Turkey might be the traditional center of the Thanksgiving table, but there are times when an alternative main dish is desired. For a holiday meal with a twist, we offer a selection of festive main course recipes including roast beef, pork tenderloin, Cornish hens, salmon, duck, lasagna, and roast chicken.
Scallops are prized for their rich, sweet flavor and delicate texture. Two types are available: Sea scallops are harvested by trawling the ocean floor or are hand-picked by divers. Bay scallops, which are smaller and often sweeter than sea scallops, are harvested in bays, closer to shore. This shellfish is typically sold without its shell. Choose dry-packed scallops over wet-packed ones. They should smell sweet and briny (not fishy), with moist, translucent pink-ivory flesh (not white). Scallops are very perishable, so cook them immediately, or refrigerate for up to 2 days, well wrapped, atop a bowl of ice.
You can make this refreshing meal without even turning on the oven or stove top. Float pre-cooked shrimp on a bowl of gazpacho made heartier with earthy beets. Look for vacuum-packed cooked beets in the produce section of supermarkets.
This quick take on the Provencal pizza-like tart known as pissadaliere is topped by sauteed onions, slivered Nicoise olives, fresh thyme, and anchovies. Puff pastry makes a fast and easy alternative to traditional bread or pastry doughs when making it or other tarts: Once the sheets have thawed, roll them out and sprinkle with your choice of toppings, then pop in the oven and you're done.This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).
Is it a dressing or a dip? Who cares? Green goddess dressing, the beloved California creation, doubles as a dip for a summertime crudite platter. The creamy concoction is studded with chopped fresh herbs and scallions, and it pairs particularly well with the season's bounty -- here, baby carrots and yellow squash, tender peas and beans, and little tomatoes -- but let the greenmarket (or your own garden) be your guide.This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).
Sweet, tender crabmeat is always a treat, whether it's Dungeness, king crab, or snow crab from the icy Pacific; stone crabs from Florida; or Maryland's famous blue crabs, both hard-shell and soft-shell. You can buy live crabs and steam them at home, or buy presteamed whole crabs or crab legs at the seafood counter. Preshelled crabmeat is available in several different varieties, graded according to the size of the chunks of meat. From highest to lowest, the grades are: Colossal, Jumbo Lump, Lump, Special, Back Fin, and Claw Fingers. Soft-shell crabs are those that have recently molted, and whose exoskeleton is still soft and edible. Once cleaned, soft-shell crabs are eaten whole.