15 One-Dish Meals

Family-style doesn’t have to be boring. Try these main dishes that feature delicious flavor combinations.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Scallop-Wild Rice Pie in a Hazelnut Crust

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Scallop-Wild Rice Pie in a Hazelnut Crust

This dish is very tasty and comforting. Bay scallops are small, but if you want to use larger sea scallops, simply quarter them. Any type of mushroom works; wild mushrooms such as shiitake and porcini are delicious in this dish.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Salmon and Brie Breakfast Strata

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Salmon and Brie Breakfast Strata

This tasty make-ahead dish uses hot smoked salmon. (The type you see in thick, rectangular pieces, located in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.) Cold smoked salmon is the thin, translucent type often served with bagels and cream cheese. You can use either type, but the thinner slices turn pale and opaque during cooking and lose a lot of their delicate smoked flavor.

 

15 One-Dish Dinners: Seafood-and-Chicken Paella

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Seafood-and-Chicken Paella

The trick to keeping all the different types of seafood and meats tender is to cook them individually. It’s a little more work, but you won’t be left with tough shellfish.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Chicken Tagine

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Chicken Tagine

Tagine is the name of the dish and also the vessel you cook it in. The domed lid circulates steam so food is very tender. No worries if you don’t have one; just use a heavy cast iron Dutch oven with lid.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Caribbean Chicken Kebabs with Lime-Cayenne Butter

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Caribbean Chicken Kebabs with Lime-Cayenne Butter

We’ll consider this a one-dish meal because you have meat, vegetables, and fruit all on a stick. It’s so easy, and you’ll want to put the Lime-Cayenne Butter on everything you grill.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Mixed Seafood Risotto

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Mixed Seafood Risotto

Arborio rice is what makes risotto so creamy delicious. This specialty rice has shorter, fatter grains than long-grain rice. The trick is to pour in small amounts of broth, and stir constantly.

 

 

15 One-Dish Dinners: Cassoulet with Bacon, Andouille, and Country Ribs

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Cassoulet with Bacon, Andouille, and Country Ribs

Cassoulet is a French dish that traditionally contains beans and meats like pork, sausage, or duck. Our recipe sticks to the classic but adds spicy Andouille sausage for a kick of heat and country ribs for richness.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Cod Poached in Tomato-Saffron Broth

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Cod Poached in Tomato-Saffron Broth

Poaching is a super-easy and quick way to cook fish and great for keeping all seafood moist and tender. This recipe takes it one step further because the poaching liquid becomes a delicious broth you’ll want to soak up with bread. Small, thin fillets such as tilapia or flounder will fall apart; it’s better to use thicker cuts of fish in this recipe.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Tuna Noodle Nicoise Casserole

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Tuna Noodle Nicoise Casserole

Be sure to have all your ingredients ready (grated cheese, chopped parsley) before preparing the egg noodles. They cook quickly and will get sticky if they are left sitting in a colander too long.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Chicken Tagine with Orange, Honey, and Mint

Chicken Tagine with Orange, Honey, and Mint

Cutting a whole chicken into pieces isn’t hard when you have sharp kitchen shears. You can also substitute 4 bone-in chicken breasts if your group prefers all white meat.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Chicken Cassoulet

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Chicken Cassoulet

Traditional cassoulet with dried beans can take hours to prepare. Our version takes a few shortcuts including canned beans and tomatoes. You can even prepare this the day ahead—great for busy weeknights.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

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Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

The rice in this zesty dish is full of flavor because it’s cooked with broth and all the seasonings. The chopped chicken is cooked in two batches—instead of being sautéed, a large amount will just steam.

 

15 One-Dish Dinners: Chicken and Rice Casserole with Spinach and Shiitakes

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Chicken and Rice Casserole with Spinach and Shiitakes

It’s easy to make this super-tasty recipe with rotisserie chicken or, for a slightly smoky flavor, grilled chicken.

 

15 One-Dish Dinners: Chipotle Beef Chili

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Chipotle Beef Chili

The secret ingredients in this deeply flavored but simple chili? Canned chipotle peppers and dark beer.

15 One-Dish Dinners: Chicken Pot Pie

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Chicken Pot Pie

This is the perfect dinner on a chilly day. Use any type of frozen vegetable medley—stir-fry blends have the most variety.

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