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Volume 44

Dinner This Week: Quinoa Stew

By Keith Dresser Published

This week’s menus include Quinoa and Vegetable Stew, Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Sriracha-Lime Butter and Turkey Meatballs with Soy and Sesame for dinner in about an hour.

Every week, Executive Food Editor Keith Dresser pairs each main dish with a side to give you a complete, satisfying dinner without the guesswork. Look for the game plan section to learn tips on how to streamline your kitchen work so dinner comes together quicker.

Dinner 1: Quinoa and Vegetable Stew and Corn Muffins

Quinoa and Vegetable Stew is based on a dish common in the Andean regions of South America. Red bell peppers, tomatoes, red potatoes, sweet corn, and peas make for a hearty, fresh mix of vegetables. To give the stew body, we cook the potatoes until they are very soft and have released their starches. Traditional garnishes of queso fresco, avocado, and cilantro add richness and color. For a Savory Corn Muffin with great cornmeal flavor, we use a ratio of 2 parts cornmeal to 1 part flour and ditch the copious amount of sugar found in most recipes. To keep the muffins from becoming dry, we precook a portion of the cornmeal with milk to make a polenta-like porridge. This hydrates and gels the starch in the cornmeal and traps free water to produce a supermoist muffin. 

Printable Shopping Lists: Quinoa and Vegetable Stew and Corn Muffins

Equipment Review Large Dutch Ovens

Dutch ovens do it all. But which pot makes “it all” easiest?

Dinner 2: Pan-Seared Flank Steak and Mexican Corn Salad

To produce well-browned Pan-Seared Flank Steak with Sriracha-Lime Butter, we first cut a single steak into four individual steaks so that they fit neatly in a skillet. We then slowly bake the steaks to ensure that all of the pieces are evenly cooked to medium-rare. Finally, we sear the steaks in a hot skillet to brown their exteriors. Our Mexican Corn Salad features charred kernels with a nutty, slightly bitter flavor that complements the corn's natural sweetness. We brown and char the corn on the stovetop in a covered skillet. The lid prevents the kernels from popping out of the hot skillet and also traps steam, which helps cook the corn. We dress the kernels with a creamy and tangy mixture of sour cream, mayonnaise, and lime juice and finish the salad with chopped fresh cilantro and spicy serrano chiles. 

Printable Shopping Lists: Pan-Seared Flank Steak and Mexican Corn Salad

Equipment Review Manual Citrus Juicers

The Amco Houseworks Lemon Squeezer has long been our favorite manual citrus juicer. But when we started replacing kitchen copies every couple of months because of worn or chipped enamel, we wondered if there was something more durable that we would like equally well.

Dinner 3: Turkey Meatballs with Soy and Sesame with Carrot and Radish Slaw

Thanks to couple of test kitchen tricks, our Turkey Meatballs with Soy and Sesame rival those made with beef or pork. We start with 93 or 85 percent lean turkey and add an egg and fresh bread crumbs to create a cohesive mixture. We also stir in a small amount of unflavored gelatin, which traps moisture and gives the meatballs a juicy mouthfeel. To boost meaty flavor, we add glutamate-rich Parmesan cheese, anchovies, and soy sauce. Carrot, Radish, and Asian Pear Slaw is a new take on coleslaw. We trade out everyday cabbage for carrots and radishes that lend color and flavor. To avoid a waterlogged salad, we toss the shreds with salt and sugar to soften them slightly and draw out moisture. Crispy Asian pears add a touch of sweetness and a bright Dijon-based dressing brings everything together. 

Printable Shopping Lists: Turkey Meatballs with Soy and Sesame with Carrot and Radish Slaw


View more weeknight dinner ideas below, or check out all of the Dinner This Week menus.

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JOHN C.
16 days

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too. I've done this using a rimmed sheet pan instead of a skillet and put veggies and potatoes around the chicken for a one-pan meal. Broccoli gets nicely browned and yummy!

Absolutely the best chicken ever, even the breast meat was moist! It's the only way I'll cook a whole chicken again. Simple, easy, quick, no mess - perfect every time. I've used both stainless steel and cast iron pans. great and easy technique for “roasted” chicken. I will say there were no pan juices, just fat in the skillet. Will add to the recipe rotation. Good for family and company dinners too.

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MILES D.
JOHN C.
9 days

Amazed this recipe works out as well as it does. Would not have thought that the amount of time under the broiler would have produced a very juicy and favorable chicken with a very crispy crust. Used my 12" Lodge Cast Iron skillet (which can withstand 1000 degree temps to respond to those who wondered if it would work) and it turned out great. A "make again" as my family rates things. This is a great recipe, and I will definitely make it again. My butcher gladly butterflied the chicken for me, therefore I found it to be a fast and easy prep. I used my cast iron skillet- marvellous!

CM
CHARLES M.
11 days

John, wasn't it just amazing chicken? So much better than your typical oven baked chicken and on par if not better than gas or even charcoal grilled. It gets that smokey charcoal tasted and overnight koshering definitely helps, something I do when time permits. First-time I've pierced a whole chicken minus the times I make jerk chicken on the grill. Yup, the cast iron was not an issue.