Main Course Menu Plan: Week 13  Winter II

Day 1: Risotto with Shrimp, Scallops and Mushrooms  

Total time: 30 minutes
     Sometimes risotto uses up leftovers; sometimes it's for special occasions, like this one.  The occasion? It's the end of the week.  I like to use half scallops and half shrimp, but all of either would be equally good.  Risottos are meant to be creamy, not stiff.  The risottos that we have eaten in northern Italy have all been served in soup plates (flattish bowls) and eaten with a spoon - not a fork.

Risotto with Shrimp, Scallops and Mushrooms Ingredients:


Day 2: Baked Lamb Chops with Persillade

Total time: 20 minutes
     Persillade is what goes into Escargot Bourguignon to make it so delicious.  It goes into a lot of other dishes in France as well. Baking lets the persillade stay on the chops rather than in the pan.

Baked Lamb Chops with Persillade Ingredients:


Day 3: Chicken Breasts with Spanish Rice

Total time: 40 minutes
    I use a quick cooking brown rice in this dish; it cooks in 20 minutes. You can use whatever rice you choose (except instant) just adjust the liquid and cooking time accordingly. The tomato juices cook right into the rice, adding color and flavor!

Chicken Breasts with Spanish Rice Ingredients:


Day 4: Beef Patties with Mushrooms

Total time: 30 minutes
    Use wild or exotic mushrooms if you can.  It's the season and we may as well take advantage.  But even the plain white button or brown cremini will make a delicious sauce.

Beef Patties with Mushrooms Ingredients:


Day 5:  Tuna and White Bean Enchiladas

Total time: 35 minutes
     A different twist on the traditional enchilada, this has a white sauce, white beans and white cheese... Enchilada Blanca....

Tuna and White Bean Enchiladas Ingredients:


Day 6: Pork Chops Diablo

Total time: 30 minutes
     Diablo or deviled usually means spicy, often hot and always full of rich, complex flavors.  These zesty pork chops are a perfect example. The ones I get are quite thin.  You may need to increase the cooking time if you are using very thick chops.

Pork Chops Diablo Ingredients:


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