Good morning. I lastly had my Christmas dinner final week, deep within the Maine woods, along with household for the primary time in months. It was a grocery store feast: Eric Kim’s recipe for root beer ham, alongside sautéed inexperienced beans and a few scalloped potatoes made on the fly — thin-sliced baking potatoes layered with dots of butter and sprinkles of salt and black pepper, then topped with a combination of Cheddar and Swiss, and a wholesome cup of half-and-half, baked till bubbly and noticed with brown.
It was beautiful consuming and a reminder that we don’t must restrict these sorts of celebratory meals to holidays alone. You possibly can completely have roast turkey tonight for dinner, with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and hashed brussels sprouts. You possibly can scale down a prime rib and eat it with baked potatoes and an enormous salad. On the very least and possibly most flavorful, you would assemble this baked mushroom Wellington (above), simply because it’s deep winter and also you wish to convey pleasure to these with whom you eat. Chocolate chip cookies for dessert, please!
The remainder of the week needn’t be so concerned.
As an illustration, check out this creamy cauliflower soup with rosemary olive oil. It’s a breeze to make, notably in the event you occur to have an immersion blender. The leftover rosemary olive oil is a wonderful condiment to have available for a party-board lunch of cheese and bread later within the week.
I like a one-pot meal for weeknight dinners, and this chicken and vegetable donabe doesn’t disappoint, particularly with the addition of a splash of yuzu kosho-spiked ponzu on the finish. The Lakers play the Nets in Brooklyn at 7:30 p.m. Jap time, and in the event you’ve subscribed to NBA.com, you may watch with a bowl of dinner in your lap.
How about pork chops with mustard and jam for a midweek meal? There are solely two elements within the sauce — mustard and fruit preserves — they usually present a superb cowl for the chops. For which, a brand new approach: Sear the meat onerous on one aspect however probably not on the opposite, to maintain the middle juicy. I like that.
I like the warming Korean stew often known as kimchi soondubu jjigae, and particularly this vegetarian model that has button mushrooms standing in for pork. Their meaty texture alongside the silken tofu is aces excessive. The handicapper in me predicts this dish a go-to for the remainder of the season not less than.
After which you may run out the week with this Peruvian arroz con pollo verde, which requires a tremendous cilantro purée to prepare dinner with the rice and hen. To go together with it, you’ll make this salsa criolla, a condiment that you could be end up utilizing liberally within the days to return. In Peru, it’s made with contemporary aji amarillo chiles, which will be onerous to seek out in america. However a mix of orange bell pepper and serrano chile provides an identical taste and warmth. Get pleasure from!