Chef Way Shawn McClain prepares a rich herb dressing for tender scallops by blanching parsley, tarragon and chervil, then blending them with an egg yolk and olive oil. He uses three-quarters of a pound of prosciutto to make four servings.Easy Way We omit the egg and make a very fresh herb sauce with olive oil and unblanched parsley, tarragon and chives (easier to find than chervil). Prosciutto is just an accent, which seriously lightens the dish. More Recipes With Scallops
Chef Way Alaskan halibut is the star of this dish, served with labor-intensive lobster dumplings and topped with a warm tomato-water vinaigrette. To make the tomato water, a clear and intensely flavorful liquid, Shawn McClain blends heirloom tomatoes with sea salt, then strains the mixture through a cheesecloth. Easy Way We use local halibut from the fishmonger and omit the lobster dumplings. Instead of making tomato water, we coarsely chop heirloom tomatoes for a fresh, chunky tomato vinaigrette.
"I wasn't always a briner," says Shawn McClain, "but when enough people tell you it's the thing to do, you try it." He's glad he did: The brine here, which is a simple combination of salt, sugar, spices and water, keeps the turkey moist in the oven and seasons the meat perfectly. Chef Holiday Recipes Made Easy More Holiday Turkey Recipes
Chef Way Shawn McClain sautés fresh artichokes before mixing them with bulgur. He simmers asparagus in a shallow pan of water in the oven with lemon juice, sugar and salt for 15 minutes.Easy Way We use delicious, tangy jarred artichokes in the salad and steam the asparagus for just five minutes. More Recipes With Artichokes
Chef Way For this stir-fry, Shawn McClain combines homemade chicken stock, Chinese fermented black beans and peanut oil.Easy Way We substitute store-bought chicken broth for the homemade kind. Instead of fermented black beans, which can require some hunting to find, we call for the more ubiquitous jarred Chinese black bean sauce. We also drop the peanut oil in favor of vegetable oil, which is lower in saturated fat. More Fast Asian Recipes