Sunday, October 5, 2008

Iron Chef Challenge I.

Katie, from Don't Eat off the Sidewalk, is sticking up her mofo middle finger [MMF] and flipping off the Food Network all month with her down-home-all-vegan Iron Chef weekly challenge. On Friday, we had the secret ingredient Big Reveal: apples and ginger.

Our apple season is short in New Orleans, and I've really been enjoying the crispy crunchy unadulterated apple-ness lately. I wanted to participate in this challenge, but without cooking the apples in any way. Also, since I like to be so un-American and all, I wasn't about to take the apple pie highway.

Here's what I came up with:
Apple Salad with Apple Mint and Candied Ginger.

  • 3 apples (mix up the variety for interest)
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole grain mustard
  • squirt of agave
  • 1 tablespoon slivered apple mint
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced candied ginger
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  1. Core the apples and slice thinly. Throw them in a bowl and toss them with 2 tablespoons of lime juice to coat completely.
  2. Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, olive oil, salt, spices, mustard and agave and whisk to blend.
  3. Dress the apples with the dressing and toss with the candied ginger and mint.
  4. Season with pepper and extra salt, to taste.
We're gonna serve this later today with hot biscuits, mustard and slices of gluten log, for true.



  1. This sounds so fresh and delicious.

  2. Oh super YUM!! Thanks for the recipe. You know, I'm not a fan of cooked or baked apples either. They should just throw us in some kind of ultra maximum security jail facility.

  3. This looks really good. Nice and fresh!

  4. How very creative. I love a sweet and spicy salad.

  5. That looks so simple and refreshing - yum!

  6. hey kittee! i have been participating in vegan mofo, but i haven't been put on the google reader :( i tried several times to comment on the ppk blog to get all in on the mofo goodness, but none of them showed up! if you could include me in that reader, that would be awesome! my blog is:

  7. I also like my apples raw - that's why I doused mine in melted sugar! It seems like such a waste, sometimes, to bake away perfectly yummy apple ... though I confess that sometimes I like cooked, too. Just not the apples that are really, really good raw!

  8. That looks and sounds so refreshing!

  9. that looks really great, crisp and seasonal.

  10. hello? Apple Mint? never even heard of it.

    I like your entry. I was thinking of candied ginger and apples... but I like the raw/fresh spin on things.

    i'm still percolating on it.

  11. This sounds and looks lovely, so sad that I'm allergic to raw apples... We are drowning in apples right now, and I'll have to bake them or make a lot of apple sauce. Apple sauce with mint and ginger, maybe?

  12. I didn't realize how photogenic sliced apples were until now. You've opened my eyes. Delish!

  13. exactly what I needed! thank you Kittee.

  14. That's another mint to add to my collection of awesome mint plants! I love your blog!

  15. That apple mint is amazingly pretty!

  16. I wish our apple season was short. I'll be eating them for the next 6 months. This yummy MoFo recipe sure helps.


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