Sun’s up, school’s out! Still trying to figure out a fun but productive way for the kids to use their summer break? Chef Curtis Stone, head judge on LIFETIME’s sizzling new show Top Chef Jr., is dishing out recipes that you and your kids can try together.
Kick everyone’s favorite comfort food up a notch with Chef Curtis’ Mac and Cheese with Gruyere, Cheddar, and Bacon, an indulgent, easy-to-make casserole that’ll leave everyone asking for seconds—or thirds! Each serving oozes with cheese and holds delightful morsels of flavorful bacon that your kids will have as much fun preparing as they will savoring it.
Who said kids can’t take on French cuisine? Tackle this Chicken Cassoulet with Fennel and Bacon together and prove that a great dinner doesn’t have to be complicated. Although cassoulet, a slow-cooked casserole from southwestern France, is traditionally made with beans, duck, and pork, Chef Curtis keeps it light by using chicken, bacon, and a Parmesan bread crumb topping to balance out the flavors.
Salted Caramel Pots De Crème may sound fancy, but these little custards are easy to assemble if you’ve got several hands working in the kitchen. An insider tip from the chef: if you use aluminum foil to cover the baking pan of the custard cups, your pots de crème will turn out luxuriously smooth and are sure to become a household favorite.
Take advantage of the fruits in season and whip up bowls of Exotic Fruit Salad Passionfruit Granita, a fresh mix of pineapple, papaya, mango, and star fruit, topped with a snow-like spoonful of pureed passionfruit or mango. Stir in a little mint to add edge to this icy concoction perfect for a hot day.
For more tiny chef inspiration, tune in to Top Chef Jr. on LIFETIME from Tuesdays to Thursdays at 8 PM and watch some of the most talented young culinary masters from around US prove that they’ve got what it takes to be the next generation of Top Chefs.