The first time I tried farinata, the baked chickpea pancake from Italy, it was dry as particleboard. The second and third times were just as bad. Only after I'd dismissed it as an inexplicably terrible product of the Italian kitchen did I finally taste the real thing, and then I understood why people loved it so much. Savory, custardy, and simple in the best possible way, it's also dead easy to make at home. Here's how.
Who ever said American pancakes have to be sweet? What's stopping us from savory-ing them up? That's exactly what these pancakes are. They start with a basic American-style pancake recipe, but they come stuffed with crisp bacon, sautéed corn, jalapeño peppers, scallions, and—the kicker—pockets of gooey melted cheddar cheese.
I have a good friend who often has the kind of ideas that only the intentional chemical expansion of the mind can bring about. That's where the idea of putting halloumi—the squeaky, salty, fry-able cheese from Cyprus—into American-style pancakes came about, and it was such a genius idea that I decided to run with it and make it my own. Adding some crisp chorizo and a fried egg makes these into pancakes that are worthy of a 2 a.m. binge or an elegant Sunday morning cocktail brunch.
Do you like dipping your bread into olive oil or using it to mop up the sauce on your plate? If so, then you need to know about testaroli, the Tuscan dish of crêpe-like pancakes that are treated like pasta and tossed with pesto sauce. Here's how to make them at home.
Fresh blanched asparagus and mint pair with creamy ricotta cheese on this simple spring open-faced sandwich. The key is to get the best ingredients and treat them as simply as possible.
This deep-fried hors d'oeuvre is part caprese salad, part mozzarella stick, and completely welcome at any get-together.
This recipe produces fluffy, fully cooked, diner-style scrambled eggs.
This recipe produces moist scrambled eggs with medium-size curds.
This recipe produces very delicate scrambled eggs with tiny curds and a spoonable, almost pourable consistency. It's not your average breakfast-egg recipe, but works great spooned onto toasts and topped with things like caviar, smoked salmon, or lobster, as an hors d'oeuvres.
This rhubarb and vanilla-laced cocktail gets an unexpected twist from pisco and rich Scottish Ale.
Morels are one of the most delicious signs of spring, and with just a little work, they're incredibly easy to prepare and cook. Here are the basic steps to get them ready for the frying pan, and then what to do to make them as delicious as possible.
The scoop shop classic gets an upgrade with rich, dark maple syrup and an ice cream that actually tastes like walnuts.
Most butter pecan doesn't taste anything like butter or pecans. This recipe is here to change that.
If your plans for the day involve swinging in a hammock or enjoying an outdoor brunch with friends, make a pitcher of this cocktail featuring mint, ginger, citrus, and black tea.
This cocktail tastes just like spring. A clean London Dry Gin like Bombay Dry or Beefeater provides a great base for the sweet peas, the cooling mint, peppery arugula, and floral black pepper in this drink.
Cucumber and mint are common cocktail ingredients, but this one is a little more unusual thanks to the addition of delicate rice wine vinegar and shiso, a mint relative that's often used in Asian cuisines.
All the empanadas of Latin America—whether baked or fried, wrapped in a corn or flour dough—can thank the Galician empanada for their existence. Unlike the individual hand pies of Latin America, this empanada is formed as a large baked pie with a wheat crust and filled with onions, green peppers, and your choice of protein. Only after it's baked does it get cut into individual portions. Here's how to make it at home with a classic tuna filling.
These thick Tex-Mex style flour tortillas have chewy texture, while remaining very soft and tender. They're perfect for quesadillas, breakfast tacos, and queso fundido.
It's not entirely clear where Singapore noodles—the stir-fried curried rice noodles with shrimp, pork, and vegetables—come from, though it's unlikely Singapore is the source. Regardless, they're a stir-fry classic, and are easy to make at home. Here's what you need to know, from how to choose the right rice noodles to how to make the stir-fry work on a home burner.
In Italian, a pasticcio is a mess. In the case of polenta pasticciata, it's a glorious, wonderful, rib-sticking mess, made by layering soft polenta with lasagna-like fillings, then baking it until browned on top. Here, we fill it with a rich mushroom ragù, then drizzle a cheesy Parmesan cream all over it.