What are you doing this weekend?
Want to have brunch with me?
The menu . . .
French Toast Bread Pudding
Crispy Hash Browns with Eggs and a Side of Bacon
Wilted Chard and Basil-Grapefruit Salad
Spiced Granola Breakfast Cookies
Chocolate Truffle Espresso Muffins
Iced Mocha Smoothies
There will be a lot of us, so I could use some help. I’ll make this beautiful chard salad and the smoothies. Who can make the other things on the menu?
Let’s do this! It will be so much fun!
Should you have any questions while you’re cooking, email me — I’m always here to help. And please let me know how it goes!Clearly, you know all of you aren’t really coming to my house — so who will you invite to your house?
- 20 large chard leaves washed and roughly chopped (any color you'd like -- I used red and white)
- 1-3/4 cups packed whole basil leaves, washed and dried
- 2 Honey Ginger Broiled Grapefruits OR 2 fresh Ruby grapefruits for either one: skin removed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
If you're choosing to use the Honey Ginger Broiled Grapefruit, get it going first. Here are the instructions.
Add the vinegar, salt and pepper to a small bowl. Then gradually whisk in the sesame and grapeseed oil. Set aside. (TIP: if you combine all the ingredients for a dressing in a jar, put the lid on, and shake, it's much easier than in a bowl with a whisk. Just sayin.')
While the chopped chard is still a tiny bit damp from being washed, add it to a large, dry sauté pan. Turn the heat to medium and cover. Remove the pan from the heat as soon as you see the chard has slightly wilted, about 3 minutes. Add the chard to a large mixing or serving bowl to cool.
Once the chard has cooled down, add the basil leaves, grapefruit, dressing, and about half of the sesame seeds. Toss to combine, and sprinkle the remaining sesame seeds on top of the salad. (To toast the seeds, place them in a little, dry sauté pan over medium-high heat just until they're aromatic, about 2 minutes.)
If you use fresh grapefruit, rather than the broiled one, add a bit of honey to the dressing. Please note the the "prep time" does not include making the Honey Ginger Broiled Grapefruit, which takes about 15 minutes.