Sunday, April 30, 2006

Potatoes and Parsnips in Four Cheese Herb Sauce


I made the most delicious sauce today!
Seriously, I almost cried.

  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium potatoes, sliced
  • 2 parsnips, chopped
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1/8-1/4 cup flour
  • 1 pint half-n-half
  • 2 TBS thyme
  • 2 TBS Italian four cheese mix
  • salt & pepper

Saute the onion in olive oil over medium heat. When the onion is about half cooked, add garlic. Add butter, be careful to monitor heat so that the butter melts but doesn't burn. Once it is melted, mix in enough flour to make a paste. Mix in half and half, thyme, four cheese mix and sea salt and pepper.

O.M.G!! It was YUMMMMMY!!! I wanted to eat it right then.

Place potatoes and parsnips in a baking dish. Pour the sauce over the potatoes and parsnips mixed it in, and bake the whole thing at 350F for an hour.

It was delicious!! I will definitely make this again. My son and husband weren't so sure about the parsnips (although they each had two huge servings), so I may omit them in the future. I think they just weren't expecting them.

In any case, I definitely have big plans for that sauce!

Grilled Salmon

  • Salmon fillet
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Red wine (cabernet shiraz),
  • Sprinkling of cayenne pepper
While the grill is heating up, pour the wine over the fish and sprinkle the salt and peppers on the fish. Let set until grill is hot.

I have never grilled fish before, and I thought that the fish would get flaky and fall through the grill. So initially I had covered the grill in tinfoil. That didn't seem to work well for flipping the fish, so I tore it off. And you know what? The fish never stuck or started to fall apart - it was beautiful.

I grilled them on both sides until the fish was opaque all the way through. I think it was less than twenty, maybe less than fifteen, minutes total grilling time.

They were delicious! I had a small piece and my husband had a piece, and my son ate this whole plateful that you see here in the picture. He said it was the best fish that he had ever eaten. I would make this again.