Spatchcocking -- splitting, then flattening a chicken -- yields a perfect roasted chicken in less time than a whole one takes. It also exposes more skin, which crisps up nicely at higher temperatures. Click here to learn how. Feel free to use a roasting pan or a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet.
Golden croutons made from olive bread boost the presence of the Kalamata olives, both of which are fried in this rendition of the salad. Cucumbers, tomatoes, and red onion -- tumbled over slices of feta -- are all here. Dill adds a bright spring grassiness.
This is a slow-roasted version of the stove-top tomato sauce, and it's jam-packed with flavor. You'll want to have it with everything -- not just over pasta but on crusty bread and scrambled eggs, and paired with soft cheeses.
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You'll have this dish on the table in under 15 minutes. (No, we're not kidding.) Serving it with lots of crusty bread is a must: You'll want to sop up every last drop of broth. We love the hint of anise from the tarragon.
You can make a double batch of roasted tomatoes early in the week (say, for this whole-wheat penne dinner) and save half for this recipe. With the tomatoes already prepared, the rest of the preparation will only take 15 minutes.
Steaming food in parchment -- or "en papillote," as it's traditionally called -- is a low-fat way to cook a full meal in one shot: The juices from each ingredient are sealed inside the pouch to flavor the dish. Plus, it makes for a dramatic presentation. Just be careful not to burn yourself when the steam escapes!See illustrations for folding parchment paper.