The Minimalist Cooks Dinner: More Than 100 Recipes for Fast Weeknight Meals and Casual Entertaining by Mark Bittman

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  • Steak with chimichurri sauce

    • westminstr on March 18, 2014

      The advantage of this sauce is that it is made entirely with a knife, but that is also a disadvantage. I think I prefer the smoother texture of a blended sauce. This sauce was fine but the flavor was a bit simplistic (not surprising given the source). On the other hand it was very streamlined and easy for a weeknight.

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      Make sauce ahead. Use a leaner steak for this one.

  • Steamed chicken breasts with scallion-ginger sauce

    • wester on September 13, 2021

      Identical to the recipe in The Mini Minimalist.

  • Chicken-mushroom "cutlets" with Parmesan

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      Way too much garlic. Use just 1 small clove, or roast first.

  • Skirt steak with plum purée sauce

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      Apricot sauce with white wine and thyme is very good.

  • Pasta, risotto style

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      Adding mushrooms are very good. Add a bit of white wine vinegar.

  • Stir-fried noodles with shrimp

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      Snap peas instead of sprouts are very good.

  • Shrimp, roman style

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      Could use more oil and tomato, less chiles.

  • Vietnamese-style pork

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      Higher sauce to meat ratio. Reduce honey, increase nam pla.

  • Seared and steamed chicken breasts

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      Pastured chicken makes a BIG difference. Don't bother with Purdue. Very good with mushrooms, tomatoes, and capers.

  • Crisp potatoes

    • HarlanH on August 01, 2011

      replace half the olive oil with butter

  • Crisp pan-fried noodle cake

    • sandahld on September 14, 2011

      This was a really nice change of pace. I used soba noodles, peanut oil and tamari sauce and I replaced the scallions with a half cup or so of braised leeks left over from the night before.

  • Spicy shrimp

    • CarterB on March 01, 2012

      One of our favorite recipes. Easy, strong flavors, little cleanup

  • The minimalist's corn chowder

    • Bloominanglophile on September 30, 2012

      I found this recipe in Epicurious. I am not rating it since I altered the recipe per many of the suggestions made on that site. I cooked up one slice of bacon per serving (about 6) and used the rendered fat to cook the onions. I also added thyme sprigs in with the onion along with 2 minced cloves of garlic. To make the corn stock, I added the cobs to 3 cups of homemade chicken stock along with 2 cups of water (ending with 4 total cups of stock after cooking with the cobs). After the potatoes cooked until tender, I added about 2/3 of the kernels to the pot (from 6 ears of corn), cooked them for a few minutes, then partially pureed the soup with an imersion blender. I then added the rest of the corn kernels and cooked until tender. I also added 1/2 cup cream along with the milk. Each serving was topped with one strip of bacon, crumbled, and some grated cheddar cheese. It turned out really well and I plan on making it again next corn season.

  • Raw beet salad

    • ellencooks on March 06, 2017

      This was really good, even with dried parsley.

  • Grilled boneless leg of lamb with coriander and ginger

    • dc151 on May 12, 2020

      A nice, simple recipe. Was done a bit quicker than recipe called for, keep an eye out.

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  • ISBN 10 0307488276
  • ISBN 13 9780307488275
  • Published Jul 21 2010
  • Format eBook
  • Page Count 269
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Broadway Books
  • Imprint Broadway Books

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