I've mentioned that I go in spurts of being creative in the kitchen and trying new things. I've made several interesting recipes lately that I wanted to share:
* Salad pizza--I came across the idea in this interesting book.Basically, you make a cheese pizza, and after it bakes, you top it with a salad of lettuce, tomato and onion that's been tossed with vinaigrette. Of course I'm the only one in our family who ate it, but I thought it was delicious! Many of us eat salad as a side dish to pizza--now you can try it as a topping!
*Ice cream mixed with peanut butter--This was listed as a quick dessert idea in a recent Martha, and it couldn't be simpler. Soften small vanilla ice cream, and stir in a spoonful of peanut butter. Of course, I also had to toss in a small handful of M&M's, because aren't chocolate and peanut butter a divine combination? After savoring this fabulous dessert, I realized how silly it is to pay a premium for ice creams with "mix-ins." Just do it yourself. Yum.
*Watermelon tomato salad--Hang with me here. We've had an abundance of tomatoes in our garden, and we were given two large homegrown watermelons from a friend. I was curious to see if I could combine the two to use what I had, especially since we had two potlucks to attend in the same weekend. Lo and behold, I came across several versions of a salad that called for both tomatoes and watermelon. And you know what? It was very refreshing. I used about 4 cups of diced watermelon, 2 cups of tomatoes, one small diced onion, and several chopped basil leaves. I added an easy dressing of 1 part red wine vinegar to 2 parts olive oil, and mixed it all together. The salad was a hit at the potluck, and I was thrilled to use what I had on hand and try an adventurous new recipe.
*Venison burgers--I'm guessing that I'm one of the few with a supply of fresh venison, but these could easily be made with ground beef for a departure from a plain hamburger. I mixed one pound of ground venison with 2 T. bread crumbs, 1 T. minced onion and 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce. Then I used my vintage hamburger press (handed down from Eric's grandma) to shape the burgers before freezing to help them hold together. I also made a white bean burger since I don't eat red meat, but I didn't give them rave reviews like Eric did of the venison ones, so I won't share that recipe here.
*Bean blender brownies--I'd heard of mixing a can of black beans with a packaged brownie mix, but this was a new proposition.Chickpeas in brownies? Give them a try. They're healthy and yummy. I made them recently for an event I named Bean Night. We've been really into this game lately, so we invited a few friends over and played it while consuming a buffet of bean-based snacks that included these tasty treats.
And for the less adventurous, here are a couple less exotic recipes I've tried recently: a delicious chicken marinade and this fabulous ice cream dessert!
Let me know if you try any of these!