Sometimes when you are looking for a quick meal, one you can put together in 30 minutes, you turn to standard recipes to fit the formula. It isn't always necessary to tailor recipes to meet the prescribed deadline.
Hamburgers with sliced tomatoes come quickly to mind, but are just as quickly discarded because they are boring. Not that every meal has to be a challenge, but you certainly don't need a recipe for making hamburgers or slicing tomatoes. The challenge is to find interesting dishes that are simple to prepare.
A favorite for a warm summer night is garlic sausages with hot potato salad, a typical Provence meal, usually served at noon, but for American eating habits, perfect for dinner. To make it a better rounded meal, add a curried tomato salad and French bread for those who need something extra.
This meal is so quick to prepare that a simple dessert -- blueberries with granulated brown sugar and yogart -- could be included and produced in the 30 minutes.
Since the idea of quick meals is to keep all the work at a minimum, and if your supermarket is like mine it doesn't carry true garlic sausages and you don't want to go traipsing all over town, you can improvise with either hot or sweet Italian sausage meat and garlic.
This is a meal that is heavy on the vegetables and light on the meat. If you want to alter that you can simply propare more sausage and cut back on the potatoes.
Here's all you have to do. MENU Garlic Sausage Hot Potato Salad Curried Tomato Salad French Bread (optional) Blueberries, Brown Sugar and Yogurt STAPLES
Olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, mustard, garlic, curry, onion. SHOPPING LIST
About 8 (12 ounce) white or red new potatoes, 1 bunch parsley, 1/2 pound garlic sausage or hot or sweet Italian sausage meat; loaf French bread (optional), 1 very larged or 2 medium-small tomatoes, 1/2 pint plain yogurt, brown granulated sugar or regular brown sugar and 1 pint blueberries -- if you are having dessert.
Put water on to heat for potatoes. Scrub potatoes and put in water, cover and boil. Cut up tomatoes. Chop onion; combine with tomatoes. Chop parsley and mix with yogurt and curry. Beat together oil and vinegar. Chop parsley for dressing; mix with oil and vinegar. If sausage is not in link form, combine minced garlic with sausage meat and shape into sausages.
Poach sausages in simmering water. Heat bread, if being served. Cut up cooked potatoes and mix with dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Mix tomatoes with yogurt. If dessert is being served, wash berries, layer with sugar and yogurt. GARLIC SAUSAGE (2 servings) 1/2 pound garlic sausage links or hot or sweet Italian sausage meat 1 small clove garlic (if using Italian sausage)
Mince the garlic; mix the meat with the garlic and shape into 4 or 5 sau- sages. Cook the sausages with the potatoes, allowing about 10 minutes. Drain and serve. HOT POTATO SALAD (2 servings) 8 small white or red new potatoes, about 12 ounces, well scrubbed 1/3 cut good quality olive oil 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2tablespoons chopped parsley
Put water on to boil for potatoes. Scrub potatoes and add to water.
Cover and cook about 20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Drain. Beat together oil and vinegar and season potatoes in quarters or thirds and mix with dressing. Chop parsley and sprinkle on potatoes. CURRIED TOMATO SALAD (2 servings) 1 very large or 2 medium-small tomatoes 1/2 of small onion 1/2 cup plain yogart 1 tablespoon chopped parsley 1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry Salt and pepper to taste
Chop tomatoes coarsely. Chop onion medium-fine; mix with tomatoes. Refrigerate. Chop parsley and mix with yogurt and curry. To serve, mix tomato-onion mixture with yogurt mixture and season with salt and pepper.