recipes: #cook's illustrated

  • a neater way to cook and crisp bacon
    The addition of water keeps the initial cooking temperature low and gentle, so the meat retains its moisture and stays tender. This also prevents oil from splattering everywhere. By the time the water reaches its boiling point (212°F), the bacon fat is almost completely rendered, so you're much less likely to burn the meat while waiting for the fat to cook off. The meat plumps up while it cooks instead of shriveling, leaving the bacon pleasantly crisp, not tough or brittle. baconwater
  • chinese braised boneless short rib
    When we first made this recipe, we liked how easy it was to start and we loved the end result ... morsels of tender meat coated in delicious sauce. We ran into some problems towards the middle of the original recipe because we didn't own a defatter. We didn't want to buy one just to make this recipe, so we modified it to work with the equipment that we have. boneless beef short ribswaterunflavored gelatindry sherrysoy saucehoisin saucemolassesscallionsgingergarlicfive-spice powderred pepper flakesarrowroot powderwaterblanched veggies
  • cook's illustrated avocado salad with apple and endive
    shallothoneycider vinegarmayonnaiseolive oilsalt and pepperavocadoFuji appleendivechivesblue cheese
  • cook's illustrated basil pesto (doubled)
    This is the first pesto recipe that we've really liked. Other recipes were either bland or had too much olive oil. The flavors in this one are super fresh! Adapted from Cook's Illustrated. Parmesan cheesegarlicfresh basilparsleyextra-virgin olive oilpine nutssaltsalt and pepper
  • cook's illustrated chicken tikka masala
    Chicken tikka masala is one of our favorite dishes to order at an Indian restaurant. With all the cream involved, it probably isn't the leanest option on the menu, but the sauce sure is delicious! This recipe yields a lot of food, so invite people over to share or get ready to eat it for a few days in a row. We sometimes serve this with roasted cauliflower instead of rice. cumincoriandercayenne peppersaltchicken breastsgarlicgingerplain yogurtvegetable oilvegetable oiloniongarlicgingerserrano chiletomato pastegaram masalacanned tomatoessugarsaltheavy creamsaltbasmati ricecilantro
  • cook's illustrated french toast
    This is the best French toast preparation we've ever tried. It takes some time and organization to prepare, but the results are simply amazing. The bread is crunchy on the outside and moist and rich on the inside. Thanks again Cook's Illustrated for cracking the code on yet another classic recipe. unsalted buttersandwich breadwhole milkegg yolkslight brown sugarcinnamonunsalted buttersaltvanilla extractmaple syrup
  • cook's illustrated herb-crusted salmon
    Tarragon is a key ingredient in several of our favorite dishes. Since each recipe calls for teaspoons or at most tablespoons of this herb at a time, we always end up with unused tarragon. This recipe is a great way to make use of leftover tarragon and is super delicious! It requires some brining and multi-step prep, but the end result is very much worth it. saltwaterskin-on salmon filletsunsalted butterpanko bread crumbssaltpepperbeaten eggfresh thymeDijon mustardmayonnaisefresh tarragonlemon wedges