There's something that makes us smile about Ferran Adrià and his staff sitting down to a pre-service family meal of Cheeseburgers and potato chips before opening the doors of elBulli for the evening. These simple burgers adapted from The Family Meal seem to be the polar opposite of what Adrià and company were putting out at elBulli.
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This creamy, buttery risotto is flecked with stands of lightly toasted saffron which colors it a deep, bright yellow. Although the risotto is finished with butter and Parmigiano, Ferran Adrià goes a step further by garnishing it with paper-thin slices of mushrooms that lend another level of earthiness and texture to an already great dish.
This week we wanted to test out Ferran Adrià's take on the iconic Spanish dish, Gazpacho, to see how he translated the chilled soup. Turns out, it's simple, classic, and shockingly easy to make at home, requiring nothing more than a blender and a fine-mesh sieve for a bowl of bright, vegetal, tomatoey soup.
Ferran Adrià's roasted chicken is a take on Catalan dish, pollo a l'ast, an herb and lemon rubbed bird, traditionally spit roasted. In this recipe he's made a poultry seasoning blend of dried thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and peppercorns, all ground together and rubbed into a chicken that's also seasoned with salt, lemon zest, and olive oil. This recipe uses a high heat method of cooking, flipping the chicken midway through.
Just like chicken thighs, turkey legs are an economical cut that's often overlooked. By braising instead of roasting, these legs emerge juicy and nearly falling off the bone with sweetness and warmth from the sherry, raisins and prunes. Served up with something starchy like a Saffron Risotto with Mushrooms (recipe to come later this week) and you've got a lovely fall family meal.