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Sara’s Weeknight Meals Season 5

Join me for an Upside Down Day; it’s breakfast for dinner on this week’s show.

In Upside Down Day, Episode 512 of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” we turn the day upside down by having breakfast for dinner. Savory Waffles Benedict is perfect and perfectly filling. So is my take on the classic Spaghetti with Bacon, Eggs and Toasted Bread Crumbs. And we’ll visit a smokehouse to…

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Join me for an Upside Down Day; it's breakfast for dinner on this week’s show.

In Upside Down Day, Episode 512 of “Sara’s Weeknight Meals,” we turn the day upside down by having breakfast for dinner. Savory Waffles Benedict is perfect and perfectly filling. So is my take on the classic Spaghetti with Bacon, Eggs and Toasted Bread Crumbs. And we’ll visit a smokehouse to…

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Roast Duck with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Serves 4 One 5-pound Long Island (Pekin) duck Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 small onion, coarsely chopped 1 small carrot, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, smashed with the side of a knife 1 cup dry red wine 1 small celery rib,…

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Duck Fat Popovers

Start to finish: 40 minutes plus 1 day and 1 hour resting time Hands on time: 10 minutes Servings: Makes 10 to 11 popovers 4 large eggs 2 cups whole milk 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons melted duck fat, divided 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon table salt Whisk the…

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Deviled Bones

Makes 6 Servings Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 3 Hours 15 Minutes to 3 Hours 45 Minutes Ingredients 5 pounds meaty beef short ribs with the bones Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 c chicken stock, preferably homemade, or canned broth 1/2 c dry red wine 3…

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Crispy Oyster and Bacon Pad Thai

Serves 4 Ingredients 1 pound Pad Thai noodles 1 cup Pad Thai Sauce, recipe follows Vegetable oil for deep frying plus a little extra for stir frying Dozen shucked oysters Rice flour for dusting 1 Thai chile, thinly sliced 1 bunch scallions, green part only, cut into 2 inch lengths…

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Mussels and Bok Choy with Black Bean Sauce

Mussels, like clams, are a two-fer.  They’re delicious in themselves and they generate their own sauce.  If all you did was throw them into a pot with a little olive oil, garlic, and white wine, put the lid on top, and steam them until they opened, you’d still end up…

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Spicy Greens Ravioli

Servings: 4 Start to finish: 40 minutes Hands on time: 30 minutes 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 9 cups packed spicy or bitter greens, such as arugula, escarole, watercress or, mustard, chopped fine 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons homemade ricotta cheese (see recipe below) or store bought ricotta 3 tablespoons…

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Fettuccine with Rock Shrimp, Corn and Jalapeño

Makes 4 servings Hands-on Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Ingredients 1 pound dried fettuccine 3 tablespoons plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and seeded, sliced in rounds 1 pound rock shrimp, peeled and deveined Sea salt…

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Fettuccine with Rock Shrimp, Corn & Jalapeño

Makes 4 servings Hands-on Time: 30 minutes Total Preparation Time: 45 minutes Ingredients 1 pound dried fettuccine 3 tablespoons plus ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and seeded, sliced in rounds 1 pound rock shrimp, peeled and deveined Sea salt…

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Toasted Pasta Spanish-Style with Shrimp and Chorizo

Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes Hands on time: 1 hour Servings: 4 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon minced garlic, divided Kosher salt 8 ounces fideos, spaghettini or thin spaghetti, broken into 1 to 2-inch lengths 6…

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The Creamsicle

Makes four ice cream sodas 2 cups fresh orange juice 4 large scoops vanilla ice cream Seltzer, well chilled Bring the orange juice to a boil in a medium saucepan and simmer until it is reduced by half. Chill well. Drop a scoop of ice cream into the bottom of…

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Mini Meat Loaves

Makes 6 servings Total Time: 1 hour Preparation Time: 15 min For the glaze: 1 cup ketchup 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar For the mini meat loaves: 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 celery ribs, finely chopped (about 1/2 cup) 1 medium onion, finely chopped…

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Odd Lots Mac and Cheese

Makes 6 Large Servings Hands-On Time: About 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 55 Minutes Ingredients 1 qt whole milk 6 T (3/4 stick) unsalted butter 6 T unbleached all-purpose flour 8 oz assorted cheese (See Note) 1 T Worcestershire sauce 1 t dry mustard 1 t Tabasco sauce Kosher salt…

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Sauteed Lemon Chicken with Fried Capers

Start to finish: 45 minutes Hands on time: 45 minutes Servings: 4 1 pound chicken breast cutlets, preferably thin sliced 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided 3 tablespoons rinsed, drained and dried capers Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper All-purpose flour (preferably wondra) for dredging the chicken…

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Zucchini and Pasta Noodles with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce

Serves 4 Hands-on-time: 15 minutes Total prep time:  30 minutes 4 cups baby zucchini 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Pinch of saffron 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups labneh 8 cups zucchini spiral noodles 4 cups cooked angel hair pasta 1/4 cup minced cilantro 1/4…

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Mu Shu Vegetables with Pancakes

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 35 Minutes Ingredients 8 thin pancakes (see recipe below for Basic Crêpes) 4 medium scallions One 3-inch piece fresh ginger 3 garlic cloves 1/2 pound baby bok choy (2 or 3) or napa cabbage (about 1/3 head) 1 medium red…

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Kentucky Lemonade

Hands-on-time:  10 minutes Total prep time:  55 minutes There are two secrets to making great lemonade: Secret #1 – Roast your lemons. Secret #2 – Bourbon. Fortunately, this recipe incorporates both those tips to deliver one of the greatest summer taste sensations of them all: Kentucky Lemonade. You can use…

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Baby Egg Rolls with Soy Dipping Sauce

For the Egg Rolls: 1/4 cup olive oil One 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced 1 garlic clove, minced One 1/2-pound boneless pork chop, cut into thin strips 2 scallions, white and 1 inch of the green parts, thinly sliced 1 carrot, julienned 1 large red bell pepper, julienned…

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Chinese-Burmese Chili Chicken

Serves 3 as a main dish with rice, or 4 as part of a multi-course meal Ingredients 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thigh or breast, cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick large slices 2 tablespoons peanut or vegetable oil 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper 2…

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Pork Cutlets with Spanish Olive Sauce

Ingredients 4 thin boneless pork chops kosher salt and freshly black pepper all-purpose flour for coating the chops 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup dry sherry 1 cup chicken stock 1/3 cup sliced or chopped pimento-stuffed Spanish green olives 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Additional kosher salt and freshly ground…

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Buttermilk “Fried” Pork Chops

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 30 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 1 Hour (Add 30 minutes if freezing before cutting.) Suggested Accompaniments Sautéed apples and cabbage and butternut squash or sweet potato puree     Ingredients Four 1/2 –inch-thick boneless pork chops (about 1 pound) 1 c buttermilk 1 t Tabasco…

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Falafel Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing

Makes 4 Servings Hands-On Time: 40 Minutes Total Preparation Time: 50 Minutes Ingredients 1 c cherry tomatoes 3 pickled cherry peppers 1/2 seedless(English) cucumber 1 small head iceberg lettuce 1 small onion 5 T extra virgin olive oil 2 garlic cloves 3/4 t ground cumin 1/2 t ground coriander 1/4…

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Sinaya

Serves 4 to 6 1 large eggplant Kosher salt Tahini Sauce: 3/4 cup tahini 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 1 cup water 1 tablespoon olive oil 3 garlic cloves 1 tablespoon kosher salt 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided 2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 medium yellow onion, finely…

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