It seems like almost ever salad the is served at a backyard barbecue is a pasta salad, potato or the standard lettuce salad. One of the best salads is ones using rice. Rice is a way under used base for a salad. It takes on flavors like pasta salads and is great at holding onto the vegetables as you are spooning it on to your dish or mouth. This thai wild rice salad has the great flavors of both the white and wild rices, plus the tangy thai vinaigrette. Plus the crunch of the vegetables it creates a great all around salad that will have your friends and family raving.
If you are looking for something new to go with your lunches or dinner in place of the normal bread or crackers for your soups and chili. These scallion cornmeal fritters are the perfect accompaniment to soups and stews and are a great side for pretty much any dinner in place of bread. The fritters are basically a cornbread or hush puppy pancakes. The cornmeal fritters are extremely easy to make and takes about 15-20 minutes from start to finish.
If you are looking for a great side dish that is simple to prepare and can go with pretty much any dish, check out these szechuan green beans. These szechuan green beans are a chinese takeout staple that packs a great amount of heat and flavor from the green beans. The green beans are saute over heat until they are cooked them tossed at the last few minutes with the remaining few and pantry staple ingredients to make the perfect side dish or even main dish.
In the summer, one of the most common sides is the pasta salad. They are popular due to the salad being nice and cold on a hot summer day and the ease of making them. In this greek pasta salad, the salad is full of fresh bold flavors that are light and delicious on a hot summer day. The salad can be made in under 20 minutes, plus time to let it get cold in the refrigerator. It is perfect for a great easy change to your next picnic or backyard barbecue.
One of the most common sides is that the french fry. They are typically fried in oil and aren't that healthy, that's when oven baked fries come in handy with as a healthier option. These crispy oven potato fries, the preparation takes less time then the time for your oven to heat up and there is no need to par boil or soaking before baking. The oven baked fries are soft and tender pillows inside and crunchy on the outside with a delicious flavor from being tossed in thyme and ground coriander. They make a great side dish, appetizer or any time snack.
On thanksgiving, there tends to be a bright and vibrate red colored dish known as cranberry sauce or jelly. This dish has a great sweet and tart flavor that goes amazing with turkey. Most of the time it comes from out of a can, most likely with the imprint of the can still noticeable. This classic cranberry sauce recipe is so simple and easy that you will move away away from the pre-made stuff back to the much more flavorful version in this recipe. The hints of cardamon in the recipe really bring another level of flavor to the whole thanksgiving plate. Check out the recipe below in this post.
The standard chips and dip is the essential game day snack that you need at every sports party. This chipotle onion dip is a great change from the standard prepackaged that is found in refrigerated sections all over the country. The addition of the chipotle chili powder adds a but of spicy and smokiness to the dip and really brings it to a new level. The toasted pita chips are simple and take minutes to make and come out crispy that you expect. Check out the recipe below in post.
As the first week of fall hits, it is the unofficial start of soup season. Broccoli and cheddar cheese soup has been a classic comfort food that has a hearty and cheesy base and is packed with broccoli flavor. Broccoli and cheddar cheese soup is a great easy dinner that takes little to no effort with very minimal ingredients for the upcoming cold nights. Check out the recipe below.
When you normally hear of salt and vinegar chips you think of the classic fish and chips. Normally are a french fried style potato covered in malt vinegar. These smashed roasted salt and vinegar potatoes are a cooked in a highly salted bath that gives them a great salty flavor coating without being over baring and brushed with the tangy malt vinegar that adds flavor to the tender inside. Check out the recipe below in post.
JoJo potatoes are seasoned potato wedges that a coated in a seasoning and breaded. JoJo potatoes are a grocery store deli classic here in the Midwest and the rest of the western US and Canada and is tend to be cooked along side of fried chicken. This recipe is done in a oven vs the traditional frying method or broster, but still come out soft and tender inside with a crisp flavorful coating on the outside. They make a great snack or side for lunch or dinner. Check out the recipe below in post.
Hey everyone, I am Dan and Live in Minnesota. I am here to show you the wonderful world of cooking and baking. As being a young boy in the kitchen to being a chef for over 10 years, I will show you the great recipes I have used over the years and what I do next. Please stick around and Enjoy!!