Lobster, Clam and Kimchi Stew
"Kimchi stew is a fast and easy way to use up kimchi that's become too sour for people to eat straight," says Marja Vongerichten. Traditional Korean recipes are usually packed with a mix of seafood, but in this elegant version, Marja uses just lobster and clams.
Bacon, Cheddar and Onion Quiche
"To make a proper tarte flambé, you need a wood-burning oven with a stone floor," explains Jean-Georges Vongerichten of the thin-crusted Alsatian pizza topped with bacon, onions and fromage blanc. Here, he folds those same basic ingredients (replacing the fromage blanc with cheddar) into a light custard and bakes it in a buttery pastry crust. "Not everyone has a pizza oven at home, so I decided to make it in the form of a quiche."
Slow-Cooked Sweet-and-Sour Pork Shoulder with Pineapple
Inspired by the retro combination of ham and pineapple, Jean-Georges Vongerichten created this twist by mixing the pineapple with vinegar for a sweet-sour effect, and marinating pork shoulder with hot paprika and Sriracha chile sauce. "Chile is my condiment of choice: A little here, a little there, makes the food sing," he says.
Almost-Instant Hot Kimchi
"The first time I had kimchi was when I arrived in New York City in 1986," says Jean-Georges Vongerichten. "I was like, Oh my God, what is this? It's fermented like the sauerkraut from Alsace, where I'm from, but the flavor is different. I didn't have a recipe, so instead of fermenting, I used vinegar for the sourness." Like sauerkraut, he serves this kimchi hot.
Grilled Hen-of-the-Woods Mushrooms with Sesame
"Hen-of-the-woods are often shredded and sautéed, but when you cook them whole, they become crispy outside and meaty and moist inside," says Jean-Georges Vongerichten of his preferred method of preparing the coral-like mushroom. "I'm a purist when it comes to beautiful ingredients, so serving the mushrooms in big clusters keeps them the way they grow in the woods."
Traditional Napa Cabbage Kimchi
"Fermented cabbage is the most common kind, but kimchi is actually a pickling technique, so you can make it with any vegetable," explains Marja Vongerichten. "Every Korean household has a different recipe: Some use pears, others, raw shrimp or oysters." This classic recipe includes napa cabbage, ginger and garlic.
Dark-Chocolate Pudding with Candied Ginger
"For me, ginger should be everywhere," says Jean-Georges Vongerichten. "It’s as good in marinades and vinaigrettes as it is in dessert." Here, candied ginger garnishes dark-chocolate pudding.
Serve these mushrooms as an hors d'oeuvre or as an accompaniment to a beef or veal roast.
Poached Eggs with Parmesan and Smoked Salmon Toasts
Jean-Georges Vongerichten wraps smoked salmon around half of the toasts and sprinkles the rest with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, so it melts and forms a salty crust when baked.
Jicama, Kirby and Carrot Salad with Charred Lamb
This smoky lamb salad dates from the 1992 opening of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurant Vong. With crunchy carrots, cucumbers and bean sprouts and a spiced vinegar dressing, it is one of the dishes that launched the Asian-fusion trend in America.
Crab Balls with Grapefruit Salad
The crab and grapefruit in this dish first appeared at the restaurant Spice Market tossed with cold glass noodles. Jean-Georges Vongerichten decided it was a "messy pile," but liked the flavors, so he reconfigured them into crab balls rolled in panko (Japanese bread crumbs) and sesame seeds. The side salad is a fabulous mix of tart (grapefruit), spicy (Thai chile) and sweet (ginger syrup).
Charred Fava Bean Salad with Lemon and Tarragon
It's impossible to grill tiny favas, but the sweet-starchy beans get a similar smoky flavor when they're charred quickly in a hot skillet. Jean-Georges Vongerichten tosses the charred beans with garlic, jalapeño, tarragon and cubes of cheese for a warm salad.
Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp with Passion Fruit Mustard
Jean-Georges Vongerichten planned to punch up his shrimp with a simple mustard sauce, but the spectacular passion fruits on Bora Bora gave his sauce a tangy kick. Store-bought passion fruit juice also works well.
Crunchy Almond-Crusted Duck Breasts with Chanterelle Salad
Duck is often paired with something sweet, as in canard à l'orange. Jean-Georges Vongerichten tops it here with chopped sugar-coated almonds. The sugar burns slightly as the meat is broiled to form a bittersweet crust that pairs beautifully with the juicy richness of the duck.
Molten Chocolate Cakes
It seems as though every restaurant in America offers a version of this amazing cake created by master chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. But his supremely rich and chocolaty original is in a class by itself.
Steamed Red Snapper with Mushrooms and Ginger
For this light, healthy dish, Jean-Georges Vongerichten steams snapper fillets in foil packets with a piquant mix of ginger, lemongrass, green Thai chiles, miso, fish sauce, tarragon, scallions and orange zest. The blend can be made ahead of time and used to flavor other meats like chicken and pork.
Beef Tenderloin with Aromatic Thai Spices
Jean-Georges Vongerichten loves to cook beef tenderloin sous vide—a restaurant technique that home cooks can easily replicate by simmering the steaks in a resealable plastic freezer bag at a low temperature (a thermometer is essential).
Asparagus and Grilled Shiitake with Soy Vinaigrette
This early-summer side dish is based on a recipe from Jean-Georges Vongerichten's New York restaurant Perry Street, where the cooks top it with a runny poached egg. At the pig roast, Vongerichten sprinkled the dish with garlicky chive blossoms.
White Asparagus and Ham Gratin
Like a frugal Alsatian housewife, Jean-Georges Vongerichten uses the asparagus peels to make a fragrant broth. When he adds them to boiling water, their characteristically grassy aroma emerges almost immediately.
Spiced Chicken with Coconut-Caramel Sauce and Citrus Salad
Jean-Georges Vongerichten brilliantly rethinks a classic Southeast Asian sauce not by what he adds, but by what he removes. Instead of relying on a rich curry paste, this creamy sauce combines a caramel base with just coconut milk, fish sauce and chile.
Spicy Lobster-Noodle Salad
This cellophane-noodle salad, with creamy avocados, crunchy peanuts and a chile-honey dressing, is an excellent showcase for Caribbean spiny lobsters. Also known as rock lobsters, they are sweet but can be slightly dense. This recipe uses Maine lobsters; they're more tender than spiny lobsters—and just as delicious.
Grilled Beef-Tenderloin Skewers with Red-Miso Glaze
Addictively tangy and salty-sweet, these skewers are also delicious when made with chicken breast or pork tenderloin.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is so fond of his wife Marja's ultrarich mac and cheese that it appears on the menu at the Mercer Kitchen, one of his New York restaurants. Marja makes the dish with four cheeses, from creamy Monterey Jack to extra-sharp cheddar. The most unusual touch: the cubes of cream cheese that melt on top.
Grilled Pork Rib Roasts with Green Beans and Onions
To give pork rib roasts an irresistible sweet-salty crust, Jean-Georges Vongerichten marinates them in an amber mix of soy sauce and Grade B maple syrup, then caramelizes them slowly on the grill. He serves the meat on a bed of crisp green beans and slow-braised onions in a spice broth of star anise, fennel and cumin.
Eggplant Ravioli with Gewürztraminer and Bacon
Jean-Georges Vongerichten transforms Gewürztraminer, a fruity white wine, into a light syrup. After swirling it with extra-virgin olive oil, basil and bacon, he drizzles the dressing over eggplant ravioli. It would also be superb on a green salad.
For this decidedly modern take on French glazed carrots, Jean-Georges Vongerichten swaps in a fragrant elderflower cordial for sugar and gives the glaze an unexpected kick with crushed pink peppercorns.
Mushroom Spring Rolls with Creamy Ginger Sauce
These spring rolls are an archetypal blend of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s two passions—Asia and France. Chopped mushrooms (like in classic duxelles) are seasoned with soy sauce, lemongrass and Thai chile, folded in an egg roll wrapper, then shallow-fried.
Salmon with Roasted Shiitakes and Mushroom Sauce
In mushroom season, Jean-Georges Vongerichten makes this salmon dish with fresh porcinis at Jean Georges. Mushrooms and mushroom syrup add intense flavor to the fish, which is seared until the skin is crisp and the flesh is barely cooked. Sliced jalapeño and lemon juice, sprinkled on just before serving, offset the salmon's richness and provide a little bite.