The eye-catching nature of red flannel hash belies its sturdily economical roots as the way to use up vegetables leftover from a New England boiled dinner. Beets are the key ingredient, and we added pastrami to give smoke and savor to the sweet root vegetables.
Fennel, lemon, herbs, and white wine create a flavorful broth, often referred to as court-bouillon, for poaching halibut. To maintain a clear cooking liquid, the aromatics are bundled between a halved leek. A slotted spatula or two eases the transfer of the finished fillets to a plate. A spoon-ful of broth can double as a finishing sauce.
Chicken potpies are as American as apple pie, but they needn't be as fattening. Instead
a buttery piecrust, cap them with a billowy mound of light mashed potatoes, which
soaks up the flavorful broth in every spoonful.
You can substitute eight small artichokes for the baby artichokes: Prepare them as directed, removing all but the tender inner leaves and scooping out the choke. Adjust the cooking time accordingly. Fan leaves of artichoke hearts, and place one in each bowl.
The dish can be largely assembled ahead: Leave off the last portion of cheese, cover the dish with plastic wrap (pressing it directly onto the surface to prevent a skin from forming), and refrigerate it for up to one day. Remove it 30 minutes before baking, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and bake as instructed.
For pot roast -- a tough cut of beef braised until succulent and tender -- we start with a well-marbled chuck. Pair it with familiar carrots and potatoes. This recipe comes from Martha's latest book "One Pot: 120+ Easy Meals from Your Skillet, Slow Cooker, Stockpot, and More."