Weeknight Kitchen

The Weeknight Kitchen by The Splendid Table is a great resource for ideas and inspiration for practical, delicious weeknight meals. Each Wednesday, we feature a new recipe each week from great chefs around the world, and original creations from Lynne Rossetto Kasper.

Weeknight Kitchen: Tomato Pesto with Courgette (Zucchini) Spaghetti

Aug 27, 2015

Serves 2
 
Oh, the joy of discovering courgette pasta! You do need to buy a special julienne peeler/cutter to create it, but it is well worth the investment. The best thing about this dish of courgette spaghetti with a fresh tomato sauce is that it is a lower calorie alternative to the traditional pasta dish, so you can eat until you are full. It makes a great lunch if you’re trying to lose weight.
 
· 4 courgettes (zucchini)
· A pinch of flaked sea salt
· 8 large vine tomatoes
· 2 handfuls of fresh basil leaves, finely chopped

Weeknight Kitchen: Fresh Corn Fritters

Aug 12, 2015

Makes 15 fritters
 
· 6 ounces extra-firm silken tofu (1/2 package of the vacuum-packed kind)
· 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
· 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or preferred nondairy milk)
· 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
· 3 ears corn, kernels cut from the cob (see Fizzle says) (about 1 1/2 cups)
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· A few dashes of freshly ground black pepper
· 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and very finely chopped
· 1/4 cup red bell pepper, very finely chopped
· Refined coconut oil for frying 
 

Weeknight Kitchen: Spicy Tomato & Pepper Dip


Jul 29, 2015

Ezme is a wonderful Turkish dish made with the ripest of tomatoes, which give it a deep, sweet flavour to contrast with the fiery kick of chillies and the acidity given to the dish by vinegar and pomegranate molasses. Everyone seems to have their own recipe -- some are spicier or less acidic than others, but this is my favourite version to eat with Cacik and bread. It is a staple when eating Turkish food.

Weeknight Kitchen: Yogurt, Cucumber & Mint

Jul 29, 2015

For Iranians, this dish serves the purpose of cooling you down in the sweltering summers. As in Turkey, Greece and India, a yogurt dish of this sort is a staple on the table during every family meal. Iranians love to vary the content, often using beetroot or spinach in place of the cucumber. In the height of summer, this dish is virtually treated as a soup, so perhaps it is Iran’s answer to the Spanish gazpacho. 
It should be served chilled and, on the hottest of occasions, with ice cubes to help it stay cool.

To serve (optional):1 large cucumber, coarsely grated

Weeknight Kitchen: Smoked Aubergines with Garlic


Jul 29, 2015

Serves 6-8
 
Mirza Ghasemi
 
Persians love aubergines and -- for me -- they are the meat of the vegetable world. If I were to ever become a vegetarian, I’d quite happily gorge myself silly on them. Smoking aubergines allows the flesh to absorb a deep smokiness, giving incredible depth to a dish. Hailing from the Gilan province of northern Iran, mirza ghasemi features on the menus of Persian restaurants all around the world.
 
· 6 large aubergines
· vegetable or olive oil
· 2 garlic bulbs, cloves peeled, bashed and thinly sliced

Melon, Honey, and Mint Granita

Jul 27, 2015

Serves 6
 
When it’s time for dessert, ordinarily I don’t mess around -- give me cake or give me death, that sort of thing. But every once in a while -- say, in the peak of summer when temperatures are ghastly and you’ve invited people over for dinner, when you’d really rather just lie in front of the air conditioner in your underpants -- life calls for something light, fruity, and totally refreshing. Granita is my go-to for these occasions, and it couldn’t be simpler.
 

Weeknight Kitchen: Grilled Eggplants with Nuoc Cham

Jul 15, 2015

Serves 2
 
· 3 Asian eggplants, or use 1 large eggplant, cut into fingers
· 1/4 cup vegetable oil
· 1/2 handful of mint
· handful of fresh cilantro
· 1 quantity Nuoc Cham (see below)
· handful of toasted cashews, coarsely crushed 
 

Serves 2 to 4 as a side
 
· 1 pound baby Yukon Gold potatoes
· 1 tablespoon olive oil
· Sea salt
· 4 garlic cloves, shaved
· 1 bay leaf
· 1 sprig fresh thyme
· 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
· Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
· 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
· 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
· 1 tablespoon small sprigs fresh dill
 
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
 

By Mindy Segal with Kate Leahy 
 
Makes 56 cookies
 

Serves 4 as a main course salad
 
A simple baked fish dish -- but if you wanted, you could serve it equally as well as a marinated raw dish. Remove the skin from the fish, slice it small enough, and there’s no need to actually cook the fish at all.
 
Ingredients
 
· 1 lb 5 oz (600 g) snapper fillet, scaled and pin-boned (ask your fishmonger to do this for you)
· 1 large grapefruit (any variety)
· 1/4 cup (50 ml, 2 fl oz) fish sauce
· 1/4 cup (50 ml, 2 fl oz) soy sauce
· 1 tablespoon superfine (caster) sugar

Weeknight Kitchen: Live Habanero Tomato Soup

Jun 18, 2015

Makes 1 quart
 
It’s so easy, when you eat primarily raw food, to end up having a lot more sweet things in your diet. Many raw savory dishes take a lot of time and planning to execute. This spicy raw soup, on the other hand, takes mere minutes to whip together, and it packs plenty of essential fatty acids from the hemp seeds and flax oil.
 
· 3 ripe medium tomatoes
· 1 small habanero pepper (If you like it less spicy, remove the stem and seeds.)
· 3 tablespoons hemp seeds
· 2 tablespoons flax oil
· 1 garlic clove

Weekend Kitchen: Sour Cream Rhubarb Pie

Jun 8, 2015

Makes 1 pie, about 8 to 10 slices
 
This recipe came to me from my dear friend Margie. We became fast friends the day our family moved onto the block. You couldn't ask for a better neighbor, and when I found out she was a keen baker I knew she was one for keeps! I think this may be my all-time favorite pie. The combination of sour cream, rhubarb and crumb topping is so good, it should be illegal.
 
· 1 Butter's All Butter Pastry single crust pie (recipe follows)
· 1 1/4 cups sugar
· 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
· 1/2 teaspoon salt

Serves 4
 
Grilling a salad might sound counterintuitive, but it adds a whole new flavor experience. Developing a nice char on the outside of the romaine not only enhances the presentation, but it also adds a nice depth of smoky flavor. Instead of using croutons, I pan-fry capers, which add a salty, nutty crunch. Without letting anything go to waste, I also fry the capers in the reserved oil from the jarred sun-dried tomatoes, which lends a honeyed flavor to the capers. Of course, the sun-dried tomatoes bring a pop of color and sweetness to help round out the dish.
 

Weeknight Kitchen: Fish Kabobs

May 29, 2015

Serves 2 to 3
 
Soaking the skewers in water prevents them from catching fire during grilling. If you have metal skewers, use those instead.
 
· 6 (6-inch) wooden skewers
· 1 (8-oz.) tuna fillet
· 1 (8-oz.) grouper fillet
· 1 (8-oz.) salmon fillet, skinned
· 1 (8-oz.) bottle olive oil-and-vinegar dressing
· 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
· 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
· 1 Tbsp. pink peppercorns
· 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
· Fresh herb sprigs (optional)
 

Weeknight Kitchen: Chickpea Masala & Saffron Rice

May 22, 2015

Serves 4
 
· 1 Tbsp ground cumin
· 1/4 tsp saffron threads
· 1 cup (7 oz/220 g) basmati rice
· 1 3/4 cups (14 fl oz/430 ml) chicken or vegetable stock or water
· Kosher salt
· 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
· 1 small red onion, finely diced
· 1 garlic clove, minced
· 1 Tbsp peeled and minced fresh ginger
· 2 Tbsp curry powder
· 1/4 cup (2 fl oz/60 ml) heavy cream
· 1 can (151/2 oz/485 g) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
· 3 oz (90 g) spinach
· Juice of 1 lemon

Weeknight Kitchen: Radish Sandwiches with Butter and Salt

May 13, 2015

Makes 6 to 8 small sandwiches or 20 to 24 hors d'oeuvres
 

Weeknight Kitchen: Oven-Baked Tarragon-Scented Salmon

May 6, 2015

Serves 6 to 8
 
Fennel seeds and fresh tarragon quietly infuse a yogurt marinade in this delicate fish supper. After it has spent a few hours in the fridge, slide the salmon into the oven and stir together the golden bread-crumb topping. You’ll be rewarded with a meal completely out of proportion to the amount of effort expended.
 
· 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
· 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
· 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
· 1/2 cup plain yogurt (not Greek), preferably whole-milk
· 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Weeknight Kitchen: Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Apr 29, 2015
  • 8 ounces pancetta or thick bacon, diced
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 1/2 ounces) freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound spaghetti

1. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering. Add the pancetta and cook until it is browned and the fat has rendered, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and keep warm.

2. In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, cheese, and pepper until uniform. Set aside.

For the salad, assemble:
 
· 2 1/2 ounces mixed baby salad greens (e.g., watercress, chard, and red oakleaf lettuce)
· 2 roasted potatoes, chopped
· Handful of sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
· 2 scallions, sliced
 
For the dressing, mix:
 
· 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
· 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
· Pinch of salt and pepper
· Pinch of dried red pepper flakes
 
Vegetarian Alternative:
 
Add 2 ounces feta, Parmesan, or pecorino.
 

Weeknight Kitchen: Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Apr 24, 2015

Serves 8 to 12
 
You can make upside-down cakes with all kinds of fruit, but you just can’t beat our take on the classic. We make it in a cast-iron skillet and add bourbon to the salted-caramel pineapple topping. Sprinkle in almonds for added flavor and texture.
 
For the Caramel Pineapple Topping
 
· 1 pineapple
· 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
· 1 cup packed light brown sugar
· 1 tablespoon bourbon (rum or vanilla works too)
· 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
· 3/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted 
 
For the Cake

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