These mouthwatering dishes from the likes of Lidia Bastianich and Suzanne Goin include mustard-crusted lamb and port-mulled cherries with ricotta.
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Shrimp and Avocado Salad
Traci Des Jardins created this refreshing salad to showcase one of her favorite Latin ingredients, the avocado. She tasted her first avocado during a visit to her Grandma Salazar in Mexico; she would snack on it at taco and fruit stands on the street, where it is typically served with fresh lime juice and chile salt.
Lidia Bastianich stuffs homemade ravioli with ricotta, leeks, scallions and spinach, then serves it in a butter-sage sauce. An easier way is to deconstruct the ravioli by mixing pappardelle with all the ingredients in the filling (except the labor-intensive leeks).
Typically, a fricassee is made with chicken or another kind of white meat stewed in a white sauce with vegetables. For her version, Katy Sparks sizzles chicken in butter until it’s crisp, then cooks it with shallots and morels, finishing with lemon for a hit of tartness.
“I top fresh ricotta with cherries that I’ve picked in the spring and frozen. The cherries absorb the natural sweetness of the port,” explains pastry chef Gale Gand about one of her favorite three-ingredient desserts.