Get out your spatula–these easy recipes will have them somersaulting to the table–from quesadillas to pancakes.
August 11, 2008
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Crab Cakes with Roasted Vegetables and Tangy Butter Sauce
This restaurant favorite is easily made at home. Simply combine flavorful ingredients such as Dijon mustard, Old Bay seasoning, Worcestershire, and lump crabmeat with a few breadcrumbs and eggs, to bind, and pan-fry in olive oil. Flip carefully halfway through to ensure a crispy exterior to your cakes.
Nothing screams summertime like a grill loaded with burgers, hot dogs, and side dishes. For burgers, buying the right meat counts. If you buy too lean a cut, the patties will end up tough and dry. Get freshly ground chuck with at least 18% fat content for the most flavorful burgers. Flip the burgers only once to keep them from drying out, and resist the urge to press down on them–Flip more and you'll lose all the tasty juices.
Make a simple crepe for a perfect background to summer's fresh produce. Use this recipe to make dessert, main dish, or appetizer crepes stuffed with your favorite ingredients. Flip the crepe when the underside is lightly browned and can be easily shaken loose from the pan.
Quesadillas are a great solution to the last-minute "what's for dinner" question. Use leftover chicken breasts and a few pantry staples, then add a little fresh cilantro and lime juice for bright flavor. Flip the quesadillas halfway through cooking to get both sides of the tortilla brown and the Monterey jack cheese melted.
If you're a bit rusty at flipping, give pancakes a try. Start with our basic recipe and toss in your favorite fruits, nuts, or even chocolate chips for a festive dessert-for-breakfast treat. Add festive flair to your serving style by flipping the pancakes from the pan to the plate without using a spatula.
Serve a Southern favorite that works as an appetizer, side dish, or even a main ingredient of a dressed up BLT. Cut firm, green tomatoes into thick slices, batter, and fry for two minutes on each side. Flip carefully to ensure you keep the flaky golden coating on the slices.
Grab the canned salmon out of the pantry and make a quick dinner that's company-worthy and ready in about 45 minutes. Dried tarragon, fresh vegetables, and a little fat-free yogurt make the patties moist and packed with flavor. Flip to lightly brown both sides and serve with a spicy sauce.
Make delicious and flaky potato pancakes by starting with shredded baking potatoes and sweet potatoes and adding a few spices and an egg, to bind. To save time, buy prepackaged shredded potatoes in the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Stay close while these cook–You want to flip them when they're perfectly golden.