Quick and Easy Recipes From Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson

The Perfect Recipes for Procrastinators

If you’re always running around during the holidays and need quick (and delicious!) dinner and drink recipes, you’re in luck! New York Times best-selling author and world-renowned chef, Marcus Samuelsson shows us how to whip up a meal that your guests will love in no time flat with ingredients that almost everyone already has in their kitchen. Plus, he shares his fun cocktail and simply syrup recipes!

Roasted Chicken:

2 breast
2 thighs
1 teaspoon of salt
Half teaspoon of back pepper
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 table of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 teaspoon of ginger powder
1 teaspoon of coriander

Brush chicken with salt, pepper, oil and herbs. Place thighs in a pan on medium heat and roast for 6 minutes. Add in breast and keep roasting for 5 minutes before putting it in the oven. Turn the chicken. Put in the oven at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. Let it rest and serve with veggie rice and pickles.

Veggie rice:

2 cup of long grain rice
3 cups of water
1 teaspoon of salt
1 onion
1 clove of garlic
2 cups of cooked leftover veggies
1 cup of tomato sauce
1 lemon

Rinse rice for 5 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan and throw in rice, garlic and onion. Toast for 5 minutes at medium heat. Add salt. Then add in water and tomato sauce. Let it simmer and cover pan with the lid. Then after 10 minutes, turn it off, let it sit for 5 more minutes. Finally, fold in veggies and squeeze lemon juice over contents.

Rooster Punch

Serving Size: 24

1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water
1 piece of star anise
3 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon
1/4 cup of pear brandy (ie: Poire William)
1/4 cup of Navan liqueur
1 cup mango puree
3/4 cup of blood orange juice
1 lime, juiced
1 lemon, juiced

Mix all ingredients together!

Apple Spiced Martini

2 ounces of SKYY Vodka
1/2 ounce of lime juice
1/2 ounce of Apple Spiced Simple Syrup (recipe to follow)
2 dashes of angostura bitters
Slices of apple (for garnish)

Mix all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Strain through a Hawthorn shaker into a chilled coupe glass garnished with sliced apple.

Apple Spiced Simple Syrup

1 teaspoon of cinnamon, ground
1 teaspoon of ginger, ground
1 teaspoon of allspice, ground
1 teaspoon of nutmeg, ground (freshly ground if possible)
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 slice of red apple, 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup water

Place all ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Strain into an airtight container. Refrigerate. Will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.


Key To Making the Perfect Cocktail:

Tip #1: The first thing people experience when they enter a dinner party is the cocktail. So it’s really important that you make sure your cocktails are just as amazing as the food you serve your guests. First impressions count.

Tip #2: The one easy trick to remember when it comes to mixology is to start with a quality base. Whether it is tequila, gin, rum or vodka, make sure you choose a premium foundation for your cocktail. I like to use SKYY Vodka because it is not only an award-winning spirit, but it really elevates any cocktail experience. It doesn’t overpower the cocktails and let’s all of those fresh flavors shine through.

Marcus Samuelsson is SKYY Vodka’s first-ever culinary ambassador. Marcus created a line of captivating cocktails for the brand to demystify the art of making high-quality cocktails at home.

What is your go-to quick and easy recipe?