Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Tasty Tuesday (At least it was still Tuesday when I began writing this post)

Tonight I had some friends over for dinner.  It was a super casual night, but the food was really good.  Let me share the best parts of the menu with you…

To start, I made Pulled Pork.  I have posted this recipe before.  It is delicious.  I must restate that there are a ton of ingredients, but don’t let that scare you away.  Really, most of them are spices that we all have in our pantry.  As usual, it was a hit!

Next was a “winter” salad.  I took some ideas from two winter salad recipes I found online and made up this one…
Roasted Tomato Salad
10 ounces (about 1 pint) cherry tomatoes (or substitute grape tomatoes)
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil – split
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar – split
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 stem fresh rosemary, or dried rosemary will work
¾ head of red leaf lettuce, washed and torn
¾ head of green leaf lettuce, washed and torn
1/2 cup pecans, toasted
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Place tomatoes on a rimmed baking sheet. Add 2 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and the rosemary (if using dried – sprinkle on the tray, not on the tomatoes, after tosssing), and toss. 

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3.  Roast until tomatoes are soft and beginning to collapse, 20 to 25 minutes.

stuff 368This was my favorite part! 

4.  Transfer 4 tomatoes to a cutting board. Gently crush those 4 tomatoes. Separate skins from pulp and discard skins and rosemary.  Save remaining tomatoes for later.
5.  Scrape tomato pulp and liquid into a bowl. Add remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar. Add remaining 1/4 cup oil in a slow, steady stream, whisking until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper.
stuff 3716.  Combine lettuce, and pecans in a large bowl. Toss with 1/4 cup of the tomato vinaigrette. Top with reserved tomatoes and cheese. Drizzle with remaining dressing. Serve immediately.

I had to do the last part right before serving, so didn’t get a photo of the finished dish, darn it!  But trust me, it looked and tasted wonderful.

Lastly, I found these amazing Salted Caramel Butter Bars on Pinterest this week and just had to make them for dessert.  Knowing that they are made with shortbread dough, I was a little apprehensive, thinking they would be difficult.  They were not.  The recipe is very easy.
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And they are TO DIE FOR!  In fact, I’m bringing the leftovers when I go work at school tomorrow because I do not trust myself left alone with their salty-sweet goodness.


  1. Hell woman, you need a holiday after all that.

  2. WOW... That's what I call a hostess ! I bet your friend LOVE coming round for food at your place. lovely blog post.
    Jennie. x

  3. Yummy, I am sure the salad looked wonderful. It all sounds great.

  4. I don't know where my head is! I read "Salted Caramel Butter Beans" and thought WTF!?!

    LOL Now that I have seen the real title of the dish, I will have to try it - but I cannot get those caramel candies here so I have to make it from scratch.

    I am glad that you reminded me of pulled pork becuse that may be just what I make this weekend!

  5. Oh my goodness. I would love every aspect of that meal. It sounds too good to be true. I bet your friends were so happy you brought those bars to school. YUM!

  6. @vince - I know right!?!? Good thing I'm still on break til Monday! Once I'm back to work it'll be back to pb&j sandwiches! ;)

    @jennie louise - I love cooking for others, so it works out for everyone. :)

  7. @bc and becky - it was really good. I'd definitely make it again.

    @hula - Oh ya sc butter beans doesn't sound so good does it? These were amazing, but not the least bit good for you. I'm glad you're going to make the pork as I was waiting for the obligatory pulled pork jokes that usually come up when I share this recipe! ;)

  8. @Hula - Oh, and I forgot to reply to your caramel comment. Yah, I had a hard time finding the candies too. I ended up having to buy 4 bags of 12 rather than just one large bag. I thought about using a caramel sauce intead too. From scratch will taste better anyways. Next time!

  9. Jokes? Me? No!!! It's not like you spit roasted the pork! You only gave it a little pull.

    Blane is having a friend over this weekend who is Muslim, so no pulled pork. :( I wonder if I can make it with chicken, beef or lamb instead???

    That thick caramel is really easy to make, but also really easy to burn! LOL I am sure that it would taste much better though, and you could use some pink himalayan salt (just for the pretentiousness of it all).