Monday, July 12, 2010

A Rainy Day Sunday Menu

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth;without rain, there would be no life. ~John Updike

I love to grill all summer long for family and friends but recently we had a late Father's Day dinner and it was raining. At the last minute I came up with a menu that was easy and fun. My husband and the kids loved it. I did forget to take pictures, but I can share the recipes.

Creamy Coleslaw

2(16 oz.) packages Cole Slaw mix
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup Miracle Whip
1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar

Mix everything but the cole slaw mix in a measuring cup or other container using a fork or whisk. Pour over the cole slaw mix and stir until the cabbage and vegetables are coated. This really tastes better is it's chilled for a few hours.

Notes: Add in minced green or red pepper for a little zest.

Slow Cooked Meatballs

1 bag of frozen meatball
Sweet Daddy Ray's sauce

Combine the frozen meatballs and the BBQ sauce in a crock pot. Start these on low in the morning and let them cook at least 4-5 hours to really soak up the sauce.

Baked Potato Skins

8 medium potatoes
3 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cups shredded Mexican blend (8 ounces)
4 green onions, sliced

Microwave the potatoes so they are JUST tender. You don't want them cooked too soft or the skins will become too soft. Cool the potatoes for about ten minutes or longer before handling. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop out the inside and save for another use, leaving 1/4-inch shell. (You can even freeze the potato insides.) Place the skins on a greased baking sheet. Combine the oil, salt, garlic powder, chili powder and pepper in a small bowl. Brush all over potato skins, inside and out. Bake at 475° for 6-8 minutes and turn over. Bake for another 6-8 minutes and remove from the oven. Turn the skins right side up. Sprinkle the cheese evenly inside of skins. Bake 2 minutes until cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and green onions. Serve warm.

Notes: You can also add in crumbled bacon and/or minced jalapeno pepper for a nice touch.

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