By Sara Johnson
August is here, which means the end of summer vacation is near. Between back-to-school shopping for notebooks, backpacks, and crayons, use your immersion circulator to prep some updated child-friendly recipes (that are also parent-friendly). Sous vide enhances beloved classics like macaroni and cheese and chocolate pudding, while also cooking unattended during homework time. For a fun family activity, try out these recipes now before your young taste-testers head back to the classroom.
Mac & Cheese Bites
Swap the boxed mac with a homemade cheesy pasta reinvented in child-sized portions. A rich sous vide sauce coats the elbow macaroni noodles, which are then fried in two-inch squares for a crowd-pleasing finger food or after-school snack. See Recipe.
Exotic Fruit Brochette
These candy-colored skewers are pleasing to the eye as well as the young palette. Chunks of sliced dragon fruit, jackfruit, star fruit, and kiwi fruit are brushed with sous vide simple syrup, grilled, and served with dragon fruit coulis. See Recipe.
Honey-Harissa Glazed Carrots with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
Cooked carrot sticks get a makeover with the addition of harissa and honey. Rainbow carrots are cooked sous vide, caramelized in a searing pan, and then drizzled with a lemon-yogurt sauce. See Recipe.
Chocolate Pudding with Banana Crème Anglaise
Skip the store-bought pudding cups and prepare this beloved simple dessert at home. A crème anglaise prepared with roasted bananas tops the decadent chocolate pudding. See Recipe.
Sous Vide Egg White Bites with Arugula in Broken Lemon Vinaigrette
Make these travel-friendly breakfast bites for hurried mornings. Sneak in some vegetables—spring peas, spinach, and morel mushrooms—with the egg whites and two cheeses to equip the kids for the day. See Recipe.
Bright summer flavors like lemon, ginger, and strawberry come together in this sous vide bourbon cocktail from Polite Provisions, an apothecary-style cocktail bar in San Diego.
The Wine Kitchen in Leesburg, Virginia, does more than reds and whites. Its rum-based Night at the Movies with sous vide cherries and kola nut syrup tastes just like cherry cola.
Nothing’s off limits for Gn Chan’s cocktails. The owner of Double Chicken Please sous vides toast and maple syrup for this rich Aberfeldy concoction.
Elevate brunch—or any meal—with this elegant and bold take on a mimosa.
Sous vide cocktails know no bounds. Chris Brown, of Cincinnati's Metropole, infuses plums with Pimm's, thyme, and orange peel for his inventive "40-Love."
Raise your glass to this sous vide spin on the refreshing cocktail classic.
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