These are an easy and great little snack for football, cocktail parties or the holidays.
1lb Kielbasa or other sausage ( Andouille or smoked sausage would be great)
2 T olive oil
1 T chopped fresh oregano or parsley
2 t chopped garlic
1 t smoked paprika
1/2 c dry red wine
Cut sausage into 1/2 in rounds. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over med high heat. add sausage and cook until browned. stir in oregano, garlic and paprika. cook for 1 minute. Add red wine and stir. reduce heat to low and cook for 3-4 minutes. Serve with toothpicks.
I love a good Cobb Salad, it is so easy and so versatile. I like to serve mine in a glass 9×12 pan and serve it family style so that everyone can pick and choose what toppings they like, it’s is kind of like a low carb taco night. Use the ingredients your family likes and serve with a vinaigrette or ranch dressing.
Family Style Cobb Salad
2 heads of romaine hearts chopped into bite sized pieces
2 tomatoes chopped
1 ripe avocado peeled and chopped ( sprinkle with lemon or lime juice to prevent discoloring)
2 cups cooked chicken or turkey chopped ( I used a rotisserie chicken from my stores deli)
6 slices of cooked bacon chopped
1/2 c blue cheese crumbled ( Use feta or even cheddar if that is your family’s preference)
3 hard boiled eggs chopped
Add lettuce to the pan, top with remaining ingredients, in rows. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired. Serve with dressing and tongs so that each person can get the ingredients they desire. This salad is also great for parties and pot lucks.
Easy Mustard Vinaigrette
2 T olive oil
3 T red wine vinegar
1 t dijon mustard
salt and pepper
whisk together all ingredients, serve over salad.
Ok there is some green in there too, but otherwise this is a tasty and patriotic dish. This is one of my most requested recipes. Healthy, easy and refreshing it is perfect for potlucks, picnics, or summertime meals.
Red, White, and Blue Salad
2 c baby arugula
1/2 seedless watermelon cut into bite sized chunks
1 pint fresh blueberries
1 contained feta cheese crumbled
1/4 c olive oil
1 lime juiced
3T red wine vinegar
1 t minced ginger
1/4 t salt
1/8 t pepper
In a large bowl, add watermelon, blueberries , arugula and feta, toss together until mixed. Then in a small bowl whisk together, oil, vinegar, ginger, lime juice and salt and pepper. Pour over salad and toss before serving.
*** If you want to make it even easier, use a good store bought red wine vinaigrette and squeeze a lime over the salad instead of making the dressing.