Let your oven do half the work while you focus on more important things... like cocktails.
August 13, 2015
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Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola
For maximum flavor and efficient use of your time, these dishes enjoy a quick start on the stovetop. Then it's into the oven to cook while you finish up your sides and prep the plates.
First up is our Pork Chops with Balsamic Roasted Vegetables and Gorgonzola. Taking the roasting pan from stove to oven jump-starts cooking so the pork, potatoes, and onions finish at the same time.
2 of 13Photo: Randy Mayor
Seared Steaks with Red Wine-Cherry Sauce
Seared on your stovetop and finished off in the oven for restaurant-quality steaks, a rich cherry sauce complements beef tenderloin in this 40-minute dinner.
3 of 13Photo: John Autry
Braised Chicken with Kale
Bake chicken leg quarters in a broth mixture along with kale and tomatoes for an easy one-dish dinner.
4 of 13Photo: Jennifer Causey
Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin and Peppers
This dish comes together in just one pan, making for quick clean up and tons of flavor as the elements build on each other. Corn starch gives the sauce a little thickness and high glossy shine. While some folks are anchovy-averse, they're a wonderful addition to dishes like this because they add meaty, umami flavor to veggies without tasting fishy. Anchovies are often a secret ingredient in some of the most delicious marinara sauces. Round out the meal with a creamy polenta spiked with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and be sure to ladle a little sauce over it, just as you'd put gravy over mashed potatoes.
Add pops of color to baked ziti with summer veggies like squash, zucchini, and tomato. The dish is cooked on the stove and then popped in the oven for a bubbling, browned mozzarella topping.
6 of 13Photo: Randy Mayor
Baked Grouper with Chunky Tomato Sauce
The perfect recipe to utilize that cast-iron skillet. The grouper is seared to give it a slightly crisp crust that can hold up to the moisture from the tomato sauce topping.
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French Onion Soup
Once you try this classic French Onion Soup recipe, you'll never try another. Nothing beats melted Swiss cheese and tender melt-in-your-mouth onions.
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Champagne-Browned Butter Chicken
This intensely-flavored chicken dish features chicken that's browned in bacon drippings and baked in a Dutch oven along with carrots, potatoes, and herbs. Then the chicken and vegetables are topped with a rich butter-Champagne sauce for a hearty dish that's perfect for entertaining.
9 of 13Photo: Jennifer Causey
Chicken, Broccoli, and Brown Rice Casserole
This healthy whole-grain spin on a comfort food classic is indulgent, creamy, and a guaranteed family-pleaser.
10 of 13Photo: John Autry
Tuscan Baked Chicken and Beans
This savory Italian-inspired recipe is a wonderful way to prepare a budget-friendly whole chicken. Finishing the entire dish in the oven makes this one-pan meal a snap.
11 of 13Photo: Kiyoshi Togashi
Seared Salmon with Wilted Spinach
A simple, healthy dinner that comes together in less than 20 minutes.
12 of 13Photo: Jennifer Causey
Meatball and Ziti Bake
Whole-wheat pasta holds up well in this cheesy, saucy pasta bake. Broil mozzarella on top just before serving to add an ooey-gooey cheesy topping.
13 of 13Photo: Randy Mayor
Pork Loin Braised with Cabbage
Pork is typically served with cabbage at the German table. Use red cabbage, if you like, for slightly sweeter flavor.