In the winter, when I think of meat and potatoes, the image of a roast with a hearty gravy, cooked along with some potatoes and carrots is the image that comes to mind.
However, in the summer, meat, potatoes and veggies means something very different. Our summer version of this meal tonight was something different, a concoction of foods that we came across mostly by accident, but that made a delicious meal.
Yesterday, I ran to Lowe’s to grab just a few things, and happened to see a Shady Brook Farms turkey tenderloin on sale for only $5. It seemed like it would be a waste not to buy it, so I threw it in my basket. It was a Rotisserie flavored tenderloin, and when Ross grilled it tonight, he added some Thomas’ sauce while it cooked. It tasted absolutely wonderful.
Yesterday, I met my sister at her house before we headed to the Brad Paisley/Dierks Bentley concert (which was amazing, by the way). One of her patients lives on a farm and had given her a whole bunch of yellow squash. I cut it up tonight and put it on a cookie sheet. I sprayed it with canola oil cooking spray, sprinkled it with salt, pepper and basil, and baked it for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees. I added some fresh sliced tomatoes that my in-laws brought over to us today, sprinkled it with freshly grated parmesan cheese, and baked it for about 5-7 minutes more. It was so super tasty. I could have eaten twice the amount that I made.
Instead of wintry baked potatoes or mashed potatoes, we had potato salad. I’ve used this recipe in my column before, but in case you missed it, here it is. It was the perfect potato-ey touch for this delicious summer meal!
2 ½ pounds potatoes
¾ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sour cream
3-4 stalks green onion, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons sweet relish
1 teaspoon paprika
Peel potatoes partly, boil until tender when pierced with a fork. Boil eggs until hard boiled. Cool potatoes and eggs in fridge.
Dice potatoes and eggs to desired size. Add mayonnaise and sour cream, mix well. Add green onion, salt, pepper, mustard and relish. Mix well. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill before serving.