Dinner: Changing the Game by
Melissa Clark delivers 200 recipes in her newest release each
promising a fantastic dish that is so satisfying and flavor-forward
it can stand alone - or be paired with a simple salad or fresh
bread on the side.
This title is organized by main ingredient - chicken, meat, fish
and seafood, eggs, pasta and noodles, tofu, vegetable dinners,
grains, pizza, soups, and salads and have so many delicious options
that you will never face the age-old dilemma "What's for dinner?"
Melissa Clark evens out the playing field and levels up our cooking
game with great recipes and tips.
Dinner Changing the Game is a
comprehensive yet approachable guide that reflects the way Melissa
cooks at home for her family and on those rare nights when she's
alone. Beautiful photographs by the talented Eric Wolfinger bring
the recipes to life.
This title is a must have for cooks who are
responsible for daily meals. I particularly love the variety of
recipes for chicken dishes and the many vegetarian options. I have
the last of the blood orange crop on my table made the Blood Orange
Chicken with Scotch Whiskey and Olives (sans the olives). This dish
is what whiskey and blood oranges were made for - so incredible -
my picture above.
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Special thanks to Clarkson Potter and Melissa Clark for sharing
the gorgeous cover recipe with our members (well maybe I'll make
that instead). There is the only problem with the book - so many
wonderful choices you will have a hard time deciding which recipes
to break out first. Be sure to head over to our contest page to enter our
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with Leeks, Potatoes, and
One of my all-time favorites, this sheet-pan supper has it
all-spicy harissa-laced roasted chicken; sweet, browned leeks;
crunchy potatoes; plus a cool garnish of salted yogurt and plenty
of fresh bright herbs. It's a little lighter than your average
roasted chicken and potatoes dinner, and a lot more profoundly
The key here (and with all sheet-pan suppers) is to make sure
the ingredients can all cook together on the same pan. This means
cutting sturdy, denser things into smaller chunks that will cook at
the same rate (chicken, potatoes), and adding the more delicate
ingredients (here, the leeks) toward the end so they don't burn.
Another important note: don't overpopulate the pan. You need to
leave space between things so ingredients can brown and crisp
rather than steam. If you want to double the recipe to feed six,
you can, as long as you spread everything out in two pans rather
than crowding them in one.
1½ pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks
1¼ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 × ½-inch
3 teaspoons kosher salt
¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons harissa
½ teaspoon ground cumin
4½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as
2 leeks, white and light green parts, halved lengthwise,
rinsed, and thinly sliced into half-moons
½ teaspoon grated lemon zest
⅓ cup plain yogurt, preferably whole-milk (if using Greek,
thin it down with a little milk to make it drizzle-able)
1 small garlic clove
1 cup mixed soft fresh herbs such as dill, parsley, mint,
and/or cilantro leaves
Fresh lemon juice, as needed
TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR + 30 MINUTES MARINATING
1. Combine the chicken and potatoes in a large bowl. Season
them with 2½ teaspoons of the salt and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. In
a small bowl, whisk together the harissa, cumin, and 3 tablespoons
of the olive oil. Pour this mixture over the chicken and potatoes,
and toss to combine. Let it stand at room temperature for 30
2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the leeks, lemon zest,
¼ teaspoon of the salt, and the remaining 1½ tablespoons olive
3. Heat the oven to 425°F.
4. Arrange the chicken and potatoes in a single layer on a large
rimmed baking sheet, and roast for 20 minutes. Then toss the
potatoes lightly, and scatter the leeks over the baking sheet.
Roast until the chicken is cooked through and everything is golden
and slightly crisped, 20 to 25 minutes longer.
5. While the chicken cooks, place the yogurt in a small bowl.
Grate the garlic clove over the yogurt, and season with the
remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.
6. Spoon the yogurt over the chicken and vegetables in the
baking sheet (or you can transfer everything to a platter if you
want to be fancy about it). Scatter the herbs over the yogurt,
drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice over the top, and
Recipe shared with permission of Clarkson Potter and photo
credit to Eric Wolfinger.