Friday, February 14, 2014

Grilling Time (Side Dish) - Ramen Noodle Broccoli Cole Slaw

Ramon Noodle - Broccoli Slaw... The good news/bad news salad...

On Good news days, this reminds me of my youth, growing up in the days of Church Pot Luck Dinners, a pickup baseball game in the field behind the church afterwards and the fun CYO leader bringing a pickup truck with a cooler of Nehi on ice and watermelon.

On bad days, this reminds me of funerals and the dinner following.

Either way, if the church basement ladies made it you know its good!

These days, it's all pretty much good as this is one of my go-to easy, do in advance salads, perfect for a back yard grill/BBQ session.  You have to look close, but in the photo to the right  you can see that I used this salad as a base to platter the Grilled Curry Chicken Thighs with a Maple Chipotle Glaze.  That's the Ramen/Broccoli Slaw under the chicken, surrounded by the Pimiento Bacon Burgers (yesterday's post) and an extra side of Blue Cheese Potato Salad (yesterday's post).

A GREAT Day on the Grill!

It also is a terrific salad to serve with the spicy curry chicken since the dressing on the slaw is sweetened with brown sugar.  A little Heat and Sweet Action!

And BTW, this decades old recipe is actually MUCH better the next day.  Once the spices and seasonings have a chance to mix, coat and absorb, the salad is at it's best.  Perfect to free you up for all the fast action associated with grilling.

OK... Here's what I did...

Ramen Noodle
Broccoli Cole Slaw

  • 1 Package (3 ounces) Ramen Noodles Oriental Flavor (others work well also)
  • 1 Package (12 Ounces) Broccoli Slaw (in the bagged salad section of the store)
  • 1 Stick (8 TBS) Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Slivered Almonds
  • 1/3 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Seasoning Packet From the Ramon Noodle Mix
Cooking Directions
  1. Crush the Ramen noodles with a rolling pin while melting butter in a large skillet over low/medium heat.
  2. Add the crushed noodles and slivered almonds to the skillet and saute, stirring occasionally (keep temperature at low/medium heat).
  3. Meanwhile, whisk together all the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Place the shredded broccoli into bowl and toss with the noodles, almonds.
  5. Pour dressing over salad and toss to coat.
  6. Serve Chilled and ENJOY!!!


So,  I am pleased to list this as one of my Growing list of  "52 Grilling Time Secret Extras" or "52 Ways to Cook BBQ and Grilling Recipes"!!!

Well over 52 recipes actually as I just can't stop... Over 100 in one grilling season (I love to grill!). But not just leat... Drinks, Condiments (LOTS of different BBQ sauces), Drinks, Desserts... even specialty items like GRILLED Pizza, and fun shaped Watermelons.  Easy and these ideas will make you the MASTER of your Backyard Domain!


This recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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