As one of the most respected women in the food world, Sara brings years of training and experience to her latest cooking series, Sara’s Weeknight Meals. She also serves as Gourmet magazine’s executive chef and food editor for Good Morning America.
The Substantial Sandwich
When you don't feel like turning on the stove and making a big meal, Sara has the solution. Why not mix it up, and assemble a substantial sandwich? Try a Pressed Smoked Salmon or Turkey Reuben - a lean and delicious nod to the corned beef classic. Sara's tasty Fried Clam Sandwiches feature little neck clams in a light batter - these are so good! No one would complain about Middle Eastern Meatball Sandwiches topped with a tangy garlicky yogurt sauce. Incredibly delicious!
Soup for Supper
Hearty soups are meals in themselves. Sara's are substantial and incredibly easy to make. She starts with a basic recipe for Chicken Broth, which is easy to prepare and well worth it. For cold weather comfort, a Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Spicy Chorizo and Greens is the perfect thing. Sara's Seared Beef in Autumn Broth with Wasabi Cream creates a tasty bowl of comfort.
Breakfast for Dinner
Are there nights when you come home from work and are so exhausted you pour yourself a bowl of cereal for dinner? There is nothing wrong with breakfast for dinner, but Sara's got something a little more filling. Try her Egg, Canadian Bacon and Cheddar Biscuit Sandwiches -they're really easy and fast. Eggs Baked in Ham Cups with Sofrito are so beautiful, they're good enough for company. Sara's Green Chile and Zucchini Quiche has a surprise crust that's perfect for the pastry-impaired.
There's something about the flavorful combination of ingredients in Indian food that makes it a really nice change of pace from our typical weeknight meals. Sara's friend Madhur Jaffrey joins her in the kitchen today to prepare a few of her quick and easy Indian favorites, like a tender Pork Vindaloo. Hard-boiled Eggs Masala is quick and nutritious served with a side of Whole Green Lentils, and Royal Chicken Cooked in Yogurt is paired with a cauliflower dish that is absolutely delicious.
Shop and Serve
Supermarkets have so many great ingredients to build on - why not take advantage of the work they've already done and make dinner a little easier during the week? You can whip up tasty Buffalo Chicken Wings in five minutes, thanks to Sara's healthier oven-style shortcut. Green Posole with Chicken is easy to make based on a supermarket rotisserie chicken, and Cheatin' Jambalaya, so much simpler than the classic, is a total crowd pleaser.
Vegetable entrees are incredibly tasty, and yes, they're good for you! Grilled Shiitake, Sweet Potato and Eggplant Kabobs are colorful and delicious. They go really well with creamy sesame miso sauce. Sara's Giant Stuffed Mushrooms, a nod to Mom's bite-size hors d'oeuvres, use hearty portobellos to make them more of a meal.
Why save burgers for cookouts? Everyone loves them, and they can be dressed up endlessly. A Portobello Burger is sure to satisfy meat lovers and vegetarians alike. With gorgonzola cheese, roasted red peppers and balsamic mayo on garlic bread - it's a winner! Sara's Asian-Style Turkey Burgers are a flavorful change of pace, an homage to a hamburger Sara learned to make in college...the DET Burger. With mushrooms, peppers, olives, onions and cheese, this is one delicious sandwich...with a secret ingredient.
Just Open The Pantry
Some days you just don't have it in you to make one more trip to the store before you get home. No problem! Sara has easy meals you can make right out of the pantry, like her delicious Fried Rice. Everyone likes pasta, and Linguine with White Beans couldn't be easier. Quick Salmon Cakes come together fast from a simple can of salmon, without a hint of that fishy taste. So go ahead - stage a pantry raid!
Chef Michael Psilakis joins Sara in the kitchen with some easy Greek recipes anyone can make at home, like Braised Lamb Yiouvetsi a one-pot stew, or Yiouvarlakia, a delicious meatball soup with a lemony egg foam. You'll want to try hearty Vegetarian Yemista that Michael learned from his mom. It's made up of baked vegetables, stuffed with peppers, squash and rice, and then flavored with herbs.
Tender cuts of meat are perfect for weeknight meals because they cook up quickly and adapt easily to all kinds of preparations. Sara's Pork Tournedos with Sage and Prosciutto are an elegant ode to pork spiked with lemon. Korean-Style Beef with Spicy Cabbage makes a plain skirt steak flavorful, and Sara's Grilled Lamb and Onion Kabobs with a garlicky olive sauce only take 10 minutes of your time to make.
Mexican Made Easy
How can you not love the bright flavors, spices and chilies used in Mexican cooking? Chef and cookbook author Roberto Santibanz shares three simple recipes anyone can make in their own kitchen, like a Simple Adobo Marinated Chicken - eat it alone or use that chicken in some Quick and Easy Quesadillas. Enchiladas made with Fresh Corn Tortillas and a tasty Green Salsa can be prepared in advance, and then just popped in the oven. Finally, try Roasted Poblanos, stuffed to the brim with spinach and creamy goat cheese.
Poultry seems to find its way onto many dinner tables for quite a few weeknight meals. It's versatile, affordable, and everyone likes it. For a new twist, try Chicken with Sausage and Hot Cherry Peppers. It's so good! Sara's Lemon Chicken cooks up quickly and is full of flavor, and her Sauteed Duck Breasts with Gingered Grape Sauce may sound fussy, but it couldn't be simpler to prepare.
Who doesn't enjoy Italian style food? Chef Andrew Carmellini from the New York City restaurant A Voce joins Sara in the kitchen to share a few of his homey signature dishes like Chicken Leg Cacciatore with Sweet Peppers, Fennel and Green Olives, or a quick and delicious Grilled Swordfish with Salsa Giallo. Andrew's Creamy Risotto recipe is easy, and inspired by his family history.
From The Sea
For most of us growing up, our only fish options were square, breaded and fried. Now you can find fresh seafood in your neighborhood, and it's the perfect candidate for quick, healthy and delicious weeknight meals. Sara's Steamed Mussels in Curried Coconut Broth are too easy to be that good. Be sure to have lots of toasted bread on hand for dipping! Try her Seared Fish topped with a Tangy Gazpacho Vinaigrette that's so refreshing, and Roasted Salmon with Warm Lentil Salad in a Light Mustard Dressing is close to perfection for a fast and easy weeknight meal.
Many recipes that involve tough cuts of meat and slow cooking do not require much of your time. These same recipes taste better the next day and freeze beautifully, so why not stockpile them on a Sunday to be enjoyed later on in the week? Sara's incredibly tender Braised Short Ribs are served with Oven Baked Polenta and a creamy horseradish sauce. An easy and elegant Duck Confit cooks away in the oven...it's so delicious!
Asian Noodle Dishes
Asian noodle dishes can be served a million different ways with just a few variations - plus, they couldn't be easier to make at home! Cookbook author Corinne Trang joins Sara to make Cold Soba Noodles with Shiitake and Baby Bok Choy. Her Pad Thai with Shrimp, Tofu and Mung Beans is a delicious classic, and Ramen in Curry Sauce with String Beans and Ground Pork is nothing like those cups we all ate in college!
Salads for supper are great when it is hot outside, but the way we see it, entree-style salads are perfect for anytime of the year! Sara's Fried Chicken Salad is juicy, crispy and delicious - and guess what - it's not fried! Her Thai Style Steak Salad with Spicy Mint Dressing is refreshing and filling at the same time. Then there's Sara's Ham, Potato and Black-Eyed Pea Salad. It's got a Creamy Garlic Dressing that tastes delicious on just about anything.
Fish cooks up in no time at all, so it's perfect for a weeknight meal. No one knows this versatile ingredient better than Sara's old friend, author and chef Jasper White. He joins Sara in the kitchen with three terrific recipes, like his Classic Boston Baked Scrod. You'll love his incredible Steamed Black Sea Bass that's very light and elegant. A must-try recipe is Cataplana, steamed clams with garlic, tomatoes and Portuguese sausage.
Pizza is the perfect base for almost any ingredients you have kickin' around in the fridge. Sara's easy Food Processor Pizza Dough takes exactly 6 minutes to make, no kidding. Or you can pick up some frozen pizza dough from the supermarket to create Middle Eastern Pizza featuring spicy lamb, and Sara will show you a new use for the grill pan to make spicy Grilled Southwestern Pizza.
High 5 - 5 Ingredient Mains
The fewer the ingredients, the faster dinner gets to the table - that's why Sara's rustled up some delicious recipes featuring only 5 ingredients, and boy are they good! Try the Roasted Salmon with Hot Mustard Cracker Topping - crunchy on the outside and oh so tender on the inside. Buffalo Rice mixes the best tastes of Buffalo chicken wings - hot sauce, blue cheese, celery, crispy chicken - in a quick and flavorful rice bowl. Sauteed Duck Breasts have an Apricot Szechuan Peppercorn Sauce that's packed with sweet and spicy flavors. And nothing could be simpler than Peppery Broccoli Pasta with Feta Cheese - a satisfying, meat-free alternative. Less is more!
Two for One
To truly save time in the kitchen, Sara's got a simple solution: cook once, eat two completely different meals. Her Grilled Lamb Chop with Steak Butter is fantastic on its own, but it makes a second meal special when the lamb is ground into Herbed Lamb and Feta Burgers. Peruvian Baked Chicken Thighs are going to be a hit with your family. Who knew they could be reincarnated so successfully into Chicken and Tomatillo Salsa Nachos? Genius!
Girls at the Grill with Elizabeth Karmel
Women of America, pick up your tongs, put on your aprons and man the grill! It's easy with Sara's buddy, grilling expert Elizabeth Karmel, to guide you! First is an easy Chicken Paillard with Greek Farmer's Salad and Tzatziki to get the basics down. Then, pizza! This one is a Blistered Corn and Asparagus Pesto Grilled Pizza. Finally, we'll go all out with Elizabeth's famous Texas Hill Country BBQ with a universally loved finger lickin' sauce. Tonight, boys drool...grill girls rule!
Breakfast for Dinner
Turn the day upside down with easy egg-based meals like Indian Scrambled Eggs, infused with exotic flavors on a crispy platform of pappadam. How about a savory BLT and Egg Pie, a fun take on the lunchtime classic with an easy crust for the pastry impaired? And if you have lots of leftover vegetables, the French classic Souffled Omelet is a spectacular solution. When there's no time to cook, reach for the eggs!
Who doesn't love a sandwich? Sara's are hearty and juicy and a snap to prepare and serve. Make your own easy Beer Bread, then stuff it with super easy cheaters like Pulled Chicken Barbecue and Pickled Cucumbers you make yourself. Fried Catfish BLTs bulk up the traditional sandwich with some crunchy fish filets and tricked-up basil mayonnaise. Then amaze your family by making your own ricotta cheese, the star of Roasted Vegetable and Fresh Ricotta Sandwiches.
Salad: It's Easy Being Green
Versatile, easy-to-make salads will please even the hungriest eater the way Sara does it, with enough protein to stick to your ribs and a huge supporting cast of vegetables. Think about Warm Steakhouse Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing - it's so rich and filling you'll forget it's a salad. Crunchy Falafel Salad with Creamy Garlic Dressing will give vegetarians something to shout about. Then there's Seared Scallops and Butter Lettuce Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette - elegant yet completely satisfying!
Indian Comfort Food with Floyd Cardoz
Newly crowned "Top Chef Masters" winner Floyd Cardoz joins Sara to cook the food he grew up with in India. First up is Wild Striped Bass Curry swimming in coconut and mild spices. Chicken Pilaf is simple but satisfying with a gingery yogurt sauce. Beef Kebabs are super easy, with the heat of chilies, ginger and cumin to kick start your taste buds!
Every Thanksgiving, America tunes in to hear Sara Moulton answer their turkey questions live, and now her public television viewers will get her infallible guidance. She covers the essentials of how to buy, defrost, brine, roast and time the bird in Top 10 Thanksgiving Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. Your Thanksgiving dilemmas are solved with Sara's One-Size-Fits-All Stuffing (you pick the mix-ins!); how to prep delicious wine-infused Gravy in Advance and how to keep and re-heat tasty Mashed Potatoes. Sara is your one-stop shop for Thanksgiving advice!
Hearty soups are meals in themselves, and Sara's are both substantial and easy to make. There's a cool Seafood Gazpacho, loaded with juicy shrimp and crab with a little kick of heat. Nothing warms the belly more than the New Orleans-inspired Red Beans and Rice Soup with smoky ham. And for some winter sunshine, you can't beat Sunny Squash Soup, as yellow as the sun with a crispy fried zucchini garnish. Soup - it's a tasty bowl of comfort!
Holiday Food Gifts
A thoughtful gift you make yourself speaks volumes, and food is the present everyone loves! Sara releases your creative spirit by teaching how to make Homemade Marshmallows with a Hot Chocolate Mix. For the wine enthusiast, her Homemade Cheese Crackers pair beautifully with some cheese and wine. Peppermint Bark looks very expensive but couldn't be easier to make. As an added bonus, we'll have creative packaging ideas that will make your gifts everyone's favorites.
Locavore In Napa with Joey Altman
Sara travels to a beautiful vineyard in Napa, California to cook farm fresh meals locally sourced with Bay Area chef Joey Altman. They whip up Grilled Salmon, Arugula & Grilled Corn Salad and Sweet Pea & Avocado Crostini. With Grilled Duck Breast, Honey-Roasted Carrots, Farro-Herb Salad and Cider Jus, the best of the farm is on the plate.