Easy recipes are essential, but once in a while, it can be fun to push the limits of your kitchen chops. Recipes that are labors of love, like making homemade masa or soba noodles from scratch are infinitely more rewarding.
We asked our test kitchen crew to name some of their most challenging dishes, from the intricate, multi-step creations that take days to make to the technically-challenging numbers that require some extra finesse. Kitchen thrill seekers rejoice: we've rounded up our favorite tricky recipes, including from-scratch pâté, tomato pie, and Korean meat stew. At the end of an exhausted kitchen day, covered in flour and arms sore, you can rest assured your time wasn't wasted.
Note: This is a time-intensive recipe that may exceed 24 hours, but a lot of that time is from chilling the farce overnight. Take care with your prep time and you can shoten the work to a day; just be sure that everything is properly chilled throughout the process. Get the recipe for Duck Pâté en Croûte »