Thursday, 29 November 2012

Grey Cup Food Extravaganza!

As I'm sure many of you did, I went to my friends' place for the Grey Cup and some yummy food on Sunday.  Although, I'm not going to lie, this was the most gourmet spread I've ever experienced during Grey Cup: Homemade Short-Ribs, Roasted Root Vegetables, and Tuscan Bread Salad with the Best Basil Vinaigrette Ever.   Needless to say, it was a very yummy meal!
The slow cooker short ribs that Mr. Tall One slaved over all day.  He wasn't ecstatic about the way they turned out, but I thought they were delicious.  I'm no short-rib specialist, but they were flavourful and the meat literally fell off the bone, so they were good in my books!  Mr. Tall One made them using a Whole Foods recipe (below) in case you want to try them out yourself.
Mrs. Mom of the Cutest 15 Month Old Ever made some very yummy baked root vegetables: potatoes, parsnip, carrots, and purple potatoes mixed with olive oil, salt, pepper and some freshly chopped rosemary and then baked for about an hour at 200F.  Yummy in my tummy!
My contribution was a salad. I felt like trying something new and when I spotted the Tuscan Bread Salad with the Best Basil Vinaigrette Ever from the Whitewater Cooks with Friends cookbook, I knew I had to make it. Seriously, who could resist a salad that has bread in it?
Roasting the peppers on the grill.  I learned that to peel the peppers you let them cool in a brown bag then peel the skin off while running them under cold water.  Way easier than I thought it was going to be.

Marinating the bread in the best basil vinaigrette ever.
Mixing the rest of the ingredients together: tomatoes, de-skinned grilled peppers, bocconcini, capers and red onion.

The finished product!  Everyone enjoyed this salad and the general consensus was it was a keeper.  Personally, I think I'd try it without the bread next time.  The bread added a lot of flavour because it really soaked up the dressing, but it also took away from the freshness of the salad a bit.  As for the vinaigrette, it really did kick some serious butt!

Unfortunately I wasn't able to find the exact recipe online, but I found one that was similar.  Just add some bocconcini, capers and roasted red peppers and you'll get pretty darn close!



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