White Chicken Chili
There is one good reason—other than chicken and chilies—why I love the white chicken chili on the menu at the burrito palace in our neighborhood: sour cream. This quick-to-make home version is delicious unadorned. Add the accompaniments and some homemade or store-bought cornbread and it is over the top.
Makes 6 servings
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total Preparation time: 40 minutes
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1… more »
Italian-style Onion Soup with a Poached Egg and Parmigiano-Reggiano
One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants used to be Beppe, where Chef Cesare Casella had created a menu bursting with the big sunny flavors of his native Tuscany. He made a mean lemony fried chicken, succulent spareribs in tomato sauce, and French fries fried with fresh herbs. But I was particularly partial to his onion soup with a poached egg on top. My version is much simpler, but very satisfying nonetheless. If you can’t find pancetta (unsmoked Italian bacon) in… more »
Black-Eyed Pea Cakes with Salsa Mayonnaise
Once upon a time Gourmet…
magazine ran a recipe for an appetizer of black-eyed pea cakes with jerk pork. I loved it as it was, but it occurred to me that we could conjure up a great vegetarian entrée by losing the pork, making the cakes bigger, and then topping the cakes with a tasty sauce. The use of canned black-eyed peas (they mash up better than the dried and cooked kind) and prepared mayonnaise makes the preparation of this more »
Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagne
This is a delicious alternative to the classic meat-and-tomato-sauce lasagne. The squash comes on surprisingly big; roasting it caramelizes it and concentrates its flavor. I made a relatively light “cream sauce”—half milk/half chicken broth—because the two cheeses contribute a ton of richness.
The big news here is that you don’t need to precook the lasagne noodles. Cooking lasagne on the show one night, I was demonstrating a relatively new product called “no-boil” noodles, which are somehow processed so that you… more »
Turkey Club Salad
This salad is composed of all the elements found in the classic turkey club sandwich, except that the bread has been turned into croutons and the mayonnaise into herb sauce. The bacon is cooked my favorite way—on a rack in the oven. The bacon turns out less greasy, and you end up making less of a mess than if you’d cooked it in a skillet on top of the stove.
Makes 6 Servings
Hands-on time: 25 minutes
Total preparation… more »
Crispy Pumpkin Ravioli
Stuff a wonton wrapper with something delicious and you’re looking at nearly instant “homemade” ravioli. This recipe calls for a filling of super-quick canned pumpkin, but you could use fresh mini-pumpkin, butternut squash, or acorn squash purée. Just cut the pumpkin or squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and bake it until it is tender. Scoop out and season the flesh, then use in place of the canned pumpkin to stuff the wontons.
Makes 4 servings
Hands-on time: 25… more »
Short Ribs Ravioli with Tomato Sauce and Ricotta Salata
Chef Mario Batali really has a genius for big flavor. His television appearances give you a pretty good idea of that genius, but go to his restaurant Babbo in New York and he will knock your socks off? I love just about everything on the menu, but one of the standouts is Beef Cheeks Ravioli. Weird, right? You’ve probably never thought about the beef’s cheeks and don’t particularly like thinking about them now. Well a beef cheek turns out to… more »
Cheese Sandwich Soufflé
This is a recipe from my grandmother Ruth that I love for its simplicity. It is nothing more than a ham and cheese sandwich over which you pour some beaten eggs and milk, let it soak, and then bake. (I confess that I dressed it up a bit by adding the ham, and that my son Sam insists I should have added even more.) Any flavorful sliced melting cheese and any flavorful pork product—cooked bacon, pancetta, prosciutto, or good old-fashioned… more »
Bistro Duck Breasts
Duck breasts are one of my favorite things to make for a quick and elegant dinner. Originally created for Episode 308, Season 3, of Sara’s Weeknight Meals,
this “cook once, eat twice” recipe gives you a head start on the next night’s entree, Peking Duck Wraps.
Recommended side dishes: coucous and butter braised baby carrots
Makes 4 servings
6 Peking duck breast halves
1 shallot, minced (about ¼ cup)
1 cup chicken broth
¼ cup dry more »
Matzo Brie with Creamed Spinach and Crispy Onions
I didn’t know about matzo brie, that wonderful breakfast dish consisting of matzo and beaten eggs cooked in a lot of butter, until I started dating my now-husband (who is Jewish) in the mid-seventies. His mom, Esther, made it for me and I thought it was absolutely delicious. I always wondered if you could build on matzo brie, treating it much as you would treat an omelet or scrambled eggs and throw in any old ingredient. So I tried it… more »
Creamy Lime Corn Soup with Cumin Salted Tortilla Strips
Here is a luxuriously thick soup that is very low in calories, especially if you leave out the tortilla chips. You really boost the corn flavor by adding cobs to the broth. Indeed, anytime you have leftover cobs kicking around, especially at the end of the summer, you might want to cook up a corn broth and salt it away in the freezer in anticipation of those long, cold winter months. Then it’s a snap to make this soup using… more »
Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Tart with Pancetta Crust
I developed this tart in the mid-eighties for a column in Gourmet…
magazine called “Gastronomie Sans Argent,” which loosely translated means “eating well on a budget.” It was for an August issue, and the theme was tomatoes. Not a tough assignment; I can’t think of a cheaper and more satisfying way to feel rich than to bite into a locally grown beefsteak tomato in season. I came up with an entree that recruited all of the tomato’s usual partners in more »
I think of this recipe as the perfect backyard cooking for a crowd summertime salad because it features three of the shining stars of summer—corn, tomatoes, and basil—and because all the parts can be prepared ahead of time and tossed together at the last minute. When I’m in the country and find a roadside stand selling just picked corn, I cut it off the cob raw, straight into the bowl, and don’t even bother with the quick boiling step. Raw… more »
Fresh Corn Spoon Bread with Broccoli and Sharp Cheddar
I have always loved Southern spoon bread—that creamy, airy cross between cornbread and a soufflé. I have added sharp Cheddar cheese and broccoli so that it becomes a substantial breakfast for dinner. One cup of any cooked vegetable would work here—cauliflower, peas, carrots, green beans, spinach, and so on—and three ounces of any good melting cheese would be fine too.
Makes 4 servings
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total preparation time: 40 minutes
2 cups whole milk
1 1/2 cups fresh… more »
Corn and Jalapeño Cakes with Goat Cheese
When I made the first batch of these corn cakes and topped them off with a slice of tomato and goat cheese, they were so substantial they reminded me of a burger. The fresher the corn the tastier these cakes will be, because the minute you pick an ear of corn its sugar starts to turn to starch. The best scenario would be to put a pot of water on to boil, pick and husk the corn from the cornfield… more »
Sara’s New Book
|In my newest book, I share more than 200 new family-tested, family-pleasing recipes. Whether you’re new to the kitchen or just looking for a way to spice up your recipe repertoire, my carefully tested quick and easy recipes will help you get dinner on the table every night of the week.