This summery composed salad from Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer's Canal House Cooks Every Day is my favorite kind of summer finger food. I can cook an array of colorful produce (and indispensable hard boiled eggs) whenever the kitchen is coolest and stick it in the fridge until dinner time. Once hunger strikes, all I need to do is whip up a sunny lemon juice-infused aioli and dig in.
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A super quick, one skillet meal made with fresh spring asparagus, Spanish chorizo, and an egg fried to frizzled perfection, all served with a smoky and tangy paprika allioli.
Need an ultra-quick light lunch or appetizer when all you've got on hand is an onion, some eggs, some olive oil, and a bag of chips? This Spanish tortilla does the trick, especially when the chips are salt and vinegar flavored.
While "aioli" is thrown around incredibly loosely for any mayo-like sauce, it's really only one thing: garlic mayonnaise, which is great for adding a creamy garlic bite to sandwiches, fries, or really any such thing your heart desires.
This sandwich is really about that fennel, which gets cut into small matchsticks and cooks over high heat until charred. Talk about easy. All you have to do is slightly blacken the vegetable. The fish requires a little more work but you only need to cook it for a few minutes.
Crab cakes are simple to bring together and make a great last minute brunch because most of the items you can keep in your pantry. This recipe is for very simple crab cakes, but a few great additions would be any fresh herbs you've got in the garden, capers, or even bits of smoked salmon. A dry white wine would be the prefect thing to round out this simple brunch.
Sometimes when you come across a recipe, a light bulb goes off—you know you have to cook it. This had that effect on me. More than anything, I was amazed this idea had never occurred to me. Why wouldn't the sublime combination of bacon, lettuce, and tomato translate from sandwich to salad? This recipe from Bon Appetit claimed it would.
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