Sous-vide is a fantastic method for cooking holiday roasts. It delivers reliable moist and tender results, frees up your oven for other tasks, requires almost no supervision while cooking, and is very easy to hold hot and ready to serve until your guests are ready. That said, sous vide turkey comes with a few problems. We've solved the issues to give you a recipe that produces turkey cooked exactly how you like it, with deep roasty flavors and extra-crispy skin to boot.
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Steamed buns stuffed with pork belly cooked sous-vide in a Japanese-style marinade.
A double-cut pork chop can be an impressive centerpiece to a meal. Cooking it through traditional means can be tough, but with a sous-vide cooker, juicy results are guaranteed. Here's how to do it.
A three-stage cooking process creates the ultimate in home-cooked steaks.
This upgraded version of a turducken produces perfectly moist chicken, duck, and turkey meat with no flabby, unrendered skin. The ultimate Thanksgiving roast!
A regular porchetta is delicious, no doubt, but I thought to myself, what if I start with the same all-belly porchetta and take it to the extreme? This was undoubtedly the mind-blowingest of all the mind-blowing meat dishes that have come out of kitchen in perhaps... ever? Bold statement, I know, but I honestly can't think of anything I've ever made that I was happier with then this porchetta.
Not only does cooking a tongue sous-vide make for complete set-it-and-forget-it ease (as it does with any braised or confit dish), it also creates a more flavorful finished product as the tongue slowly stews in its own juices.
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.
While all kinds of steak and other quick-cooking meats make perfect candidates for sous-vide cookery, tenderloin is particularly well suited. By cooking the steak in a vacuum-sealed bag in a water bath, you can absolutely guarantee even cooking from edge to edge, and added flavorings keep the meat tasty.
Modern pork chops are not forgiving. Back in the day, pigs used to be tough and fatty. They walked five miles each way through sleet and snow in bare feet just to get to the slop pit. They were lucky to get a single patch of dry mud to roll in. You could cook the bejeezus out of their loins and they'd still be juicy (albeit tough) from all the melted fat and connective tissue. Today's pampered pigs, on the other hand, are lean, white, and delicate. Overcook them just a shade, and you're left masticating wet cardboard. Enter sous-vide.
[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Read all about sous-vide burgers here » About the author: After graduating from MIT, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt spent many years as a chef, recipe developer, writer, and editor in Boston. He now lives in New York...
Glazed sous-vide carrots. [Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]...
[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Note: This recipe requires the use of a temperature controlled water bath like the Sous-Vide Supreme or an equivalent....
[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Note: This recipe requires the use of a temperature-controlled water bath like the Sous-Vide Supreme or an equivalent....
About the author: After graduating from MIT, J. Kenji Lopez-Alt spent many years as a chef, recipe developer, writer, and editor in Boston. He now lives in New York with his wife, where he runs a private chef business, KA...
Sous-vide is the ideal way to cook steak for perfectly even edge-to-edge cooking with foolproof results. Sous-vide steaks can be finished in a pan or on the grill.