Rainbow hued and super seasonal, this week's Dinner Tonight has a gracious elegance that might just inspire a little pinky's-up sort of behavior, which is never a bad thing. It pops and crunches with cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, and gets satisfying richness (and protein!) from delicate accents of buttermilk, cream and feta. Buy the very best you can afford (or find) as far as those touches go, and you'll have a truly heavenly little repast.
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1/3 cup cream 2/3 cup yogurt Feta and/or goat cheese (the clafoutis calls for goat cheese & the salad calls for feta, but in the interest of simplicity this can easily be a one-cheese-fits-all sort of thing.) 1/4 cup buttermilk 1 shallot 3 ears corn 4 Persian cucumbers (or whatever good-looking cucumber you find) 1 red sweet pepper 12-14 cherry tomatoes Fresh dill, parsley, tarragon, chives (or whatever fresh herbs you like -- the dill is the only requirement, for the salad)
We assume you have milk, eggs, white wine vinegar, onion, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. If not, you'll be needing all of that good stuff as well.
1. Begin by soaking the shallot slices in vinegar to dull their harshness, as creamtea so smartly suggests. She calls for a 20 minute dip, but a little longer here or there won't hurt.
2. Heat the oven and whip up that clafoutis. It bakes for about 30 minutes.
3. While it bakes, slice and dice the salad and mix the dressing.
4. Pull the clafoutis out and dress the salad. Serve! This dinner is begging you to open a bottle of Champagne but if that's not quite your style, a lovely white Burgundy would do the trick. Mental-health-wise, a little mid-week luxury goes a long way, so treat yourself!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
I love Champagne and cheese and potato chips. In fact, that would be the most dreamtastic dinner. I have two cats and I am a proud Portlander-by-birth currently residing on Manhattan's rich and wonderful Lower East Side in a closet that has no closets. In May I finished up a masters degree in Food Studies at NYU and now I am trying to figure out exactly why I did that and what that all means. It is very fun and scary but mostly fun. I like to cook and I love to bake.