Some of the city's most comforting dishes are still available for takeout, but if self-isolation is bringing out your inner chef, why not try a few of these recipes created by local chefs?
Aperol spritz from Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply CompanySweet Liberty's classic Aperol spritz is a little bitter, a little bubbly, and totally refreshing.
- 1 oz Aperol
- 3 oz champagne
- Soda water (to taste, depending on your glass size)
Brazilian fudge balls (brigadeiro) by Taciana Kalili of Sagrado CafeBrigadeiro is Brazil's beloved bite-sized delicacy made of only three ingredients: condensed milk, cocoa, and butter. The mixture is then hand-rolled into little chocolate balls. Half a tablespoon is usually used as a measurement, but you can make your treats as big or small as you'd like. This recipe will yield two dozen balls.
Preparation time: 30 minutes
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
- 2 tbsp butter, plus more for rolling balls
- Pinch of salt
- Chocolate sprinkles (or any other flavor of sprinkles)
Step 2. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
Step 3. Spread your sprinkles on a plate or in a bowl. Once the mixture has cooled off, grease your hands with butter and roll the brigadeiros into little balls and into the sprinkles. Place them in paper/foil candy cups or eat them right off the plate.
Chilaquiles con huevos by Scott Linquist of Coyo TacoNeed your Mexican fix? Coyo Taco's Scott Linquist recommends chilaquiles, the popular dish made with beans, grated cheese, pico de gallo, and eggs. Add cooked chorizo, browned ground beef, or shredded chicken to the mix if you are extrahungry.
- 8 eggs (scrambled or cooked sunny side up)
- 8 oz of tortilla chips
- 12 oz jar of salsa verde
- 4 oz of Mexican crema or sour cream
- 16 oz grated cheese (white cheddar or Monterey Jack)
- 8 oz refried black beans
- 4 oz pico de gallo
- guacamole (optional)
- 4 tbsp cotija cheese
- Pinch chopped cilantro on each serving
Step 2. Spoon warm black beans in the center of each serving bowl and pile the chilaquiles on top. Crown them with eggs, then spoon a dollop of sour cream in the center. Sprinkle with cotija cheese and pico de gallo and garnish with cilantro. Top with sliced avocado or guacamole if available.
Crispy Brussels sprouts from chef Rangel Suarez of Katsuya BrickellThis recipe by chef Rangel Suarez from Katsuya makes a sweet, caramelized dish packed with protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and an exotic touch of Asian flavor.
- 3 oz Brussels sprouts (could use frozen)
- 9 oz mirin sauce
- 7.5 oz sake
- 9 oz soy sauce
- 3.5 oz sugar
- 4 oz balsamic vinegar
- Shaved almonds
Step 2. Make the balsamic reduction by combining balsamic vinegar, sugar, sake, and mirin and soy sauces over heat until sugar is dissolved. (Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for a month.)
Step 3. Once sprouts are fried, place in a mixing bowl and toss with an ounce of the balsamic vinegar reduction.
Step 4. Add almonds, chopped scallions, and additional balsamic vinegar reduction to taste.
French toast from Benjamin Amsallem of Cafe BastilleBenjamin Amsallem shares his classic recipe, which can be customized with berries, chocolate syrup, or bacon. Wash it down with something bubbly or your favorite juice served in a flute for a fancy touch.
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 4 beaten eggs
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 brioche loaf
- Berries (or other fruit)
- Maple syrup (or your favorite sauce)
- Powdered sugar
Step 2: Cut one-inch slices of brioche and dip each into mixture.
Step 3: Cook in a hot pan with butter until you obtain a dark honey color on both sides.
Step 4: Top with sliced fruit, powdered sugar, and maple syrup.
Boozy milkshake by Michael Mina from Pizza & Burger at Fontainebleau Miami BeachAn over-the-top milkshake is easy to make and a real treat. For a family-friendly version, just skip the alcohol.
Michael Mina from Pizza & Burger suggests his salted dulce de leche milkshake.
- 4 scoops vanilla gelato
- 2 shots of milk
- 5 pumps dulce de leche syrup
- Pinch of salt
- Jack Daniels to taste
Plant-based Beyond Beef burnt ends by Richard Hales of Society BBQIf you're a vegetarian looking to add more iron and protein to your home-based diet, this recipe is for you. At his Society BBQ eatery, chef Richard Hales offers a plant-based option made with Beyond Beef, which has less fat than regular meat and no cholesterol. You can easily replicate these Texas-inspired barbecued bites at home.
- 1 package frozen Beyond Beef ground "meat"
- Store-bought Kansas City barbecue sauce
- 1 oz kosher salt
- 1 oz coarse ground black pepper
- 1/2 oz smoked paprika
- 1 oz brown sugar
Step 2. For burnt ends, form 16 one-ounce nuggets of Beyond Beef and place on a sheet tray. Sprinkle with spice mixture liberally, brown sugar, and KC barbecue sauce.
Step 3. Preheat oven to 300 degrees (if using a smoker, heat to 285 degrees with oak wood). Cook burnt ends for 30-35 minutes or until fully cooked and tender. Transfer to serving dish while hot and serve with onions and pickles.
Spinach dip rustic bread bowl by chef Roberto Gonzalez of La Fontana SteakhouseIf you are quarantined and getting sick of grilled cheese, take melted goodness up a notch with chef Robert Gonzales' rustic bread bowl recipe. "It's easy to make and can serve the whole family. Since the bowl is edible, that's also one less dish to wash."
Preparation time: 25 minutes
- 2 cups yellow onion
- 1 tbsp chopped garlic
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 6 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
- 4 cups chopped baby spinach
- 3 loaves rustic bread
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
Step 1. Melt unsalted butter in a medium heated pot. Add chopped garlic and yellow onion and sweat for two minutes. Incorporate the heavy cream and let it all simmer for ten minutes. Throw in Parmesan cheese and turn off the stove.
Step 2. In a blender, blend the chopped baby spinach and the mix from the pot for 2 minutes.
Step 3. Cut off the top portion of the bread and remove inside dough. Fill the bread with the creamy spinach mixture and top with bread crumbs and mozzarella cheese. Heat in a 375-degree preheated oven for eight minutes until cheese is melted and brown.
Vegan salted caramel truffles by Carolina Molea of L'Artisane BakeryPastry chef Carolina Molea's chocolate truffles are a vegan, crunchy flavor bomb. Says the chef: "I use wholesome ingredients like quinoa and coconut milk to pack these cuties with nutrients." The chef's go-to chocolate is Republica del Cacao Ecuador 62 percent, but you can use any dark chocolate with the same cacao liquor content. You could substitute quinoa for cacao powder, shredded coconut, or toasted nuts.
Ingredients (crunchy quinoa)
- 1 cup washed quinoa
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of kosher salt
Step 2: Let cool down and keep in an airtight container. Will last for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
Ingredients (chocolate truffle)
- 1 oz light agave syrup
- 2 oz sugar
- 4.5 oz coconut cream
- 5 oz Ecuador 62 percent chocolate
- Pinch of kosher salt
- 1 tsp refined coconut oil
Step 2. In a separate pot over medium-high heat, make a caramel combining the sugar and the light agave syrup. Do not stir.
Step 3. Once the caramel reaches a deep color, add the coconut oil and mix well using a whisk. Add warmed coconut milk slowly, whisking carefully, cooking for about a minute.
Step 4. In a plastic bowl, semi melt the chocolate in a microwave 30 seconds at a time to avoid burning. Add the hot caramel sauce to the semi-melted chocolate and mix well using a rubber spatula. Add salt and vanilla extract. Finish the emulsion using an immersion blender.
Step 5. Transfer to a flat plastic container and cover with plastic wrap touching the chocolate surface to avoid making a skin. Let rest in the fridge overnight. Next day, scoop out small portions of the ganache and make the truffles with your hands. Cover in crunchy quinoa and let them rest in the fridge in an airtight container. Will last up to seven days in the fridge.