“I love a good frisée salad,” says Suzanne Goin. “And of course I love toasted, buttery bread, with big slabs of melted cheese and prosciutto and an egg on top.” Her sumptuous open-face sandwich combines all her favorite things.
Grace Parisi loves popovers, but baking them can be tricky: They don’t always rise as they should. For these foolproof ones, Grace adds a bit of baking powder to the batter and chooses to use a regular (not nonstick) muffin tin.
It’s impossible to grill tiny favas, but the sweet-starchy beans get a similar smoky flavor when they’re charred quickly in a hot skillet. Jean-Georges Vongerichten tosses the charred beans with garlic, jalapeño, tarragon and cubes of cheese for a warm salad.
A Spanish tortilla is like a frittata. Francis Mallmann makes a lovely spring version with yogurt, fresh mint and sweet peas, baked in an oven (preferably a wood-fired oven) until just set. It’s delicious served warm or at room temperature.
“Growing up in Northern California, I loved the smell of wild fennel that grows along so many roads and waterways,” Jennifer Colliau says. That memory inspired this anise-accented mocktail, made with a fennel-infused simple syrup. For the orgeat, she advises using one made from almonds, not just extract.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten adds yuzu juice (from the bumpy-skinned Japanese citrus fruit) to this effervescent sour-cherry cocktail for a citrus kick; a mix of tangerine and lime juices nearly matches yuzu’s flavor.
Julia Child seasoned this roast chicken inside and out by packing sautéed vegetables, lemon slices and fresh herbs into the cavity, then rubbing the skin with butter. In typical French fashion, she trussed the bird to promote even cooking.
Chef Chris Behr’s versatile frittata with crisp spring vegetables can be eaten warm or at room temperature. Serve for brunch with an accompanying platter of crusty bread, fresh fruit, cheese and salumi, or for lunch with a green salad.