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: Stir-Fried Cauliflower Rice

Nov 19, 2015

Serves 4

I’m a firm believer in the mantra “butter makes everything better,” but there are some days when I fancy something a touch lighter. True to my Asian roots, I regularly rustle up a stir-fry from a fridge raid of leftovers when I want a quick bite; using cauliflower as a rice substitute makes the dish even healthier.

Makes 4 to 6 servings

Daphne makes these pretty much every time she comes over, and the entire family hovers around the oven like vultures, waiting for them to be done. They get their captivating flavor from the tiny black nigella seeds sprinkled liberally over the top.

Weeknight Kitchen: Salted Cashew Caramels

Nov 6, 2015

Makes 64 pieces

· Neutral oil, such as safflower, for the pan
· 3/4 cup heavy cream
· 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
· 1 cup sugar
· 1/2 cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup
· 1/4 cup water
· 5 ounces (1 cup) roasted, salted cashews, coarsely chopped
· 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
· 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
· Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

Serves 4

I was rummaging through my pantry and fridge one evening, trying to come up with an accompaniment for the pork chops I was cooking. This dish fit the bill, with creamy beans, salty pancetta, and bright color from the spinach. A winning combination on the fly!

· 2 tablespoons olive oil
· 4 ounces pancetta or smoky bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice
· 3 garlic cloves, minced
· 1 (28-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
· 6 cups baby spinach
· 1/4 teaspoon salt
· Freshly ground black pepper

Weeknight Kitchen: Carrot Soup with Anise

Oct 9, 2015

Serves 6

· 2 teaspoons anise seeds
· 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
· 1 large yellow onion, chopped
· 2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
· 6 cups vegetable stock (below), chicken stock (below), or water
· Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
· 1 cup heavy whipping cream
· 5 tablespoons anise-flavored liqueur, such as sambuca, ouzo, or Pernod
· 1/4 cup crème fraîche
· 2 tablespoons chopped chives

Serves 8-10
· 6 skin-on, bone-in chicken drumsticks or other pieces of your choice, about 1 1/2 lb (750 g)
· 2 yellow onions, cut into chunks
· 1 large Garnet yam, peeled and cut into chunks
· 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored, and cut into chunks
· 1 bunch fresh dill, roughly chopped
· Splash of white wine (optional)
· Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Weeknight Kitchen: Shrimp Burgers on Zucchini

Sep 11, 2015

Serves 4
I had a dish similar to this in a small restaurant in Mexico, and at Gloria’s request, I created my own version at home. I use medium-size raw shrimp and puree the tails in a food processor, then combine the puree with pieces of the shrimp to form thick burgers.
· 1 1/4 pounds shelled and deveined medium shrimp
· 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
· 2 tablespoons olive oil
· 2 firm zucchini (about 1 pound), cut into 3/8-inch slices (about 3 1/2 cups)
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Serves 2...
This is the most popular recipe that I have ever written, a fact that still slightly bemuses me. It is particularly indulgent and very moreish. So maybe it’s just the combination of salty, buttery, crispy, carb-y goodness, with the umami hit of the tomatoes that does it?
· 1 packet vacuum-packed gnocchi
· 1 tbsp olive oil
· 25g butter
· a few handfuls cherry tomatoes, halved
· 1 ball mozzarella cheese
· handful basil leaves
· sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Weeknight Kitchen: Vietnamese Coffee Ice Cream

Aug 29, 2015

Makes about 1 quart (1 L)
Indians make something they call espresso, but it’s unlike any espresso you’d see in Italy; it’s actually closer to a Greek frappé, a bold brew of instant coffee whipped with an enthusiastic amount of sugar, and then combined with hot water and milk.
I’ve been a longtime fan of that coffee, so when I was first introduced to the Vietnamese version, a drink with very much the same uncompromising intensity, I was sold. When I decided to freeze it, well, then I was lost.

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.
· 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