Lomo Saltado with Tostones

This popular Peruvian dish comes together fast, but delicious. Typically it features French fries, but the substitution of plantains seemed fitting and lends the dish an extra layer of texture and flavor.

Costillas con Chimichurri: Argentinian-Style Beef Ribs with Chimichurri Sauce

These Argentinian-style beef ribs are tender and juicy, their robustness mouthwateringly complimented by the bright, complex acidity of the chimichurri. It’s an unapologetically indelicate dish—it’s carnal, demanding that you pick up the bones and tear every last bite off with your teeth, licking the chimichurri from your fingers.

Chicken Shawarma

Tender chicken and crisp, herby salad drizzled with yogurt sauce, chicken shawarma is a healthy yet flavorful dish punctuated by warm Middle Eastern spices!

Crispy Scrapple with Sage

An economical but hearty dish, scrapple is satisfyingly crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, very much like the texture of a hash brown, if hash browns were made with meat.

Crispy Dirty Fried Rice with Shrimp, Two Ways

This crispy dirty fried rice is an irresistible fusion of spicy Cajun and umami rich, salty Asian flavors. In one version, the liver is the star, while the shrimp add some extra textural interest, while in the second version the shrimp take center stage while the liver blends with the other ingredients for subtle richness.

Thai Basil Eggplant and Pork Stir Fry

This pork and eggplant stir fry is easy and absolutely delicious—perfect for a hearty lunch or a weeknight meal. The sauce is a take on hoisin, with just the right amount of salt, sweet, and heat. Much yummier and healthier than takeout!

Crispy Batter-Fried Fish (Keto)

This keto version of batter-fried fish is crave-worthy, with moist, flaky white fish wrapped in a shatteringly crisp golden crust.

Crispy Fried Pig’s Ears with Arugula and Capers

These deep-fried pig’s ears are salty, tender yet crispy, and super indulgent; the lemon vinaigrette arugula salad brings a fresh and acid element to the dish that balances the decadence of the pig’s ears.

Sichuan Twice-Cooked Pork (or Tripe)

While this recipe is amazing with pork belly—spicy, nuanced, with tender meat and vegetables—and my new favorite way to eat it is with tripe. Regardless of the protein you choose, this makes for a fabulous and authentic taste of Sichuan.