Last night I came home from work and felt like doing a whole lot of nothin’ for dinner. In honor of those lazy nights I present two great dishes that don’t require much more than 10 ingredients total and taste delicious. Without further adieu, I present Lazy Dinners with Mel. (If Julia Child could hear me now she’d throw a wooden spoon at me!)
A little bit of Cooks Illustrated and a little bit of my Chef Ness
1 lb salmon fillet
1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp corn starch
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vegetable oil
Ground black pepper
1 dollop honey
1/2 -1 tsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
Heat oven to 300 degrees. Combine 1 tsp brown sugar, kosher salt, and corn starch together in a bowl. Pat salmon dry with paper towel and season with pepper. Then pat in the mixture evenly over the flesh side of the salmon.
Combine remaining brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, and Dijon mustard in a bowl. Set glaze aside.
Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Place salmon flesh side down in skillet for about 2 minutes. Using tongs, carefully flip salmon and cook on the other side for 1 minute.
Remove skillet from heat and spoon glaze evenly over salmon fillets. Transfer skillet to oven and cook roughly 15 minutes. Plate and serve.
Courtesy Jamie Oliver
Before I get started let me just say I love Jamie Oliver. I love his food, I love his criticism of school lunches, and I love that he named his kids Petal, Daisy, Poppy, and Buddy. Ok, now that we understand each other, lets move on.
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tbsp butter
a light dash of olive oil
1 lb. fettuccine
2-3 handfuls freshly grated Parmesan cheese
kosher salt and black pepper to taste
Slowly fry garlic in butter and olive oil without coloring the garlic for a couple of minutes. Bring a large bowl of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. When it’s done, drain it in a colander and reserve some of the starchy cooking water.
In a large bowl, add pasta and pour melted garlic butter over it so the whole surface is covered. Then toss in the pasta with 5-6 Tbsp of reserved cooking water and the Parmesan. Season to taste and enjoy!