Memorial Day cookout

We are taking the cookout to my parents.  We opted for Porterhouse steaks (on sale at Graul’s) in the chipotle marinade (see below) with a new side dish – basil mashed potatoes.  Looks delicious.  I was going to make a salad but I made the fresh Vietnamese spring rolls with romaine lettuce, basil, mint, bean sprouts and shrimp and I figured that would be enough.

Chipotle marinade 

  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 TB tomato juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 TB sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a blender.  NOTE: Marinade keeps well in refrigerator and is delicious on any kind of steak, pork chops, chicken and shrimp.  The marinade has a good spice to it so you don’t need to drench your protein in it, just dip it.

Basil mashed potatoes

  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Blanch basil by boiling in water for 15 seconds and then removing to a bowl filled with ice water.  Drain and set aside.

Peel and quarter potatoes.  Add to boiling water and cook for 20 – 25 minutes or until tender.  Drain well.

In a small pan over medium heat, heat half and half and Parmesan cheese just until cream simmers – do not let it boil.  Place basil in a food processor and puree.  Add hot cream mixture and puree.

Using a hand held mixer, beat the potatoes in their pan.  Slowly add hot basil cream and beat until smooth.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

We have the potatoes in a small casserole dish with a glass lid.  We are going to pop them in the microwave just before serving so they are hot.


About emenuplan
I love to cook and love to eat. I work full time and have a family so managing good meals during the week requires organization. I'm hoping to share my weekly menu plans and recipes to make things a little easier for those who want to follow along.

One Response to Memorial Day cookout

  1. says:

    Those devilled eggs really hit the spot for Mem Day lunch and get rave review from German cousins who ate same over there. Simple, spicy, and picnic perfect.
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