Thursday, March 6, 2014

Herb Spice Peaches - 52 Simple but Next Level Dishes for Church PotLuck

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I ran across this idea recently at a BBQ joint.

It was served as a dessert, but the idea appealed to me as a savory side dish.  Sort of a simple  peach salsa.

It really is about as simple as it can possible get... Open a can, drain the syrup, season and serve.

I served this with a nice piece of pan fried Orange Roughy.  For the photo I drapped about 1/4th of the fish with the peaches.  BIG MISTAKE... I should have draped all of the fish with the peaches.  what little peach syrup juices left were absorbed into the fish adding a wonderful extra level of flavor...

But that's a post for tomorrow...

OK... Here's what I did...

Herb Spice Peaches

  • 1 Can Sliced Peaches in Syrup, drained
  • 1 tsp Dried Tarragon
  • 1 Pinch Sea Salt
  • Juice from a Lime
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
Cooking Directions
  1. Add tarragon spice, lime juice, Sea Salt and Pepper to Peaches .
  2. Lightly toss and set aside.
  3. Served Chilled and ENJOY
This dish works wonderfully as a side dish.  Savory from the herbs and salt, yet works just as well as a dessert, naturally sweet from the fruit.

As far as simple... Open the can, drain, season and toss.

About as good as it gets.

WOnderful dessert and even better as a side dish served over a piece of fish.  LOVE THIS!


This simple recipe has been added to my growing list of "52 Simple but Next Level Dishes"!

Kind of an odd title for these posts. But the longer sentence is... Simple recipes that are easy and inexpensive that will take your cooking to the next level... Things like easy pickled items (I always have a jar of Pickled Red Onions for sandwiches in my fridge). Or how about the easiest bread to make in the world... Beer Bread that is tasty on it's own but also makes a wonderful open face pizza style sandwich... With easy to make Tomato Sauce. Or how about Roasting Garlic for a spread on toast points for a unique appetizer. Infusing Oil with Herbs or spices or spicy peppers. Or how about making your own BBQ sauce. Nothing sets you apart as a grill master like setting out a jar of your own specialty BBQ Sauce.

You get the idea. These recipes are very simple, take very little time but will set you apart as a better cook...


This recipe has also been added to my growing list of "52 Church PotLuck Dishes"!

A list of something NEW worthy of being shown off at a neighborhood BYODish (Bring Your Own Dish) Party, a Family special occasion dinner, Any Big Holiday Gathering or of course that glorious day when you bring a dish to share with your Church family...

Ages ago, literally almost a half century ago I was listening to our pastor talking about a PotLuck Dinner. It happened to be scheduled around a church work day when we were expected to weed, polish and do general cleaning and maintenance around the church (you know, back in the day when there were no no-wax floors and church pews smelled of Old English furniture polish). I am of course paraphrasing, but as I recall the pastor said,

"A potluck, like a church requires work. At a potluck everyone is expected to contribute.. At a church no one should come empty handed and no one should leave unfed".
I will confess that in my youth I brought more store bought plastic spoons and forks than I ever brought covered dishes and crock pots of fresh made love and caring delights. But now that I have become a hobbyist cook, I occasionally am reminded of those days and people from my youth. I reminded and I do wish that I could drop a dish of some new creation on those old tables at my fondly remembered Liberty Baptist Church.  Tables covered with newspapers and loaded with God's bounty prepared with love and caring... Enjoy


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