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What's for Dinner: Stress-Free Weeknight Meal

A deliciously simple slow-cooked braise becomes the basis for a stress-free weeknight meal.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2011

Menu

Braised Lamb Chops with Red Wine and Figs
Smashed Parsnips and Potatoes With Thyme
Broccolini With Lemon
Cranberry Clafouti

Preparation Schedule

Weekend

Sear and braise the lamb chops. While the lamb is braising, peel and chop the potatoes and parsnips, and cook them until tender. Blanch the broccolini. Make the thyme oil, and mash with the drained potatoes and parsnips. Refrigerate each dish separately.

Weeknight

Reheat the lamb, covered, in a low-temperature oven, and rewarm the potatoes over low heat. Saute the broccolini. Make the clafouti batter, and put the dessert in the oven as you sit down to eat.

Just Before Dessert

Whisk the heavy cream to soft peaks, and dust the clafouti with confectioners' sugar.

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