We are hoping to meet family somewhere with great food and a nice atmosphere for dinner on a Thursday night. We want to meet in the middle so neither family has to drive all they way to San Antonio or Austin.
Three Cheese Mac and Cheese with Panko Bread Crumb Topping
This three cheese mac and cheese with Cheddar, Asiago, and Romano is creamy, gooey, gloriously cheesy, and beautifully crisp on top thanks to the panko bread crumbs.
Alfajores, popular throughout South America, deserve more widespread fame. The shortbread-like cookies are super tender and delicately crumbly thanks to cornstarch, and the dulce de leche sandwiching them together is smooth, sweet, and creamy-caramelly.
Sauteed Calamari with Parsley and Garlic
A quick sauté keeps calamari tender, while garlic, lemon, and parsley brighten up the gentle oceanic flavor of the squid. Serve with crusty bread for getting every last drop of the buttery sauce.
Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes
Perfect roasted potatoes are super easy, and pair beautifully with almost everything. Preheating the oiled pan and thoroughly drying the potatoes help them form a golden crust, while the insides turn creamy. Garlic and rosemary are classic flavors, but you can vary the seasoning based on your meal.
Pressure Cooker Cola-Braised Beef Short Ribs
These braised beef short ribs are ready in just 30 minutes thanks to the pressure cooker method. The cola in the rich gravy doesn't overpower, but perfectly balances soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and the spices in the rub.
Sear-Roasted Lamb Loin Chops
Lamb loin chops may seem fancy, but they're super easy to cook in a single pan. Just sear, roast, and rest for juicy perfection.