Just because it's a weeknight doen't mean you can't play around a bit in the kitchen, and a savory Dutch baby is nothing if not playful! Plus, with a healthy dose of smoked gouda, it's a surefire crowd pleaser. A pink-speckled, pleasantly bitter radish and escarole salad lightens things up and, as always, everything comes together with minimal fuss.
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1 bunch radishes 1/2 head escarole 1 leek 2 pears 3/4 cup grated smoked gouda Fresh chives for garnish (optional)
We think you're a cool, stocked-pantry sort of person and probably already have anchovies, red wine vinegar, salt, black pepper, white pepper, olive oil, butter, flour, eggs, and milk. If you don't, you'll be needing those, too.
1. Tonight's plan is super straightforward. The salad comes together in no time, so make the Dutch baby first. While the oven is heating, sauté those sliced leeks and pears. Whiz up the pancake batter in the blender. Get some butter bubbling in your cast iron pan, and pour it all in.
2. While the Dutch baby bakes and puffs in the oven, fix the salad. Dress at the last minute, and serve cold and crunchy alongside the rich, warm Dutch baby. A big, puffy, cheesy pancake for dinner? Who said weeknights are no fun?
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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.