Bon Appétit does it right again and again, consistently giving us mouthwatering recipes we can't wait to test in the kitchen. As loyal readers of the magazine, we've tried more than we can remember, but there are a few we return to again and again. From the classic skilled fried chicken to the adventurous bourbon sea-salt caramels, these all-time favorites never fail to please a crowd.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Steak and burgers.
INGREDIENTS: Russet potatoes, canola oil.
If you've never tried your hand at making candies, caramels are the place to start. Sweetened condensed milk and barrel-aged booze makes these little confections irresistible.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Whiskey.
INGREDIENTS: Sugar, light corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, unsalted butter, bourbon, kosher salt, flaky sea salt (like Maldon).
A classic heart-warming pasta carbonara gets a green update with the addition of smoky brussel sprouts. Rich in flavor, this eggy porky pasta is our go-to for chilly nights.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Dry white wine.
INGREDIENTS: Brussel sprouts, orecchiette pasta, kosher salt, guanciale or pancetta, ground black pepper, unsalted butter, Pecorino, egg yolks, olive oil.
The perfect entrée for a dinner party, these crowd-pleasing ribs are hearty and filling and can be cooked two days ahead.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Green salad, red wine.
INGREDIENTS: English-style bone-in beef short ribs, kosher salt, ground black pepper, olive oil, pancetta, yellow onion, thyme, carrots, full-bodied red wine, young carrots, chopped tomatoes, parsley, chives, garlic, orange zest.
Once you pop these salty, oil-tossed Padrón or shishito peppers, you just can't stop. Most are mild, but you'll encounter an occasional kick every now and then.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Argentinian asado (barbecue), Spanish tapas.
INGREDIENTS: Padrón or shishito peppers, olive oil, flaky sea salt (like Maldon).
Remarkably versatile and also quite inexpensive, this tasty and classic skirt steak is ideal for summer grilling and goes well with all sorts of sides and salads -- perfect for a potluck!
PAIRS WELL WITH: Pasta salads, green salads, baguette.
INGREDIENTS: Skirt steak, salt, ground black pepper.
This refreshing fruit salad is a welcome addition to every summer tabletop. With crunchy clusters of sesame and chopped fennel fronds, it has a lovely textural quality, too.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Roasted chicken, lemonade.
INGREDIENTS: Olive oil, fennel bulb, shallot, ginger, fennel seeds, white wine vinegar, honey, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, navel oranges, blood oranges, grapefruit, greens, parsley, sesame seeds.
The flavors in this easy appetizer pair so well together, it's like they were made for each other. This is bound to become your go-to starter.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Seafood, steak, gin cocktails.
INGREDIENTS: Baguette, garlic, frozen peas, kosher salt, olive oil, parmesan, mint, balsamic vinegar.
You'll never glance at packaged cookie dough again after trying these peerless addictive salty sweet cookies. One is simply not enough.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Milk, coffee, and anything!
INGREDIENTS: All-purpose flour, baking powder, kosher salt, unsalted butter, light brown sugar, fine white sugar, powdered sugar, egg yolks, egg, vanilla extract, semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, flaky sea salt (like Maldon).
You don't need a deep fryer to make chicken that will have your guests raving for ages. This tender, crispy, slightly spicy, buttermilk-battered recipe is deliciously fun.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Biscuits, mac 'n' cheese, pale ale.
INGREDIENTS: Kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chicken, buttermilk, egg, all-purpose flour, cornstarch, peanut oil.
Light, exotic, and flavor-packed, this healthy recipe is a shoo-in for an al fresco summer dinner. Make extra -- you're guaranteed to want a second helping.
PAIRS WELL WITH: Couscous, rice, grilled bread.
INGREDIENTS: Red serrano or Fresno chiles, garlic, bay leaves, olive oil, large shrimp, lemon, cilantro, parsley, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper.
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