Every week, Executive Food Editor Keith Dresser pairs each main dish with a side to give you a complete, satisfying dinner without the guesswork. Look for the game plan section to learn tips on how to streamline your kitchen work so dinner comes together quicker.
Dinner 1: Latin Spice-Rubbed Grilled Flank Steak and Grilled Corn
Game Plan: Start by heating your grill. While the grill heats, prep the ingredients for the steak and corn. Grill the steaks. While the steak rests, grill the corn.
For our Latin Spice-Rubbed Grilled Flank Steak, we use a heady spice rub to give the steak a rich, flavorful crust. We cook the steak over high heat for a short period of time to develop substantial char on the exterior while keeping the interior rare or medium-rare. Grilled Corn with Flavored Butter starts with browning the corn on a hot grill. We then transfer it to a roasting pan containing flavored butter. We cover the pan with aluminum foil and continue to cook the sweet, toasted ears until they pick up flavor.
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Dinner 2: Broiled Shrimp Skewers and Green Bean Salad
Game Plan: Prep the ingredients for the shrimp and salad. Prepare the salad through step 2, keeping the components separate. Broil the shrimp, tossing the salad right before serving.
Broiled Shrimp Skewers start by crowding the shrimp onto the skewer, which prevents them from overcooking. We remove the shrimp from the heat before they are completely cooked and finish them in a sauce waiting on the stovetop. To ensure the beans in Green Bean Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Feta are tender, bright green, and deeply flavored, we blanch them in highly concentrated salt water (¼ cup of salt to 2 quarts of water). This quickly softens the pectin in the beans' skins, so they become tender before losing their vibrant color; it also seasons them inside and out.
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Dinner 3: Fish Meunière with Browned Butter and French Potato Salad
Game Plan: Prep and make the potato salad through step 2. Prep and cook the fish, tossing the salad (step 3) right before serving.
Our Fish Meunière with Browned Butter produces delicately crisp and golden brown fillets that are moist and flavorful on the inside. To create the lightest coating, we dry the fillets, season them with salt and pepper, allow them to sit for five minutes, then dredge them in flour. We then cook the fillets in a mixture of oil and butter in a nonstick skillet to prevent sticking. To eliminate torn skins and broken potatoes in our French Potato Salad, we slice creamy red bliss potatoes before boiling them in heavily seasoned water. To flavor the slices through and through, we pour a vinaigrette flavored with mustard and garlic over the warm potatoes.