Recipes: Wintry European Supper

James Beard's lebkuchen

 

Chilly, gray days make us long for warm, comforting dinners, like this one featuring a rustic yet refined beef stew and a bowl of dill-flecked homemade noodles. 

 

Viennese Walnut and Horseradish Spread 

Pair this unique and simple hors d'oeuvre with a glass of Riesling or Gewürztraminer. 

 

Beef Cheek Goulash 

Any recipe that begins with rendered duck fat is guaranteed to be good. (Rest assured, you can use canola oil instead.) This rich beef stew from David Bouley takes a bit of time to prepare, but every second will be well worth it. 

 

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Recipe: James Beard's Salt and Pepper Spareribs

James Beard's salt and pepper spareribs

 

With so much of our energy channeled toward others during the holiday season—making lists for others, full-contact shopping for others, hosting parties for others—it's no surprise that it can feel impossible to make a simple dinner for ourselves. When we need a break from the 'tis-better-to-give-than-to-receive mantra, we turn to James Beard's recipe for salt and pepper spareribs. It's as elemental as it sounds: grab some spareribs, rain salt and pepper over them, throw them in the oven, and put your feet up.

 

Get the recipe here.

 

Your can also find this recipe and more of James Beard's classic dishes in The Essential James Beard Cookbook, a collection of dishes culled from twelve of his iconic books, including Hors d'Oeuvre and Canapés, Menus for Entertaining,... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Stews

 Michael Bologna's recipe for white bean and sausage stew, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Get out your Dutch oven: it's stew season. From quick coconut shrimp to a lamb stew studded with parsnips and bacon, here are some of our favorite rib-sticking recipes.

 

White Bean and Sausage Stew [JBF]

This greens-flecked stew is simple enough to pull together on a weeknight. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese before serving.

 

Green Chile and Chicken Stew [BA]

A purée of roasted tomatillos, peppers, and chiles gives this dish its piquant depth.

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

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Recipe: Sticky Date Pudding with Mascarpone

Sticky Date Pudding with Mascarpone, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Now that autumn’s leaves are poised to drop in deference to winter, we want our sweaters bulky, our socks straight from the dryer, and our desserts served warm.

 

Thankfully, the inseparable Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook have done us a solid by sharing their take on a toasty pub classic: sticky toffee pudding. Like everything else we’ve seen from this Los Angeles duo, the dish is mind-numbingly indulgent, but its technique is sharp. While conventional toffee pudding recipes instruct you to fold soaked dates into a batter, Dotolo and Shook blend the fruit into a smooth paste, which produces a cake with a more polished texture. Smothered in a boozy caramel and topped with a generous dollop of mascarpone, this updated dessert will warm you from the inside out.

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Recipes: Thanksgivukkah

Celery Root Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Celery Leaves

 

We certainly weren't the first to coin the name for this year's convergence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, a magical overlap that hasn't happened in about a century. But could we resist the culinary and journalistic impulse to capitalize on a new holiday? No, no we could not. Because if there is an opportunity to eat stuffing and latkes on the same day, you better believe we're going to go for it. So without further ado, a sample menu to help you gastronomically merge these two joyous occasions: 

 

Celery Root Soup with Pumpkin Seeds and Celery Leaves 

If we learned anything from watching Seinfeld, it's that Jews love soup. And so do Americans. Here's your first course. 

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Recipe Roundup: Turkey, Turkey, Turkey

Turkey recipes from the pros, curated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Whether you're interested in starting a new Thanksgiving tradition or just looking to break out of a family-recipe rut, there's no shortage of turkey tutorials to be found this time of year. And who better to trust than a true professional? Here are some of our favorite turkey recipes from industry bigwigs.

 

Sam Sifton's Simple Roast Turkey [Bon Appétit]

The New York Times editor's go-to Thanksgiving bird is glazed with a rosemary-infused teriyaki butter. Though it may seem like holiday heresy, Sifton swears this recipe will keep the hordes very happy.

 

Jacques Pépin's Steam-Powered Turkey [NYT]

According to Pépin, a short dip in a steam bath followed by a two-hour blast in a hot oven is... Read more >

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Recipe: Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing

 

Like many chefs, Kate Ladoulis, who cooks at Django's in Crested Butte, is a victim of a particular seasonal disorder: the persistent struggle to churn out new and inventive dishes during the year's bleaker months for produce.

 

When faced with autumn's first baby root vegetables, Ladoulis made a mental connection with bagna cauda, Italy's garlicky, buttery, and briny version of fondue. She got to work on a spin: chopped white anchovies and garlic were gently simmered in olive oil to make a lighter but still powerful dressing, which she tossed with those vegetables and some hardy greens. After piling it all on a slab of grilled bread, Ladoulis had an inspired salad for her menu—at least until next season.

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Recipe: Lardo and Walnut Pesto Crostini

Recipe for lardo and walnut pesto crostini, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Unlike those sweaters gifted from your sartorially-challenged aunt, new crostini recipes are always welcome during the holidays. We love them because they're at once stylish and unfussy: just slice, toast, slather, and serve.

 

In the coming weeks, we'll be plying our party guests with these addictive crostini from Philip Rubino, who runs Moderno and other eateries just beyond Chicago's northern limits. Rubino tops toasted baguette slices with ribbons of lard, then broils the crostini until the fat just begins to dissolve. Before serving, he swipes each one with a pesto of sage and black walnuts, which are more robust in flavor than the English walnuts that line supermarket aisles.

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Recipe: Mâche Salad with Pork Belly Lardons, Crispy Capers, Pine Nuts, and Plum Agrodolce Dressing

Mâche Salad

 

In the American salad bowl, mâche, known also as lamb's lettuce, is often left out of the mix. A variety of longstanding popularity in France, it has a tender, velvety texture and sweet, nutty flavor. Mâche lends itself easily to the autumn salad, without coercing or massaging. Why have we skipped over this green gem?

 

To give these sweet greens their due, we’ve added chef Rosalia Barron’s mâche salad to our fall repertoire. Barron tosses the starter, which also features crispy pork belly, in a wine-infused agrodolce dressing, a traditional... Read more >

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Soup's On

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

 

Nothing brightens a cold November day like a big pot of soup bubbling away on the stove. Here are some of the recipes we return to every winter:

 

White Bean and Cauliflower Soup with Truffle Oil

Luxuriously creamy and oh-so-simple, this aromatic soup is perfect for winter.

 

Spicy Tomato and Chipotle Soup with Calamari and Chorizo Sausage

This deeply flavored soup comes together in less than half an hour. Be careful not to overcook the calamari so it stays tender.

 

Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon

A tart, Syrian-inspired version of lentil soup that's delicious served with crusty bread.... Read more >

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