Ful mudammas, stewed fava beans, is a staple dish all over the Levant. Some versions are mild mannered and comforting. This one, loaded with olive oil, lemon, garlic, cumin, and a kick of chili powder, is anything but. Serve it as a bean stew or mash up the beans and use it as a high octane dip.
Hummus is fine, but the real power legume of the Middle East is the fava bean. Ful mudammas is the Egyptian breakfast dish of favas stewed with tahini and seasoned with garlic, cumin, and lemon. This creamy, comforting version is much like what you'll find around the streets of Cairo.
Mixing mayonnaise into chicken salad is the most common way to add moisture, but it's not the only way. Vinaigrette works well too, like this tangy Korean-inspired rendition with kimchi, pine nuts, and lots of fresh ginger.
Breaded, melty cheese is something that crosses cultures—from deep-fried mozzarella sticks at state fairs to queso frito in Latin America. Inspired by those foods, we've taken squares of cheese are breaded and "fried" them in the waffle iron for just a minute, until their outsides gturnet golden brown and crunchy and their insides become perfectly melted and gooey.
Sweet potatoes, carrots, and acorn squash form a natural partnership--their flavors are complementary, but with enough variation to promise something a little more interesting than your typical root vegetable latke. Freshly grated ginger delivers a bright heat that cuts right through the vegetable base, which is rounded out with smoky paprika, a pinch of cumin, and some floral coriander.
Zucchini make a great latke base, but they also have a very delicate flavor that can easily be overwhelmed. Chopped basil and lemon zest help that light, grassy quality shine, while pine nuts and Parmesan cheese give it a pesto-inspired twist. These latkes are especially tender and refreshingly light.
These beet, potato, and onion latkes are studded with walnuts and garlic. A spoonful of horseradish sour cream cuts through the sweetness for a well-balanced finish.
In Cortney Burns and Nicholaus Balla's new cookbook, Bar Tartine: Techniques and Recipes, they share the recipe for their Smoked Potatoes with Ramp Mayonnaise. This dish has been obsessed over and blogged about, and has a permanent place on their ever-changing menu. There's a lot going on with these spuds: The potatoes themselves are roasted and smoked, then smashed and deep-fried. They're tossed with herbs and a mushroom-infused black garlic vinaigrette—earthy, sweet, and tangy. The crowning glory is the bright and rich mayonnaise. Individually, each component is brilliant; together, they make you think you've died and gone to umami heaven.
The Louisiana meal of red beans and rice is typically made with pork: smoked, salted, roasted, or pickled. Those all work well in this recipe (a pound of sliced and browned andouille sausage would be our choice), but the beans also shine with smoked turkey.
Smoked turkey replaces the more traditional choice of bacon in this rendition of braised collard greens. Nice and garlicky, the greens are spiced up with red chili flakes, with a bite of acidity from cider vinegar and lemon juice. And, since the turkey's pretty lean, we finish it off with some butter to give the pleasantly bitter, tender greens the rich, mouth-coating quality that pork belly typically provides.
Waffling your leftover mashed potatoes gives them a second life that may be even better than their first. The waffle iron crisps the ridges of the potatoes and leaves divots for gravy or other sauces to pool.
These sweet potatoes have just enough (read: plenty of) butter, heavy cream, and milk. Brown sugar and cinnamon play up the natural sweetness, but I also slip in a subtle ingredient that adds complexity: carrots.
A fancy Thanksgiving salad that won't add to your holiday stress. Made with roasted brassicas, potatoes, radishes, and sunchokes plus frisee and radicchio, this dish can be prepped ahead with no loss in quality. Plus, it hardly wilts once dressed!
Creamed kale is an easy side dish that deserves its place on your holiday table. This version is made in the slow cooker and includes a bit of chicken stock, milk, and heavy cream, which is thickened on the stove before being poured on top of ribbons of kale. Romano cheese adds nuttiness and binds the sauce, along with a pinch of nutmeg and a little crushed red pepper. Right before serving, a touch of lemon zest brightens the dish.
Creamed corn gets a Southwestern (and fast food!) twist with Chipotle corn salsa. The finished dish is studded with smoky bacon, a touch of lime zest and juice, and a final flourish of cilantro or scallions to cut through the creamy, fatty sauce.
Since Popeye's makes one of our favorite buttery, tender biscuits in the city, we thought it would have excellent stuffing potential. And sure enough, once dehydrated in the oven, the biscuit-croutons stand up beautifully to the stock, cream, and egg mixture that gives this stuffing its custardy texture. The dish is studded with sweet Italian sausage, onion, celery, carrots, and fennel for a fast food twist on the classic dish.
This fast food take on Kenji's Hasselback potato gratin layers McDonald's hashbrowns in a rich, cheesy sauce--a combination of heavy cream with Gruyère and Parmesan, seasoned with raw garlic, thyme, and a hefty dose of black pepper. It's the perfect bath for the already-fatty potatoes to soak in as their tops crisp up in the oven.
Glazed in a buttery sweet-tart sauce, these roasted shallots are an easy, elegant holiday side dish.
Designed for the Thanksgiving table, this chicken liver pâté is flavored with bourbon and apple cider, then topped with a cranberry gelée. It's silky, smooth, and perfect for a holiday gathering.
Simmering potatoes in heavily salted water until the water runs completely dry imparts them with a crystallized salt crust. This is the potato recipe for the salt-lover.