Greetings and salutations and welcome to a cool and crisp installment of Recipe of the Week. Last week we threw a sausage party, and everyone was invited. The winner, brought to us by ghostofmay, was exactly what I was looking for, and I devoured it.
Unfortunately, I do not have a grill, so I cooked everything in my cast iron pan, which worked beautifully, if I do say so myself. I started off by cooking some onions with a little butter until they started to get some color on them, then split the sausage as instructed, and got it all nice and browned inside and out. The onions and sausage were then piled into a a baguette which had been slathered with mayo on both sides. All of this was topped with some arugula and lemon juice (I was out of lime).
Sadly, this meal was lacking in onion dip, because I didn't buy any, because I "knew I had sour cream at home and could make some." But the sour cream was bad, my friends. The sour cream was bad, and I did not have time to go back to the store.
Even without the dip, this was a meal I'll be returning to. The snappy sausage and chewy baguette were a match made in sausage heaven, and ghostofmay gets a trophy for such a delicious offering. That trophy is Robyn Hitchcock's version of "The Ghost in You" because you have "ghost" in your user name, and I gave the original version out as a trophy a few weeks ago. (This is a really good version though, and everyone should give it a listen.)
I don't know what the weather is like where you are, but things are starting to heat up here in Portland, Oregon, and I am becoming less and less willing to turn on the oven. Even when I'm out, and someone else is cooking the food, I'm finding myself veering away from hot food and opting for cold dishes, such as salads. Case in point: I went to Lardo a couple of days ago and did not get my usual Griddled Mortadella or Egg RickMuffin, and instead got this sexy little bowl.
I recognize that this salad is full of bacon and eggs, but that's not the point. Salads don't have to be healthy, you know. One of my favorite salads has french fries in it.
So I think you guys know what I want from you: tasty, tasty salads that don't heat up my kitchen. Some cooking is fine, but let's try and keep it cool; I don't have air conditioning. Oh! And feel free to branch out to non-lettuce-based salads, like potato or pasta or peanut noodle.
Actually, if you have a great pasta salad recipe, please share. Pasta salad gets a bad rap for some reason, which is too bad because it can be so delicious. (Please no Jell-O salad though. Ambrosia is okay.)