Monday, April 30, 2012
SRC Reveal - Apple Butter Vinaigrette
This months Secret Recipe Club pick for me is Fran's Favs . They couldn't have chosen better! Fran grew up in an Italian household with a Sicilian Mom and a Neopolitan Dad. This is one of those "wish we were neighbors" kinda thing for me. Although I was not born Italian, it's one of my favorite cuisines. Of course I went straight to the Italian section of her blog - Mamma Mia! Cookies, soups, Momma's meatballs and so much more. Unfortunately, I'm at a big disadvantage this month as my kitchen is currently under renovation and I have been without a place to cook for almost 3 weeks now. I'm getting a bit of blogger withdrawal and Fran's blog has so many recipes that I would like to try! So my options were to grill something or the Crockpot. I spied a recipe for Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa with Sauerkraut that's made in the Crockpot and I'm saving that one for later this week.
One of her other recipes that intrigued me was her recipe for Apple Butter Vinaigrette . I made a batch of Apple Butter in the Crockpot in the Fall and have not really opened a jar up for quite a while. I thought this would make a delicious grilled chicken salad.
1/4 cup apple butter
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup olive oil
Combine all dressing ingredients and toss with mixed spring greens, dried cranberries and almonds. Add sliced grilled chicken. Garnish with cherry tomatoes. The dressing is on the sweet side and I added a bit more salt and pepper to my taste.
I doubled the amount - saved half for the salad dressing and used the remainder to marinate the chicken. The grill caramelized all the sweetness of the apple butter and it turned out quite different and delicious!