Summer Salads: Chipotle Macaroni Salad

Pictured: Quick and Easy Pasta Salad, recipe here, along with several other summer salad recipes.

One of my favorites:

Chipotle Macaroni Salad

Chipotle Mayonnaise:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
  • 1 tbsp limejuice

Mix together ingredients and set aside while macaroni cooks.

Macaroni Salad:

  • 1 lb elbow macaroni
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 stalk celery, minced
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp minced parsley
  • 2 large tomatoes, chopped (or equivalent)
  • 8 oz cubed sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 thick cut bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (optional)
  • 1 cup chipotle mayonnaise
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring water to a boil, add 1 tsp salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente (firm to tooth). Immediately drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Do not drain well, allow macaroni to stay wet, remove to bowl. Immediately add garlic, celery, onion, parsley and lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in cheddar cheese, tomatoes, bacon and chipotle mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste. Allow to chill 15 – 30 minutes. Serves 8-10.

Next week: Some duck photos, roasted jalapenos, Key Lime bars. Stay tuned…


 

Smoked Pork Shoulder

We left this in a 250° smoker with peach wood chips and it got plenty of smoke.  I brought it into the oven to finish at 350°, the photo is of it as it came out.  I set the oven probe to 190° and it worked like a charm.  The oven doesn’t shut down but it does beep like a tot with a new horn on his tricycle.Pulled the bone and chopped the meat before portioning it into plastic containers for freezing.Naturally, we kept some out for immediate use.  I like giardiniera on mine, along with a sauce of some sort.  The potato salad is a basic egg mustard recipe.  I’ll keep making this style until MrsJ mentions that she might just be wore out on it.  My chives are coming up from last year’s potting so there are chopped chives in this batch.We left some herbs out to overwinter, wondering if any would survive, the tyme is coming back but the parsley, sage, rosemary, and oregano seem to be gone.

Saturday Sammich Pr0n

We were all out of smoked pork from the last time I did a pork shoulder.  We bought another Boston butt for another batch put I didn’t want to fire up the smoker so I put it into the new-ish oven, set the temp to 200, and let it go.  When I went to check on it in the morning I found that the oven had shut itself off during the night,  A quick check online told me that it shuts itself off after 12 hours, so it quit on me circa 3am.  Bummer.  I checked the internal temp and it was only 115° so I cranked it to 350° to finish.

I wanted to disable the 12-hr auto shut off and that led me on quite the wild goose chase.  Check the user manual, they said, you’ll find the instructions for that.  Uh… nope.  I did reacquaint myself with the special features menu and managed to find it in there.  The controls are not at all intuitive but with a close read of the manual and at least four tries I got-er-done.

Sammich Pr0n

The gas grill sputtered empty mid-cook, we had a spare bottle handy but that one is nearly out, too.  Maybe a trip to town next week to swap them both out for full.  I hate to go during the weekend because crowds.  Those delicious Vidalias are in season – I love a thick slice on my burgers.

Fried Chicken and Green Beans

Chicken thigh dredged in flour > egg > panko and fried till golden, then baked @350 till its juices ran clear.  Green beans were steamed for 6 minutes and then chilled in ice water and set aside.  For plating they were tossed in hot oil until warmed through.  This is my new favorite method for green beans.  Season with salt and whichever other flavor suits you.  Lemon is classic, as is garlic.  These were tossed with sesame oil.

The little side bowls were KFC recipe slaw and potato salad.