This week's Top 10 Recipes feature a number of dishes that can be made using chicken stock — as well as a great recipe for chicken stock itself.
Rice pilaf refers to rice that is cooked by the "pilaf method," in which the uncooked rice is first sautéed in butter, after which hot liquid or stock is added, and then the pot is covered and cooked in the oven until all the liquid is absorbed.
Always a favorite, Chicken Piccata is a classic Italian dish that takes nearly all the difficulty out of cooking chicken. That's because it's made with super thin cutlets (scallopine in Italian, escalopes in French) that are done as soon as they're brown. The simple, tangy sauce is pretty heavenly, too!
This mushroom risotto is one of the most delicious variations on the basic risotto recipe. The procedure involves stirring hot stock into the uncooked rice a ladleful at a time and cooking slowly as the stock is absorbed. Here are a few more risotto resources:
Most people cook their bacon in pans that are way too hot. Bacon should be cooked slowly, with low heat. My preferred method for cooking bacon is to skip the stovetop altogether and cook it in the oven. It's practically foolproof, and a breeze to clean up. And when it comes to bacon, life is too short for anything less than perfect.
This elegant combination of a basic white fish like cod with a simple butter-based sauce is a starting point for any number of variations. Try it with swordfish, snapper, flounder or any fish with a relatively high fat content, as lean fish are more prone to dry out when baked.
Not only is French toast traditionally made from day-old bread, it's actually better made with stale bread. That's because stale bread will absorb more of the custard mixture than fresh bread will. If all you have is fresh bread, try toasting it very slightly beforehand.
Spaghetti Carbonara is a wonderful dish to serve as the weather turns cooler, and it's one of the most popular pasta dishes served at restaurants. If you're craving that creamy, bacony goodness, you don't have to go out. You can make it at home and save a few bucks!