Toad in the Hole

8 June 2021

You know that something with a name like this is going to be good and this truly is! The traditional recipe itself is very simple but the method for making it is not, so I developed this “cold oven cheater method” which is much safer and easier. The end result is an amazing flavor and texture combination of fatty sausage links, crispy, puffed, and tender Yorkshire pudding, and delicious onion gravy. And the gravy is so good you’ll want to eat it on just about anything (and everything!)

Mahi Mahi Ceviche

17 May 2021

This mahi mahi ceviche requires a little bit of knife work, but when you consider the seasonal advantage of not using the stove, and just how tasty this really is, I think it’s all worthwhile. You can also use shrimp, scallops, swordfish, and snapper.

The Best Baked Rice and Beans

17 May 2021

Due to certain worldwide events, I’ve been getting lots of requests for easy, hearty recipes that can be made using basic dry and canned goods. This incredibly delicious Spanish-style baked rice and beans is all that and more. You’ll also see a fantastic, foolproof way of making perfect rice, every time. Garnish with Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and chopped cilantro, if you like.

Chef John’s Shepherd’s Pie

17 May 2021

Shepherd’s Pie recipes are traditionally done with lamb, but are great with any ground meat–turkey and beef being the most popular modern versions. Give this great casserole a try, and watch everyone flock to the table.

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

17 May 2021

This makes a lovely alternative to the much more common corned beef and cabbage that you may have been planning for St. Patrick’s Day dinner.

Chef John’s Pork al Latte

17 May 2021

When the weather gets a little colder, this pork stew really hits the spot. Pork shoulder meat is braised in a creme fraiche sauce until amazingly tender and delicious. Serve on polenta with crisp sage leaves for garnish.

Deep-Fried Creamy Chicken Gravy

17 May 2021

These came out a lot creamier than what I was after, so these chicken croquettes are more like deep-fried chicken gravy. Still, they’re delicious. If you reduce the amount of butter and milk, you’ll come closer to what I was after.

Bacon, Cheddar and Spinach Strata

17 May 2021

Even with just one layer of filling in the middle of this strata, you’ll be looking at a gorgeous casserole which should thoroughly impress your brunch guests . . . bottomless Mimosas or no.

Braised Lamb with Radishes and Mint

17 May 2021

In this Basque-inspired braised lamb shoulder, the radishes that are cooked with the lamb absorb the other flavors in the dish. I really hope you give this strange, but exciting braised lamb dish a try soon.