Turkey, Leftovers, and Much, Much More to Gobble for Dinner This Week
Of course, there will be a big bird this week, and so much more! Our dinner recipes are just what you need for a delicious meal every night. The easy weeknight recipes here take less than an hour of mostly hands-off time, many cook much quicker than that but may require constant stirring. These are meals the whole family can enjoy. Yes, there will be pasta. On the weekends (and holidays!) we like to try something different; recipes that cook long and slow, projects that get us using new ingredients and techniques, and menus to make entertaining a cinch. So join us every week for dinnertime inspiration.
MONDAY: BAKED SWEET POTATO WITH GREENS
Yes, you might be having sweet potatoes on Thursday (or maybe you're white potatoes all the way -- mashed, of course)? Whatever the starch you're savoring on Turkey Day, try this colorful and delicious meatless meal tonight. You might never consider baking a white potato again!
TUESDAY: TUNA, CAPER, AND BASIL PENNE
It's ready in the time the penne takes to cook. This light but satisfying easy-to-make and easy-to-eat pasta just might be the ultimate weeknight pantry dinner. Be sure to have fresh basil on hand to add to the cupboard-staple ingredients.
WEDNESDAY: CHICKPEA SOUP WITH PARSLEY AND PARMESAN
Take it easy before the big day, serve this kinda-fancy-but-straightforward-to-make soup with plenty of garlic and parsley. Bonus: It doesn't need a lot of tending.
THURSDAY: ROASTED TURKEY RUBBED WITH CORIANDER, BLACK PEPPER, AND FENNEL
What is Thanksgiving without turkey? This year we're cooking the bird in pieces so everything is cooked to perfection; the breasts get a head start in the oven while you sear the legs on the stove. Then put them together to finish in a roasting pan, where the legs braise in liquid. The result is juicy white meat and succulent dark meat, all with crisp, flavorful skin, courtesy of a spicy overnight rub.
FRIDAY: LEFTOVER TURKEY CURRY
SATURDAY: TURKEY TORTELLINI SOUP
We're transitioning from turkey, truly we are! This soothing soup uses a broth made with the turkey carcass -- and store-bought tortellini. Of course, you could make your own if you feel really inspired!
SUNDAY: PEPOSO (PEPPERY PORK STEW)
Today we're celebrating the end of leftovers, relaxing after a busy holiday with plenty of good things to eat. A braise is just the thing for dinner tonight: This peppery (not spicy) pork is marinated, seared, then cooked long and slow (hands-off cooking meaning plenty of time to do things out of the kitchen) -- with incredible results. It's one of editorial food director Sarah Carey's all-time favorite recipes!