Saturday, June 26, 2010

Episode 2 - Ode to the Mango

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Sweet and Spicy Mango Salad

2 cups baby spinach
2 garlic scapes, chopped
1/4 cup dried mango
1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tbsp pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp pickled jalepeno peppers, finely chopped

Mix together in a salad bowl with dressing (recipe follows).


2.5 tbsp spicy oil from the bottom of a jar of pickled eggplant...or just some dried chili pepper flakes in regular old oil...if you're boring.
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper

BBQ Mango Chicken Sandwiches

2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
1 cup of a delicious BBQ sauce**
1 small, ripe mango, peeled and sliced
1 chipotle pepper in adobo, finely chopped
2 tbsp mayo
2 ciabatta buns
spinach and tomato as toppings

Stab the chicken thighs with a fork then put in a bowl with the BBQ sauce. Let them marinate for a few hours. Then BBQ them outside until they're cooked through. While they're cooking add the mango slices to the grill and let them get a little charred. Toast the buns.

Mix the chipotle pepper and the mayo together, spread it on one side of the ciabatta bun. Top with 1 piece of chicken, a slice of mango and some spinach and tomato.

**We used a homemade one but we have no idea what we put in it anymore so I can't tell you how to recreate it...its tragic...really. Just use a tasty one - preferably more spicy than sweet.

Mango Sangria

1 lemon
1 navel orange
2 limes
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
2 cans sparkling mango juice
2 cups orange juice
1/2 bottle of red wine

Juice 1/2 the lemon, 1/2 the orange and both of the limes into a large pitcher. Pour the rest of the ingredients in and stir! Slice up the other half of the lemon and orange for the side of the glass!

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