Summer Eats Post #1: Greek Potato Salad & Tangy Grilled Chicken

I have been scattered this summer- feeling pretty foggy in the brain when it comes to trying to write a creative, inspiring, cohesive blog post.   The lack of posting certainly isn’t because of a lack of cooking. There has been much action in our kitchen… perpetual, and I have taken photos along the way, in case I had some inspiration and time for sharing them with you.

Perhaps this foggy-headedness is because my three very zesty, energetic, creative children have been swirling about nonstop.  Or perhaps it is because I have taken on an added role in my home as nurse, to my healing son, after a broken leg and a nose surgery in the past few weeks.  Or it might be that I am just plum tuckered out.  I’m feeling old and tired, if truth be told.

 

But we have had some yummy eats so far this summer.
So, rather than waiting until my foggy brain clears, I have decided to just write some brief, simple posts for the next few weeks to fling some of these recipes your way!

Greek Potato Salad

For the 4th of July I wanted to make potato salad that was vinegar and oil based rather than mayonnaise-based.  I looked and looked for a recipe that was what I had in mind.  I just couldn’t put my finger on it.  In looking in my huge How to Cook Everything cookbook by Mark Bittman I found one recipe for a Potato Salad with a Mustard Sauce.  As I made it, I thought,  “this looks tasty, but it’s not what I had in mind”.  I kept looking through cookbooks.  I went to Ina Garten- surely she has what I’m looking for! She usually does.  I found her Provencal Potato Salad which was on the right track, but before I started making batch #2, I texted my friend Gretchen to ask if she had a recipe.  She replied with the magic words that sparked it for me, “Hmm I haven’t. Makes me think about the Zoe’s Kitchen one- like that?” YES!! That was exactly what I was trying to remember …from some back file in my brain that I had not been able to reach.

 

I then had the clarity I needed: Red New Potatoes, Green Onion, Feta and a Greek Vinaigrette with chopped fresh herbs.  I used Ina’s advice about cooking the potatoes and then letting them steam to finish cooking, and I used herbs out of my garden.  It was just what I was hoping for: zippy, fresh, and flavorful.

Greek Potato Salad
2 1/2 pounds Red New Potatoes

1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
Juice of one lemon
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced

1 tsp. oregano
handful of fresh parsley, chopped

handful of fresh basil, chopped
3 green onions, chopped (green and white parts)
1/4 tsp. kosher salt

fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese (or more)

Wash potatoes and chop them into large bite sized pieces.
Boil a pot of water.  Sprinkle in some salt.
Drop potatoes into the boiling water.
Let cook for 15 minutes or until tender but not mushy.
Remove from heat, drain water and place in bowl with a tea towel over it for 10 more minutes to steam and finish cooking.

In a bowl or glass measuring cup, combine vinegar, oil, lemon juice, minced garlic, chopped green onion, basil, parsley and oregano together. Add salt and pepper.  Pour over cooked potatoes and toss well until fully coated.  Add feta cheese.  Stir.  Add salt as needed.  (This is a very loose recipe.  You can add/delete/substitute/change amounts as you desire.)

Serve warm, at room temperature or cold.

 

 

It was even better the day after (FYI).  And it is reminiscent of Zoe’s Kitchen tasty potato salad that they sneak in the bottom of their Greek Salad (my favorite thing on their menu)…the Greek Salad with a buried treasure.

Tangy Grilled Chicken (Brower’s BBQ)
Dave’s dad was in town a couple of weeks ago and we were grilling chicken but didn’t have much time to marinade it like we typically do.  I said, “maybe we could baste it with something while we are grilling”.  As we were brainstorming, somehow the word “baste” sparked the thought of this great vinegar based BBQ sauce that we had all of the time growing up but I haven’t made in a decade.  
(I’m telling you, my brain is foggy.)

I found the recipe card in my box, had all the ingredients on hand, and stirred it up.  Dave brushed it on the chicken as he grilled.  It was a hit.  It is salty and tangy and is made with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen.   

 

 

 

We call it Brower’s BBQ Chicken, named after Mr. Brower, the man at our church, who gave my mom the recipe.  He had a long portable grill he would use to serve large groups.  He grilled for a church-wide dinner one time and my mom requested the marinade recipe.  My parents made it regularly after that.

For several years of my childhood my family owned a lake house, and my food memories of dinner there involve this chicken.  From the dock we could smell it as dad was grilling. We ate it with Rice-A-Roni: summer childhood comfort food.

It is such a great marinade.  I’m glad it has resurfaced from my recipe archives.

Brower’s BBQ Chicken
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 stick butter (the original recipe calls for “Oleo” but I used butter)
3 Tbsp. salt
2 tsp. cayenne red pepper (or more or less depending on your desired spiciness)

Pour all ingredients into a small pan on the stove.  Stir and heat, but not to a boil.
Pour over raw chicken.  Place chicken on hot grill. Baste frequently on chicken with brush as it grills.

I hope your summer is full of beautiful produce and the flavors of summer. 

 



Other  installments of our summer eats are soon to come: Homemade Ice Cream, Pizza, Chocolate Pound Cake and more!

4 thoughts on “Summer Eats Post #1: Greek Potato Salad & Tangy Grilled Chicken

  1. KRISTIN says:

    Julie, I'm waiting on these other installments! 🙂
    As soon as you post, I get so hungry and make Erik drive me to the store FAST!
    I hope you are having a fantastic summer!!!

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  2. KRISTIN says:

    We finally got around to making the chicken on the grill last night, and it was great. We needed to reduce the salt quite a bit, but it was so tender and juicy!

    My son turned 3 this week, so we also tried the chocolate pound cake. It was a big hit! Several neighbors were gifted slices as well. I loved slicing it up, placing in a baggie, and sending them on their merry way!

    We enjoy your blog so much. I know the food is always good and is something that we can handle with a 1.5 and 3-year-old running around. 🙂

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  3. Julie Hunt says:

    Kristin, Thank you for the feedback and the encouragement. It keeps me posting! Yes, it's a TON of salt…I think of like Brining. Where you just soak it majorly in salt. Luckily a lot of the salt cooks off. I'm glad you could tweak it and enjoy it.

    And happy birthday little guy! I am honored that you tried the cake. I'm glad were able to pack it up and send it with people.

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