Food & Recipes

7 Recipes That Will Make You Miss Your Childhood

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 9:00 AM, August 27, 2015

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Aired August 27, 2015

by Lisa Lozano

Rachael's gathering all her foodie friends for a "cheap and cheerful" nostalgic potluck that you could recreate with your friends at home! Follow along for their favorite family recipes from their childhood, which will also be available in the April issue of Rach's magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray.

Sunny Anderson's Vegetarian 'Southern-Style' Collard Greens

Sunny's vegetarian collard greens keep all the flavor of her grandma's classic Southern greens, but lose the fat.

Tip: Add fresh tomatoes to your greens after they're done cooking to add brightness and a little tang.

More from Sunny Anderson:
Sunny Anderson’s Skinny Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili
Sunny Anderson's Beer Can Turkey
Chilaquiles in a Mug

Mom's Chicken Curry and Buttery Rice Pilaf

Rachael's mom's curry is inexpensive and comes together quickly, so it makes it a perfect dinner after a busy day. You can even use rotisserie chicken!

Tip: Add smoked almonds to your rice pilaf for extra flavor!

Michael Symon’s Keftedes (Mom’s Little Meatballs)

Michael Symon shares his mother's meatball recipe and reveals this sweet memory: every time he smells these meatballs cooking, he thinks of childhood parties, since his mom would always make these before a party.

Tip: Use an ice-cream scoop to make the meatballs a uniform size and to save yourself time in rolling.

More from Michael Symon:
Michael Symon's Fried Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts and Capers
Michael Symon's Crispy Lime and Cilantro Chicken Wings
Michael Symon's Zucchini Fritters with Feta and Dill

Katie Lee’s Beef Stroganoff

Katie Lee shares her family recipes for beef stroganoff -- yum!

Tip: Dredge your onions in flour before cooking for extra flavor.

More from Katie Lee:
Katie Lee’s Pot Roast
Katie Lee's Ballpark Brownies
Katie Lee's Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Michael Schlow’s Bananas Foster

Michael Schlow's throwback recipe isn't from his childhood, but rather from his early career when he would prepare Bananas Foster tableside.

Tip: For a spin on the classic recipe, Michael adds deliciously salty Marcona almonds as a garnish.

Grandma Ruthie’s Potato Chip Chicken

Adam Perry Lang shares his grandma's potato-chip coated fried chicken recipe that brings him back to his childhood (and we want to go back to his childhood with him for this crunchy, perfectly salty fried chicken!)

Tip: Season your ingredients with salt individually to get a good salt level in every layer of the dish.

More from Adam Perry Lang:
Adam Perry Lang's Ultimate Baby Back Pork Ribs with Apricot BBQ Sauce
Adam Perry Lang's Grilled Vegetables
Adam Perry Lang's Man Steak with Thyme Zinfandel Sauce

 

The "TC"

Rachael's husband John shares this nostalgic gin drink, a spin on a Tom Collins that was one of his dad's favorites.

Tip: Use a fun diagonal striped straw to make your cocktails pop.

More from John:
Carrot & Ginger Sparkling Margarita
John's Vampire Killer Cocktail
John Cusimano's Salty Dog Fizz

What is your favorite recipe from your childhood? Tell us below in the comments.