Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Creamy Dilly Broccoli Slaw - 52 Salads, Condiments

Some days you need an easy FAST dish that you can still pass off as homemade.

This is the first post of probably a dozen that I will be doing for the menu from my recent BIG ((a dozen guests) with 10 dishes... plus drinks and a fresh made BBQ sauce)... BIG Labor Day BBQ Party!  This would indeed make a great dish to take to a Church PotLuck, big family gathering, any Holiday meal (is it too early to start working on a Thanksgiving menu???).

Of course, the taste is fantastic and the ease is amazing (5 minute assembly time) but there is one big advantage, especially for that big BBQ is that the dish takes best when it has a chance to sit several hours or even over night.  Time for the spices to mix and mingle and flavor everything.  Any dishes you can complete in advance gives you that much time to work on the dishes that need attention closer to serving time.

For the BBQ I garnished with Jalapeno pepper slices (mostly for color).  If I were taking this for a PotLuck, I would probably leave them out.

The "Main" Ingredient is a bag of store bought Broccoli Slaw mix.  Let them do all that slicing.  So all you have to do is measure a few ingredients and mix.  The best side dishes are always the ones you can make the day before...

OK... Here's what I Did...

Dilly Broccoli Slaw

  • 1 Package Broccoli Slaw
  • 3/4 Cup Mayonaise
  • Zest and Juice of 1 Medium Lime
  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh chopped Dill (can use dry herbs if needed)
  • 2 TBS Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • For Garnish, Optional, thinly sliced Jalapeno Pepper
  • For Garnish, pinch of sweet Paprika
  • For Garnish, 1 tsp of dried Chives
Cooking Directions
  1. Whisk together the Mayo, Lime zest and Juice and Olive Oil.
  2. Add the spices
  3. Mix the Broccoli Slaw with the wet ingredients to coat.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours to allow the flavors to mingle
  5. Garnish with thin Jalapeno pepper slices, Chives and a pinch of Sweet Paprika
  6. Serve Chilled and ENJOY!!!
The first of a full week of posts from my BIG Labor Day BBQ... A dozen guests and 10 Dishes (plus drinks and a homemade BBQ Sauce)... Keep coming back for more this week!


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


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!


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