Thursday, October 14, 2010

Creamy Dill Potatoes

This is the quintessential Swedish comfort food -- dilled potatoes. I fancied it up some by baking with bread crumbs but you don't have to do that if you're crunched for time or want to keep things simple. You will need:

1 lb Swedish or Russian fingerling potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream
1 cup chopped fresh dill
3 tbsp slightly salted butter
about a tsp of salt
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Boil the potatoes until you can easily stick a fork through them, usually about 30 minutes. Drain the water off and mash them roughly with the butter, salt, dill, pepper and sour cream -- you want it to remain chunky, not like regular mashed potatoes. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the potatoes into a baking pan and top with the bread crumbs, bake for about 12 minutes or until the top begins to brown. Allow to set for about 10 minutes before serving.

Fall Fruit Salad (with a twist)

This is a great recipe if you're anything like me -- usually on the go, but wanting something fresh and healthy to take wherever it is you're going to. I work evenings and nights these days so it's important not to succumb to the fast food, pizza and soda so prevalent at my office. That's why I love keeping a container of something like this in the fridge, I can nosh on it without even having to reheat. Since it's dairy free, you don't have to worry nearly as much about keeping it out at your desk, although it's definitely better chilled.

You will need:

1 lb fresh figs
2-3 apples, I used Jonagold
1 large cucumber
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice

Slice the tops off the figs and quarter them. Cut the apples into bite sized pieces, making sure to discard the seeds and core. You can either leave the cucumber peeled or unpeeled, but I do recommend scooping out the seeds after slicing it in half -- goes much better with the texture of the salad. Add the lemon juice as soon as you add the apples and finish with the spice and sugar, tossing well. Chill and eat!