The one-pan meal. Flavorful, easy-to-prepare, and minimal clean-up. I have become an unabashed fan. Two of my favorite one-pan recipes are Moroccan Chicken and Rice and Mark Bittman’s Cannellini with Shredded Brussels Sprouts and Sausage. Both make it into pretty regular rotation on my weekly what-to-cook-for-dinner playlist.
Always on the lookout for more, I was thrilled when Chris Kimball, editor of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, appeared on the third hour of this morning’s Today Show with three one-pan recipes: Greek-style shrimp with tomatoes and feta; Skillet meaty lasagna; and Skillet apple crisp. First up for me will definitely be the Greek-style shrimp, so I’ve included it below.
Three more great reasons to cook at home.
Greek-style shrimp with tomatoes and feta
Chris Kimball, Cook’s Illustrated (Sept. 1, 2010)
- 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on, if desired (see note)
- 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons ouzo (see note)
- 5 medium garlic cloves , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 5 teaspoons)
- 1 teaspoon grated zest from 1 lemon
- Table salt and ground black pepper
- 1 small onion, diced medium (about 3/4 cup)
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced medium
- 1/2 medium green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and diced medium
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomato, drained, 1/3 cup juices reserved (see note)
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves
- 6 ounces feta cheese , crumbled
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill leaves
This recipe works equally well with jumbo (16 to 20 per pound) or extra-large (21 to 25 per pound) shrimp, but the cooking times in step 3 will vary slightly depending on which you use. Serve the shrimp with crusty bread or steamed white rice.
1. Toss shrimp, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon ouzo, 1 teaspoon garlic, lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper in small bowl until well combined. Set aside while preparing sauce.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion, red and green bell pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and stir to combine. Cover skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables release their moisture, 3 to 5 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until moisture cooks off and vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes longer. Add remaining 4 teaspoons garlic and red pepper flakes and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and reserved juice, wine, and remaining 2 tablespoons ouzo; increase heat to medium-high and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors have melded and sauce is slightly thickened (sauce should not be completely dry), 5 to 8 minutes. Stir in parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add shrimp along with any accumulated liquid to pan; stir to coat and distribute evenly. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until shrimp are opaque throughout, 6 to 9 minutes for extra-large or 7 to 11 minutes for jumbo, adjusting heat as needed to maintain bare simmer. Remove pan from heat and sprinkle evenly with feta. Drizzle remaining tablespoon oil evenly over top and sprinkle with dill. Serve immediately.
Serves 4 to 6
Recently, I discovered that National Pancake Day (courtesy of IHOP) is coming up soon, on March 1st to be exact (one free short stack between 7:00 and 10:00 a.m. in exchange for a small charitable donation), which got me thinking about the flap jack.
I’m probably in the minority on this one, but I have do admit, I don’t love them. I never make them and never order them when I’m out for breakfast. For some reason I find their fluffiness unsatisfying from start to finish.
As a kid, I used to eat pancakes, but they were different: a cross somewhere between the standard flapjack and a crepe, and often the size of the whole plate. Remembering this, and now wanting to cook pancakes in longer than I care to say, I sent an email to my mother asking for the recipe. I knew it was simple – four or five ingredients, at most, all mixed in a blender, but what were the ingredients and their amounts? Alas, my mother had long ago lost the secret recipe. This was not good news, as in the intervening days, I had become like a dog with its proverbial bone. I needed to find a similar recipe, and I did on Cooks.com. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s close enough. I offer this thinner take on pancakes to you below.
If it was me, once the pancakes have been cooked to perfection, I would stack them two or three high, smear butter in between and on top, then douse them with a good pour of Aunt Jemima (accompanying my ambivalence towards fluffy pancakes is a general dislike of pure maple syrup, this to the horror of my brother and in spite of my Canadian heritage). And I have vague memories of snowy Sunday mornings, sitting at the kitchen table with a pile of hot thin pancakes in front of me, and instead of syrup, I would spread thick layers of strawberry jam in between and on top. Now that sends me back…
|GRANDMA’S THIN PANCAKES|
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1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. butter, melted
2 c. milk
2 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. sugar
Mix all ingredients in blender, adding butter last. This is a crepe-like batter. Fry on lightly greased preheated grill.
Three recipes to change your life. I originally came across the concept in this past Sunday’s New York Times. The Week in Review section contained a series of articles with the theme “Sustainable Life.” In one piece, Mark Bittman offered a compelling argument for cooking at home (it’s cheaper, healthier, and sometimes faster than eating out), along with three recipes that he believes can change the way we eat and live. It’s a simple premise – cook and eat real food. And Mr. Bittman shows us how to start.
Each includes an extensive list of variations and substitutions so that, should decide to embark upon a cooking adventure, you’ll be able to stretch three meal ideas into a few dozen.
As Mark Bittman said to Meredith Viera on this morning’s Today Show, “What you need is not so much a diet as a way to eat.”
Amen to that.
Published: December 31, 2010
Yield: 4 servings.
2 tablespoons good-quality vegetable oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
4 scallions, chopped
1 pound broccoli, trimmed and cut into bite-size pieces, the stems no more than 1/4-inch thick
8 ounces button mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and sliced
8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch chunks or thin slices and blotted dry
2 tablespoons soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper.
1. Put a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add half the oil, swirl it around, and immediately add half the garlic and ginger. Cook for 15 seconds, stirring, then add the broccoli, mushrooms and all but a sprinkling of the scallions. Raise heat to high, and cook, stirring, until mushrooms release their water and broccoli is bright green and beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Sprinkle with salt; add 1 cup water. Stir and cook until almost all liquid evaporates and broccoli is almost tender, another minute or two more, then transfer everything to a plate.
3. Turn heat to medium, add remaining oil, then remaining garlic and ginger. Stir, then add chicken and turn heat to high. Cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken has lost its pink color, three to five minutes.
4. Turn heat to medium. Return broccoli, mushrooms and juices to the pan, and stir. Add soy sauce, sprinkle with more salt and some pepper; add a little more water if mixture is dry. Raise heat to high and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced slightly and you’ve scraped up all the bits of chicken. Taste and adjust seasoning, garnish with remaining scallion and serve.
Stir-fries work with virtually any combination of vegetables; protein-dense food (meat, poultry, fish, tofu, etc.) is optional. Use pork (like shoulder), shrimp, beef (like sirloin), or tofu instead of chicken; slice the meat thinly or the tofu into cubes.
Use cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, green beans, snow peas, carrots or spinach in place of either the broccoli or the mushrooms or both. Or use other mushrooms.
Use fish sauce instead of soy sauce and finish with a squeeze of lime to give it a Southeast Asian flavor.
Use olive oil, skip the ginger, use onion instead of scallion, and substitute 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary or thyme to give it a Mediterranean flavor profile.
Use coconut milk instead of stock; 1 tablespoon curry powder instead of soy sauce to give it an Indian flavor