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Monday, August 23, 2010

Jersey Tomatoes!!

Its rough when you have a pile of fresh produce from your CSA and you need to use it up before it goes bad. You have to think fast on your feet. We had lots of potatoes and tomatoes this week. On the left is sliced yellow and red tomatoes with mozzarella dressed in a really fantastic basil pesto vinagrette. The dish on the right is a simple potato salad with a shallot, white wine vinegar and mustard dressing. Below I've just listed the dressing for each. For the potato salad just chop up some potatoes, whatever kind you like and boil them until done, then add the dressing. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best.

Basil Pesto Vinagrette

1 cup tightly packed basil leaves

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp minced garlic

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp red wine vinegar

1 tbsp pine nuts toasted

In a food processor roughly chop the basil, garlic, nuts, salt and pepper for a few seconds. Next add 1/2 cup olive oil and blend for a minute or so. Pour the pesto mixture into a bowl and add 1/2 cup olive oil and the vinegar.

Mustard Shallot Vinagrette(adapted from epicurious.com).

1 large shallot minced

1 tbsp whole grain mustard

1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard

salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

3 tbsp olive oil

handful of parsley

whisk all ingredients together and add to cooked potatoes.

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