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The Food Lab's Foolproof Onion Rings Recipe

It's always difficult to decide whether to get onion rings or fries (get a combo if they'll let you!). Proper beer-battered onion rings, with a substantial crisp crust covering a sweet, tender, thick ring of onion, are one of life's three greatest pleasures (and the only one that can be enjoyed …

Recipes

The Food Lab's Creamed Spinach Recipe

The bare bones of this creamed spinach recipe are pretty straightforward and classic: The spinach is cooked low and slow to gradually concentrate its juices. Combined with a creamy béchamel sauce, it reduces into a rich, thick coating with a near pudding-like texture. The only minor embellishments …

Pressure Cooker Ragù Bolognese Recipe

I haven't actually kept track of what the trigger is that leads me to break out the Dutch oven and start grinding meat year after year—it could be the changing weather, the lack of fresh summer produce, or perhaps the displays of Christmas decorations that go up immediately after Halloween—but ragù …

Easy Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup Recipe

This chicken enchilada soup features a rich and creamy broth, plenty of melted cheese, and the spicy, toasty flavor of chilies. Little nubs of sweet corn and black beans fill each spoonful, along with tender bits of shredded chicken. It's like drinking deliciously inauthentic liquid enchiladas—what …

Cooking

Bananas Foster Oatmeal With Walnuts and Peanut Butter Recipe

This easy oatmeal breakfast plays on the buttery bananas of a classic bananas Foster (minus the booze and ice cream), plus a perfect marriage of bananas and peanut butter.<p>Why It Works<p>Mashing some of the cooked bananas and nuts into the oatmeal infuses it with flavor.<br>• A dollop of peanut butter …

Homemade Egg McMuffin Recipe

For all its recognition and all that it gets right, the McDonald's Egg McMuffin is an inherently flawed product. One that, with a little time and effort, can be improved upon at home. Here's how I make mine. Hopefully, we'll learn some lessons that can be applied to <i>all</i> breakfast sandwiches, not …

Butter-Glazed Roasted Radishes With Fresh Herbs Recipe

Radishes are usually thought of as a raw-only vegetable, but they're delicious roasted, too, which tames their spicy flavor considerably. Here, they're roasted until tender and bursting with juice, then tossed with melted butter and fresh herbs.<p>Why It Works<p>Cutting large radishes into smaller pieces …

Chipotle Honey-Butter Potato Chips Recipe

An undeniable indulgence, these salted potato chips are coated in honey butter with a smoky kick of chipotle chili powder.<p>Why It Works<p>Honey-butter marries with salted potato chips to create an over-the-top sweet-savory snack experience.<br>• Smoky chipotle powder adds a layer of complexity, and helps …

Orange-Rum Challah French Toast With Whipped Cream Recipe

Thick, tender, custardy slices of challah or brioche, perfectly browned and flavored with orange zest, rum, and a trio of spices. This is special-occasion French toast.<p>Why It Works<p>Using three eggs per cup of milk produced the ideal custard in our tests, rich but not heavy or overly eggy.<br>• Sprinkling …

Microwave Nachos for One Recipe

The microwave is a highly underrated tool for nacho construction. Contrary to popular opinion, the microwave will not make chips soggy and is excellent at melting cheese efficiently.<p>Why It Works<p>Microwaving the chips on their own before adding the toppings toasts them, developing and improving their …