Beard to Table: James Peterson's Meat Loaf

James Peterson's recipe for meat loaf

 

In this new series, we'll be taking a closer look at some of our favorite recipes from JBF Award winners as well as from Beard himself. To start, we turned to a beloved cold-weather staple: meat loaf.

 

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A well-made meat loaf is a dinnertime workhorse. It's comforting, it's savory, it can be dipped in ketchup: what's not to love? But if you haven't yet seen the meat loaf light (perhaps the memories of the too-dry, or too-moist, or too-chunky ones of your childhood still linger), get ready to be convinced. James Peterson's bar-setting recipe for the classic dish, from his JBF Award–winning cookbook Meat: A Kitchen Education, is the one that's going to make you a believer.

 

Peterson's meat loaf recipe distinguishes itself in a few key ways:

 

1) It's intensely... Read more >

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Recipe: Roman Chicory Salad

Tim Bodell's Roman Chicory Salad, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Puntarelle, fennel, citrus, anchovy vinaigrette. Save for the puntarelle (which is a type of chicory), it sounds like a conventional combination,  But this isn't just any salad: it's the recipe that chef Tim Bodell makes for legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola when he dines at Rustic, Francis's Favorites, the on-site restaurant at Coppola's winery. Bodell even uses an authentic puntarelle cutter from Italy to prep the greens. 

 

Get the recipe here. 

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Recipe Roundup: Super Bowl Spread

Alex Stupak's recipe from guacamole with pistachios, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Regardless of which Harbaugh brother you'll be rooting for this Sunday, everyone can agree that half the fun of watching the Super Bowl is pigging out on the snacks. This year we're upping our game with pumped-up versions of crowd-pleasing classics.

 

Honey-Habanero Chicken Wings

Potent habanero peppers add an undercurrent of heat to the sweet and buttery sauce that accompanies these wings.

 

Guacamole with Pistachios

Pistachios add striking crunch to this addictive guacamole from chef Alex Stupak of the Empellón restaurants.

 

Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade... Read more >

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Recipe: Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade

 

Your football team—fantasy or real—may fall short year after year, but you can always count on an over-the-top spread on the day of the Super Bowl.

 

While wings, chili, and guacamole are always guaranteed a spot on our menu, the rotating setting of the big game gives us an excuse to throw some regional foods into the mix. This year's Super Bowl takes place in New Orleans, so we're planning on serving a few Gulf-inspired offerings, like these bite-sized oyster nuggets from Karey Johnson of Glow, located a leap down the coast in Rockport, Texas. Johnson coats her oysters in chili and garlic powder–seasoned cornmeal, fries them until crispy, and serves them with lime wedges and a garlicky, sriracha-spiked rémoulade.

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Recipe: Guacamole with Pistachios

Alex Stupak's recipe from guacamole with pistachios, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

When it comes to guacamole upgrades, we used to think that we had seen it all, but we were happily proven wrong at Empellón Cocina, where the house guacamole comes loaded with pistachios. Chef and wd~50 veteran Alex Stupak, who tells us that his favorite flavor is "crunchy", gently toasts the nuts in olive oil, then folds them into a minimal mix of avocado, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, and lime juice. A little toasting oil, infused with flavor of the pistachios, is spooned over the dip before serving.

 

Get the recipe here. The guacamole will also be on offer when the Empellón team cooks at the Beard House on... Read more >

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Recipe: Tocino de Cielo with Golden Raisins

Anthony Sasso's recipe for Tocinillo de Cielo with Golden Raisins, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

When it comes to custard, we tend to add rather than subtract. Stirring starch into custard yields pastry cream for filling éclairs and cream puffs. Lighten that with whipped cream and you've made crème légère. But Anthony Sasso, the current chef at New York City's beloved Casa Mono, recently introduced us to tocino de cielo, an intense Spanish custard that omits dairy and relies only on water, sugar, and egg yolks. The water and sugar are combined to make a simple syrup (Sasso infuses his with orange, lemon, and cinnamon), which is whisked with the yolks before baking.

 

The dessert originated in Spain's Jerez region, where sherry producers were left with a glut of egg yolks after reserving the whites to clarify... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Spirits

 

No chestnuts roasting on an open fire? No Jack Frost nipping at your nose? No worries. Just mix up a pitcher (or two) of one of these Yuletide-evoking drinks and you and your guests will be in the holiday spirit in no time.

 

Mary Rockett's Milk Punch [JBF]

Apparently folks in the eighteenth-century also needed a little tipple to get through the holidays. This traditional recipe, adapted by cocktail expert David Wondrich, dates back to 1711.

 

Champagne Mojitos [F&W]

Mojitos get fancy in this Champagne-splashed cocktail from JBF Award winner John Besh.

 

Pumpkin Mulled Wine [Saveur]

This spicy, pumpkin-infused drink was inspired by a meal at the Beard House.... Read more >

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Recipe: White Chocolate–Cassis Crème Brûlée

Recipe for white chocolate–cassis crème brûlée, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

These days a crème brûlée needs to be pretty unique to get our attention. Chef Travis Brust, who helms the kitchen at the historic Williamsburg Inn, has a bi-level version that succeeds. He makes a syrup of crème de cassis, port, cinnamon, and star anise, then drizzles it into ramekins before adding the requisite custard, which he soups up with white chocolate. The syrup needs to be heated to 228°F in order to reach the correct consistency (pastry chefs will recognize this as the thread stage), so make sure your candy thermometer is taking accurate readings.

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Hanukkah at Home

Mitchell Davis's prized latkes

 

Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah with a home-cooked meal of roast chicken, a simple salad, and, of course, latkes. End the evening with a rustic apple and walnut tart and a rousing game of dreidel.

 

Sonny's Special Potato Latkes

The recipe that took our very own Mitchell Davis to "the top of the latke world," as he wrote in his 2002 book, The Mensch Chef. No cumin seeds or zucchini to be found here: these are the classic, golden latkes of your childhood.

 

Roast Chicken

James Peterson's straightforward recipe for this most comforting of comfort foods.

 

Winter... Read more >

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November's Best Recipes

Marc Forgione's

 

Here are our recipe tester's favorite recipes from November:

 

Red Cabbage Soup with Crispy Guanciale, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Grapes

Grape season is over, but nevermind: there's still plenty to like about this hearty, Italian-inspired soup. 

 

Wild Mushroom, Shoyu, and Goat Cheese Truffles

An umami-rich center of goat cheese and soy sauce lurks in these panko-crusted fritters.

 

Poached Pears with Bitters–Almond Ice Cream and Caramel

Marc Forgione borrows a bottle of Angostura bitters from behind the... Read more >

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