Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"Bottom of the Jar" Salad Dressing

While cleaning out the refrigerator the other day, I found a jar of orange marmalade with a few tablespoons of marmalade left at the bottom. What to do, what to do? Well, with this recipe as an inspiration, I whipped up a nice dressing for a spinach salad. Added a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic pepper and a splash of fresh lemon juice. Shook it up and voila! It was delicious on spinach with mushroom, tomatoes, and avocado.

It got me to thinking...I bet you could riff on this idea and come up with an endless list of salad dressings, glazes for pork or chicken and the like. Just to take the orange marmalade idea a few steps could add honey and some garlic and ginger. Or go Southwestern with cumin and chile powder. Hankering for some spice? How about red pepper flakes or even a touch of wasabi.

And that just gets you started. How about a strawberry jam-based dressing with really good balsamic on baby greens with goat cheese? Or cherry preserves kicked up with garlic and thyme as a glaze for roast pork?

What are your ideas for the bottom of the jar?

Only problem I've created? The marmalade dressing was so delicious that I went to the grocery the next day and bought another space achieved in refrigerator? Nada.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know how much I enjoy reading your blog every day. I've been following you for well over a year and have used many of your ideas. I'm an Okie transplant to the Dallas area as well, and many of your comments are so relevant to me. I look forward every morning to seeing what great recipes and hints you have to share. Keep up the good work!