Oprah's Favorite Foods
Shakshuka Is an Easy One-Pan, Runny Yolk Miracle
Oprah's new favorite way to start her morning? With some shakshuka.
Chicken Pot Pie
Even a television star has to eat dinner! Oprah celebrated Centerville Pie Company’s top-quality chicken pot pie because it tasted delicious and meant dinner was only a few minutes away; the pies come frozen! Get behind Oprah’s comfort-food theme and make this decadent Chicken Pot Pie. Our users gave it a top-rated five stars.
Classic Skillet Cornbread
Oprah celebrated her most recent birthday with her favorite meal: a mixture of black-eyed and field peas and cornbread.
Classic Pasta Carbonara
This simple, classic carbonara recipe is the perfect dish when you need a special night in. And with this foolproof method for nailing the signature creamy sauce, you can go into the kitchen with confidence. Traditionally, you would toss your hot pasta with the eggs and cheese right in the skillet you’ve used to cook the pork (over low heat) to create a smooth, emulsified sauce. However, this method takes practice to get right—and crossing the fine line between gently cooking the eggs and scrambling them is all too easy, even for a pro. With this smart test kitchen technique, you essentially create a double boiler to provide just enough heat to melt your cheese and emulsify the silky sauce, without running the risk of breaking it. Finally, drizzling pancetta drippings over the pasta disperses rich porky flavor throughout the sauce even without ever having the pasta in the skillet. We use pancetta for this recipe as it is easily found in most supermarkets, but guanciale is traditional and worth trying if you can find it. Gemelli pasta is a great noodle shape to pair with this rich and saucy dish, but feel free to use whatever noodle you prefer.
Caramel Corn Ice Cream
Elderflower Pound Cake with Lemon-Elderflower Glaze
This delightfully floral pound cake is a super fun and elegant twist on the classic 7-Up pound cake—not to mention, a most delicious introduction to elderflower if you’re not familiar with its flavor. Easy to whip up and incredibly impressive, this elderflower dessert is a fantastic option for your next dinner party. The floral notes from the elderflower liqueur and tonic water, as well as the lemony tart glaze, perfectly balance the pound cake’s richness. You can find elderflower tonic water at grocery stores such as Whole Foods and Fresh Market, but you can also order it online if you have trouble tracking it down locally. You will have leftover tonic—but don’t worry, that’s just a perfect excuse to make yourself an elderflower gin and tonic to enjoy while your cake bakes. While the flower flavor in this fabulous cake certainly shines, it isn’t at all overbearing.
Malted Toffee Brownies
A lover of edge pieces, Oprah gave away free Baker’s Edge Baking Pans to her “Favorite Things” audience in 2010. Today, the pans are easily accessible on Amazon, and we think a little malt and toffee are the perfect tastes to complement that chewy edge brownie texture.
Sun Gold Tomato Caprese Salad
We use young heirloom Cherokee Purple tomatoes to balance the intense sweetness of Sun Golds with a little acid and umami depth, but other red cherry tomatoes will work well also.
Ranch Turkey Burgers
A mix of reduced-fat sour cream, mayonnaise, and buttermilk keeps the patties moist, while a few spice-rack staples add the ranch flavor everyone loves.
Key Lime Pie
Nothing beats a good key lime pie, and our readers have given this recipe 5 stars. It's a lighter version due to the fat-free sweetened condensed milk and frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, but it tastes just as rich and fresh. You'll never know the difference.
Frozen Lemonade with Coconut Rum
Oprah celebrated Art Smith’s “Electric Lemonade” in 2000, encouraging her audience to forget the season and enjoy this summertime treat all year long. We hear you, Oprah! We’ll see your spiked lemonade and raise you a dash of coconut rum for a refreshing treat that’s fresh from the blender.
Any friend of Oprah’s can be a friend of ours, especially when her favorite indulgences include peanut butter and bacon. While we assume Gayle dives into these dishes on separate occasions, she should know she doesn’t have to. Bacon-Peanut Truffles combine the all that amazing salty, savory goodness with a dose of heavenly bittersweet chocolate. Better double this recipe.
Williams-Sonoma won Oprah’s heart with its shipped-to-order croissants. When you can’t wait for next-day delivery, head to the bakery and pick up a dozen for this brunch-meets-dessert recipe. Store-bought croissants, sliced horizontally, are loaded with a flavor combination featuring apricots and smooth vanilla. Serve for breakfast, as often as possible.
Baked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
In 2010, Oprah directed her readers to her favorite mac and cheese, a shipped-frozen dish from Beecher’s. If you don’t have time to wait for overnight shipping, try our rich and creamy version. This baked dish combines three types of cheese with a secret ingredient: smoked ham. Even the tiniest tasters at your table are sure to ask for seconds.
Prosciutto, Fontina, and Fig Panini
Oprah revealed that the “staple” of her house is a panini press, on which she can make her famous Love Sandwich. Use your panini press or indoor grill to make the Prosciutto, Fontina, and Fig Panini. The rich, sweet fig preserves set off the salty prosciutto perfectly, creating a sandwich that even Stedman would love.