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The Cookstr 10: Ten Simple Summertime Mains

June 23, 2011

In these long days of summer, with children home from school and the daylight stretching well past dinnertime, cooking is all about putting forth minimal effort for maximum returns. Each shortcut for serving up an impressive meal without long hours spent trolling the supermarket aisles for specialty ingredients is well worth it. Here are ten recipes for simple main-course meals for summertime, made from just a handful of ingredients each.

Lauren Groveman's Herb-Scented Double Rib Lamb Chops

Whether you’re looking to throw together a weeknight family dinner with the existing contents of your refrigerator and pantry, or trying to create a gourmet meal for six without breaking the bank on a three-page shopping list, these ten dishes offer a dining experience that’s definitely more than the sum of their parts.

Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner's Baked Flounder with Bacon

1. Onion and Arugula Frittata

Michele Scicolone

Perfect for a satisfying lunch, or paired with a substantial salad for a quick and easy dinner, this Italain frittata needs only fresh, good-quality eggs, onions, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. If arugula isn’t available, watercress or spinach leaves will do just fine.

Click here for Michele’s Onion and Arugula Frittata Recipe

2. Scallop Skewers

Break out the grill for these tender and flavorful scallop skewers, brushed with a simple marinade and cooked briefly over high heat.

Click here for Katie and Leeann’s Scallop Skewers Recipe 

3. Miso-Orange Pepper Roasted Chicken 

Eric Gower

Brining the chicken first results in extraordinarily moist meat infused with soy sauce and brown sugar. Especially crispy skin is divine with the creamy miso-orange paste.

Click here for  Eric’s Miso-Orange Pepper Roasted Chicken

4. Real Easy Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin

 Bobby Deen and Jamie Deen
Apple cider and apple cider vinegar combine to season this sweet and tangy tenderloin. It’s the kind of meal that your guests will believe took all day to prepare, although it can be cooked in under an hour.

Click here for Bobby and Jamie’s Real Easy Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin Recipe

5. Whole Wheat Noodles with Rocket, Garlic and Chili
White BeansDeborah Madison

Spicy rocket (arugula) lends itself well to this vegetarian pasta dish, which blends the wilted leaves with Italian cheese, red pepper flakes, sauteed garlic and nutty, whole wheat pasta.

Click here for Deborah’s Whole Wheat Noodles with Rocket, Garlic and Chili Recipe 

6.  Baked Flounder with Bacon

Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

Complete in under half an hour, this recipe bakes delicate flounder or sole with bacon- and scallion-infused olive oil, lemon juice, and fresh parsley.

Click here for Victoria and Brigitte’s Baked Flounder with Bacon Recipe

7. Manchego-Potato Tacos with Pickled Jalapenos

Jay Weinstein

These stuffed soft tacos are hearty enough for dinnertime, but would also be a hit sliced into smaller pieces as an appetizer or after-school snack. Add chicken if you like, although they don’t need it!

Click here for Jay’s Manchego-Potato Tacos with Pickled Jalapenos Recipe

8. Delmonico Steak

Judith Choate and James Canora

Grilled ribeyes are finished in this recipe with a generous daub of meat butter, made with fresh bay leaves and thyme.

Click here for  Judith and James’ Delmonico Steak Recipe

9. Radicchio and Prosciutto Pizza

Susan Spungen

Raw shredded radicchio is an unusual pizza topping that works well with the salty bite of the prosciutto and the creaminess of mozzarella or fontina cheese.

Click here for Susan’s Radicchio and Prosciutto Pizza Recipe 

10. Herb-Scented Double Rib Lamb Chops 

Lauren Groveman

These luxurious herbed double rib chops can be seasoned up to two days ahead and refrigerated until ready to cook. Cooked via a stovetop grilling method, this recipe requires high heat and a kitchen with a good exhaust fan.

Click here for Lauren’s Herb-Scented Double Rib Lamb Chops Recipe


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