Jean-Georges Vongerichten, owner of Prime Steakhouse, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, shares his recipe for this classic meal. For a tender, juicy steak, use only prime beef, the highest grade of meat. A T-bone steak would also work here, but be sure to adjust cooking time as needed for a smaller cut.
The croque monsieur -- literally "mister crunch" -- is at the elegant end of the grilled cheese spectrum. First served in 1910 at a Paris cafe, this ham sandwich with rich bechamel sauce is topped with cheese and then grilled under the broiler.
Chicken potpies are as American as apple pie, but they needn't be as fattening. Instead
a buttery piecrust, cap them with a billowy mound of light mashed potatoes, which
soaks up the flavorful broth in every spoonful.
A boneless chicken breast is split, tenderized in yogurt marinade, and broiled. Butterflying the chicken creates an even surface area, which helps it cook faster. The result is topped with a salad of cucumber, red onion, cilantro, and fresh lime juice.
These crisp chickpea and olive oil pancakes are local to Nice, on the Mediterranean coast. Also known as farinata in Italy's Liguria, where chickpeas are a staple, these are savory pancakes. Serve them with a green salad as a light lunch or with an aperitif as a late-afternoon snack.
Lettuce wraps, sugarcane skewers, and add-ins such as lemongrass make tasty bundles bursting with the flavors of Southeast Asia. Sugarcane adds a hint of sweetness and an authentic touch, but wooden skewers make a fine stand-in -- just soak them in water for 20 minutes before using.
A simple swap is all it takes to reimagine panzanella. This Italian summer salad usually features cubes of day-old rustic bread and tomatoes, tossed with basil leaves and a simple vinaigrette. But slices of ripe, juicy peaches in place of, or in addition to, the tomatoes bring a different (but entirely welcome) sweetness to the mix.