Asian Green Beans and Pork
I have always loved the original version of this Chinese dish when I was served it. The only trouble is that the green beans are usually wok-fried in lots of oil. I wanted to lighten it up a bit so I figured out a way to crisp the beans without the fat–by broiling them.
Makes 4 servings
Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Total preparation time: 25 minutes
1 pound lean ground pork, beef, or turkey
6 tablespoons soy sauce
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In my research for Sara’s Secrets for Weeknight Meals…
I found a recipe for my grandmother Ruth’s “Barbecued Frankforts” on a three- by five-inch index card in an old metal box, handwritten in her own beautiful curly script. Granny was a superb ye olde New England cook, so I gave it a try. In the end I substituted kielbasa for hotdogs and used my own barbecue sauce recipe (although you’re welcome to use your favorite supermarket brand). But what I more »
Asparagus and Goat Cheese Souffléed Omelet
This is a cross between an omelet and a soufflé and doesn’t take too much work as long as you have electric beaters. Make sure you beat your egg whites just to soft peaks; otherwise they won’t fold properly into the egg yolk base. Any leftover cheese or vegetable such as broccoli, spinach or the like would make a fine filling for this souffléed omelet so consider this a clean-out-the-fridge dish.
Makes 2 servings
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total preparation… more »
Nobody ever really gets enough shrimp. Which is why the idea of a scampi hero seemed luxurious to me. (In Italy, scampi is the name for the tail portion of any of several kinds of small lobsterlike creatures. In America scampi is the name for a dish of large shrimp cooked in butter or oil with garlic.) It’ll cut your prep time way down if your local supermarket sells raw shrimp already shelled and deveined—but make sure they smell very… more »
Greek Salad Sandwiches with Feta Dressing
This is a slight twist on a Greek salad. I just put all the elements into a pita pocket and used the feta to make a dressing. If you like Greek salads, you will love this more-substantial sandwich.
Makes 4 Servings
Hands-on time: 20 minutes
Total preparation time: 20 minutes
4 ounces good-quality feta cheese, crumbled (about 2/3 cup)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves or… more »
Antipasto Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano Dressing
This is the perfect lazy-day summer salad, since you don’t have to use the oven. You could buy the blanched broccoli or cauliflower and prepared pasta salad at the salad bar and never even turn on the stovetop. But this salad would be equally good on any night, summer or winter, when you are pressed for time. Feel free to substitute other meats or cheeses for the ones suggested below.
Makes 6 to 8 Servings
Hands-on-time: 25 minutes
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Grilled Lamb and Onion Kabobs with Olive Aioli
Lemon, olive oil, rosemary, and garlic – this is my favorite marinade for lamb, whether I am cooking a roast or skewering kabobs. They work well together because both the marinade and the lamb are products of the Mediterranean. The sauce, made of garlic and olive-flavored mayonnaise, is also Mediterranean – and a great shortcut, given that mayo is premade. I love grilled onions with the lamb, but you can add other vegetables to the skewers.
Makes 4 servings
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Grilled Eggplant Wraps with Lemon Aioli, Feta, and Mint
Many of my favorite flavors from Greece are contained in this one fragrant little wrap. You can make them all summer long using an outdoor grill, but you can also cook them indoors year round using a grill pan or a broiler. Stick a skewer sideways through the onions to keep them together when you cook them. If feta cheese is too salty for you, substitute ricotta salata, this aged ricotta cheese is similar in flavor to feta but not… more »
Grilled Potato and Corn Salad with Chipotle Mayonnaise
The corn in this salad should be grilled, but what’s the best way to do it? In the husk? With some of the husk removed? Stripped naked? My wholehearted vote is for the “naked” or fully husked, method, which creates an unbeatable toasted popcorn flavor.
The secret ingredients here are the chipotles and adobo. Chipotles are smoked jalapenos and adobo is a tomato-based sauce. A little bit of these guys will perk up any dish.
This salad tastes best when… more »
Sautéed Pork Loin with Mustard and Grapes
When I was in High School my Mom and I threw all kinds of dinner parties. (Actually she threw the parties and I helped cook.) Our favorite dish was Veal Scaloppine. I liked it no matter how it was cooked or sauced. It seemed so elegant to us, and there were so manygood recipes for it in our favorite cookbook, Craig Claiborne’s The New York Times Cookbook…
. In retrospect, I realize that my fondness for veal scaloppini is based more »
Creamed Finnan Haddie with Johnnycakes
The smoked haddock known as finnan haddie is a Scottish thing and therefore a New England thing. My Dad (pictured here with me on Labor Day 2001) grew up loving it for breakfast—almost always prepared in the creamed version detailed here—as a kid in Milton, Massachusetts.
I added the johnnycakes to the recipe. Corncakes made from stone-ground flint corn, johnnycakes are another New England family tradition. There is a raging controversy about whether johnnycakes should be thick and fluffy or… more »
Flammekueche or Tarte Flambée
For the article about my trip to France, I was asked, “How will you implement what you saw/ate in your work in the U.S.?” My answer, “
I want to . . . reproduce a very tasty Alsatian dish we were served on the boat, flammekueche or tarte flambée, sort of like a quiche lorraine pizza.” (That is, in addition to playing with the chestnut liqueur I brought home.) You’ll find more about this classic Alsatian dish and the recipe… more »
Tequila Lime Shrimp with Mango Salsa and Cumin Chili Chips
This sunny summer dish is perfect all year round. Don’t limit its appearance, it is so flavorful that you could serve it in the dead of winter and be happy. Here’s some weird food science. Alcohol in a recipe heightens the flavor of the other ingredients even if you don’t end up tasting the alcohol itself. Shirley Corrriher, a food scientist, cookbook author, and frequent guest on my show, had explained to me more then once why this is so.… more »
Indonesian-Style Chicken with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Chicken thighs should be more popular. The meat is much more flavorful than the white meat and almost always cooks up moist, which is not something you can say of chicken breast meat. Yes, the thigh is slightly more caloric than the breast, but I prefer it anyway.
This is a great weeknight recipe for the whole family—although you might want to decrease the amount of hot pepper flakes in the dipping sauce for the kids.
For the… more »
Rosemary-Scallion-Crusted Rack of Lamb
Rack of lamb is my favorite cut of lamb. It’s always delicious – the bones add so much flavor – and the basic preparation requires little more than popping it in the oven and keeping an eye on it until it’s done. It’s really almost impossible to mess up. But it is an expensive cut, so chances are you’ll be saving it for special occasions such as Easter Dinner. For an easy Passover entree, check out my Moroccan Spiced Leg… more »
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