We’ve been having a brilliant wave of sunny warm weather here in Calgary. You know, the kind that makes you want to spend all day outside just relaxing with a warm summer breeze.
This kind of weather always makes me want to turn on the BBQ and give the oven a break for the night. Plus, anything that decreases the amount of dirty dishes is down with me.
So, while you’re BBQing up a storm (perhaps with these teriyaki shish kabobs), here are a couple staple dishes that are sure to complete any meal. Plus, they’re crowd faves for pot lucks!
The first is my absolute favourite nappa salad. This asian dish is a family staple at all of our get togethers. The dressing is sweet but sour, the noodles add a bit of crunch, and the lettuce is fresh and “healthy”. Try it out – I haven’t met a person who didn’t love it yet!
– 1 head of nappa lettuce – if you can’t find it, use sue choy
– a couple strands of green onions
– 1/4 cup of butter
– 1/2 cup slivered almonds
– 1 package of Mr. Noodle (I usually go for original or chicken flavoured)
– 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
– 1/2 cup olive oil
– 2 Tablespoons soya sauce
– 1/2 cup sugar
Step One: Break up your Mr. Noodles and throw them into a sauté pan with the almonds and butter and medium heat. Stir frequently until everything is medium brown.
Step Two: Chop the green onions and lettuce and toss into a large bowl.
Step Three: Mix the red wine vinegar, olive oil, soya sauce, and sugar.
Step Four: Place the noodles into the lettuce and drizzle with dressing. Mix.
If you’re planning on eating the salad later, I would hold off on the dressing and pour it on at the last minute – otherwise the lettuce will get a little soggy.
The second dish are the most delicious homemade fries. Seriously addicting and super easy.
All you need is:
– a sack of russett potatoes
– canola oil
Step One: Slice the potatoes into your desired fry thickness. Soak in room temperature water for about 30 minutes.
Step Two: Heat up your oil to about 375F. You can do this through a deep fryer or just in a big pot on the stove.
Step Three: Dry the fries off as best as possible.
Step Four: Toss the fries in the oil. Leave uncovered for 1 minute, then put the cover on and cook for about 12 minutes.
Step Five: Remove and shake off extra oil. Toss in salt (maybe sprinkle a little vinegar in) and you’re good to go!
Betcha can’t eat just one. or two…or ten…
Happy BBQ season!