15 One-Dish Meals
Family-style doesn’t have to be boring. Try these main dishes that feature delicious flavor combinations.
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.
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.
- Recipe: Salmon and Brie Breakfast Strata
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.
- Recipe: Seafood-and-Chicken Paella
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.
- Recipe: Chicken Tagine
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.
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.
- Recipe: Mixed Seafood Risotto
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.
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.
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.
- Recipe: Tuna Noodle Niçoise Casserole
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.
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.
- Recipe: Chicken Cassoulet
- Recipe: Chicken-and-Sausage Jambalaya
The secret ingredients in this deeply flavored but simple chili? Canned chipotle peppers and dark beer.
- Recipe: Chipotle Beef Chili
This is the perfect dinner on a chilly day. Use any type of frozen vegetable medley—stir-fry blends have the most variety.
- Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie