How is it almost June and I don’t own a grill?!?!
Summer is here. I have a wonderful patio overlooking the lake. And no grill. This is a problem.
Grill shopping just got moved up to the top of my “to-do” list.
In the meantime, I can still enjoy some sweet and smoky BBQ flavors at home using my crock-pot.
It’s all very simple. I make up a quick, 10 minute chipotle BBQ sauce on the stove top. Add that to my slow cooker along with a beef roast. And then I just sit back and let it cook ALL DAY long until the beef falls apart. Laziness = win. And also amazing house smells = win.
The mango salsa can be made at any point while the beef is cooking and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to eat. It’s cool and refreshing, and the perfect contrast to the warm, spicy chipotle BBQ beef.
These Slow Cooker Chipotle BBQ Beef Tacos with Mango Salsa are the perfect summertime meal. Even if you don’t have a grill. Yet.
This past January on a trip to Orcas Island I had the BEST panzanella salad of my life. It was at a little Italian place called Sazio di Notte. This week, I was on a mission to re-create that salad. Looking back, I wish I had written down everything in Sazio’s panzanella salad while I was eating it, because now I’m having trouble remembering it exactly. But I didn’t. At the time I guess I was too busy happily munching away to be bothered. Or maybe it was because I was under the spell of a little too much red wine. Oh well. Guess I’ll have to take a second trip back to Orcas Island so I can eat it once more (OK – you twisted my arm!).
The thing that stands out most in my memory about their panzanella salad was the whole roasted garlic cloves. Which is probably why I loved their version so much. I simply can’t get enough roasted garlic! So that became my starting point to building this salad. Traditional elements such as crisped rustic bread, tomatoes, red onions and basil are all here. And I added in some mixed greens and buffalo mozzarella.
The tomatoes are really the star of the show here. So make sure you have good ones. In the thick of summertime, tomatoes from your garden or local farmers market are the best choice. But you can also find reliably good heirloom or vine-ripened tomatoes at your grocery store nowadays. Even a few handfuls of cherry tomatoes would do the job in a pinch.