Sunday, June 30, 2019

Quick and Easy Watermelon Lemonade


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Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern

I just love summertime.  There is nothing like a great summer song, feeling that tingle on your skin from the hot sun, and a cold drink.

I always used to associate summer with Sunkist soda pop.  Do you remember that commercial that played "Good Vibrations"?  To me that' was the epitome of summer when I was growing up.  These days I'm more of a lemonade kinda girl.  I just love the tartness of the lemons, and the thirst quenching flavor on a hot summer day.  

Since the 4th of July is right around the corner I usually serve a pitcher of lemonade to have during our days activities and with whatever items we grill for our All-American dinner.  So let's change up the standard lemonade and give it a little pizzazz by adding some additional fruit infused flavor.

Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern

QUICK AND EASY WATERMELON LEMONADE

To make this easier I use a pre-made pink lemonade.  Trader Joe's a wonderful one, but any brand will do.  Just make sure it's one you like.  Next we need to make the fruit puree.  This is where the watermelon comes in.  All you need is a blender to puree the watermelon and a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids so you are left with a nice pure watermelon juice.  Now that you have that, the rest is simple.  The concoction is about a 2/3 lemonade to 1/3 watermelon juice ratio.  Served over ice you will have a frosty piece of heaven in a drink.  One that screams summer!!!

Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern

Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days.

Enjoy!




Quick and Easy Watermelon Lemonade


serves 8


8 cups of jarred Pink Lemonade (any brand)
3 cups cubed watermelon
1 tbls sugar (optional for sweetness)

Pour ready made lemonade into a bottle or pitcher. In a blender puree the watermelon. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding the solids.  Pour watermelon puree into the pitcher with the lemonade. Stir to combine.  Fill glasses with ice and lemonade.  Enjoy. 
 


Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern

Perfect for the 4th of July or any summer day, this watermelon lemonade will keep you cool on even the hottest of summer days. - Slice of Southern


Sunday, June 23, 2019

Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce


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Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

Isn't food on a stick more fun to eat?  Well if you put any kind of meat and vegetable on a skewer we call them kabobs!

Since is grilling season I think it's time to get out there and grill some delicious kabobs!  We love don't eat too much beef at our house although I totally love it.  So when we have it I want a great tasting steak.  So why not take my love for meat and potatoes and turn them into kabobs.


Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

These kabobs scream summer and call for dining alfresco.  Tender pieces of lean sirloin are cut into chunks and threaded on skewers.  Wonderful meaty chunks of beef that pack a lot of flavor and come out juicy and tender.  The potatoes are grilled right along side the beef and turn out tender and flavorful from grilling.  

The kicker to the whole dish is a variation on a chimichurri sauce.  This is a uncooked green sauce from Argentina.  Typically made with parsley, garlic, red wine vinegar, and olive oil this version bumps it up a notch with the addition of mint and sumac.   Sumac is found in many Middle Eastern dishes and have a wonderfully tangy lemon flavor.  If you don't have sumac or can't find it you can substitute lemon zest in the sauce and have similar results.  What ever you do don't skip this sauce!!  The flavor is out of this world!!!!  You can make it easily in a food processor and it takes only minutes to pull together.

Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling!  Perfect for a party or the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  


Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

Get outside and grill! This dinner will be on the table in under 30 minutes and is so easy to through together you'll wonder why you haven't made this before.








Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce

serves 4

FOR THE CHIMICHURRI, PURÉE: 

2 cups fresh mint leaves 
1 cup fresh parsley leaves 
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil 
2 cloves garlic 
2 Tbsp. each red wine vinegar and fresh lemon juice 
1 ½ tsp. ground sumac 
1 shallot 
1 tsp. red pepper flakes 
Salt and black pepper to taste

FOR THE KABOBS: 

6 yellow new potatoes, halved, and sliced into 1/2" disks
4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided 
1 ¼ lb. top sirloin, cut into 2-inch chunks

Preheat grill for two-zone grilling, heating one side to medium and the other to medium-high. Brush grill grate with oil.

For the chimichurri, purée mint, parsley, 1 ⁄2 cup oil, garlic, vinegar, lemon juice, sumac, shallot, and pepper flakes in a food processor; season with salt and black pepper. 

For the kebabs, toss potatoes with 2 Tbsp. oil; thread potato slices onto each of four skewers so potatoes lay flat. Toss beef with 2 Tbsp. oil. 

Evenly divide and thread beef onto each of four skewers. Season kebabs with salt and black pepper. 

Grill potatoes over medium heat, covered, until brown and soft, about 7 minutes per side. Add beef kebabs to grill; cook over medium-high heat, covered, to desired doneness (about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare). 

Let kebabs rest 5 minutes. While resting, brush kabobs chimichurri sauce. Serve remaining chimichurri on the side.


source:  Cuisine at home


Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern

Steak and Potato Kabobs with Chimichurri Sauce: Tender steak and potato kabobs doused with a refreshing chimichurri sauce is just what the doctor ordered for summertime grilling! - Slice of Southern


Monday, June 17, 2019

Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot


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Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

Busy weeknight?  I've gotcha!

Some nights I get home and cooking is the last thing I want to do after a long hard day at work.  We are all busy these days, running around doing errands, and a million other things that our days are full.  Getting a dinner that's healthy and tasty on the table just isn't always the easiest thing to do on weeknights.

I have a wonderful solution to that...the INSTANT POT!  This gadget is going to be your new best friend.  If you haven't gotten one yet, let me tell you it has enhanced my life so much in the last year, that it's becoming one of my most used appliances to date.  This is the one I use, and it works perfectly for me.  


Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

The Instant Pot is the perfect tool to make soup, and on a weeknight soup and salad is just what the doctor ordered.  In 30 minutes you will have a filling and healthy dinner on the table!  The Instant Pot not only cooks your food faster it also concentrates the flavors, which makes for very delicious meals!


Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  The soup has tender pieces of chicken, corn, black beans, tomatoes, onion, and Latin spices to create a mouthwatering soup.  


Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

So get yourself an Instant Pot and enjoy the freedom of cooking with a pressure cooker.  The dishes you can make are truly outstanding, just like this soup!

Enjoy!




Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot


serves 6


1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, finely diced 
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
1 quart chicken broth, low sodium 
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed 
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes, with their juice
1 cup corn, frozen or fresh 
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 lime
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped 

Turn on your instant pot to saute and allow to heat.  Add olive oil and heat for 1 minute.  Add onion and bell pepper and cook until softened slightly, about 3 minutes. 


Add the remaining ingredients except the limes and the cilantro.  Cover the pot with the lid and set the dial to pressure.  Press the manual button and set the time to 10 minutes.  When it has finished do a quick release.



Remove the chicken from the pot and shred.  Replace chicken in the pot.  Turn off Instant Pot.



Squeeze in the juice of the lime and stir in the cilantro.  Serve.




Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern


Chicken Tortilla Soup in the Instant Pot:  Bursting with Latin flavors, this healthy soup is one that you won't feel guilty about eating seconds!  - Slice of Southern

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Effortless Apple Coffee Cake


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Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern

My love of apples is calling me.

With the different varieties of apples I've been eating lately I'm on an apple kick.  I wanted to make something comforting and yummy, but I wanted something simple.  

This dish has all the flavors of my mom's homemade coffee cake without all the effort!  

The batter is quick to pull together and in no time you will have a house smelling delectable and a coffee cake just waiting to snack on!

This is so good that you'll want to make this incredibly delicious dish for your next brunch.  


Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern


EFFORTLESS APPLE COFFEE CAKE

An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, dessert, or a snack with coffee.  This cake will remind you of your mom's and grandmothers coffee cakes, bring back the nostalgia of long ago!


Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern

A dish the whole family will love.  You'll want to make this over and over again!






Effortless Apple Coffee Cake

Topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

Cake:
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 to 3/4 can of a 14oz can apple pie filling
 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl, Add topping ingredients. Cut in butter with flour, sugar, and cinnamon until crumbly. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a stand or hand mixer. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix until blended. Add milk and eggs one at a time and mix until well combined.
Pour 1/2 of the batter in to a greased 9x9" pan.  Top the batter with the apple pie filling.  Pour the remainder of the batter over the apple pie filling trying to cover as best as you can.  Sprinkle with the topping mixture.

Bake for 45 - 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Cool 10 minutes, then slice and serve.



Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern

Effortless Apple Coffee Cake:  An old-time coffee cake filled with cinnamonly tart apples and topped of with a delightful crumb topping. - Slice of Southern

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