weekends are for lazing around and having big breakfasts.  Especially on a Sunday.  It's something we look forward to each week, so last night I went digging in the family heirloom recipe box and came across a real winner.


Country French Toast: Light and tender, fluffy thick pieces of country br bead fried to a golden brown, and smothered in real maple syrup - Slice of Southern


COUNTRY FRENCH TOAST

This recipe comes from my mom's Aunt Grace.  She lived in Oklahoma and really new he way around "country food".  Her Buttermilk Pancakes are to die for and you should definitely check them out.  So I knew that her Country French Toast was going to be a winner as well and boy did these not disappoint!  Light and tender, fluffy thick pieces of country bread fried to a golden brown, and smothered in real maple syrup.  It doesn't get much better!


Country French Toast: Light and tender, fluffy thick pieces of country br bead fried to a golden brown, and smothered in real maple syrup - Slice of Southern

These are easy to whip up.  Just a few ingredients and you are set.  Using a thick sliced county bread makes these decadent and really "country style".  And don't substitute the butter for margarine as it makes a difference in the flavor and end result.


Country French Toast: Light and tender, fluffy thick pieces of country br bead fried to a golden brown, and smothered in real maple syrup - Slice of Southern

So thanks again to Aunt Grace for another wonderful recipe!  Try this next weekend and you and your family will be sure to want this in your breakfast rotation!

Enjoy!









Country French Toast

8 slices country bread (such as Italian country bread - thick sliced bread)
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1½ teaspoons real vanilla extract
1 teaspoon butter
Pinch of salt

Preheat a large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat.

In a large bowl, and eggs, vanilla, milk, and salt.  Beat until combined.  

Melt butter on your skillet or griddle.

Place bread into batter to coat the first side, then flipping to coast the other side. Place the coated bread on the griddle and cook 1-2 minutes on the first side until golden brown.  Flip and cook until golden and cooked through.  

Serve warm with butter and warm maple syrup.  


Country French Toast: Light and tender, fluffy thick pieces of country br bead fried to a golden brown, and smothered in real maple syrup - Slice of Southern

Country French Toast: Light and tender, fluffy thick pieces of country br bead fried to a golden brown, and smothered in real maple syrup - Slice of Southern






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