Hello first Mitten Movie Night of the Fall! I am kicking it off with a reboot of one of my first recipes on the blog. The original – let’s just say the recipe is STILL phenomenal but my photos….they were not good. So I’ve freshened them up so that you can see the beauty that is this salad. Cajun Steak & Potato Salad to be exact. This is a very basic salad but comes together with a creamy poppy seed dressing that makes everything meld together in pure perfection.
When I first made this recipe Mitten Movie Night wasn’t even a plan for the blog. The big idea came when I was thinking about my upcoming birthday and what I was going to make for dinner. I wanted to recreate a Portobello Mushroom Burger recipe from a restaurant that I love when we go to Wisconsin Dells. If I pulled it off I was going to put it on the blog. Then I was thinking about what beer I wanted to drink. And then what movie we would watch. Light bulb moment…and with a little tweeking that is when Mitten Movie Night came to be.
Just a little over a year now we’ve been celebrating every Friday that I can. Things have slowed down for the blog since moving into the new house and a busy Summer but now that we are settled in and the kids are finally back in school I’m hoping it can become a regular feature throughout the year. Now on to this recipe that I’m pairing with Sierra Nevada Peach IPA. Perfect compliment to the tangy & sweet poppy seed dressing. We are watching It to brush up before going and seeing it in theaters this weekend. The best thing about this time of year is getting ready for scary movies and Halloween! Enough about that now on to the food.
Start off with the potatoes. 20 minutes before your planning on starting the meal clean and slice the potatoes. Add the slices into a bowl of salted cold water. This gets the extra water out of the potatoes so that they can get good and crispy when they cook. Drain the water from them then layer out onto a paper towel. Completely dry both sides as much as you can. Once they are as dry as possible sprinkle on both sides with Cajun seasoning. Warm a skillet and add oil. Let it come to medium/high heat then add potatoes. Cook on each side 4 minutes depending on your pan and your heat.
While the potatoes cook, chop your onion. Once the potatoes are done remove them from the pan on to a separate plate. Now it’s time to add your onion & steak. I got these sizzler steaks which are very thin and cook quickly. They also slice up nice and thin and end up very tender. I cooked these about 2 minutes per side.
While the steak is cooking make your delicious, creamy Poppy Seed Dressing. Grab a small jar and add the mayo, sugar, milk, vinegar, poppy seeds and mustard. Add top and shake it to combine all the ingredients.
Once the steak has cooked take it and cut into thin slices. Chop lettuce up lettuce and tomatoes. Assemble the lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, potatoes, steak and onion. Either add dressing right on top of the salad or let everyone add their own. And here you are……
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Poppy Seed Dressing Adapted from Moms Need to Know
This post was originally from May 2016-it has been updated with photos & text.
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We’re finally here! We made it! Que Will Smith ‘Summer, summer, summertime…summertime.’ Break out the flip flops and tank tops. Get ready for long days in the pool or at the beach and bellies full of BBQ. This time of year requires a hand full of quick sides to please cookout guests whether it’s planned or impromptu. I think my son’s favorite potato salad fits any party big or small.
When I told my son I was making one of his favorites he was excited. I’ve made some of his favorites like Cheesy Pierogi Casserole, Easy Chicken & Dumplings or Out of a Can Chili but this is a very specific favorite of his. He takes the first bite and says ‘I love this!’ so I just started calling it ‘Avery’s Potato Salad’. Let’s get on to the recipe so you can get on with your summer.
The key to this recipe is to have equal parts potato to equal parts egg. Chop the potatoes into small pieces then add to a pot with the eggs. Add enough water to the pot to cover them cook over medium heat (not so high it boils over) and cook for 14 minutes. Using a colander (or this fancy little draining spoon I have) to drain the potatoes then run under cold water to bring the heat off of the potatoes.
At this point I put the potato and eggs into a bowl then put them into the refrigerator for a half hour or so. This cools the potatoes down more and makes it so I don’t burn my fingers peeling the eggs. That is no fun!
Once the items are cooled peel the eggs. Add the cooked yolks to the potatoes then chop them into small pieces. Dice up the onion and add that. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl: relish, mayo, mustard, sugar and vinegar. The sugar and vinegar add a slight sweet and sour taste that gives the salad a nice kick to it.
Return it back to the refrigerator for another hour or so to let the flavors meld. Top with oregano or paprika and here you are….
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
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