Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dinner from the Garden

One of the great things about the Fourth of July is that it marks the beginning of harvest season.  There is nothing I like better than to serve a meal that features something I've grown myself.  Such was the case this evening when I served filets topped with sauteed mushrooms, "Trash Can Potatoes" (recipe and explanation at the bottom of this post), along with the purple beans I'd grown in a container on the patio. (They turn a dark green when cooked and have a buttery taste that far exceeds plain old green beans.)
Newly sprouted Phaseolus Vulgaris a.k.a. Purple Queen Bush Bean (though I have found them to be climbers, hence the little metal obelisk). This is a fun vegetable to grow in a garden. It is easy and forgiving with dark green leaves and deep purple string beans that turn green when cooked and have a wonderful flavor.
They will turn into lovely deep purple beans that cook up a rich green with a buttery taste.
If you have trouble getting your kids to eat green beans, wow them with these purple ones, and engage them in the cooking process so they can watch them turn from purple to green.

You're probably wondering about the name of the potatoes.  Back when my husband and I were dating, he had a long drive to come pick me up and, as a consequence, he'd sometimes (more often than not, if truth be told) make a pit stop in the powder room just off the entrance hall shortly after arrival.  The powder room also served to have the most convenient waste basket for getting rid of junk mail.  I tend to toss junk mail rather willy nilly without giving it much thought.  My husband, who then as now, simply cannot throw anything away, fished a real estate brochure out of the trash during one of his, ummm, visits, because he spied a recipe on the back that looked tasty.  Come to find out, it IS tasty and it's become a summer favorite for 16 years now.  The actual name is "Saucy Skillet Potatoes," but we tend to call them trash can potatoes since that's where he found the recipe.

Trash Can Potatoes a.k.a. Saucy Skillet Potatoes

1 T. butter
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup cider vinegar
1 T. sugar
1-3/4 t. salt
1/4 t. freshly ground pepper
4 medium potatoes, cooked, peeled and sliced (4 cups)
1 T. freshly chopped parsley
1 T. bacon, cooked and crumbled

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions; cook 2-3 minutes or until tender-crisp.  Stir in mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.  Add potatoes; cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until heated through (do not boil).  Garnish with parsley and bacon.  Makes 4-6 servings.

This post is linked to: Seasonal SundayMetamorphosis MondayMade by You Monday, On the Menu Monday, This Week in My Garden and Outdoor Wednesdays


Unknown said...

there is nothing better than fresh produce from the garden for dinner, I love your potato recipe!
We sometimes get blue skinned potatoes that just turn to normal potato skin colour when cooked.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

WoW! It looks so yummy! Nothing better than fresh veg from the garden.
Love the recipe here.
Happy Forth of July!
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Leslie's Garden said...

How exciting to cook vegetables you grew yourself! Love the story about the "trash can potatoes"!

Unknown said...

Hilarious story, Pattie!! Everything looks delicious!

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks for bringing your wonderfully fresh meal to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper