Bland, with little nutritional value, the common globe eggplant just kind of exists, neither offensive nor especially appealing. But gussied up with any manner of flavor additions, it can be instantly transformed from ho-hum fruit to the life of the party.
The reliable combo of mint and lamb joins forces in these juicy kebabs with red onion, zucchini, and a rich yogurt marinade.
Smoky, juicy, tender, and flavored with a carefully calibrated homemade sauce, this pulled barbecue chicken is way better than just about any version we've ever had before.
It's not only possible to cook cheese on a grill—it's a must. Here are 5 cheeses to throw on your grill, along with delicious recipes for serving them.
Balsamic vinegar adds a tanginess to fresh vegetables that have been skewered and grilled until lightly charred.
Instead of being bound in traditional sausage casing, Cypriot sheftalia (lamb-and-pork sausage) is wrapped in sheets of caul fat, which renders over a live fire. As the fat drips, little towers of flame lick the meat, creating a super crusty exterior that's still moist and juicy inside.
A coating of Dijon mustard and mixed herbs gives these flavorful leg of lamb skewers a crisp, intensely flavorful crust.
Marinated and grilled shrimp are paired with quick pickles, lettuce, cilantro, mint, and vermicelli to make a classic Vietnamese summer roll.
Building flavors in layers, these pork and pineapple kebabs are seasoned with a spicy and earthy rub, followed by a last-minute coating of a sweet and smoky apricot glaze.
Cubed pork chops doused in garlicky and tangy orange sauce are contrasted with sweet mango in these mojo-marinated kebabs.
Invented by a restaurant owner from Greece, Memphis dry ribs are bathed in vinegar while being grilled over smoky charcoal, then coated with an earthy, herbal rub once they're done cooking. Just don't let the name mislead you: There's nothing dry about these babies.
A riff on tandoori-style chicken, these chicken kebabs are marinated with yogurt and lemon, with smoked and hot paprika in place of the more traditional Indian spice blend. The result is a completely different, but equally delicious, dish.
Coleslaw doesn't have to be bland, wet cabbage in a soggy paper cup. Here are five great flavor variations with everything from ketchup to mustard, sour cream, apple.
Chicken isn't generally the go-to meat for fajitas (flavorful skirt steak is the deserving star usually), but this flavor-packed marinade made with cilantro, tart lime juice, brown sugar, cumin, and crushed red pepper makes it a worthy stand-in. Here, we thread the chicken pieces onto skewers and cook them kebab-style. It's everything there is to love about chicken fajitas on one stick, minus the tortilla, of course.
I've covered the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party for four years now, always as a civilian eating his way through the entire barbecue line up. But this year it was time to step on the other side of the smoker and see what it's like to cook for one of New York's largest food events. So I embedded myself with a crew that's been more than kind to me over the years: 17th Street Barbecue.
Whether you've only got an hour to devote to your baked beans, or you're ready to take on an overnight project, both our recipes feature a thick, smooth sauce that packs a deep and complex barbecue flavor against tender and creamy beans.
A great grilled T-bone takes some attention to detail, but the payoff is a big, beefy steak that's hard to beat. The key to getting the strip and the tenderloin to cook evenly? It's all about positioning.
Mustard is one of the oldest condiments and hasn't changed much through the years. In it's essence, mustard is combination of mixing the ground seeds of the mustard plant with liquid, but its the variety of seeds and type of liquid used that creates all the varieties of mustard we know today.
Kebabs are a promise so seldom realized—an excellent concept for cooking too often executed in a way that leaves them dry and flavorless. All it takes is a little kebab making know-how though to turn these backyard staples into something consistently great.
It doesn't take much to grill a decent hot dog: Just put it on the grill until heated through. But making a truly great hot dog requires knowing a few key tricks. Here's the lowdown.
Ketchup, mustard, relish...boring. There are so many more ways to top hot dogs than with just those condiments. Here are eight great topping ideas to try the next time you grill up some dogs.
Trimming a full rack of spare ribs into a St. Louis-style rack takes only two cuts and results in ribs without any chewy cartilage that can make them hard to eat.
Sometimes, simplicity rules the nacho game. We recreate the Texas tradition of freshly fried chips individually topped with Longhorn cheese and a pickled jalapeño slice: a perfectly balanced snack.
This smoky, spicy, and earthy chicken tinga takes less work than the flavor would lead you to believe—chipotles add most of the depth, while meaty chicken thighs, canned fire-roasted tomatoes, tomatillos, and onion add layers of flavor to the sauce.
It's no coincidence that chicken schnitzel—pounded chicken breasts that are breaded and fried—is such a popular dish around the world: Perfectly cooked schnitzel, like the version here, is juicy and tender, with a golden, crunchy exterior that is almost impossible to resist.
Zucchini is my go-to veggie for the grill. The way it browns and softens over the coals makes it irresistible in both looks and taste. I've always thought a little olive oil, salt, black pepper, and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes is all you need to make it perfect, but recently wanted to expand on the classic. I introduced some new flavors with Parmesan cheese and garlic chili oil (my Sauced column this week) which only left me loving it more.
Al pastor on its own is pretty awesome, but on chicken wings—now that's something special. Guajillo and chipotle chiles give the baked wings an earthy heat, while pineapple, cilantro, and lime add freshness to create a combination that's hard to beat. This also marks our first post of Wing Week! Every day this week we'll be sharing a different non-Buffalo wing recipe for your Super Bowl parties next week.
For the family who worships fiery food, this is a way to relish spiciness for Thanksgiving. Soaked in a habanero-filled brine, this turkey packs a punch you won't soon forget. If the family isn't totally on board for a spicy turkey, then pare down the brine recipe and use it for a chicken instead.
Yesterday we had a Slice meet-up for A) the heck of it and B) well, to celebrate Slice's 7-year anniversary (October 13, for those keeping score at home). We met at DBA bar in the afternoon with the idea that Slice would order some pies in and that Slice'rs would bring a pie (or pies) from their local fave — or even make one of their own — to share. After a slow start, a nice-size crowd showed up — about 16 total, with five pizzerias represented — Rosario's on the Lower East Side of Manhattan; Sam's of Cobble Hill,...
What seemed like a ton of onion, garlic, oregano and mint in proportion to the meat at first, ended up being just the right amount of flavor to make these meatballs taste distinctly Greek. Although they didn't necessarily need the accompanying tzatziki and lemon to make them delicious, put altogether, they were outstanding.
The Eighth Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party rolled into town this past weekend, bringing along seventeen different pitmasters from all over the country—representing the the diversity that is American barbecue. As each pitmaster focused their attention on only their one strongest item, the barbecue found at the event truly represented the best of the best.
To become a true "Master of the Flames," you'll need to know how to own a fire. Gauging and controlling the temperature is crucial in delivering the just right heat to your food—luckily, one of the easiest way to determine this is always at hand (literally). Just hover your hand above the cooking grate and count the seconds it takes until you're positive your skin will melt off. With the findings, you can determine if the heat is at high, medium, or low, and which foods should be cooked at each.
Note: These buns are great for any burger, but go best with our recipe for The Spotted Pig's Chargrilled Burger. About the author: Become a fan of The Food Lab on Facebook for play-by-plays on future kitchen tests and recipe...
The "velvet" in the title alludes to the chicken's texture after it emerges from the pot. While some poached chicken recipes come out stringy and tough, this one is cooked in a liquid that's barely simmering for 30 minutes. The result is perfectly cooked chicken that's beautifully tender and aromatic thanks to a particularly flavorful cooking liquid.
"Ragù Bolognese is the king of all meat sauces." [Photos: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Following this week's ricotta-fest, I found myself with a few quarts of the stuff left over. There's only so much queso fresco, paneer, or ricotta salata one...
What to do when you don't have the right chile. You know the drill. You've clipped or printed out a recipe that's supposed to be tonight's dinner. Except, the grocery store betrays you—not having those few essential items you need. As an editor at Chile Pepper magazine, for me that usually means a certain chile necessary to test or develop a recipe. For example, in certain regions, some chiles like cayenne are impossible to find fresh. The key to finding an adequate chile replacement is knowing its heat level, sweetness, and smokiness. We pooled our resources to come up with a substitution guide for whole chiles. While it focuses on whole fresh or dried chiles, you can always use a...
New York has never been a first-class fried chicken town, but these days, it's popping up on more high-end menus than pork belly. And though we've eaten our fair share, we hadn't done an exhaustive survey. Until now.
[Photograph: Blake Royer] I've long been on a search for a great macaroni and cheese recipe, so it was a thrill to see a version on Food 52 from someone I trust. Jennifer Hess of Last Night's Dinner, who I...
"Pitmasters here represent the entire nation." [Photographs: Joshua Bousel] I had the most perfect Labor Day planned, a lazy afternoon next to the smoker filled with pork, some beers, and close friends. That was until I received an invitation to visit the The Best in the West: Nugget Rib Cook-off in Nevada. After a second pause contemplating whether I wanted to alter my ideal holiday, I thought better of my reservations, and before I knew it, I was on a plane headed for a weekend of pure barbecue bliss. If you're an East Coaster like myself, the Nugget Rib Cook-off may not sound familiar, but for the pitmasters and attendees alike, it's the biggest event of the year. The six-day...
My wife and I spent the last week moving across the country in a big yellow truck from Brooklyn to Bucktown, Chicago, and along the way we relied on the kindness of friends and relatives for meals and places to...
When I was a girl, French onion soup was the end-all be-all of my culinary existence. When I was in France, I would search high and low for the little restaurants that sold it. I just had to have French...
The classic Thai dish of ground chicken and basil, with chili, fish sauce, and a touch of sugar is quick and simple to prepare.
Photograph from Halima Ahkdar on Flickr In today's Cook the Book recipe, sweet and sour Vietnamese wings, chicken wings are marinated in an Asian all-stars concoction of fish sauce, mango nectar, ginger, lime juice, and lemongrass, before being oven-roasted to...
I couldn't find one saag paneer recipe that resembled another. I went for a rather simple, almost comfort-food version, but you can jack the spices way up if you'd like....