The first time I tried farinata, the baked chickpea pancake from Italy, it was dry as particleboard. The second and third times were just as bad. Only after I'd dismissed it as an inexplicably terrible product of the Italian kitchen did I finally taste the real thing, and then I understood why people loved it so much. Savory, custardy, and simple in the best possible way, it's also dead easy to make at home. Here's how.
Do you like dipping your bread into olive oil or using it to mop up the sauce on your plate? If so, then you need to know about testaroli, the Tuscan dish of crêpe-like pancakes that are treated like pasta and tossed with sauce. Here's how to make them at home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last year I fell deeply in love with the cemitas sold from the taco trucks on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, New York. Then I traveled to Puebla, Mexico, their source, and discovered that the sandwich I loved was an imposter. This is the story of how I learned to love both (recipes included).
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.
Luxurious foods are, practically by definition, extremely expensive. Except for gravlax. For the price of a fresh piece of salmon, you can cure your own gravlax at home, then slice it and serve it as one of the most elegant hors d'oeuvres or light appetizers imaginable. Here's how to make it.
There are lots of ways to make a pan sauce with great body, chief among them using stock that's rich in gelatin, whisking in butter, or even reaching for cream. Here's one more: fiber. Using pork chops with a white wine-and-leek pan sauce, we look at what fiber can do to improve your weeknight dinner.
Northwestern Chinese cuisine is famous for its grilled and stir-fried lamb, combining the hot and tingly flavors of Sichuan peppercorns and dried red chilies with plenty of cumin and other spices. So we asked ourselves, why not take those very same flavors and rub them all over a glorious roast leg of lamb? The results were phenomenal.
What are the best ways to guarantee a pan sauce with a great rich and silky texture? One is to add gelatin-rich stock. Another is to use cream, such as in this easy weeknight recipe with skirt steak in a mushroom cream sauce.
Some people like sinkers, some people like floaters. Here at Serious Eats, we're equal opportunity matzo-ballers, so we're laying out everything you need to know to get the matzo balls of your dreams. Best part, it's ridiculously easy.
Who doesn't love fried fish tacos? The only problem is that whole frying thing can really be a time-consuming nuisance. After lots and lots of testing, we finally have the hack that will get these babies into your mouth before you can say ¡me gustan los tacos de pescado!
Deep fried artichokes may be one of the best examples of the Roman-Jewish mastery of deep frying techniques. Shatteringly crisp outside, tender within, and as pop-able as potato chips, this is the way we should all usher in spring.
Artichokes look like the armored tanks of the vegetable world—an impenetrable defense of shield-like leaves and thorny tips. But with the right tools and know-how, it's easy to get them ready for eating. Here are three ways to trim them: all the way down to the heart, minimally for steaming, and also for the classic Roman-Jewish dish carciofi alla giudia.
It's common to hear that olive oil shouldn't be subjected to high-heat cooking applications like deep frying and searing because of its low smoke point. But does the science back that idea up? We looked into the existing research and did some taste tests of our own to find out from both a health and flavor perspective.
Considering how fundamentally simple they are, potato gnocchi sure do make people nervous. Do it right, and they're light and tender. Do it wrong, and they're gummy little bricks. Here we delve into every major aspect of gnocchi making and explain how each can impact the result. But first take a deep breath, because this doesn't need to be stressful. It can actually be a lot of fun, and an excellent exercise in honing your abilities as a cook.
Long before ships brought native crops from the Americas to Europe, Italy was a land without red sauce, corn polenta, or potato gnocchi. But even without the potato, gnocchi still existed, such as in the form of the classic gnocchi alla Romana, this custardy oven-baked version made with semolina, egg, cheese, and butter. You could say these are the OG: the original gnocchi.
We've shared a lot of love for cast iron here at Serious Eats, but in our own kitchens there's another very similar type of pan that gets near equal use: carbon steel. Since it's more common in restaurant kitchens than homes, we've been pretty mum on the subject, but today, it's time to talk about what makes this sibling to cast iron great.
There's a version of pasta e fagioli for just about every region, province and household in Italy, from brothy ones packed with vegetables to creamy ones made only with beans and pasta. This one belongs to that latter group, and the secret to its greatness is all in the beans themselves.
Bagna cauda, the Northern Italian sauce of anchovies and garlic melted into butter and olive oil, is traditionally used as a dip for vegetables, but as we show here, it's also a killer quick and easy pan sauce for steak. Have doubts? Just remember: Anchovies are a key ingredient in Worcestershire.
Part of being a good cook is being able to pull off show-stopping centerpiece dishes that require lots of work and planning. Another part, though, is knowing how to be creative with limited ingredients and time. Here's one recipe to add to your in-a-pinch arsenal: soubise sauce.
It looks like a pizza, it cooks like a pizza, but don't make the mistake of actually thinking it's a pizza. Tarte flambée, the Alsatian flatbread topped with fromage blanc (a fresh, tart, spreadable cheese), thinly sliced raw onions and bacon, is as Franco-Germanic in flavor as can be. Here we look at two ways to make it: the classic way on bread or pizza dough rolled very thinly, and the bar-style pizza way, on a flour tortilla cooked in a cast iron skillet. Both are so good we can't decide which way we like best.
What does it take to make an incredible plate of bar-style, fully loaded nachos? For starters, at least three kinds of cheese, two kinds of beans, and two different applications of creamy, tangy dairy. It may sound like overkill, but there's a method to this madness.