10 Restaurant Dishes You Can Actually Recreate at Home

From an updated Caesar salad to a no-knead pizza dough, we offer 10 recipes that prove it's super easy to recreate your restaurant favorites.

  • No-Knead Pizza Dough Margherita Pie. The no-knead dough couldn’t be simpler. Though here we went with the classic Margherita pie, feel free to come up with smart, unusual toppings like charred thai eggplant with bonito flakes, shiitake with walnut onion puree, or cheese piled with spinach leaves.
  • Cowboy Rubbed Rib Eye with Chocolate Stout Pan Sauce. Ground coffee, smoked paprika, cumin, ancho chile and brown sugar form an earthy, flinty rub that smells appealingly of wood smoke. Sear the steak in a very hot iron pan and finish the sauce with some chocolate brown stout, beef stock and a lump of butter.
  • Caesar Salad with Pancetta. This salad is everything a Caesar should be—assertive, complex, and rich—with a few bonus points tacked on for the inspired use of pancetta.
  • Eggplant Parmesan. When the eggplant and the tomatoes meet in a baking dish, the eggplant soaks up some tomato juices but retains its own character so you get distinct layers. Add the mozzarella as a center layer, so you get the warm melted cheese right in the belly of the dish.
  • Roasted Slap Fries with Srirachannaise. Roughly sliced potatoes are generously coated in spices before baking into crisp, hard-to-resist fries. And the sauce couldn't be simpler—or more addictive.
  • Southern Buttermilk Fried Chicken. This is intensely flavorful and expertly spiced chicken with a crisp, dark skin reminiscent of parchment. The meat gets coated in a lively spice rub before being doused with buttermilk and hot sauce, which adds another layer of heat. The brine tenderizes the dark meat, and then it’s time for a quick dusting of flour and a date with the fryer.
  • Cheap Creamy Chicken Curry. This is a lovely, subtle curry that tastes anything but cheap! The spice blend is flawless and packs just the right amount of punch, and the use of coconut milk lends the dish a wonderful richness and complexity.
  • Spaghetti Carbonara. This is no-frills, classic carbonara. It's also great made with rigatoni. Serving suggestions: straight outta the serving bowl.
  • Shrimp Grits. Stirred through the creamy grits, shrimp paste goes further than a few pretty prawns piled on top ever could, pervading every spoonful with the pure essence of shrimp at its best and most seductive.
  • Minced Chicken and Cashews with Thai Basil. Tasty and simple. It's a very salty sauce infused with Thai basil flavor and with lots of crunchy nuts.

After a long day of work, play, or even Netflix-watching, the temptation to go out to eat instead of cooking is huge. We get it. However, preparing all your favorite restaurant dishes is not only doable—it is simple. From an updated Caesar salad (think pancetta) to a no-knead pizza dough, we have 10 recipes that prove just how easy it is to recreate all of your restaurant favorites.

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