'entrees' on Serious Eats

Sous-Vide 101: Duck Breast

As a meat that is best served medium rare, duck breast makes an ideal candidate to cook sous-vide. By cooking it at 135°F for two hours, much of the fat under the skin begins to soften and render out while the proteins in it begin to set, making it much easier to crisp without shrinking on the stovetop just before serving. More

Casunsiei (Beet and Ricotta Ravioli)

This is a signature dish at Al Di La, and one that I love to order. The jewel-colored beet filling shines through the delicate pasta, just bidding to be eaten. They are so sublimely delicious, I always want more. Now I can make and eat as many as I want at home...and you can too. More

Is the Entree Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

Kim Severson poses that very question in the New York Times today. What do you think, Serious Eaters? In a way entrees are a bulky anachronism, an ode to an earlier time when meat and potatoes were a given at every meal, whether we were eating at a four star restaurant or a diner. Let's face it. When we eat out nowadays we crave variety, stimulation, and satisfaction, and we're much more likely to get those things by ordering a number of small plates. Plus, sharing food at a restaurant is an easy way for us to connect with our friends and family. How do most Serious Eaters eat at restaurants these days? We just order a bunch of food... More

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