The Thrill of the Florida Grill – Fabulous Sides
|May 31, 2013||Posted by Melissa under Cooking, Healthy Eating, Produce, Recipes|
As we wrap up our grilling mini-series, we wanted to pass on some side dish ideas to go with those great grilled items like burgers, hot dogs, chicken, ribs, and so much more. A favorite in any season is Scalloped Potatoes. Our recipe uses low-sodium broth and low-fat milk so you can feel a little more virtuous when eating it!
• 2 1/2 pounds Florida potatoes, pared and sliced very thin
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard powder
• 2 cups low-fat milk
• 1 tablespoon unbleached flour
• 1 cup low-sodium vegetable broth
• Nonstick cooking spray
• Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a 2-quart baking dish by spraying lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In a large sauté pan, cook onion over medium heat in small amount of vegetable broth until onion turns translucent. Whisk flour, spices, milk and vegetable broth together.Taste mixture and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
3. Layer the potatoes, onions and liquid mixture in alternating layers. Bake uncovered in 375 degree oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until tender and brown on top. Serve warm. Try adding your favorite cheese to the layers for extra creaminess and flavor.
In addition to salads, fresh vegetables, and chips, another great thing to serve is fresh fruit desserts. These Melon “Muffins” are light and refreshing, and have a bit of a decadent flair.
• 1 Florida watermelon
• 8 ounces low-fat cream cheese, softened
• 3 ounces low-fat lime yogurt
• 1 tablespoon lime juice
• 1 tablespoon lime zest
1. Slice watermelon into 1-inch thick cross sections. Using a 1 1/2-inch wide biscuit cutter, cut watermelon sections into circles.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine cream cheese and yogurt; mix well.
3. Arrange melon circles on a plate and top each with a teaspoon of yogurt sauce and pinch of lime zest. Serve immediately.
Finally, this recipe for Minted Citrus Tea is refreshing and the sweetness can be adjusted according to your preference.
• 3 cups boiling water
• 12 fresh mint sprigs
• 4 tea bags
• 1 cup natural Florida sugar
• 1 cup Florida orange juice
• 1/4 cup lemon juice
• 5 cups cold water
• 1 Florida orange, sliced for garnish
• 1 lemon sliced for garnish
1. Place the tea bags and mint sprigs into a large pitcher. Pour boiling water over them, and allow steeping for about 7 minutes.
2. Remove and discard the tea bags and mint leaves, squeezing out excess liquid. Stir in sugar until dissolved, and then stir in the orange juice and lemon juice.
3. Pour in the cold water. Serve over ice cubes; garnish with orange or lemon slices.
When you grill, we hope that you experience the thrill of the Florida grill by using Fresh From Florida products!