Geoffrey Zakarian’s Best Garden-Fresh Recipes for Spring

by in Food Network Chef, In Season, Recipes, April 24th, 2017

Now that we’re squarely in the middle of spring, it’s time to step things up in the kitchen. Our inspiration for this round is none other than Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. As many of GZ’s recipes show, it can be easy and worthwhile to incorporate seasonal ingredients in your cooking, like peas and rhubarb, and elevate dishes with pantry essentials. Here are 6 dishes to add to your repertoire this season.

Skillet Roasted Pork Chops with Spring Vegetables and Mustard Sauce

GZ adds layers of flavor to the pork chops throughout the cooking process, seasoning with coriander and cumin, basting the pork chops in butter with garlic and tarragon, and serving with a mustard sauce. Radishes, peas and dill add a fresh element to the dish.

Elbow Macaroni with Crispy Breadcrumbs and Broccoli

Promised to satisfy “even the pickiest children,” GZ’s pasta recipe cooks up in 25 minutes and puts pantry ingredients to work. It’s topped with toasted breadcrumb mixture made with panko, fresh Italian parsley and lemon zest.

Chicken with Basil and Pecorino

Put away your pots, pans and casserole dishes – this cheat sheet meal cooks up entirely on a sheet tray with a bevy of vegetables and simply seasoned chicken breast.

Snow Pea and Ricotta Crostini

Blanch and julienne in-season snow peas to add the perfect crunch to each ricotta-filled bite of crostini.

Rhuberry-Basil Pink Lemonade

GZ gives strawberry lemonade a spring makeover with a refreshing rhubarb and basil boost (and a cute new name).


Geoffrey’s Lemon Tart

Store-bought tart shells are OK since the true star of the tart is, of course, the tart filling – a fresh, homemade lemon custard. The hardest part might be waiting for the dish to set.

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