roasted potatoes, several pounds of roasted sweet potatoes with a brown butter vinaigrette, and a mountain of my famous brussels sprouts. I'm going to have to make some sort of soup out of the rest of the ham and then freeze it. There's just no way I'm going to be able to eat my way through it all. I was most excited about presenting to my friends on Christmas Day the roasted potatoes. If you've made that recipe I posted, then you know why. If you haven't, then you've been eating crap roasted potatoes and I hope you feel sorry. We were eating at my friends' house and so we carted all the food over there (they made their share of food too... it was a feast) and in a hurried we-gotta-make-it-over-there-in-a-timely-fashion move, I put the fresh out of the oven potato chunks in a big tupperware and drove over there. Piping hot potatoes give off condensation. Condensation makes gorgeous crispy potatoes soggy and disgusting. GAH. I can be excused for drowning my sorrow in Christmas dessert. I made a brown sugar cranberry walnut gingerbread upside down cake. I'm awesome.
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 ripe avocados, sliced and scooped out
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper
1. In a small bowl, marinate the red onions in the vinegar for at least 30 minutes.
2. In a larger bowl, place avocados, 1 tablespoon of the marinating vinegar, olive oil, and the drained onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and gently toss to mix. Alternatively, if you don't want to bash the avocado, you can place the sliced avocados on a serving plate and top with the reserved tablespoon of vinegar, olive oil, the drained onions, and salt and pepper.
2 ripe plantains
coconut oil or bacon grease
fresh lime juice
coarse sea salt
1. To peel the plantains, it's easiest to cut the ends off and then using a sharp knife, make two opposing vertical cuts and peel off the peel. There may be spots that stick, so just slice them off.
2. Use enough oil to be about a 1/4 inch deep in a heavy sauté pan. Heat the oil over medium high heat. Cut the plantains in 1 inch chunks and add them to the pan. Cook them about 3 minutes per side, until they are golden brown.
These sides are a delicious little meal or perfect sides for some pulled pork, or hey some leftover Christmas ham!
Oh look, it's my Linzer sandwich cookies. I hate you.
This was originally posted at my blog, the crankin' kitchen!