Serious Eats Roundup: Pistachio Pesto, Pea Tortilla, and a New Take on KFC

19th Apr 2010

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Our weekly roundup of what the two of us have written over on Serious Eats.

"Dinner Tonight" Column


Pistachio Asparagus Pesto on Linguine
This pesto may look similar, but it swaps the pine nuts for pistachios, and stays green thanks to a handful of spinach. It's not as herbaceous as the traditional version, but it's creamier and more delicate.

Korean Fried Chicken
Rather than let the crackling thick skin just be, as on Southern fried chicken, the Korean version allows it to absorb an intoxicating cocktail of flavors: ginger, soy, sesame oil, honey, and the one hard-to-find ingredient, gojujang, a pungent, spicy bean paste.

Ming Tsai's Crazy Chicken-Rice Noodle Stir-Fry
A smartly balanced dish that feels intense one second, and rounded and sweet the next. This sensory delusion will make you dig in again and again.

Parisian Chicken
A classic preparation, coating a flattened chicken breast with flour and egg to give it a golden crust, then making a quick pan sauce with vermouth, lemon juice, butter, and parsley. This delicious and quick dinner is elegant and not too difficult to make.

Pea Tortilla with Mint and Yogurt
The peas are the real star in this eggy Spanish-style tortilla. They lighten the mood, making this egg-laden dish feel fluffy instead of greasy and heavy. Perfect for spring, reminiscent of a sun-drenched patio brunch.


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