Basic cheese-and-tortilla quesadillas are a quick snack, but by adding simple ingredients like sweet sautéed zucchini, smoky chipotle chiles, and shredded roast chicken, they become a weeknight meal that still takes almost no time to make.
Cheesy grits may be delicious as a side dish, but top them with kale that's been simmered in chicken stock with smoky ham and they become a flavorful, hearty meal. A dash of vinegary hot sauce, and you may never want to eat them on their own again.
Inspired by a TV sitcom, the Sloppy Jessica is a gloriously greasy, wonderfully messy beast of macaroni-and-cheese chili stuffed into a pizza-style bun that's dripping with melted mozzarella cheese.
Cod and kale may seem like an unlikely combination, but, when cooked until tender, the robust green actually makes a fantastic backdrop to the delicate, white-fleshed fish. In this quick and easy one-skillet dinner, we braise dinosaur kale (also known as Tuscan kale) in an aromatic mixture of rice wine, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger, then steam fillets of codfish on top.
It's important to know what a specific loaf of bread can and cannot do. So when I got my hands on the astonishing crusty bread, I decided to be as simple as possible, whipping up a straightforward batch of egg salad, and serving the result as an open-faced sandwich.
Ham and eggs is a very common torta filling in Mexico, and for a good reason. The salty slices bring texture and loads of porkiness to the game, while the eggs help bulk it out. But you know what is crispier and more intense than ham? That's right. Bacon.
After years of drinking Negronis, I've grown to love the sensation of bitter broccoli rabe, just so long as it's balanced by something else. In this dish, the foil comes from both spicy sausage and some fresh pesto.
No, this is not beef stew. This is actually Japanese curry, which is actually quite popular in that country.
I had all kinds of ideas of how to make this recipe my own, but all the embellishments felt forced, so I stripped almost all of them away. I only had one true insight, and that was to add slivered almonds.
After a few bites you'll feel warm and ready to tackle the cold. But because it's late in the day and the sauce is spiked, you can skip the chopping wood part, and instead plop down on the couch and fall asleep early.
Roasted fish gets paired with a flavorful Vietnamese dipping sauce called nuoc mam gung—a potent mixture of ginger, garlic cloves, chilies, lime juice, sugar, and fish sauce—that tugs at your tongue in all directions. Plus, all you have to do for the sauce is toss everything in a bowl and stir.
This recipe is not what you think it is. I know it looks like a haphazard affair of roasted vegetables tossed on top of farro, but there is more going on here.
Originally, this chicken and rice dish, with its mix of cinnamon and almonds, reminded me of Morocco, which isn't such a bad place to be. But then I realized that the spices are just as comfortable in India. In the end, I decided that as long it tasted good I would let the dish remain a bit ambiguous.
Consider this a combination of the old and new. The idea came from recipe number 1665 in Escoffier's 1903 tome, Le Guide Culinaire, but the creamy anchovy vinaigrette comes from the much more recently published Modern Sauces.
Though I most often picture udon swimming in huge bowls of broth, the thick Japanese noodles are just as comfortable when sautéed.
Butternut squash, apples, and chorizo make this couscous dish comforting, which is great for a cold weather meal.
Before last week, I figured the less one fussed over a wedge salad, the better. But then I had a wedge salad at Bavette's in Chicago that was so surprisingly great that I had to rethink the whole genre.
A bowl of black beans and rice is pure comfort food, at least for me. But I'm always looking for new tricks, because while the concept sounds simple, it's surprisingly easy to end up with a batch that is dry and flavorless.
At its base, this is just a simple spaghetti and tomato sauce recipe—a satisfying classic for sure, but not exactly the most exciting dinner of the week. But if you add a handful of crispy slices of pan-fried eggplants on top, along with a shower of parmesan cheese, and you have a meal with a variety of textures and some real heft.
Think of this recipe as part Indian and part classic steakhouse. At the base is a fairly traditional Indian spinach recipe, like one for saag paneer—just, you know, without the paneer. On top are sautéed scallops that are buttery but still supple, with a slight sweetness.