From culinary basics to French bistro cuisine, pasta and sushi to pies and tarts, these recipes are the exact same we teach at the Viking Cooking Schools you can attend all around the country.
Almond King Cake
King Cake is a brioche-style cake that is drizzled with sugar glaze and decorated with the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple (symbolizing justice), green (symbolizing faith) and gold (symbolizing power).More.
Apple and Dried Plum Tart with Cognac
Sweet dried plums are tucked among wedges of fresh apple in this simple dessert. A generous splash of Cognac complements the fruit. Brush melted apricot preserves over the warm tart for a quick and delicious glaze.More.
Bacon, Corn and Green Onion Scones
These rich, savory scones escape the tea table and join the dinner table. Crisp bacon, shoepeg corn and thinly sliced green onions enhance basic scone dough.More.
A smoothie is a quick and easy beverage made by blending fruit with yogurt or milk until it’s thick and smooth. Using a banana in this recipe makes this smoothie extra creamy.More.
You’ll be amazed at how easy, simple, and cost-effective it is to make mayonnaise at home - not to mention the taste is something you just can’t buy in a store!More.
Basil Balsamic Bloody Mary's
This is the last Bloody Mary recipe you will ever need! It starts with a high-quality mix and the usual suspects - vodka, lime juice, celery salt and Worcestershire.More.
Better-Than-Chicken Turkey Salad
This Waldorf-inspired turkey salad combines cubes of tender roasted turkey with toasty almonds, juicy red grapes and crunchy celery. The salad is dressed with a glorious honey-mustard dressing seasoned with plenty of zesty lemon.More.
Brined and Grilled Pork Chops with Chipotle Glaze
Brining adds flavor and moisture to these lean chops - it’s the prefect way to get them ready to grill. The chops are finished off with a thick brushing of Chipotle Glaze, adding a huge amount of spicy, sweet and smoky flavor.More.
Sweet, tangy, and spicy, these cayenne-spiced shrimp are a hit when served over white rice with a crusty piece of French bread.More.
Celebration Champagne Cocktail
Transform your favorite bubbly into an elegant cocktail with the addition of Grand Marnier, cranberry juice and fresh citrus. This lovely pink drink is appropriate for any special occasion or celebration.More.
Gelato, the famous Italian ice cream, is considered by many to be the finest ice cream in the world. It has less air incorporated into it than American ice cream, which makes it very dense, allowing the flavor to really shine through, and it is typically lower in fat than American-style ice cream.More.
Some find soufflés to be intimidating, but they are really quite easy to prepare. A simple custard base is lightened with meringue, then baked until it reaches ethereal heights.More.
Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce
In this celebratory dish, spicy peanut sauce creates the perfect foil for sweet crispy coconut shrimp. Also wonderful on raw or grilled vegetables and roasted or grilled chicken, the peanut sauce can be made up to 2 days in advance.More.
Crabmeat Cocktail Martinis
In this presentation, the term "cocktail" takes on additional meaning by serving the crabmeat in a martini glass and dressing it with a Bloody Mary-like vinaigrette.More.
Our flavorful, colorful chutney is bursting with juicy apples, fresh cranberries and brown sugar. This traditional combination is updated with a squeeze of fresh lime, a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and a bit of dry mustard.More.
Fresh apples and cranberries are topped with a toasty oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar topping that’s studded with pecans. The result is a warm and bubbling crumble that can be used as a side dish, dessert or relish for turkey or ham.More.
Cranberry Bliss Bars
While copycat recipes abound, this one, adapted from Diane Phillips, a popular Viking Cooking School guest chef, makes a blissfully delicious bar.More.
Traditionally, crawfish pies are savory turnovers made with basic pastry dough which are deep-fried. We’ve chosen to use prepared puff pastry dough, because it produces a buttery, flakey crust and is quick and easy to use.More.
Crème Chantilly is a lovely name for lightly sweetened whipped cream that is flavored with vanilla. Because confectioners’ sugar is so fine, it dissolves almost instantly, ensuring a smooth, creamy result.More.
Dry Rub Barbecue Salmon with Relish
Summer entertaining and barbecue go hand-in-hand. A sweet and spicy dry-rub marries nicely with the rich flavor of oven-roasted salmon. Topped with a colorful relish made from the bounty of the garden, this dish is beautiful, healthful and delicious- now that’s a winning combination!More.
These rich espresso flavored treats are incredibly moist! They are easiest to cut if you allow them to cool completely before cutting, but, for a decadent treat, serve them slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.More.
French-Style Green Beans
French-style green beans are sliced lengthwise into thin julienne strips. You can slice the beans with a sharp paring knife or with a bean slicer designed specifically for the task.More.
Fresh Cranberry Relish
The rich jewel- toned color and tart flavor of fresh cranberries make them a welcome accompaniment to any number of dishes.More.
Fresh Fruit Shortcake
Fresh fruit is the key to this fun and delectable dessert. You can even substitute fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or any combination of these fruits to suit your palate. More.
This rich and creamy chocolate sauce is the perfect way to take your dessert over the top!More.
Gingerbread Scones with Maple Glaze
These are spiced with cinnamon, ginger and cloves and studded with crystallized ginger. A decorative drizzle of maple glaze adds just the right touch of sweetness.More.
Ginger Lime Dipping Sauce
Dipping sauces, such as this intensely gingery and spicy sauce, are routine at Vietnamese meals, allowing you to season each dish to your own taste.More.
Grand Marnier Pancakes
Performed tableside at countless restaurants around the world, Crêpes Suzette is one of the most famous desserts of all times. A delightful combination of cuisine and theater, it was created in 1895 by 14-year old Henri Charpentier at the Café de Paris in Monte Carlo.More.
Granny Smith Apple Sorbet
This refreshing and low-fat sorbet is loaded with taste without the calories. Perfect for a sweet snack whether or not you are watching your weight!More.
Grilled Chicken Skewers with Honey Pomegranate Glaze
The sweet-tart blend of honey and pomegranate molasses makes a wonderful glaze for grilled chicken. Pomegranate molasses is syrup made from cooked pomegranate juice. It is used extensively in Turkish cuisine and other Mediterranean dishes.More.
Hoisin Peanut Sauce
This versatile sauce is great with Vietnamese Summer Rolls, and also delicious on grilled fish, chicken, or beef.More.
Homemade Praline Ice Cream
The ethereal combination of pecans and caramel, known as pralines, are a beloved Southern candy. In this recipe, those flavors are blended into rich and decadent homemade ice cream.More.
Honey-Roasted Mashed Sweet Potatoes
The gentle sweetness of honey enhances the natural sweetness of roasted sweet potatoes in this appealing recipe. Because the potatoes are roasted instead of boiled, they retain all of their flavor and nutrients. For best results, use full-flavored honey.More.
Maple Glazed Turkey Breast
Perfectly cooked juicy turkey breast is glazed with the tantalizing flavor combination of sweet maple syrup and freshly cracked black peppercorns. Serve as an entrée, or tuck thin slices into a soft roll for a sandwich or snack.More.
Margarita Shrimp Salad
This wonderful main dish salad is as pretty as it is delicious. If you are short on time, garnish with packaged tortilla chips instead of frying your own. If you have the time to fry your own tortillas though, it’s worth it!More.
These delectable little mushrooms are usually found "growing" around the base of a bûche de Noël or yule log - a traditional French Christmas cake that is shaped and decorated to look like a log.More.
Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes
Red velvet cake is a beloved Southern classic that appears on many holiday tables. This recipe delivers the flavors of the traditional layer cake in the form of tiny cupcakes.More.
Mushroom and Asparagus Strata
This fabulous breakfast casserole is loaded with fresh vegetables, herbs, aromatics and cheese. The texture can be adjusted to suit your taste.More.
Olive Oil Pecan Pie
The key to making a short crust pastry with olive oil is to get the olive oil to the consistency of butter.More.
Pad Thai with Shrimp
Pad Thai is the perfect example of true Thai flavors. It is subtly sweet, tart and salty all at once. Traditional Pad Thai recipes call for cooked chicken or roast pork in place of or along with the shrimp.More.
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Portobello Burgers make a wonderful light lunch or supper served with a Caesar salad. Or, cut each burger into quarters and skewer with a toothpick for a great appetizer.More.
Pumpkin and Potato Gratin with Bacon and Gruyère Cheese
This gratin is likely to become a new tradition for your holiday table. Cubes of bright orange pumpkin and creamy white potato are blended with smoky bacon and a spiced egg custard. This gratin tastes fantastic and looks like a photograph in a fancy food magazine.More.
Pumpkin Bread with Vanilla Cream Cheese Filling
This holiday favorite has a surprise - a stripe of creamy filling inside! This recipe will make 2 standard-sized loaves, which are ideal for entertaining, or 8 individual loaves, which are perfect for gift giving!More.
Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Green pumpkin seeds, known as pepitas, are tossed with crisp Japanese breadcrumbs to make a crunchy, tasty crust for pork tenderloin. The meat is quickly pan fried and then sliced into medallions for serving.More.
Pumpkin Seed Praline Brittle
This lovely brittle resembles pieces of antique stained glass: green pumpkin seeds are encased in sheets of amber praline. Serve this brittle as candy, or use shards to garnish desserts such as cheesecakes, brownies or flan.More.
Queso Dip and Chips
"Queso" is the Spanish word for cheese. Queso dip is great with tortilla chips and fresh veggies such as carrots and celery. It’s also good as a sauce for cooked veggies like broccoli and cauliflower.More.
Ragù alla Bolognese
"Everyone in this region makes ragù alla bolognese," says Anna Nanni, a cook at Trattoria Amerigo dal 1934, outside Bologna in the city of Savigno. "From ten women, you’ll get ten different recipes, all of them traditional." Her ragù is brightly flavored and slightly tangy, owing to the addition of canned tomatoes.More.
Traditionally, the liquid base for a granita is poured into a flat dish, placed in the freezer, and stirred by hand every few minutes. For convenience, ours is made in an ice cream machine, freeing you up to attend to other details in the kitchen.More.
Roasting transforms fresh garlic into an aromatic pulp that retains subtle, buttery garlic flavor. Roasted garlic is a wonderful addition to countless recipes. It is also delicious slathered onto hot bread.More.
Roasted Pumpkin Bisque in a Pumpkin Tureen
This presentation will turn heads! Steaming, silky smooth pumpkin bisque is served inside a "tureen" made from a hollowed pumpkin. Be sure to warm the pumpkin before adding the bisque so that it will retain the proper serving temperature.More.
Roasted Shallot Thyme Butter
When roasted, shallots become soft and slightly sweet. In this recipe, the shallots, fresh herbs and Dijon mustard are blended into butter, creating a compound butter than can be stored in the refrigerator for several days - or frozen for several weeks.More.
Rosemary Orange-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Cut from the loin, pork tenderloin is one of the leanest meats available - and it’s nearly as low in saturated fat as chicken breasts. Searing and glazing the tenderloin creates layers of flavor and texture.More.
Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon
This crispy, crunchy sweet and spicy bacon is absolutely addictive. It is delicious served on salads, sandwiches - or all by itself! If you don’t care for it hot and spicy, simply omit the cayenne.More.
Spicy Smoked Gazpacho in Cucumber Cups
The Spicy Smoked Gazpacho recipe is fabulous served as an hors d’oeuvre in cucumber cups, but there is plenty left over for the next day. Serve as a light summer lunch by the pool, or as a healthful and delicious first course at dinner.More.
Split Pea Curry
The Indian name for lentils in general is "dhal." But dhal can also mean a highly-spiced dish made with split beans, peas, or lentils flavored with tomatoes, onions, and other aromatics.More.
Steamed Halibut with Thai Red Curry Sauce
These hors d’oeuvres are delicious and make a striking presentation. Red curry sauce pools around bites of creamy white halibut that are presented like little gifts inside individual Asian soup spoons.More.
Rich, moist, and bursting with strawberry flavor, these dense little cupcakes are more like pound cake than your typical cupcake. The recipe may be doubled, and the cakes freeze beautifully.More.
Tiny Blue Cheese Biscuits with Seared Beef Tenderloin
Many people love the combination of steak and blue cheese. These flavors are what make this recipe so appealing. Thin slices of tenderloin are tucked into savory biscuits and then crowned with a dollop of sweet and pungent cranberry chutney.More.
Turkey, Roasted Red Pepper and Brie Panini
A panini is a grilled sandwich that can be prepared in a panini press, countertop grill, grill pan or even a heavy skillet. Some people think the best part of a panini is the perfectly toasted bread; others prefer the warm filling and perfectly melted cheese. This sandwich delivers both.More.
Turkey and Broccoli Penne al Forno
"Al Forno" describes baked pasta dishes, such as this satisfying combination of turkey, broccoli and penne baked in a creamy Gruyère and Parmesan cheese sauce.More.
Turkey and Spinach Risotto
This risotto is dotted with bites of tender roasted turkey, fresh spinach and the distinctive flavor of Parmigiano-Reggiano.More.
Although many holiday recipes call for chicken stock, the best turkey recipes call for authentic turkey stock. It’s easily made from the turkey neck and that little pouch of giblets that you’ll find inside the turkey.More.
Turkish Chicken Kebabs
Most Mediterranean cuisines feature a version of grilled, skewered meat and vegetables such as these Turkish chicken kebabs. Just before serving, they are garnished with ground sumac.More.
Ultimate Holiday Giblet Gravy
Giblets are not only traditional, they are vital to making richly flavored turkey gravy. Another crucial component is the deeply browned pan drippings leftover from roasting the turkey. In fact, this gravy is made directly in the roasting pan to capture every bit of flavor.More.
Ultimate Holiday Turkey
More and more good cooks are discovering that the secret to moist, delectable turkey is brining. Brining adds both flavor and crucial moisture to the bird before it is roasted.More.
Vietnamese Summer Rolls
Fresh herbs, leafy lettuce, crisp raw vegetables and tender shrimp are all wrapped up in a perfect little rice-paper package. These exquisitely fresh and tasty rolls are great for a light, week-night meal.More.
White Chocolate Cherry Fudge
The exact origin of fudge is disputed, but most stories agree that it was probably the result of a mistake made while making a batch of caramels.More.
White Hot Chocolate
Its intense vanilla flavor is showcased in this cream-colored version of classic hot chocolate. Be sure to add a chocolate-covered marshmallow just before serving for dramatic and delicious effect!More.