“Because everything’s better with bacon,” reads the menu description for these addictive nuts from NYC’s The Redhead. The sweet and salty snack has become so popular that the restaurant now sells it online in packs of three 8-ounce mason jars.
Besides the huge boxes of candy, movie theaters often turn popcorn—a fiber-rich food—into a sponge for fat. Grace Parisi adds a fiery kick to her healthier sweet-and-salty version of kettle corn by tossing it with whole red chiles.
Thinly sliced and spiced pork shoulder gets braised in a juicy red pepper-Vinho Verde broth until tender, then both the pork and jus get made into flavorful and delicious sandwiches from Chicago chef Abraham Conlon. The best rolls for these sandwiches should be crispy outside and tender within to hold those delicious braising juices.
“Italians really appreciate bitter flavors, so I wanted to include them in this pizza,” says Olympic swimmer Garrett Weber-Gale. He developed a taste for bitter ingredients like radicchio and kale while interning at a little pizzeria in Umbria.
Students in Haven’s Kitchen’s tapas class learn to make this twist on classic Spanish fried potatoes. The lemony aioli gets its deep flavor from smoked paprika. There are usually lots of fried potatoes left over after the class, so chef David Mawhinney turns them into a luscious oversize frittata to serve at the coffee counter.
Rajat Parr discovered Singaporean chili crabs while cooking at a hotel there and exploring the local street food. When crabs aren’t available, he substitutes large shrimp and cooks them in sweet, sticky chile sauce.
These gooey sandwiches get double-grilled on a grill or a grill pan: the prosciutto-wrapped provolone is grilled first before being sandwiched on grilled baguette. “In a pinch, I’ll use Polly-O string cheese instead of provolone,” says Grace Parisi. Slice the sandwiches into smaller pieces to feed a crowd at a party.
“My first exposure to authentic Mexican food was through Zarela Martinez,” says F&W’s Grace Parisi. “These stuffed flatbreads prepared with masa (dough made from corn) are my tribute to her. You can use rotisserie chicken in place of the pork, or omit meat entirely.”
Chris Ainsworth makes all kinds of seasonal dessert flatbreads at his restaurant, but his s’mores version is a year-round favorite. While baking the flatbreads in the oven is easier, they’re also delicious grilled; just be sure to set the dough away from direct heat so the bottom doesn’t burn before the toppings melt.