I'll be frank: After eating my way around Boston in search of the best lobster rolls, I came to the sad conclusion that Boston just isn't a great lobster roll town. But that doesn't mean there aren't diamonds in the rough, and a couple a truly destination-worthy. Here are our picks.
I love all kinds of fried seafood, from oysters to Ipswich clams and fish and chips, but if I had to pick a favorite, Peruvian jalea would be one of the frontrunners. A platter of mixed fried seafood including fish, shrimp, and calamari, it's topped with a bright, refreshing, slightly spicy salad of red onions, tomato, and cilantro marinated in lime juice.
When I get out of New York City and actually have a chance to grill, I don't just want to cook the obvious stuff on the grill, I want to cook everything. Case in point: This grilled pork sandwich with a grilled plum chutney and miso-cabbage slaw. It's been held over the flames, from top to bottom.
Tabbouleh is an inherently simple dish, typically made from a mixture of chopped parsley and mint, onion, tomato, bulgur, olive oil, and lemon juice. Recipes abound, so the question is, can they be improved upon? The answer is, yes, in subtle ways that together make a more foolproof, more delicious dish.
Two classic dishes—Italian-style seafood salad and refreshing pasta salad— collide in this perfect summer dish, bright with lemon and olive oil. The secret is in the selection of pasta: Asian rice noodles deliver the perfect texture and flavor-absorbing powers to make every bite taste like pure seafood-salad bliss.
The key to making good pasta salad is usually not to make it like salad at all. But there's one big exception, and that's when you're working with Asian noodles. Whether we're talking soba, ramen, rice noodles, or others, these noodles work incredibly well when approached as a salad—raw vegetables, tart dressings, and all. Ready to try it? Mix up this tasty soba noodle salad with cucumbers, asparagus, seaweed, and sesame.
A couple days ago I shared my new rules for making the best pasta salad. Today, I offer another recipe following those same guidelines. Instead of using raw tomatoes, this one has you cook the tomatoes first just until bursting, releasing their rich juices into a flavorful sauce that coats the pasta even when cooled. It's a summertime must.
We've published a lot of barbecue sauce recipes over the years here at Serious Eats, but there's always room for a few more. For your next backyard cookout, consider one of these three extremely simple, easy ones: Korean kimchi, coffee-ginger, and Buffalo-style.
Think hard: How much good pasta salad have you had in your life? If you're being honest with yourself, the answer is most likely almost never. That's because most pasta salad sucks. Instead of relegating the dish to the trash heap, we're here to save it from itself. Meet the new rules of pasta salad.
With its fancy French name and beautiful appearance when fresh from the oven, a classic cherry clafoutis is bound to impress guests. Little do they know just how easy it is to make—just whip up a simple batter with egg, milk, sugar, and flour, then pour it onto some cherries and bake.
Come summertime, I crave dishes that somehow manage to satisfy while still seeming light and refreshing. No dish better delivers on both counts than the classic iceberg wedge salad, a retro creation that is all about simplicity. And yet, to be the celebration of flavor and texture that it should, we need to observe a few guiding principles.
Inspired by beef momo seasoned with the tingly heat of Sichuan peppercorns, these burgers are spiked with a fragrant mixture of that spice, plus cumin, star anise, fennel, chili flakes, and brown sugar. A tangy chili mayo with plenty of fresh ginger and cucumber pickles round it out.
Pickling has long been a way to make the bounty of seasonal produce last longer. Here are three easy, flavorful quick-pickling recipes to extend the life of your haul right now: asparagus with tarragon and shallots; rhubarb with lemongrass and ginger; and snap peas with mint and fennel.
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 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.