Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps with roasted peanuts
You love the sweet flavor of orange chicken, the Americanized Chinese take-out of chain places like ones named after fast bears. But you also love lettuce wraps; yes for the health, but mostly for the satisfying crunch of biting into one. What's the best thing you can do with these two loves? Combine them!
Blackened Scallop Pasta with red pepper cream
Want something fancy, but just aren't a food snob? A bit out of the ordinary, but still full of comfort? We know exactly how you feel. We designed this meal with you in mind. Scallops, sweet and tender, with cajun seasoning adding extra umph, are cooked to succulent perfection. That's for the fancy pants. For comfort, delicate angel hair pasta and red pepper sauce, as familiar as putting on your shoes, but way more delicious. This dinner strikes just the right balance between new adventure…
Rockefeller Salmon with roasted red pepper green beans and potatoes
Good on oysters, even better on salmon; the classic Rockefeller topping of lemon, spinach, and cheese works wonders on seafood. Our version swaps spinach for parsley, adding a fresh herb flavor. This meal has all the high class of Gilded Age dining, but in your dining room, at a price that'll make you feel like you're making out like a robber baron. Tip: Easier way to mince parsley? Gather them all in one hand and lay on the cutting board. Use your knife in rocking motion to cut, then turn…
Butternut Squash Alfredo Gnocchi with kale and Asiago cheese
If you were to describe this meal in three simple words, it would be these: soft, sweet, and rich. Both butternut squash and gnocchi are nicely soft for the tooth, and butternut provides delightful sweetness. But the richness… gnocchi, Alfredo sauce, and Asiago all combine together for a decadence that'll lift your soul. You'll need to open a second bank account after eating this meal.
Island Mango Pulled Pork Sliders with Chili Lime Slaw stovetop cooking
A tropical island is mere fantasia right now, what with the cold weather at home and… well… 2020. But you can get a taste here of the treasured island life: sweet mango and pulled pork together bring a sweet and savory balance that can't be beat, and the slightly spicy slaw almost satiates those wistful yearnings for palm trees and warm breezes. Island life is that Home Chef dinner life.
Beef Meatball Pot-au-Feu with mashed potatoes
Pot-au-feu means “pot on the fire,” and if the French meant to say this dinner is flame, well, they were right on. (The French in no way meant that; the name goes back to 17th century and has nothing to do with modern slang.) You likely (hopefully!) won't be setting any pots and pans ablaze while making this, but you will be dealing some flavor explosions of the most en fuego variety: rich, meaty meatballs in a wine-and-butter sauce of carrots and onions, with creamy mashed potatoes. A meal…
Pork Shumai Meatballs with ponzu dipping sauce and snap peas
Shumai are technically pork dumplings, but we take off the wrapper so you can appreciate the uninterrupted glory of ginger-soy-infused pork. The meatballs are seared to give a smoky char, then finished off in the oven. They’re served up with a side of rice and garlic-sautéed snap peas for a fresh, healthier take on classic pork shumai. Tip: If snap pea string is hard to find and remove, make a very thin cut lengthwise along the string.
Scallops with Lemon-Caper Pasta with baby spinach
You've had many a piccata before, at banquet dinners and weddings. You're used to the old stand-by, the dry chicken breast and super-salty capers with some subpar pasta. (Or you've had our delicious and succulent version with creamy sauce and delicate pasta.) This caper and butter sauce is all of the latter, none of the former, and instead of boring, snoozy chicken, succulent sweet scallops to sop up the good flavors.
Salmon and Lemon Florentine Cream with roasted mushrooms and rosemary Parmesan potatoes
Culinary pop quiz: “Florentine” means: a) pertaining to the city of Florence, Italy b) a long preparation of a sauce, using at least twenty ingredients, three pans, an hour or so of time, and a ton of patience, or c) a dish with spinach in it. Ding ding ding, C is the correct answer. (You'll also get credit for A.) If you missed it, just order this meal and lap up the creamy spinach sauce… you'll do better next time.
Honey-Ginger Chicken Katsu with jasmine rice and mushrooms
Chicken katsu comes to us from Japan, land of the Rising Sun and the most delicious cuisines (in your humble description writer's humble opinion, of course). But the amazing Japanese dishes go beyond just sushi and ramen. Here, it's the Japanese take on fried chicken, crisp and delightful like fried chicken 'round the world. The chicken is topped with a delicate ginger-honey sauce, which will have you throwing your old BBQ sauces in the trash. Tip: Make quick work of mincing garlic by…
Acapulco Steak Quesadillas with cheddar-jack cheese and red onion
Some ideas are so obvious, we wonder why we didn't have them earlier. These steak quesadillas are Exhibit A: an idea so good and so easy, it should have been on our very first menu. Well, we won't deny you any longer. These delicious quesadillas have all the classic flavors, such as spicy jalapeño, flavorful cilantro, and melted, gooey cheddar-jack cheese. All this, and meaty steak, make for a meal that shows our best ideas are yet to come. Tip: To remove the core of a tomato, carefully cut…
Tomato and Spinach Pork Medallions with Almond Green Beans stovetop cooking
Pork medallions bathed in rich marinara and with nutty, yummy Parmesan coating all the good nooks and cracks? Yes please! With green beans and almonds? We don't need to tell you twice to order this meal.
Creamy Mushroom and Kale Tortellini with Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes
We've heard the nasty rumors about kale for years (thinks she's better than us, taking hardworking lettuces' jobs in salads), and we don’t believe a word: kale's been nothing but good to us. She's great here, healthy and with a slightly bitter taste, adding to the earthy, meaty mushrooms and rich tortellini. Reputation means nothing; the flavor is everything. Tip: This recipe has a shallot, which sometimes is rough to mince. The easiest way to mince shallot? Make thin slices lengthwise, then…
Shrimp Lo Mein with bok choy and roasted peanuts
How did we not think of this before? We've brought you plenty of shrimp and plenty of noodles and plenty of Chinese dishes, but never a straight-up no-thrills-besides-the-delight-on-the-tongue shrimp lo mein before. Consider this a grave oversight on our part that we're rectifying right away. Noodles, shrimp, carrots, peanuts, bok choy… well, we were once blind, but now we see… and can't wait to taste.
Hoisin Pulled Pork with Jasmine Rice stovetop cooking
Pulled pork holds any sweetness you bring to it so well, and this dinner is no exception. It's melded perfectly with hoisin, bringing a nice sugar touch. Rice, slaw mix, and green snow peas form the perfect bed for such a sweet porcine delight.
One-Sheet Pretzel-Crusted Chicken with roasted broccoli and honey mustard
“That's why I'm easy,” Lionel Richie once sang out of our transistor radios, back when the world was simple and, well, easy. We can't turn back time, but we can give you this simple weeknight dinner, so you have more time to listen to the radio. (Well, podcast.) Chicken coated in pretzel breading is baked next to broccoli dusted with salty, nutty Parmesan. Honey mustard sauce whipped up in a bowl makes the perfect dipping for the crunchy chicken. Everything cooks on one baking sheet, making…