14 Fairly Complicated Recipes

for food lists

Are you tired of quick and easy recipes? Do you long for a challenge? Here ya go!

1. Toasted Oak Ice Cream with Smoked Sea Salt & Lapsang Souchong Caramel Swirl

2. Lobster Bisque

via NYT


3. Oaxaca Style Mole Negro

4. Beef Wellington

5. Chicken Khao Soi

6. Massaman Curry

7. Saumon En Croûte

8. Schichttorte

9. Baked Alaska

10. Salvadoran Tamales de Gallina

11. Spaghetti Bolognese

12. Pâté de Canard en Croûte

13. Lutefisk


14. French Silk Pie

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  1. Bolognese is my favorite “complicated” recipe. It’s not difficult so much as long. I make a carrot/onion/celery mirepoix, add meat (sometimes sausage, sometimes beef) loads of fresh peeled tomatoes and cook it on low for hours, adding a splash of red wine near the end. Got 3kilo (6.6lbs) of tomatoes for 3.5E ($3.9) the other day so bolognese is definitely on the menu this week. 😀 I’ve mostly not been eating meat so it will be a special treat.

  2. All of these amazing dishes are making me seriously regret getting a salad for lunch. Especially those tamales. YUM. Definitely gonna add all of them to my recipe folder.

    Of all the complicated recipes I’ve made, this one is still my favorite: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/artichoke-ravioli-with-tomatoes-236983. I have exactly 0 out of the 3 pieces of special equipment they list in the recipe items, as well as no food processor, so I’ve had to improvise: I hand-chopped the mixed ingredients in the filling, rolled out the dough with a rolling pin, and used a round drinking glass to cut out the ravioli. It does add a bit of extra time and effort into the overall production, but the payoff is so worth it.

  3. I made beef Wellington for my family at Christmas. It wasn’t perfect, but it was delicious. A really fun extra special occasion dish. If you buy frozen puff pastry it really isn’t all that difficult, but yes complicated.

  4. Thanks so much for featuring my recipe and photo for ‘Pâté de Canard en Croûte. Your post also encouraged me to visit a few of the other bloggers’ websites on this post.

  5. Okay, wait: LYE?! Whaaat? Mind blown.

    The ice cream recipe was beautifully written and made me ache for the kind of fall that never happens where I live. I’m going to carry that around with me for a while.

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