Today, I’m going to offer some tips to help with that.
How to Get Dinner Ready
The other night, we had blackened fish, green bean casserole and dirty rice for dinner. Each dish has different prep and cooking times. So, I will use this meal as an example.
The key to getting dinner ready is knowing the prep and cook times for each dish
The following is the prep and cook times for each dish:
fish– prep 10″, cook 5″
dirty rice– prep 10″, cook 25″, and another 5″ to sit and fluff
green bean casserole– prep about 7 or so minutes, cook 30″
Begin with the dishes that have the longest cooking time
The casserole and dirty rice take about the same amount of time and take the longest amount of time. So, that ‘s where we should start.
Preheat the oven so it will be ready when your dish is ready to bake.
First, I put on the water to boil for the dirty rice. Dirty rice also calls for lightly browned ground meat. So, I started browning the meat right after I put the water on to boil. You could also brown the meat ahead of time.
Next, I let the meat sit for a minute while I opened and drained the cans of green beans and mixed together all of the ingredients for the green bean casserole. I would occasionally check the meat and stir it around.
Once the meat was done, and the water had come to a boil, I emptied the contents of the dirty rice box and the ground meat into the pot of boiling water.
Once that was cooking, I put the green bean casserole into a baking dish, and put it in the oven. Both of those dishes were going to take 30″.
Wait to start the dishes with the shortest cooking times
From prep to cook time the fish will only take 15 minutes. So, I waited until the other dishes only had 15 minutes left before I started on the fish.
I like to take advantage of down time. So, this would be a good time to fix a salad if you are including that on your menu. Or, you can load the dishwasher with the dishes you’ve dirtied so far. Cleaning as you go makes cleaning after dinner a little easier.
When it’s time, prepare and cook the last dish. It’s okay if casseroles finish cooking a few minutes before the rest. It gives them a chance to sit and settle a little bit before serving. Just be sure to leave them covered so that it’s still warm when the rest of dinner is ready.
Hopefully, this example will help you time dinner so that every dish is hot and ready at the same time. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
See you in class,