The secret weapon

It doesn't matter how many people are showing up, or how hungry they are. Really.

We all know what it sounds like when a band is getting a groove on. Or what it looks like when you're on the dance floor at a wedding reception, getting your groove on. 

Now it's time to get your groove on for holiday cooking. And we give you ideas on how to riff on those tracks until the whole table is rocking. Read on for all the details!

Note from Lisa: If you want some more holiday ideas or you have a question or inspiration you want to brainstorm with me, scroll down to the bottom and click on our new Ask Lisa! button. Can't wait to hear from you!

Groovy chicken and lentils: One pot to rule them all

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This could not be easier to make and it’ll impress the most persnickety of dinner guests. The Cornish hens and lentils lay down the beat. 

Zucchini with edible marigolds. The marigold color evokes zucchini blossoms (which can be hard to find). After adding salt and pepper, you can finish these in your oven in the same EuroCAST Dutch oven after you've removed the chicken and lentils (as above), or one of our sauté pans on the stovetop. Cook to desired doneness. I suggest about 5-7 minutes.

Zucchini with edible marigolds. The marigold color evokes zucchini blossoms (which can be hard to find). After adding salt and pepper, you can finish these in your oven in the same EuroCAST Dutch oven after you've removed the chicken and lentils (as above), or one of our sauté pans on the stovetop. Cook to desired doneness. I suggest about 5-7 minutes.

To go with the hens and lentils, add a bright green vegetable like these roughly chopped zucchini with an olive oil and Dijon drizzle. We love a honey truffle mustard on this, as long as it's high quality (which to me means real truffle). Along with the green vegetable, a beautiful addition might be a little fennel frond fried rice. Or, as pictured here, a sumptuous faux risotto made with brown rice, topped with pomegranate pips. 

But really, this dish doesn't need much more than just a gorgeous bottle of wine, and bread and butter.

So, you can go big, or go small. For a dinner party, or for dinner with just family. Or for lunch by yourself. Any way you go, it’s a delight.

And it's easy on the pocket book, too, making it perfect for weeknight holiday vacation nights when you want a plate full of Sumptuous and Warm.  Save your money for other goodies. 

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The secret weapon

Procedure

In your EuroCAST Dutch oven:

  • 4 leeks, trimmed washed thoroughly, sliced lengthwise in half, then in small half-moons. 
  • 1/4 c. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper 

Sauté over medium heat until leeks begin to soften. 

Add: 

  • 6 cloves minced garlic 
  • 1-28 ounce can of diced tomatoes in sauce (I use San Marzano)
  • 1 tied bouquet of 8 sprigs of fresh thyme and 1 sprig of rosemary 
  • 1 cup dried black lentils 
  • 3 cups good quality chicken stock
  • Optional: You could add a 1/2 glass of dry white wine to the lentils if you like. You don't need it, but it's traditional and a nice touch

Bring to a quick boil and reduce heat to low. Add: 

  • Whole trussed Cornish hens, cavities well-salted, or (for goodness' sake, we're all about simple) skin-on, bone in chicken pieces 

Lay the chicken on top of the lentils and drizzle hens/chicken with olive oil.

Cover the Dutch oven with tinfoil (gently! take care of your EuroCAST!) and put it into a 400F oven for 30 minutes.

Remove foil and set turn up the temperature to 450 for 4-5 minutes, just to brown the top of the chicken. Watch carefully to get to desired browning without burning. 

Remove from oven, remove the tied bouquet of herbs, and cover with Dutch oven lid until ready to serve. 

I often make this a day ahead and then gently reheat when ready to serve.

To round out the chicken and lentil main dish, zucchini and faro make a full meal. But think about other little delights, like radishes to slice and dredge through some sweet butter (maybe with a dusting of sea salt on top), excellent crackers, some perfectly ripe apples. And make the table festive with a fun tablecloth and little, whimsical iconic finds like the wooden dominoes you see here. 

To round out the chicken and lentil main dish, zucchini and faro make a full meal. But think about other little delights, like radishes to slice and dredge through some sweet butter (maybe with a dusting of sea salt on top), excellent crackers, some perfectly ripe apples. And make the table festive with a fun tablecloth and little, whimsical iconic finds like the wooden dominoes you see here. 

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Instead of finishing at the table with traditional black pepper, I love my red pepper flakes. And if you serve radishes, put a bunch of them out, far more than anyone will eat, because they are gorgeous and appetizing to look at. Their beautiful red-hued skin and graceful fronds just shout, "abundance," even if you only take a few bright slices. 

Instead of finishing at the table with traditional black pepper, I love my red pepper flakes. And if you serve radishes, put a bunch of them out, far more than anyone will eat, because they are gorgeous and appetizing to look at. Their beautiful red-hued skin and graceful fronds just shout, "abundance," even if you only take a few bright slices. 

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