Want to know how to grill a steak? Here's my advice: DO NOT DO IT THE WAY THEY DO IT AT STEAKHOUSES. It seems counterintuitive. Surely a restaurant with years of experience cooking hundreds of steaks a day knows a thing or two about how it's done, right? Well, yes. They know how to cook a steak in a steakhouse setting where their goal is consistency, quality, and more importantly—speed. At home, on the other hand, consistency and quality are important, but speed? Not so much. The fact that you can take some time to treat your meat right means that it's possible to cook a steak at home much better than it can be done at any steakhouse. True story. Here's my complete guide to buying, storing, cooking, and eating the very best grilled steak.
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They may be golden brown, crisp on the edges, and light and fluffy in the center, but when you get right down to it, classic American pancakes are not all that different from any leavened bread.
Buying a whole strip loin is not only a great way to save money on expensive steaks, it also gives you more control over your final product. All you need is a sharp knife and some very basic butchering skills to get it done. Here's how to do it, step-by-step.
Spring produce is so good that there's no reason to make a production of it. Just prepare it simply, top some great toasted bread with it, and dig in.
I decided to create a fried hybrid—a frybrid, if you will—of two of my favorite mozzarella-based appetizers: caprese salad and mozzarella sticks. The resulting Fried Caprese Bombs consist of mozzarella-filled mini tomatoes that are breadcrumbed, fried, and served with a balsamic reduction. Crispy outside, gooey inside, and slightly sweet, this is one appetizer you have to try.
Scrambled eggs are an inherently simple dish, and yet there are many ways to go about making them. Here's everything you need to know to master this breakfast staple, whether you're looking to make fancy French ones beaten with a whisk, soft-scrambled eggs, or diner-style fluffy ones.
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 secret to toasted nutty ice cream couldn't be simpler: Treat nuts like any other ingredient and steep them in your ice cream base.
There are many ways to harness mint's refreshing flavor without getting repetitive. Ever tried rice wine vinegar or arugula in a drink? What about mint and shiso together? Here are a bartender's tips for prepping mint and mixing up three delicious drinks.
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.
If quick and delicious are things you desire in the kitchen, then spring is the easiest time of year to cook. It's when all the sweet, crisp, fresh green versions of vegetables appear, vegetables so young and tender they barely need any heat. Here's how to get the most out of those peas, favas, fiddleheads, and more.
For grilled meats and seafood, I want thin flour tortillas that are so rich with lard that you can almost see through them. For quesadillas and scooping up melted cheese, though, I prefer a thicker tortilla that's soft and chewy. Here's how to make the very best version of those.
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.
Why choose between pulled pork and Mexican chorizo? Instead, bring them together by braising pork shoulder with chorizo spices, then shred it like pulled pork. The crowning glory: a coleslaw made with corn, mayo, and cotija cheese, just like elote, the Mexican street corn.
If you know anything about tortas or cemita sandwiches, it's that they're stacked tall with toppings that are are soft or extremely moist like avocado, shredded cheese, refried beans, or chipotle chilies. That means that the right structure is of utmost importance when designing a bun for them. Our cemita bun has a not-too-soft, not-too-dense, rich and tender egg-enriched crumb. Oh, and it's easy to make.
All the rules you've heard about how to make polenta—the water must be boiling, you must stir continuously, use only a wooden spoon, and stir in one direction only—are basically not true. So what does matter? From the ratio to the cooking time and choice of liquid, we look at what really goes into making excellent polenta at home.
A few weeks back I showed you that you can make fresh ricotta gnocchi in less time than it takes to boil a pot of water. With a little practice, I've gotten it down to under ten minutes (8 minutes 53 seconds, to be precise). But the great part about this recipe is that it serves as a suitable base for a huge variety of sauces and flavors. For instance, last week a friend of mine brought over some delicious first-of-the-season fresh asparagus which we combined with prosciutto and an easy cream sauce to make a delicious impromptu (and fast!) meal on the spot.
Exposed to a wok's intense heat, cucumbers become silky smooth with a juicy, meaty bite. Here's a quick and easy recipe that pairs cucumbers with spicy ground pork.
Potatoes deserve more than to just be a boring side dish. They've got serious star power, and these Cajun-spiced baby potatoes—first boiled until creamy, then crisped in a skillet, and finally topped with a cooling buttermilk-herb dressing—prove it.
A lot of people will tell you that punning is one of the lowest forms of humor. No matter—this soup, born of a silly pun, is tasty whether you like that kind of wordplay or not. Based on a classic matzo-ball soup recipe, this one uses masa harina for tamales in place of matzo meal for light and moist poached dumplings that have more than a little in common with tamales themselves. We serve them in chicken broth spiked with Mexican flavors, like jalapeño, lime juice, and cilantro.