Healthy, Hearty Dishes usher in a Flavorful Fall

Grilled Mahi with Lemon Caper Vinaigrette
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Serves: 6

6 6-oz. mahi filets
½ c. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. dill (6 additional sprigs optional)
2 tbsp. capers
1 tbsp. honey

Heat a grill pan or grill over medium-high heat. Rub mahi filets with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill mahi 4 minutes on one side then turn and garnish with lemon slices and optional dill sprigs on top. Grill another 4 minutes. Whisk together remaining olive oil, lemon juice, dill, capers, and honey. Drizzle over filets and serve.

Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

2 tbsp. + 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1½ lbs. fingerling or small red potatoes, halved lengthwise
2 scallions, thinly sliced
¼ c. parsley
2 tbsp. tarragon or basil
1½ tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 tbsp. coarse-grained mustard
2 hardboiled eggs, peeled, chopped
1 bag fresh arugula

Place potatoes in large baking dish. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss. Roast in 400-degree preheated oven until potatoes are brown on one side (about 30 minutes) turning once while roasting. In a small bowl combine scallions, parsley, tarragon, vinegar, mustard, and 2 teaspoons olive oil. Transfer potatoes to dish. Spoon chopped eggs on top and toss with herb dressing. Season with salt and pepper, and serve over arugula.

Apple Galettes with Caramel Sauce
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Chilling time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 16-18 minutes
Serves: 6

1 17-oz. package frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg yolk
1/3 c. apricot jam
7 tart apples, thinly sliced
¼ c. lemon juice
4 tbsp. sugar
½ c. prepared caramel sauce
½ c. confectioner’s sugar
Vanilla ice cream

Roll puff pastry to ¼-inch thickness. Using saucer or 5-inch round stencil, cut dough into 6 circles. Prick bottom with fork. Chill 30 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk egg yolk and 2 teaspoons water. Brush pastry with egg wash. Spoon about 1 tablespoon apricot jam into each pastry and spread evenly. Arrange about 25 thinly sliced apple slices on top of each puff pastry circle and fold the edges up to partially close. Brush with lemon juice and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake until light golden brown, 16 to 18 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream.

Pear-Vanilla Martini
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

16 oz. pear nectar
8 oz. vanilla vodka
¾ tsp. vanilla extract
1½ tbsp. fresh lemon juice
6 lemon wedges
¾ c. sugar

In a large shaker, combine pear nectar, vodka, vanilla extract, and lemon juice with ice and shake. Rub rim of glass with lemon and dip into sugar. Pour cocktail into martini glasses and garnish with lemon twist.

By Carrie Hanna, Southern Boating October 2014