Posts Tagged DILL
This is one of those appetizer plates that could easily turn into a meal if you let it. It’s spectacular when you’re too damned lazy to cook, or when you’re watching the Red Sox march to the World Series (which they are this year), or when you’re watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead.
It’s fairly simple to assemble. You do not need to smoke your own salmon. Smoked sockeye salmon is readily available (and sliced perfectly for this dish) at your local supermarket. Everything else you need for this, in my opinion, is stuff a well-stocked kitchen should have.
Serve it with your favorite wine. People will tell you that it should be a white wine, but what if you don’t really like white wine? I hate food and drink rules, frankly. Drink whatever the hell wine you want.
For serving, you need a long platter. I still have the one that my mother used when we were kids.
1 pkg of smoked sockeye salmon
4 tbsp capers
Lemon juice (for drizzling)
Extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling)
2-3 tbsp freeze-dried dill (Litehouse makes a great product)
Bunch of asparagus, blanched
Kosher salt and fresh-ground pepper (to taste)
This is mostly an assembly project, folks. However, the first thing you need to do is trim off the hard (whiter) ends of the asparagus and discard them. Bring a pan of water to a rolling boil, place the asparagus in and just blanch them until they are tender enough to eat. Don’t allow them to become limp. Drain the asparagus and run it under very cold water. Set aside.
Line the long serving plate with a layer of baby arugula, one of the eight wonders of the foodie world.
The smoked salmon is generally layered in the package in stages. You want to spread them out a bit more, but leave them in layers, so that all of the slices can benefit for the olive oil and lemon drizzle. Place them atop the arugula on the long serving plate. Then, place the blanched asparagus along the sides.
Drizzle everything with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice, and salt and pepper (to taste). Sprinkle dill on top and add the capers. Remember to drizzle and sprinkle the asparagus as well.
I recommend serving this with Triscuits, and I prefer the olive oil and cracked pepper Triscuits. Simple and delicious.
Remember that this recipe is simple to double up on as well.
This is one sweet pasta salad. It is absolutely delicious, and it gets better when you refrigerate it and eat it as leftovers. It’s great for cookouts, for sure. However, I make it all year long as a side dish. There’s nothing like it. It incorporates Kalamata olives, Feta cheese, tomatoes, and dill for starters. You almost cannot go wrong from there. It doesn’t matter when I make it (and it’s always a bit different when I DO make it) it’s always a favorite of the people I’m feeding at any given time (except the children who will not try anything that might be remotely creative).
Orzo is one of those pastas that I grew up with. My mother and grandmother used it in chicken soup. They also used it when they made us macaroni (which is what we called pasta as kids) and butter, or macaroni and cheese. It’s also used in rice pilaf. It’s just one of those comfort foods for we Italians. And, apparently, for the Greeks as well.
1 lb (16 oz) of Orzo pasta
1.5 cups cucumbers, quartered (I like to use the European “seedless” cukes for this recipe)
1.5 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved (Get creative here; they don’t have to be red because the sweet yellow tomatoes are awesome in this pasta salad)
1 cup red onion, chopped (We used to call these Bermuda onions when I was young; maybe some people still do)
1 cup Kalamata olives, halved
1 16-oz packae crumbled Feta cheese (Some recipes call for less, but I say the more the merrier)
4 tbsp dried dill
1 cup julienne sun-dried tomatoes in oil (You can buy them this way)
Greek Dressing (recipe below)
The first thing you want to do is boil a large pan of water and some salt. Add the Orzo and boil until done. That takes about 12-15 minutes. Drain the pasta and rinse thoroughly in cold water. Don’t be afraid to get your hands in there. Allow the Orzo to drain completely.
Transfer the Orzo to a bowl large enough for you to mix in the ingredients. Throw in the cucumbers, tomatoes, julienned sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, red onion, dried dill, Feta cheese and Greek dressing. Toss to mix well.
This is where the Good Seasons Cruet comes in very handy. I just posted this on the Kitchen Essentials page. If you use this, you cannot go wrong. Trust me.
White Balsamic or Pinot Grigio vinegar
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried lemon thyme
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp lemon pepper seasoning (McCormick makes a great product)
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
Fill the cruet with vinegar to the water line (I never use water to cut the vinegar; I just ignore that line). Add the lemon juice, oregano, lemon thyme, lemon pepper seasoning, and salt. Add the canola oil to the “oil” line. Cap the cruet and shake well.
Add it to the pasta salad and mix well.
Refrigerate the pasta salad until it’s ready to be served. There’s a lot of pasta salad here, but no matter. It gets better as it gets older. I’ve made this for weekend cookouts and have eaten it the entire week after until it’s gone.