The literary genre dinner most resembles in our home is the tall tale. (Of course, we eat together. Every. Single. Night.)
But Jenny Rosenstrach’s Dinner: a Love Story has inspired us to turn a new page.
A contributing editor at Bon Appétit and former editor for Cookie and Real Simple, Rosenstrach won us over with her relaxed way of delivering recipes as prose, making the daunting task of preparing family dinners seem I-can-do-it easy. So we asked for her take on what to do if the kiddos aren’t on board with the menu:
There was a time when I’d dig in my heels and say, ‘This is it. If you don’t eat this, you don’t eat.’ But they’re bigger now and a little more adventurous, so when they refuse to eat what I’ve made, I make them something else and don’t think twice about it. At the end of the day, I really just want their bellies full and dinner to be as pleasant an experience as possible.
Sound like a fairy tale? Try this recipe and you may just live happily ever after.
Pan-Fried Fish Sandwiches
4 sm. filets (about 1½ lb.) of flounder (or other mild white fish like sole, tilapia, or hake)
½ c. flour
1½ c. bread crumbs (preferably panko or Kellogg’s Corn Flake Crumbs)
Whole wheat buns
Tartar sauce (or ketchup)
1. Set up a dredging station for the fish: one plate of flour (salted and peppered), one plate of whisked eggs, and one plate of bread crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper.
2. Trim the filets into sandwich-size pieces with a knife or kitchen scissors.
3. Add olive oil to a skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Dredge the filets in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs.
5. Fry for about 2 minutes on each side, until crust is crispy and fish is cooked through.
6. Serve on whole wheat buns with tartar sauce (or ketchup).
Sweet Potato Chips
3 sweet potatoes, peeled
Curry powder (optional)
1. Slice sweet potatoes into thin, chiplike pieces. (Use a mandolin if you have one.)
2. In a bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Add a little curry powder if you’re feeling ambitious.
3. Spread slices on a cookie sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 450°, watching them carefully after 10 minutes to make sure they don’t burn.
4. Once they are brown and crispy, remove the chips from the oven and drain them on paper towels before serving.
Find more dinnertime inspiration online at dinneralovestory.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Dinner: a Love Story