What Are Some Basic Recipes That Cooking Schools Use?

What Are Some Basic Recipes That Cooking Schools Use?

While the exact recipes culinary students learn are associated with their chosen specialty, a basic beef stock is a typical starting point. Most culinary students learn how to make fresh pasta, too.

To make a basic beef stock, roast 5 pounds of beef marrow bones at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes in a roasting pan. Add carrots and celery cut into 3-inch pieces and halved onions and garlic. Roast an additional 30 minutes.

Pour all the vegetables and bones into a stock pot and cover with cold water. Pour the fat off of the pan and add 1/2 cup water. Scrape up the browned bits and add them to the stock pot. Mix in parsley stems, thyme, 2 bay leaves and 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns, bring to a boil and reduce the heat. Simmer for four hours, skim off the fat and strain.

Another basic recipe is for pasta noodles. To make pasta noodles, whisk 3 cups flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and crack four eggs into the well. Use a fork to lightly beat the eggs and then start incorporating the flour. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for five minutes.

Wrap the dough in plastic and let it sit for two hours. Use a pasta maker to create the desired noodles.