Recipe fatigue is a common epidemic that infects every kitchen from time to time. Luckily, Emeril Lagasse has just the cure. We reached out to readers to #AskEmeril for upgrades to their go-to meals and leftovers, challenging the celebrity chef to make them into something entirely new and even better. Here's what he came up with.
Facebook fan Michael DjStrapz Banks sent us a snap of plain filet mignon straight off the grill, challenging Emeril to kick it up a notch. Emeril responded with a French dip sandwich with crispy shallots.
Twitter follower ?@Amanda83557982 sent in her simple roasted asparagus and garlic penne dinner. Emeril spun that into next-day pasta salad with added veggies and meat.
Facebook fan Victoria George's go-to meal for Emeril to kick up a notch was Southern mac and cheese with cornbread muffins and sweet iced tea. Adding sausage and jalapeño certainly spices things up.
There's nothing wrong with smothered waffles, but viewer Helen Hanes Sandburg asked Emeril on Facebook for a makeover. She got a gourmet version that adds fried chicken, black pepper maple syrup and whipped vanilla butter.
Emeril also gave eggs and bagels a major facelift with these bonus breakfast recipes.