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Mint is the unsung hero of the herb family. It is such a wonderful addition to a meal any time of year. It always reminds me of spring. I use this vinaigrette as a dressing for side dishes and as a sauce for lamb, seafood, and chicken.
Makes about 1 1/4 cups
¾ cup avocado oil or olive oil
¼ cup rice vinegar (or white vinegar)
1 teaspoon sugar
½ cup mint leaves, chopped
½ cup flat leafed parsley, chopped
Kosher salt and ground pepper
How to use this vinaigrette:
Gremolata is a traditional Italian herb paste that is a simple combination of five ingredients: parsley, garlic, lemon, Parmesan, and extra virgin olive oil. With its bright, citrusy flavor, gremolata transforms ho-hum recipes into amazing dishes! Here I’ve combined gremolata with thinly sliced potatoes and roasted them to create a tasty side dish. It’s simple, delicious, and gorgeous!
Low-carb trick-prepare and cook the stacked potatoes one day ahead and refrigerate. The refrigeration changes the structure of the starches in the potatoes to make them "resistant starches". Resistant starches have a reduced absorption rate in our bodies and helps to keep our insulin low. Learn more about this amazing phenomenon RESISTANT STARCH
½ cup loosely packed chopped flat-leaf parsley
Zest of 1 lemon
2 small minced garlic cloves
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon Kosher salt
1 pinch pepper, freshly ground
8-10 Yukon Gold potatoes
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12 standard muffin cups generously with nonstick cooking spray.
To make the gremolata, combine the parsley, lemon zest, garlic, Parmesan, oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl and set aside.
Peel the potatoes and slice them thinly (about ⅛ of an inch) using a sharp knife or mandolin. Add the potato slices to the gremolata and toss to coat. I use my hands to be sure to coat the potatoes evenly. Stack the potatoes to fill each muffin cup over the rim by about ½ inch. Press the stacked potatoes down firmly. Bake until the tops and edges of the potatoes are browned and the centers are tender when pierced with a fork, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Cut around each stack with a sharp knife and remove them with a spoon. Serve hot. These can be made one to two days in advance and reheated, covered, in a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes, or until heated through.
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Salmon Spirals with Herb Yogurt Sauce
Beautifully Delicious Cooking with Herbs and Edible Flowers by Liz Barbour
Herb Yogurt Sauce
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon chopped chives or scallions
2 teaspoons chopped mint
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 whole side salmon (3-3 ½ pounds), skin removed
6 teaspoons Dijon mustard
⅓ cup chopped dill
6 four-inch wooden skewers
Pepper, freshly ground
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and brush lightly with olive oil.
To prepare the yogurt sauce, combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, chives, mint, and lemon zest in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
Slice the salmon along its length into six ⅓-inch strips. Roll the strips into spirals and secure with a skewer. Spread 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard on each spiral, sprinkle with dill. Place the spirals on the baking pan and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the salmon is firm to the touch when pressed, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and tent with foil to keep warm. To serve, remove the skewers and top with the herb yogurt.
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