Ever had one of those days when you have to get dinner together fast and you need some last minute dinner ideas? Do we have the perfect cookbook for you!
The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook?by Mary Younkin is the perfect way to get dinner on the table quickly and easily with recipes for tasty main dishes and flavorful side dishes, plus a sprinkling of sweet treats. The recipes in this book are made from scratch, and each chapter conveniently separates them by cook time: 15–25 minute meals, 30–45 minute meals, and 5–10 minute prep (meals cook on their own in the slow cooker or oven). Chef Mary Younkin has ideas that your whole family will love and that you won’t have to spend hours preparing. That’s right – an entire cookbook full of last minute dinner ideas.
Whatever the occasion, there is a recipe here to help you get a fresh, great-tasting meal on the table in no time. Each entrée provides notes for side dishes as well as tips for adapting the recipe. Many recipes are gluten-free or suggest gluten-free substitutions.
Last Minute Dinner Ideas
One of her own kids’ favorites from the cookbook is this recipe for an easy meal that you can eat with your hands—no utensils required! Chef Mary says: “Classic chicken cordon bleu ingredients meet a handheld meal that only takes a few minutes to prepare. These sliders are stacked with chicken, ham, and cheese, and a creamy honey mustard sauce ties it all together. The first time I made these sliders, my kids immediately gave them two thumbs up and asked when we could have them again. I like to serve these sliders with Mixed Green Salad with Oranges and Cranberries.”
Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders
½ lb deli black forest ham, very thinly sliced
½ lb Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
½ lb deli chicken breast, very thinly sliced
12 dinner rolls
Honey Mustard Sauce:
¼ cup mayonnaise
1 ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
1 ½ tbsp honey
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Pinch of kosher salt
Preheat the oven to 400º F.
Slice the dinner rolls in half, and place them cut side up on a large baking tray.
Whisk together the sauce ingredients and spread about 1 tsp of sauce on each half.
Place a slice of ham, draped and folded into a pile, on one half of each roll. Place a half slice of cheese over the ham. Layer a slice of chicken, again draped and folded into a pile, over the cheese. Place the second half slice of cheese over the chicken. Divide any remaining cheese between the rolls and place the top roll over each slider.
Bake the sliders for 5 to 6 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven, and serve with extra honey mustard sauce, if desired.
Cook’s Note: ?When purchasing my meat in the deli, I ask for the meat to be sliced thin enough to fold, but not shaved and falling apart. In my experience, this is a “0.5” setting in most delis. I like the cheese in this recipe to be slightly thicker than the meat, at a “1” setting in most delis.