Favorite Meals of 23 Celebrity Chefs
If only we could all cook with the creativity and expertise of a celebrity chef. Here's the next best thing: cooking favorite or signature recipes of nearly two dozen celebrity chefs, from Emeril Lagasse's shrimp, okra, and tomato gumbo, to Rocco DiSpirito's lavender crème brulee. Whether the final product turns out like they intended is another matter. But we all have to start somewhere.
Oprah declared culinary gold when Rocco DiSpirito prepared lavender crème brulee for the legendary talk show host years ago, calling it the one dessert he couldn't live without. "I don't know whether it's the crackly crust or warm, creamy interior. Like ice cream, it will happily take on any flavor," Rocco said. Along with fresh lavender, there's significant quantities of milk, cream, and sugar.
Between his restaurants, cookbooks, catering services, and Oscar party meals, Wolfgang Puck needs little introduction, and among his signature dishes is pork schnitzel. The Austrian chef's secret is using cutlets of Kurobuta pork, a deeply marbled heritage meat from Japan. If that's not on the menu, buy boneless pork chops from a supermarket and pound them until tender.
Smoked salmon crisps are a regular star of meals by Thomas Keller. These tasty morsels are more complex than they look, involving crème fraiche, snipped chives, and tuiles (baked wafers). If you can't shape the tuiles into cones like Keller famously does, just leave them flat, like crackers.
One of the most famous dishes by Nobu Matsuhisa, the genius behind the worldwide Nobu empire, is black cod with miso. Known for being sweet and silky, the dish is not exactly difficult to prepare. But the cod needs to be marinated for two to three days before serving.
Globetrotting Anthony Bourdain is one of the most adventurous eaters on the planet, but the television personality started by cooking -- including, when the holidays roll around, candied sweet potatoes with bourbon. Its butter, dark brown sugar, and bourbon, which combine to turn sweet potatoes into something unforgettable.
One of Rachael Ray's favorite holiday dishes, this apple and onion stuffing has multiple purposes, including loaves or muffins. The mouthwatering mixture of butter, celery, apples, and cubed stuffing mix shows why Ray is juggling a cooking empire of television shows, a syndicated lifestyle program, cookbooks, and more.
Consider this one a guilty pleasure. And really, it isn't all sugar. There are cornflakes in cornflake chocolate chip marshmallow cookies, after all -- along with two sticks of butter and two kinds of sugar, ands mini chips and marshmallows. This U.S. chef and television personality behind the Momofuku Milk Bar certainly likes her sweets.
The name of this dish makes it sound more complicated than it really is. Created by French chef Eric Ripert, who's particularly recognized for his work with seafood, this halibut dish is primarily fish and peas (with a sprinkle of bacon lardons for flavor) and requires only a few simple steps to prepare.
Start practicing summer meal offerings with an avocado salad with tomatoes and lime from Bobby Flay, a reigning Food Network personality (worth an estimated $23 million). This fresh, two-step recipe involves tomatoes, avocado, and arugula tossed in a lime vinaigrette made from scratch.
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