Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Pot Luck Dish

The question of what to take to a pot luck is always a challenge. You don't want to be one of seven. You don't want something that no one will eat. You DO want to make something a little bit different. You DO want to take something that can sit out a bit without having to worry about it. You DO want to take something that can guarantee bringing an empty dish home.

A pot luck dinner this evening (hamburgers and brats provided by the hosts) found me perusing cookbooks and the internet for something a bit different -- a bit out of the box (or at least the box that's often on the prairie) and so I came up with my take on The Barefoot Contessa's Crunchy Noodle Salad.
It's Asian flavored, it's yummy, it's easy to make (as all of Ina's recipes seem to be), and I could almost guarantee that there would not be a similar salad at the pot luck.

She has two -- one in an early book and the other on her Barefoot Contessa show. I chose the latter.

Barefoot Contessa's Crunchy Noodle Salad

Kosher salt
1/2 pound thin spaghetti
1 pound sugar snap peas
1 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup soy sauce
3 T. dark sesame oil
1 T. honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 t. grated fresh ginger
3 T. toasted white sesame seeds, divided
1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
2 red bell peppers, cored and seeded and thinly sliced
4 scallions (with white and green parts) sliced diagonally
3 T. chopped fresh parsley leaves

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, bring another large pot of salted water to a boil, add the sugar snap peas, return to a boil and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until crisp tender. Lift the sugar snap peas from the water with a slotted spoon and imerse them in a bowl of ice water. Drain.

For the dressing, whisk together the vegetable oil, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, garlic, ginger, 2 T. sesame seeds and peanut butter in a medium bowl.

Combine the spaghetti, sugar snap peas, peppers and scallions in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over the spaghetti mixture. Add the remaining 1 T. sesame seeds and the parsley and toss together.

NOTE: At my market, there were no sugar snap peas, so I added more green onion and a yellow pepper, sliced the same way as the red ones. I also used 1 T. black sesame seeds instead of toasted white ones to finish the dish.


Mary Bergfeld said...

It's a lovely salad and your pictures are beautiful. I'll bet there were no leftovers for you to bring home.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a lovely salad and healthy too! Ina Garten is tops in my book (I love her home!). I agree with Mary, there were probaly no leftovers, just satisfied guests!!


The Bramble Patch said...

Martha -

I LOVE your blog! I read back about 7 pages and can't wait to finish reading it all!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so thrilled that you did!



The Bramble Patch said...

PS. I am adding you to my blog roll; I hope that is ok.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

That noodle dish is so me. I make things like that all the time. Thanks for sharing. I will try this one. Thanks also for visiting and the imput you added to my post.

Nancy Yoakum said...

Sounds delicious! I love Asian salads. You wouldn't happen to have a good recipe for Japanese Salad Dressing like they serve at Stix would you? I keep trying and haven't found the right combination. Thought I might ask and see what you have in theat endless recipe file of yours!
Nancy :)

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Martha,

You have some very delicious sounding recipes you have shared. I will try some soon.

Thank you for your kind visit to my blog
I really appreciate it.

Have a blessed Sunday.
~Melissa :)

Valerie said...

Hello Marth.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving your thoughts as to the porch railing! I love that we are neighbors of sorts! We actually live in De Soto (12 miles east of Lawrence) off of K-10.

My husband and I visited Ft. Scott on probably one of the hottest days of July one summer, but oh, how I loved it! Especially the homes, shops, and history!

Your reicpes sound declicious (even the substitutions) and I will definitely be back to browse more later!

Blessings from a fellow Kansan!

cottage farm villa said...

Love Barefoot Contessa!!!