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Jul 7, 2011 11:55 AM

Favorite One Pot Dish

What's your favorite one pot dish?

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    1. re: twyst

      *Smoked* Duck and Andouille gumbo.......

    2. Boeuf Bourguignon (but sometimes it's Bourride)

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        1. re: ChefJune

          Beef bourguignon, then chicken pot pie, or chicken and biscuits (very similiar in my house), and then a great cauliflower/lentil curry is probably third.

          1. re: jeanmarieok

            Any chance that you might share your recipe for your cauliflower/lentil curry Jean?

        2. Gah! I have to pick just one? I love "one pot" meals!
          On all but the warmest of summer days, my favorite is soup, and I love making Italian Wedding, Turkey Noodle, and Lentil with Ham.
          The first place my mind goes when I want a one pot meal on other days is risotto, into which I throw whatever protein and veg I have on hand.
          Finally, on nights it's just me and the kidlet and I don't have the time or energy to "create," my favorite is Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with cut-up hot dogs and frozen peas stirred in at the end. I can almost hear the collective "ewww!" from (some) CHs. We end up eating this about once a month. While I realize it's the antithesis of haute cuisine, on some nights it just works for me and reminds me of my childhood, when my Mom also had nights where you just wanted to get something on the table quickly that the kids would eat and had the requisite starch/veg/protein.

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          1. re: CapreseStacy

            No ewww from me. Sounds like the perfect once a month meal, actually.

            1. re: CapreseStacy

              My mother was clever enough to frame bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches as a rare and desirable treat. We never got them except on the nights when my parents were going out for dinner and she needed something quick and easy before the sitter arrived. We were always pleased, especially when they were accompanied by the even rarer potato chips. Score!!!

              The law of supply and demand works wonders with kid food. I still think of BLT's as something out of the ordinary.

              1. re: mandycat

                I think my mother knew your mother! Same thing at our house, and to this day I love love love a great BLT. Even made it for lunch for guests (gussied up with toasted brioche), and every one of them raved about what a treat it was. Who knew?!

                1. re: elenacampana

                  My mom too. Saturdays were often a special lunch, a BLT and a coke. Her last words to my brother and me, in the hospital, were,"Would you boys do me a favor?" Boys, "Sure, mom, what?" "Bring me a sandwich", said mom. "What kind?" asked, the boys. "A BLT", replied mom, "And a glass of wine, no make that a bottle."
                  We miss you Olga.

                  1. re: Passadumkeg

                    My mom as well. A BLT was the last thing she ate before she was no longer able to eat solid foods-ditto on the wine thing. Perhaps they have met in" Heaven's BLT Cafe"(surely there must be one). Trixie is sorely missed.

                    1. re: sherriberry

                      If they don't serve bacon in heaven, I'm not going.

                  2. re: mandycat

                    Doug Larsen- "Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon."

                    1. re: eclecticsynergy

                      …and the pigs would be happier, too.

                  3. re: CapreseStacy

                    I can't believe someone else eats that!!

                    1. re: jvanderh

                      i definitely had that at one or two friends' houses when i was a kid.

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Totally balanced meal, right? Carbs, protein, veggie. Oh, and fat. Lots and lots of fat.

                        1. re: jvanderh

                          It's definitely not "diet food," but I do buy the 97% fat-free Hebrew National dogs, and use just a smidge of olive oil instead of 2 Tbs butter, and I use 1% milk. The orange cheese powder is awash with lovely chemicals and a heap of sodium. But we relish every bite. :-)

                            1. re: jvanderh

                              Now, now, remember the Golden (Arches?) Rule: "Don't yuck another hound's yum."

                              1. re: greygarious

                                That was "I do not use fat-free hot dogs. . ."

                    2. re: CapreseStacy

                      Have done the Kraft M&C with hot dogs; have also done frozen Stouffer's with kielbasa or xmoked sausage. Kids love both. (And ok, I admit I like 'em too.)

                      Just posted to another thread that when I'm feeling lazy I'll do a brainless polenta with quick grits, cheese, garlic and butter, sometimes frozen spinach.

                      But my favorite one -dish dinner is still chicken roasted on a bed of potatoes, carrots and onions. I'll almost always deglaze: sometimes pan gravy, or an herbed cream with a splash of sherry, or an easy gastrique with good vinegar and a little jam- cassis is good.

                      1. re: eclecticsynergy

                        Frozen Stouffer's with kielbasa. . . it's like a gourmet version. . . sorta :-P

                      1. gumbo is second only to chicken and dumplings for me.

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                        1. re: weezieduzzit

                          Caprese, my one pot is Kraft m and c with tuna and broccoli!