The One Dish You Should Know How to Cook

The One Dish You Should Know How to Cook

Some of the nation's top chefs share the easy yet impressive meal to be sure you have in your cooking repertoire

01 of 09

Barbecue Chicken

Barbecue Chicken
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"Barbecue chicken with homemade sauce and nice crispy skin that's charred on the outside is a great man-food dish to have in your repertoire. If I come over and you made barbecue sauce, even if it's not good, that effort—come on, it's going to be delicious." –Chris Santos, Beauty and Essex, New York City

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Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara
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"It's a technique dish. You just need bacon, egg, onion, and pasta. If you can learn how to make it right, it's transcendent." –Marco Canora, Hearth and Terroir Wine Bar, New York City

03 of 09

Marinated Strip Loin

Marinated Strip Loin
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"Miso marinated strip loin with a coriander pesto and a little micro cilantro is actually quite simple. All you do is marinate your steak in miso, garlic, sugar, and sesame oil, throw it on the grill, and garnish." –Anthony Ricco, The Spice Market, New York City

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Coddled Eggs

Coddled Eggs
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"People always underestimate an egg, and I think they're magnificent. Create a great egg dish like coddled eggs, which is steaming an egg in a ramekin or a cup." –Douglas Rodriguez, De Rodriguez Cuba, Miami

05 of 09

Fruity Salads

Fruity Salads
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"Use citrus fruit like blood oranges and grapefruit in salads." –Joey Campanero, Little Owl, New York City

06 of 09

Pasta and Red Wine

Pasta and Red Wine
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"There's nothing that goes better together than a bottle of red wine and a quick bowl of pasta. A man may fall in love with you." –Marc Murphy, Benchmarc by Marc Murphy, New York City

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Braise

Braise
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"Any of the wonderful braises of northern Italy, such as a veal shank, a beef shank, or a roasted chicken thigh. You build flavors in the beginning, let it boil away as you prep for your guests to come, and then can focus on entertaining when they arrive instead of cooking." –Jonathan Sawyers, Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland

08 of 09

Risotto

Risotto
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"You can generally garnish risotto with anything. There are endless possibilities with this dish." –Terrance Brennan, Artisanal Bistro, New York City

09 of 09

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken
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"It's not really that complicated to roast a chicken. It's pretty much set it and forget it. You just have to monitor it to get that delicious meat." –Phillipe Moussade, ilili, New York City

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