Brined pork loin with a brown sugar rub served alongside sun-dried tomato-flavored orzo.
February 3, 2013 – February 9, 2013
Ham and grits make an ideal morning after brunch when you've spent too much time on a bar stool the night before.
Bacon wrapped radicchio is grilled and paired with an herbal vinaigrette and balsamic to create and incredible combination of textures and flavors.
Masala chai in ice cream form, with strong notes of black pepper, ginger, and star anise.
Can you really write a book on America's Greatest New Cooks and not mention Alex Stupak of Empellón? After all, it takes a great mind to move from avant-garde pastry to idiosyncratic Mexican cuisine in one successful fell swoop (even if Stupak insists it was a natural transition). Stupak's cuisine takes all of the multitudinous flavors of Mexico and intensifies them further; a perfect example is his take on chorizo and potato tacos.
This is my favorite dish of all time, in a completely meat-free form. Using dried and fresh mushrooms complexity and texture to the fiery dish, making it every bit as good as—if not better than—the original.
For folks outside of New Orleans, the square, fried fritters which are covered (perhaps buried) in powdered sugar are probably most closely associated with the French Quarter's famed Cafe Du Monde, a coffee shop established back in 1862.
Get a hit of tangy winter sunshine with this bright, citrusy juice blend from Rouge Tomate in NYC.
Dried mushrooms are the secret to this intensely-flavored mushroom-soy broth that is 100% vegan. Serve it with udon noodles topped with with stir-fried mushrooms and cabbage, scallions, and fried tofu.
Microwave the eggplant first to use less oil in this hearty, sweet-salty chicken dish with lots of sesame flavor.
A complex rye cocktail in which Benedictine plays a small but delicious role, the Frisco Sour marries the spiciness of rye to the sweet herbal qualities of Benedictine. But because Benedictine's sweetness can so easily overpower other ingredients, it's held in check here by lemon juice. In this dry, bracing drink, rye takes the forefront.
Black tahini offers a sweeter, nuttier flavor than tahini made with white sesame seeds. With such black gold at my finger tips, I decided to add it to a hummus that could stand up to it, pigment-wise. The color alone is sure to turn a few heads at your next gathering.
We're big fans of Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria here at Serious Eats, so it's little surprise that its chef, Justin Smillie, made the cut for Food and Wine's new cookbook America's Greatest New Cooks. Not surprisingly, many of his recipes in the book include pasta in some form. One of his more unique dishes, Pasta with Shiitake, Peas, and Goat Cheese, takes layered lasanga and scrambles it up a bit. Smillie adds fresh primavera-ish flavors to broken flat noodles with peas, goat, cheese, and mint, while grounding the pasta with earthy mushrooms and thyme.
To those Key Lime Pie purists out there, I'm sorry, this recipe is probably not for you. For everyone else, adding a little hint of coriander to key lime pie adds a delightful dimension of flavor that's worth trying the next time you've got little key limes in your possession.
These super moist Valentine's Day-perfect cupcakes are topped with a luxurious white chocolate cream cheese frosting.
Anchovy fillets, roasted red peppers, and Manchego cheese are spiked onto a garlic-rubbed baguette round and quickly toasted under the broiler. A drizzle of sherry vinegar right before serving provides some sharp acidity to cut through the saltiness of the anchovy, and nuttiness of the cheese. Salty, tangy, and crisp, these pintxos are great pre-cursors to a glass of wine or beer.
While Heinz and curry powder will give you curry ketchup, starting from scratch builds layers of flavor and has a complexity that a two-ingredient sauce just can't deliver.
Traditional pastelón is kind of like a Latin American lasagna, layering fried plantains with a spiced ground beef filling and melty white cheese. This version is vegetarian-friendly, using spicy red beans for the filling and served with a crunchy, refreshing radish salsa.
A super simple lentil soup with a bright, balanced flavor.
Laced with fennel, leeks, and bay leaf, Nico Monday and Amelia O'Reilly's Smoked Fish Chowder from Food and Wine's new cookbook America's Greatest New Cooks is a complex, fragrant take on the classic even before adding its namesake ingredient. But it is the flaked smoked fish that truly takes this chowder to another level. The smoke's aroma is the first thing to hit when ladling a bowl, and it certainly permeates the soup. However, since it is added so late in the cooking, this smoke gives way to the sweet corn, fennel, and potatoes.
Traditionally ploughman's pate was a way to use up bits of leftover cheese and stretch ingredients as far as possible. Often a part of a "ploughman's lunch," this flavorful cheese spread can be made with whatever cheese you have on hand.
Sometimes, the name tells you all you need to know. Buttery, boozy, toothsome and rich, this bread pudding from The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook is just the thing for Sunday brunch. Or, you know, any time you want.
A flaky rugelach dough is filled with a sweet date mixture to make these delectable stuffed cookies.
Gluten-free chocolate and chili roll-out cookies.
A quick and filling one-skillet supper. Whole wheat pasta, chickpeas, and chicken, all in a rich tomato sauce.
These vegan falafel-esque patties made with chickpeas and bulgur wheat have a crunchy breadcrumb and are served with mashed avocado for a rich and creamy texture.
A make-ahead vegetarian burrito that only gets better the second day. Wrap and go, and then microwave at work for a hot, cheesy roll-up that doesn't require a giant stack of paper napkins at your desk.
I grew up with grits. Whether they were instant with extra salt, slow-cooked with chunks of cheddar, or tented with a Kraft Single and a puddle of Tabasco (a la Waffle House), I'd eat them every which way. And I'd still eat them every morning if I didn't have to mail-order a good bag. Even though menus today are replete with Southern-inflected versions of the Bible Belt breakfast staple, it is still surprisingly difficult to find a bag of white ground corn labeled "grits" above the Mason-Dixon line. It's a good thing Sarah Simmons's recipe for Creamy Parmesan Grits from Food and Wine's new book America's Greatest New Cooks still works with "polenta."
Simple, clean flavors make this orange cake a year-round go-to.
Black olives have a briny sweetness that effortlessly straddles the line between sweet and savory.
Crispy home-made sope shells stuffed with refried beans drizzled with salsa verde and crunchy pepitas. A satisfying, completely vegan meal.
Almond crunchies are a cross between biscotti and meringue cookies, flavored with aniseed and cardamom. Thick, whipped egg whites give them an addictively crunchy, chewy texture that shatters and melts in your mouth.
Rice cakes are odd little things. Straight from the packaging they look sort of like plastic cylinders; raw, they sort of taste like them, too. But sauté rice cakes and they develop a crackly crust, while the insides become tender and almost creamy.
This quick and easy Thai-style chicken and long bean stir-fry flavored with fish sauce, chilis, and kaffir lime comes together in under fifteen minutes and uses a simmering/reducing technique that packs in the flavor without overwhelming your kitchen with smoke.
A grilled cheese sandwich made with sharp white cheddar cheese is given new life with new flavors when studded with sun-dried tomatoes, and spread with spicy Harissa. And instead of using butter to brown and crisp this sandwich, brush the bread with the olive oil in which the sun-dried tomatoes are packed for an additional hit of tomato essence.
Roasting Brussels sprouts may have departed as the culinary trend de rigeur (hello, deep-frying!), but there's much to be said for the charred, crisp, and just-sweet leaves resulting from a hot and quick oven. The method is a perfect canvas for just about any blanket of flavors--even the seemingly crazy combination of caraway, lime juice, mint, and cilantro Bar Tartine's Nicolaus Balla suggests in Food and Wine's new cookbook America's Greatest New Cooks. Balla's seamless blending of Eastern European and Southeast Asian tastes are fully realized in this vibrant vegetable side. The sprouts are sweet-tart and spicy, with a curious undercurrent of rye-bread that'll keep any sprout lover coming back for more.
For this SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beer, I chose Mosaic hops, the daughter of American IPA hop stalwart Simcoe. Mosaic hops only became commercially available following the fall 2012 harvest, but they're already picking up steam among home and craft brewers for creating an array of flavors and aromas that have been said to include cedar, stone fruit, tropical fruit, blueberry, and floral notes. To round things out, I paired the Mosaic hops with the sweet, clean Golden Promise pale malt.
Baking this dish takes the hard part (ie the flipping) out of making frittata. Olives and Pecorino Romano cheese add a salty bite while rosemary keeps it earthy.
A basic salsa verde made with simmered tomatillos and cilantro. Perfect for tacos, sopes, and all manner of Mexican snacks and dishes.