Slow-Cooked Duck with Green Olives and Herbes de Provence
This is the most forgiving and delicious duck recipe you’ll ever find. By slow-cooking duck with aromatics until it’s as tasty and tender as confit, then broiling it until the skin is shatter-crisp, Paula Wolfert manages to play to all of the bird’s strengths.
This classic Provençal seafood stew is loaded with clams, lobster and fish in a broth delicately flavored with fennel and pastis, a licorice–flavored aperitif. “There are no real rules to this dish except to use what’s fresh,” chef Ethan Stowell says. Make or buy a good fish stock and add different seafood at different times, so nothing is under– or overcooked (clams go in first; snapper and halibut go in last). The rouille, a sauce made with cayenne, garlic, bread crumbs and olive oil, is the perfect finishing touch.
No need to roast fresh pumpkin for this dish (although you certainly could); using canned unseasoned pumpkin puree is much quicker, and it works just fine. Like most lasagnes, this one is easier to cut if left to set for ten minutes or so before serving.
This is a fantastic roast chicken, but the real star in the recipe is the olive bread, which gets spread in the roasting pan and toasted in the chicken pan juices. The bread turns custardy on the inside and crunchy on the outside.
“I roast these hens in a large skillet instead of a roasting pan, because it allows more of the skin to get crispy,” Marcia Kiesel says. She cooks the birds over morels and leeks to create a deeply flavorful sauce that gets depth from Riesling.
Verjus, a cooking liquid pressed from unripe grapes, is a staple of classic French cooking; chefs love it today for its pleasant tang, which is much milder than vinegar. David Page uses verjus two ways here: to help baste the lobster as it roasts and to brighten a jalapeño–and–tarragon–inflected vinaigrette served over the sweet meat.
Marc Vetri sautés cauliflower and brussels sprouts with onion, garlic, anchovies and herbs until they’re charred and flavorful, then tosses them with long, thick strands of bucatini. The best part: the crispy bread crumb topping.
Slow-Roasted Salmon with Tamarind, Ginger and Chipotle
Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz reveals his secrets to slow-roasting salmon. Here, he flavors the fish with spicy ginger, sweet maple syrup, tangy tamarind and smoky chipotles. Cooking salmon at a low temperature (300°) prevents it from drying out and mellows the flavor.
“When I think of Piedmont, I think of rustic wild boar dishes,” Marcia Kiesel says about the inspiration behind these slow-cooked pork shoulder chops, which she pairs with the region’s robust Nebbiolos.
Most smoked hams are sold fully cooked, so “why bake them again?” meat master Bruce Aidells asks, before answering his own question: to improve the texture and add a homemade glaze—in this case, one made with Dr Pepper soda and prunes—for extra flavor. After the ham is cooked, Aidells reduces the pan juices and tosses in prunes to make a sauce. “Glazes flavor only the outside of the ham,” he says. “But you can spoon pan sauces over every slice.”