Everyday Mom's Meals: Barbecue's Best Friend

Friday, June 14, 2013

Barbecue's Best Friend

I think one of the things most fun about the summer grilling season is finding yummy new side dishes to nicely compliment all the delicious offerings coming off the hot grill. Everyone has their favorites, everything from a crisp tossed salad, to creamy coleslaw to a zesty pasta salad, there are so many choices!

For our family, one of the best ways I can come up with new things for us to try is to take a couple favorites and combine a little "this and that" from each into something new. It almost guarantees me success with a dish that will go over with flying colors. It makes sense though. If you're taking things you already know you love and combining them, it should be even better, right? Well, okay, I guess that reminds me of an old episode of Full House (You remember the Tanner family??) where Michelle was trying to cook and she combined two of her favorite foods into a new dish...Tuna Fish Ice Cream...yeah, that didn't work out so well, especially for the poor taste tester! But for the most part, I think it's a good equation to depend on!

The two dishes I took inspiration from for this new one were my Broccoli Salad and Honey Mustard Coleslaw. I've seen tons of recipes for broccoli slaw, and have passed the mix in the produce aisle a hundred times, but I never found one that was perfect for us. That's when I decided to pull great things about dishes we already enjoy, combine them, and hope for the best. And it totally paid off! The crunch of the broccoli mix is only added to by the crunch of the almonds. The raisins give it a tiny hint of sweetness that plays off the tangy dressing so well. 

This summer is going to be filled with great food! Have fun coming up with new things for your dinner table, and remember you can always use dishes you can make in your sleep to come with brand new delicious ones!

Broccoli Slaw
1 (12 oz.) package broccoli slaw mix
1/2 c. golden raisins, extra for garnish
1/2 c. slivered almonds
5 TBS mayo
2 TBS sugar, or to taste
2 TBS lemon juice
1 TBS white vinegar
1/2 tsp. celery seeds, extra for garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste

In a small bowl, whisk together mayo, sugar, lemon juice, vinegar, celery seeds, salt and pepper. Mix until well combined. Set in fridge for 5 minutes. In a large bowl combine slaw mix, raisins and almonds. Lightly toss with fingers to combine. Pour dressing over top. Mix well to coat. Chill at least an hour before serving. Garnish with extra raisins and celery seeds. 

Shared on The Country Cook June 14, 2013
Shared on Make Ahead Meals June 17, 2013
Broccoli at Very Good Recipes
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1 comment:

Carole said...

Krista, it would be great if you brought this on over to the big BBQ over at Carole's Chatter. Cheers