Yeah, we’re all going stir crazy while staying at home to reduce our chances of getting near COVID-19. This is particularly so if you get easily bored eating the same thing…so…we asked around to some incredible chefs to give us their best pantry recipe. These are recipes that can be easily made mostly with items that you will already have in your pantry at home. Here’s hoping these deliciously easy to make pantry recipes make your Coronavirus Quarantine a little bit easier.
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Easy Pantry Recipes
Chef Tomson, the Executive Chef at The Lodge at Woodloch, shared his creamy mushroom stuffed crepes recipe. He has even included some amazing substitutions for some items that may not always be in your pantry (like his substitute for coconut oil). The recipe is delicious…and it’s not a unitasker recipe, you can make it on February 2nd when the French celebrate Candlemas and make all sorts of crepes.
“Foraging in the forest is a great activity to pursue during the quarantine and it has amazing rewards- just make sure you know what you are looking for.” Or “A secret ingredient that I love to keep in my pantry is Bragg’s Organic Sprinkle. This dynamic spice can add a burst of unexpected flavor and is extremely diverse…I always keep it on hand to add a little pizazz in unexpected dishes.”
There are few things as good as taking a bite of fresh made pancakes with the berry compote you made at home. The great news is that this compote can be made with those frozen berries you have in your freezer. Chef Selina Preyer-Blakney of the Sylvia Center. The organization teaches young people essential kitchen skills along with nutrition information so they can do more with less and lead better lives. Chef Selina shows us how to make this scrumptious berry compote recipe (while following all safety precautions) so you can enjoy it at home during the quarantine.
This is a great recipe to use up leftover proteins in the house! We call our cooking “Korican” because I’m Korean and my wife is Puerto Rican – so much of my cooking is inspired by flavors and ingredients from both of our backgrounds. You can see that in this recipe because fried rice is a common Asian dish, but it has Latin touches with the Puerto Rican pork and the Sazón seasoning.
Most of us probably have plenty of pasta at home…but since we’re all in quarantine and have time to spare, this is the perfect time to make pasta from scratch, besides…there’s a 99.99% chance you have all the ingredients in your pantry right now.
This easy recipe for fresh pasta comes to us from the Sylvia Center, which was founded by Liz Neumark in 2007 in memory of her recently and suddenly deceased daughter. The goal of the organization is to teach nutrition and healthy cooking to children and their families in underserved neighborhoods throughout NYC. Neumark is also the founder and CEO of New York’s premier catering company, Great Performances.
This incredible Key Lime Pie recipe came to us directly from the Florida Keys. This is the recipe for the Key Lime pie that is served at Angler & Ale Hawks Cay Resort‘s marina restaurant. It is a wonderful take on the famous Florida Keys dessert. The recipe and instructions guide future guests on how they recreate this dessert at home.
Heck yeah, you can make ice cream cookie sandwiches at home. This delicious treat came to us from Fairmont Mayakoba located in Playa del Carmen. This take on the American classic dessert can be enjoyed by guests at the resort’s Brisas restaurant and now you can enjoy it in your home by following the recipe until you can once again travel to the resort.
While you may not be able to go to Mexico just yet, you can make the Sofitel Mexico City Reforma’s most beloved dessert, Chocolate Coulant. This indulgent dessert is served at the Sofitel’s onsite restaurant Balta. The recipe and instructions details how to make this recipe for up to six people in a household (or six servings for one). Go ahead, try the recipe and enjoy it at home.
You like Piña coladas, but not being stuck at home for over a month. Don’t worry, when you take a bite of this Piña colada mouse from Harbour Village Bonaire, your taste buds will take you on a mini-vacation. Full of flavors representative of a tropical atmosphere, this easy to recreate at home dessert from the hidden gem found along the only private beach on the island of Bonaire will be sure to virtually transport people to a beach chair set on white sand alongside warm ocean breezes. Harbour Village’s Piña Colada mousse is served at the resort’s onsite restaurant, La Balandra.
LIBATIONS & COCKTAILS
Fresh juices just don’t keep. This is where this incredible recipe will come in handy. Megan Coyle of DC’s Reveler’s Hour teaches us how to make cordials from fresh citrus juices, allowing them to keep (when properly stored in a refrigerator) for weeks. This Citrus Cordial is quite useful, you can use it in cocktails, marinades, and even in glazes.
I bet many of us can really use a cocktail right now. This delicious sipper came to us from Ogden’s Own Distillery in Utah. They make Madam Pattrini Gin. The Bees Knees makes for a great cocktail to whip up at home because it’s more elevated than a basic mixed drink but still uses ingredients you can easily find in your own kitchen. It’s also a classic gin cocktail, but this version with Madam Pattirini is special because the gin has hints of Sicilian Lemon Peel, perfect for complementing the fresh lemon juice in the drink.
Bacardi recently launched the “Cupboard Cocktails” program and it’s kinda awesome! You can go to @bacardiusa’s IG channel and submit items you have in you pantry. Once it is entered, it may be transformed into a delicious cocktail like these two cocktails by Bacardi’s master mixologist. Pretty cool, right? Wanna check them out? Check out their Insta. The first is made with guava, pineapple slices and…Bacardi, of course.
Dreaming of a Mediterranean vacation? You may not be able to get there during quarantine, but this cocktail will sweep your imagination in one sip. It’s another of Bacardi’s Cupboard Cocktails…and I promise, it’s delish! Check out Bacardi’s Instagram for more cupboard cocktail inspiration.
This delicious libation comes to us from Paul Kelley, the bar manager at Carbone’s Ristorante in Hartford. You know you have some canned pineapple juice tucked away in a corner. Put it to good use with this delicious libation made with white rum, Aperol, and pineapple juice.