Need to make an impressive meal in an hour
This Sat I will have guests visiting. We are planning on going sightseeing all day and getting home around 6 -6:30 in the evening. I want to make a nice dinner but be eating within an hour of getting home. I was thinking of risotto but need something else with it. I don't have a slow cooker but do have a pressure cooker. I also don't want to cook shrimp as I have a toddler who has not been exposed to shellfish and would like to have him eat dinner with us. Any menu ideas?
I just made a really great lamb steak recipe from epicurious. I put the rub on sliced lamb tenderloin (on sale at Whole Food this week) in the AM, grilled them with a stove-top grill, and served with red chard sauteed with a pinch of chile flakes, some garlic and golden raisins -- I didn't have time for the quince compote and the sweet counterpoint of the raisins worked very well. I served zatar-flavored bulgur pilaf, but couscous would work and is much faster. It was excellent with an Amador Valley Zin.
I like the ice cream and crepe dessert idea.
How about something with couscous instead of risotto since that cooks oh so quickly.
At the risk of creating a flame war of sorts, I might suggest getting some ideas from Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals archives... some of her stuff ain't so bad, and you might get a base for inspiration. The first thing on the link below is titled Company's Coming...
Pork tenderloin roasts very fast (like, 10-20 minutes) in the oven, and can be pre-prepped.
The night before, or that morning before leaving, rub a large tenderloin (1 lb feeds 2-3 people, in my experience) with a dry rub of peppercorns, star anise, cumin, allspice and a tiny drizzle of sesame oil (enough to make a paste). Refrigerate until you get back.
Throw the tenderloin into a hot, ovenproof skillet and sear off on all sides, to a nice brown. Put the roast in a 450-degree oven until it registers 150 or so. After carryover, you'll get to 160.
You can do any number of sides to go with the pork.
I would make a soup the day before- then reheat quickly- nice if you have been out most of the day.
followed by some sort of fish filet- I second the other salmon suggestion- so easy- you could prep in the morning.
serve with cous cous (5 minutes) with winter flavors- dried cranberries and almonds - maybe and steamed vegtables or a simple sautee of whole green beans and garlic (prep the garlic and beans ahead)
for dessert- visit the local baker or make something on Friday.
Have fun! let us know what you make!
But risotto will take a long time, not to mention babysitting it the whole say.
I'd suggest fish, if your toddler can eat that. Get some salad in a bag, toss with some persimmons or peas and candied pecan dressed with balsmic dressing.
Mix some oil in a bread crumb herb mixture, top salmon and bake for 10-15 minutes.
Buy some premium ice cream and serve inside crepe, which is super easy to make, and can also be made ahead of time.