Corn Pones & Chile Cheese Dip By Andrew Zimmern These simple fritters are basically rustic fried cornbread bites, taken to the next level when dipped into homemade cheese whiz infused with roasted chiles. For a smooth sauce, be sure to buy good cheese and grate it yourself. This is perfect chow for lazing around watching… Read More →
Chengdu Chicken with Black Beans, Chiles & Peanuts By Andrew Zimmern This spicy Chengdu-style chicken in an umami-rich black bean sauce is a mainstay at my house. Marinating the chicken overnight in rice wine and cornstarch makes the meat tender, helps tighten the sauce and gives the chicken a twice-cooked slippery quality that’s a sign of… Read More →
Charred Tomatillo Salsa By Andrew Zimmern This is one of my favorite salsas. It’s sweet, smoky, roasty, spicy, acidic and bright, with a hint of bitterness that I find addictive. Eat it with chips as an easy appetizer, on top of shrimp and green chiles, brisket nachos, or my Mexican pork burgers. Watch Andrew make… Read More →
My Best Barbecue Sauce Recipe By Andrew Zimmern This is a hybridized version of a vinegary Carolina-style sauce mixed with the peppery, tomato-based sauce found in Tennessee. Spicy, sweet and tangy, it’s the most versatile barbecue sauce you’ll ever make. I like the consistency to be halfway between a splash and a sauce, but if… Read More →
Zhug, Israeli Hot Sauce By Andrew Zimmern If you love spicy food, zhug is a versatile condiment you should know how to make. A mixture of chiles, lemon, garlic and herbs, this bright, citrusy hot sauce packs a punch. I always keep a batch of this in the fridge to add to skewered chicken off… Read More →
Mayonnaise Dips & Sauces By Andrew Zimmern Now that I’ve taught you how to make homemade mayonnaise, here are a few ways to jazz it up for a dip, marinade, salad dressing or sandwich spread. Really, the possibilities are endless, so season to your liking with whatever herbs, citrus and spices you have on hand.… Read More →
Wok-Tossed Asparagus in Black Bean Sauce By Andrew Zimmern A sign that warm weather is in sight, the first glimpse of fresh spring asparagus is a celebratory event. It’s one of my favorite foods and a versatile ingredient, so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it when it’s in abundance in the market… Read More →
Hunan-Style Peanut Sauce By Andrew Zimmern This classic Hunan-style peanut sauce is one of my favorites for dipping, glazing and enjoying with all sorts of Asian food. It’s great with sticky rice, fried chicken summer rolls, ribs, chicken satay, pork belly or chicken off the grill. Watch Andrew make this recipe:
Four Chile Salsa By Andrew Zimmern Using four different types of dried chiles adds a deep complexity to this thick salsa that’s hard to beat. It’s also incredibly versatile—use this chile salsa to braise pork, seafood or chicken, to accompany grilled beef, as a sauce for tamales or enchiladas, or simply as a dip for… Read More →
Young Joni Young Joni’s presence on my list of must-try restaurants should come as no surprise. What chef Ann Kim and her team have accomplished is exceptional and worthy of all the national attention—which includes recognition from GQ and Eater as one of 2017’s best new restaurants in the country. And while this may be… Read More →
Spicy Meat-Filled Bulgur Dumplings By Robyn Eckhardt These chewy bulgur dumplings hide a filling of ground lamb and onion spiked with tomato and Turkish red pepper paste. Deep-fried versions are found all over Turkey, but I prefer this boiled version from Van, especially when it is drizzled with tomato butter before serving. You will have… Read More →
12 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo We know Cinco de Mayo isn’t quite celebrated in Mexico like it is in this country (Cinco de Drinko!), but we love any reason to dig into delicious Mexican fare. Here, I’ve compiled a few of my favorite recipes for a May 5th party, from fresh tomatillo salsa… Read More →
Lamb & Beef Kefta with Herb Yogurt Sauce By Andrew Zimmern An ubiquitous street food in Morocco and the Middle East, kefta are flavorful meatballs that are simple to prepare at home. I make my version with a mix of ground lamb and beef, and tons of herbs and aromatics. Pan fry the patties and toss them in a… Read More →
Linguine with Clam Sauce By Andrew Zimmern Linguine with clam sauce is elegant enough to impress, yet incredibly easy to throw together. Resist the urge to fussy up this classic pasta dish. The beauty of this recipe is in the simplicity of the garlicky white wine sauce, which allows the briny, oceanic shellfish to shine.
My Take on Crab Rangoon By Andrew Zimmern Most people envision deep-fried cream cheese when they hear the term “crab rangoon,” but I believe there are no limitations for this beloved Chinese-American appetizer. In this recipe, I fill wonton wrappers with lots of fresh crab, herbs and Indian-inspired flavors.
Spicy, Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce By Andrew Zimmern Available at most grocery stores, bottled Thai chili sauce is a versatile condiment you should keep stocked in your cupboards. I doctor it up with fresh lime juice, fish sauce, sesame seeds, spicy chiles and mint for the easiest and most delicious dipping sauce I can think of for… Read More →
Fish in Chili Sauce By Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan Recipe from China: The Cookbook by Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan.
Bouncy Thai Fish Cakes By Andrew Zimmern For these delectable Thai fish cakes, I like pounding all the ingredients step-by-step in a monstrous mortar and pestle to achieve the perfect bouncy mouth feel that the Chinese call Q-Q. The results in a food processor are almost as good. And the schmaltz and ice really help… Read More →
From-Scratch Curry Paste By Andrew Zimmern Homemade red curry paste is so much better than the store bough stuff and keeps forever in the fridge. So why not do it from scratch!
Enchiladas de Espárragos, Cahmiñones y Queso de Cabra con Mole de Piñón By Pati Jinich Although we don’t think of pine nuts when we think of Mexican cooking, they are definitely part of the culinary landscape (used most often in sweets). But they are one of my favorite ingredients, and they work very well for… Read More →
Spicy Chengdu-Style Chicken with Peanuts By Andrew Zimmern This chile-spiked Chengdu-style chicken is a mainstay at my house. Soaking the chicken overnight in rice wine and cornstarch makes the meat soft and tender. It also helps tighten the sauce and gives the chicken a twice-cooked slippery quality that’s a sign of good Chinese wok cookery. Make sure you… Read More →
Green Chile Chili By Andrew Zimmern There are a hundred ways to make chili, but this is one of my favorites. I could eat roasted Hatch chiles on anything—on burgers New Mexico-style, in salsa, and especially in chili alongside pork shoulder, poblanos and white beans. And yes, go through the extra steps of roasting the… Read More →
Four Chile Salsa By Andrew Zimmern You could use this chile salsa on the table at any meal, to braise pork, seafood or chicken, to accompany grilled beef, as a sauce for tamales, enchiladas… you name it. Using four different types of chiles adds a deep complexity to this thick salsa that’s hard to beat.
Cold Korean Noodle Soup By Andrew Zimmern Korean mul naengmyun (also called mul naengmyeon) has it all—tart and earthy, beefy and cold, all on a field of chewy noodles and slushy broth studded with green onion and pickled radish. Naengmyun means “cold noodles” in English, and refers to chilled Korean dishes made of long, thin noodles. Mul-naengmyun, is served in… Read More →
Black Bean Clams with Green Onions By Andrew Zimmern As with most wok dishes, mise en place is everything. Once you prep all of your ingredients for this recipe, it comes together very quickly. The black bean sauce here is one of my favorites, it works well with most vegetables and proteins. You can find the… Read More →
The Ultimate Banh Mi By Andrew Zimmern If you made this porchetta last night, then this banh mi sandwich is just one amazing way to use up any leftovers. I love the contrast of textures and flavors here, tangy crisp vegetables and rich pork topped with a nice salty punch from the fish sauce caramel. And if you… Read More →
Low & Slow Barbecue Pulled Pork By Andrew Zimmern It’s summer, so get outside and light up that grill. Relax and be patient, the best barbecued pork takes time.
My Secret Weapon in the Kitchen Fermented chile bean sauce (toban djan) will change your cooking life. You can marinate with it, use it as a rub, in a sauce or any way you can imagine. The fermented beans supply all the punch of authenticity and honesty you need to make some great Chinese food… Read More →
Homemade Ricotta Cheese By Andrew Zimmern In the 70’s and into the 80’s, cooking was a lot about shopping and assembly. In the 90’s and the aughts, certain ingredients became the sexy stalwarts of a new era of democratic cookery. Every dish had to have bacon in it, or boquerones, or Calabrian chiles. Now, everyone… Read More →
Sauce Chien By Andrew Zimmern Sauce chien is a bright, sour, spicy, garlicky salsa that originated in the West Indies… it’s a perfect accompaniment for any grilled meat.