Sunday, April 10, 2011

4-10-2011 Sunday Dinner with the Fam

Tonight we had dinner at my sister and brother-in-law's house.  My sister, Ashley, and I collaborated on making dinner. We both share a love of cooking and food, it runs in our family.

 My brother-in-law Marc was happily enjoying his dinner, when he mentioned that the food was as good as eating at a fine restaurant. Wow! What a compliment.

Ashley and Marc have a great grill, so we put it to use tonight. We made Spice Rubbed Grilled Salmon with a Homemade Spiked BBQ Sauce, Grilled Asparagus, Cheese Mashed Potatoes, and a Mixed Green Salad. Yum!

This was my first time to ever make BBQ sauce, and will not be the last. It was very easy to make. After eating homemade barbeque sauce, I think I will never be able to go back to the bottled variety.

Pics and Recipes:

Spice Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Homemade Spiked BBQ Sauce
For the Salmon:
4 Salmon Fillets, skin on or off, about 4 oz. each
2 T. brown sugar
1/2 t. kosher salt, cumin, paprika, dry mustard, black pepper, onion powder, garlic powder
1/8 t. cinnamon (optional)
Preheat the grill. Mix the above ingredients together in a small bowl and rub onto the top side of the salmon.
Place salmon onto the heated and greased grill spice side down.
Grill for 6 minutes per side, or until done.
For the Homemade Spike Barbeque Sauce:
1/2 C. whiskey
1/4 C. pineapple juice
2 T. apple cider vinegar
1 T. onion, minced
1 t. garlic minced
2 t. paprika
1 t. chipotles in adobo, minced
2 T. honey
1 T. tomato paste
1 T. ketchup
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. salt
1/4 t. black pepper, freshly ground
3 T. butter or margarine, cut into cubes
Combine whiskey, pineapple juice, vinegar, onion, garlic, paprika, and chipotles in a small saucepan over medium high heat.
Bring to a boil and reduce until there is a little bit of liquid left (about 1/4-1/2 C.)
Stir in the honey, tomato paste, ketchup, Worcestershire suace, salt, and pepper. Whisk in cubes of butter, a little at a time.
Transfer to a glass bowl and set inside a bowl of hot water to keep warm until ready to put on salmon.
Grilled Asparagus
Bundle of Asparagus, woody ends snapped off
juice of 1 lemon
2 T. olive oil
sprinkle of salt, pepper, and garlic powder
Place asparagus on a plate and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Let sit for 20 minutes, or until ready to grill.
Heat the grill.
Place asparagus on the grill for 8 minutes, or until cooked to your liking.
Drizzle with homemade or bottled salad dressing, or squeeze more fresh lemon juice ontop (optional)
Cheese Mashed Potatoes
This recipe is a real treat for me because at home I rarely cook dairy. These mashed potatoes were not too cheesy, they had just a hint of cheese.
4 baking potaotes, peeled, and chopped
1/2 C. shredded cheese of your choice, I used Colby Jack
4 T. Butter
Salt and Pepper
Milk, only needed if potatoes are dry
In a pot of water with the potatoes, place on the stove and bring to a boil. Boil until potatoes are fork tender. Depends on the size you cut the potatoes (about 20 minutes for pieces cut small)
Drain the potatoes into a colander, and place back into pot.
Use a potato masher and mash the potatoes. Add the butter, and cheese. Mix with a spoon.
Add salt and pepper to taste. Add some milk if the potatoes seem too dry. Mix until everything is thoroughly combined, and creamy.
The salad I made was made up off the top of my head at the spur of the moment. It had mixed greens, avocado, cherry tomatoes, hearts of palm, and spicy pecans. I also concocted a dressing, which I would love to give you a recipe for, but I didn't use measurements, I just threw a bunch of stuff in.
The whole dinner was yummy! You should definitely give the homemade BBQ sauce a try sometime, you will love it.
Have a nice night.
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