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Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Summer = garden tomatoes + fresh basil + olive oil + fleur de sel = Heaven 🙂

This Memorable Dish post is as simple as the recipe itself. I absolutely adore this dish and can eat it everyday throughout the summer when tomatoes are in season. I prefer the yellow/orange tomatoes because they’re sweeter in taste. Get whatever is available and enjoy the sweet taste of summer.
Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Tomatoes with Fresh Basil

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1+

Ingredients

  • Ripe Tomatoes, fresh from garden or from farmer’s market
  • Fresh Basil, chiffonade
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, good quality
  • Fleur de Sel or any high quality finishing salt

Preparation

  1. Cut tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  2. Scatter the basil on top and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle fleur de sel to taste.
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Waldorf Potato Salad

Waldorf Potato Salad

This Waldorf Potato Salad is one of my mom’s Memorable Dishes that she often made for us when we were children. It was also one of her favourite dishes to make for potlucks at our house or to bring to someone else’s home. Every time I think of this salad, I think of potluck parties with our family friends. Maybe my memory is a bit fuzzy but I always equate this salad, along with the Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad, with mahjong parties.

Waldorf salad is generally made of apples, celery and walnuts, mixed in with mayonnaise. My mom used potatoes, eggs and ham in it. But I don’t remember her using celery. Maybe because we didn’t like them as kids or it wasn’t readily available in Hong Kong at the time.

My favourite part when eating this salad was biting into the sweet crunchy apples. My mom used to peel the apples so it was hard to tell whether we were biting into potatoes or apples after the mayonnaise was mixed in with it. It was always a nice surprise when I crunched into the juicy flesh of the apples. I love making and eating this Memorable Dish because it always brings back sweet memories of potluck parties and playing with my parents’ family friends’ kids.

Waldorf Potato Salad

Waldorf Potato Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 6 cups Potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups Apples, cubed (I used Granny Smith.)
  • 2 Eggs, hardboiled
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 cup Celery, diced
  • 1 cup Ham, diced
  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup toasted Walnuts
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 8 cups Water (or enough to cover the potatoes)
  • 1 tbsp Salt

Preparation

  1. Bring water to a boil, then add salt.
  2. Put potatoes in salted water and boil until tender (approximately 10-15 minutes).
  3. Drain potatoes and run them in cold running water.
  4. Mix apples with lemon juice to prevent them from browning.
  5. In a large bowl, mix the potatoes, apples, hard-boiled eggs, celery, ham with the mayonnaise
  6. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Top with toasted walnuts.

Notes

Note #1: Use waxy potatoes (they are thin-skinned), such as red or new potatoes.

Note #2: My mom used to peel both the potatoes and apples. I peeled my potatoes but left the skin on the apples for colour.

http://www.memorabledishes.com/waldorf-potato-salad/

Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad

Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad

Even though I spent the first eight years of my life in Hong Kong, my childhood Memorable Dishes could easily have come from a child in North America. The British influences in Hong Kong have added a plethora of interesting dishes to the Hong Kong people. Because of my mom’s adventurous nature in the culinary world, my childhood dishes were made up of both Chinese and Western dishes.

One of my most fondest memories was our weekend potluck parties with friends and family. These weekend gatherings consisted of lots of yummy food coupled with mahjong games for the adults. The kids were left to their own devices while the adults played mahjong. I don’t know why we had so much fun playing even though Hong Kong apartments were fairly small.

When we got hungry from playing, we would grab these stuffed tomatoes and pop them into our mouths. Well, maybe not pop them but took a couple of big bites. At that time, neither cherry nor cocktail tomatoes were available in Hong Kong so my mom used the smallest tomatoes she could find to make these delicious snacks.

I just found out from my mom that she used butter in this recipe. No wonder why they tasted so good! I am recreating this dish using small vine-ripened cocktail tomatoes. Feel free to use cherry tomatoes if you want them to be more bite-sized.

Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad

Tomatoes Stuffed With Ham Salad

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 Cocktail Tomatoes (ripe but firm)
  • 1 cup diced Ham
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp of melted Butter (Use if you want to keep it the old school way. Omit if you are more health conscious 🙂
  • A few dashes of White Pepper
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)

Preparation

  1. Cut the top of the tomatoes big enough to scoop out the seeds. Scoop and discard the seeds.
  2. Cut a bit off the bottom of the tomatoes so that the tomatoes can stand up.
  3. Turn the hollowed out tomatoes open-side down so you can drain the extra juice out.
  4. Mix ham, mayonnaise, butter (if using).
  5. Fill tomatoes with ham mixture.
  6. Garnish with parsley if using.

Notes

Note #1: If you can’t find cocktail tomatoes and end up using bigger tomatoes, you can cut bigger tomatoes in half instead.

Note #2: You can prep this a few hours ahead and leave it in the fridge. When you are ready to serve, scoop the ham mixture into the tomatoes.

http://www.memorabledishes.com/tomatoes-stuffed-with-ham-salad/

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