50 Recipes Better than Going out to the 50 Best Restaurants

On Monday, The World's 50 Best Restaurants announced its picks for 2015. The list caused quite a kerfuffle. Allegations of the whole process being rigged and chock-full of biased, non-credible voters flew. Essentially, the list is bupkis. 

Regardless of opinion, unless you're one of the fortunate few who can jet set to El Celler de Can Roca in Spain (named No. 1), Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy (No. 2), or Noma in Copenhagen (No. 3), the list is nothing more than a string of names. You don't have to traipse the world for restaurant-quality food -- just make it at home. Dishes like Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi's silken hummus, pasta paired with yogurt and caramelized onions, and James Beard's strawberry shortcakes cost a lot less than a plane ticket to Europe.

Here are 50 of our favorite recipes that beat trekking to The World's 50 Best Restaurants. 

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Carrot Avocado Salad by Merrill Stubbs and Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi's Basic Hummus by Genius Recipes


Roasted Tomato Jam by Amanda Hesser and Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes



Parker & Otis' Pimento Cheese (+ Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Bacon & Tomato) by Genius Recipes and Negroni Sbagliato by Julie Meyers



ABC Kitchen's Butternut Squash on Toast by Kenzi Wilbur and Moro's Chickpeas and Spinach (Garbanzos con Espinacas) by Genius Recipes



Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel by Amanda Hesser and Romaine and Avocado Salad with Anchovy Garlic Vinaigrette by Phyllis Grant



Grilled Bread Salad with Broccoli Rabe and Summer Squash by EmilyC and Carrot and Radicchio Salad with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette by Kenzi Wilbur



Anna Klinger's Grilled Swiss Chard Stems with Anchovy Vinaigrette by Genius Recipes and Chard Salad with Garlic Breadcrumbs and Parmesan by Merrill Stubbs



Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale by Genius Recipes and Toro Bravo's Radicchio Salad with Manchego Vinaigrette by Genius Recipes



Dan Barber's Cauliflower Steaks with Cauliflower Purée by Genius Recipes and Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Walnuts by Marian Bull



Stuart Brioza's Mushrooms in Pickle-Brine Butter by Genius Recipes and Charred Broccoli and Lentil Salad by EmilyC



Momofuku's Soy Sauce Eggs by Genius Recipes and Heidi Swanson's Chickpea Stew with Saffron, Yogurt, and Garlic by Genius Recipes



Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches by Genius Recipes and Jean-Georges' Ginger Fried Rice by Genius Recipes



Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce by Genius Recipes and Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, and Brie by Merrill Stubbs



Braised Onion Sauce by Kenzi Wilbur and Pasta with Spring Vegetables, Bathed in Cream by Marian Bull



Al Forno's Penne with Tomato, Cream, and Five Cheeses by Genius Recipes and Rao's Meatballs by Genius Recipes 



Spaghetti Carbonara by Brette Warshaw and Michael Ruhlman's Pasta with Tomato Water, Basil, and Garlic by Genius Recipes 



Diane Kochilas' Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions by Genius Recipes and Bloody Good Steak by connoisseur



Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos by Amanda Hesser and Le Bernardin's Crispy-Skinned Fish by Genius Recipes



Duck à l'Orange by Cara Nicoletti and Seafood Spaghetti Baked in Paper (Spaghetti al Cartoccio) by Emiko 



Diana Kennedy's Carnitas by Genius Recipes and Braised Chicken Thighs with Tomato and Garlic by Merrill Stubbs



Melissa Clark's Really Easy Duck Confit by Genius Recipes and Canal House's Chicken Thighs with Lemon by Genius Recipes



Beef in Barolo by Merrill Stubbs and Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette by Genius Recipes



My New Roots' Life-Changing Loaf of Bread by Genius Recipes and Maialino's Olive Oil Cake by Genius Recipes



James Beard's Strawberry Shortcakes by Genius Recipes and Anne Dimock's Straight-Up Rhubarb Pie by Genius Recipes



Cook's Illustrated's Blondies by Genius Recipes and Chocolate Chip Cookies by Phyllis Grant


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1 Comment

Hermione June 3, 2015
Wow an amazing round up of recipes. I have made Yotam Ottolenghi's Sweet Corn Polenta with Eggplant Sauce a couple of times and really enjoy it! Looking forward to trying some of the other recipes too!