Main Course Menu Plan: Week 7  Winter II

Day 1: Salmon en Croute with Tarragon Cream Sauce

Total time: 35 minutes
    Cooking a whole salmon in puff pastry is a classic party dish.  This is a scaled down version for individual servings.  For a dinner party they can be assembled ahead and baked at the last minute.  The salmon stays moist and perfectly flaky.  I've given the dimensions used in the photos.  If your salmon is a different shape, you need enough pastry to cover it. Trim any excess. 

Salmon en Croute with Tarragon Cream Sauce Ingredients:



Day 2: Veal Marsala

Total time: 15 minutes
      The tender veal scallops cook quickly and are finished with a silky wine sauce.  I can't get Marsala so I use Madeira.  Both are a slightly sweet, fortified wine.  Chicken breasts, pounded thin, or turkey scallops would make good substitutes.  Both would need a bit more cooking.  Pounding the veal is optional.

Veal Marsala Ingredients:


Day 3: Cheesy Beef and Potato Pie (Crustless)

Total time: 45 minutes
   Vegetables, meat and cheese, bound together with beaten eggs makes a simple but flavorful one-dish dinner.  It's like pie, but without the crust.  

Cheesy Beef and Potato Pie (Crustless) Ingredients:


Day 4: Italian Pork Chops

Total time: 40 minutes
     Just a few ingredients simmered together to produce moist, tender pork chops.  The lemon adds a fresh taste to the tomatoes.  Grate the lemon before cutting, using a lemon zester or the fine wholes on a grater.  You only want the yellow, or zest, not the white, which is bitter.

Italian Pork Chops  Ingredients:


Day 5:  Stir-Fried Chicken with Broccoli and Peanuts

Total time: 25 minutes
    Peanuts may not be as traditional with stir-fries as almonds or cashews, but they add a flavor a bit like sesame seeds, especially when combined with peanut butter - probably more Indian or Thai than Chinese.

Stir-Fried Chicken with Broccoli and Peanuts Ingredients: 


Day 6: Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles

Total time: 30 minutes
   Traditionally served with egg noodles (home made) I usually use any bite-size pasta, preferably a bit 'hearty'.  To stick with tradition you could make small dumplings or hand cut noodles.  The dill is the secret to this dish.

Swedish Meatballs Ingredients:


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