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Thursday, June 28, 2012

COLD SALAD PLATES FOR SUMMER

The summer’s heat often drains us of any wish to stand next to a hot stove or oven.  Here are some of my favorite cold plates for Summer.

Chicken Salad

There are a lot to way to fix Chicken Salad!  The two methods I prefer are Chunky and Pate’ For the Chunky I like to roast chicken breast on the bone with the skin on.  I feel that this make the meat moist and tender.  As soon as the chicken is cool to the touch, take the skin off and debone the breast.  Chop or shred the meat to the size you like.  Then add the following.

For two breasts-

2 stocks of Celery diced
½ Red Onion diced
¼ cup sweet relish
Salt and Pepper
½ cup Mayo
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Mix well taste for seasoning and then refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.

Pate’ style

For this I poach the Chicken Breasts in broth and add some DAVIS DUST.  Mix the broth with the seasonings and place the chicken in the cool water.  Bring to a simmer – do not let it boil or the meat will be tough and dry.  Cook until the temperature is 170.  Let the meat cool in the broth until you can handle it.  Cut into large dice.

Put the following in a food processor fitted with a metal blade.

½ white onion – rough chopped
2 stocks of celery rough chopped

Pulse until they are a fine dice

Add the chicken and pulse until the mixture comes together and there are no large pieces.  Add:

½ cup Mayo
1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

Pulse to mix.  Taste for seasonings and adjust.  At this point you can add any of the following to taste
Sweet Relish
Capers

Chill covered for an hour.  I use this on crackers or with raw veggies as an appetizer.  I also use this on white bread for tea sandwiches


Both of these can be served on a bed of lettuce with radishes, green onion and hard boilde eggs as a salad plate. 

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