Monday, June 15, 2009

sticky balsamic ribs summer menu

In celebration of a Sunday dinner, Jay picked clematis from our garden and set the table.

It's unexplainable but Sundays are the best cooking days. This week, I was planning to make Aunt Susan's Ribs but was missing a number of the ingredients so I started browsing through my favourite food sites. I decided on Gourmet's recipe for Sticky Balsamic Ribs. yum!

Thinking about what would pair well with this main course, I came up with a fabulous summer menu:
  • Smoked Trout Spread with pita wedges seasoned with smoked paprika and fresh garlic (The spread was adapted from Bonnie Stern's Smoked Whitefish Spread in Essentials of Homecooking. You can find a similar recipe here.)
  • Sticky Balsamic Ribs
  • Mashed Potatoes with Corn and Garlic
  • Tossed Salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes and fresh dill

The smoked trout spread was great for sharing on the patio with a glass of champagne. The only problem was that I should have doubled the recipe!

As for the ribs, let me first praise the glaze! This brown-sugar, balsamic combo made for a soft toffee-like coating. The only change that I would make to the recipe is that you should probably only grill the racks for a few minutes per side. Six minutes per side was a bit too long and some of the ribs were crunchy (not what you're looking for with baby backs!).

Do you have a summer menu that you think I should try?


  1. Jordana, your food descriptions are mouthwatering! When can we come over for dinner?!!

  2. Not a huge fish fan, but the smoked fish spead sounds amazing! It is hard to find good sides to go with ribs, I love your suggestions!!

  3. lipstickrules123 -- thanks for the comment! glad you're enjoying the blog.

    Sarah G -- you and I both know that you are well on your way to becoming a smoked fish lover. Come back to Windsor soon.

  4. You are so right about Sundays being the best cooking days. It's when I feel the most adventurous in the kitchen (yes, I'm getting adventurous in the kitchen). The ribs look scrumptious and I want to jump into the mashed potatoes. Salad schmalad, serve me up some sticky ribs!
    :-) merrick