Sara’s Weeknight Meals Season 3

Baked Risotto with Red Wine, Sweet Potatoes and Duck Confit

Risotto, is a great one size fits all dish because it provides the perfect back drop for any foreground ingredient. But it needs to be nursed, stirred constantly so the rice absorbs the liquid at just the right pace. No one has the time for that on a weeknight.  I…


Sal’s Old School Meatballs

Note from Marc: My father instilled three things in me: (1) Always work for yourself—no matter what, be the boss; (2) Always have integrity—you are only as good as your word; (3) Always use veal, pork, and beef in meatballs. Life really is that simple! Makes about sixty 1-ounce meatballs…


Spaghetti In Parchment with Clams and Scallions

Note from Marc: The pasta in this dish cooks twice, so be sure to undercook it when you first boil it. Then when it bakes in the parchment, it will absorb all the briny, garlicky, wine-soaked, chile-flecked juices from the seafood. That’s how you create flavor! It also helps to…


Spanish-style Burgers

Makes 6 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 35 minutes         Ingredients 1 large onion, chopped 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon smoked, sweet or hot smoked Spanish paprika 2 pounds burger mix  (NOTE:  you could use: …


Meatloaf Burgers

Makes 6 Servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes         Ingredients 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup) 1 celery rib, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced (about 1 tablespoon) 1 pound ground beef chuck 1/2 pound ground pork…


My third PBS season starts this week!

“Winter Comfort Food,” Episode 301 of Sara’s Weeknight Meals starts airing this week around the country. I’ll be making Smoky Fish Chowder and Root Vegetable Latkes, after a visit to Stone Barns Center, a sustainable farm  in Pocantico Hills, New York, with my nephew Peter. This episode is my salute to…


Shredded Root Vegetable Latkes

Makes about 12 latkes, 4 servings Hands-on time: 25 minutes Total preparation time: 25 minutes         Ingredients 1 pound assorted root vegetables, such as turnips, beets, parsnips, and carrots 1/2 pound boiling potatoes, such as Yukon Gold or Red Bliss 1 small onion 1 large egg 1/3…


Smoky Fish Chowder

Makes about 9 cups, 4 servings Hands-on time: 20 minutes Total preparation time: 30 minutes         Ingredients 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter ½ pound Canadian bacon 1 medium onion 2 medium stalks celery 1 pound boiling potatoes such as Yukon Gold or Red Bliss 1 tablespoon…


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