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How to Make Elevated Comfort Food Like a Professional

No one does fancy quite like Geoffrey Zakarian. These are his best, most-perfected versions of grown-up takes on comfort food, from pizza to doughnuts.

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Buttery Brioche Grilled Cheese

Trust us: This isn't the grilled cheese you ate as a kid. In place of classic white bread, GZ opts for French brioche bread, and a three-cheese blend with Dijon and garlic takes the place of the usual American slices. The results are every bit as comforting as the original recipe, but they're served with complexity.
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Spaghetti and Meatballs

For the best flavor, Geoffrey uses a blend of ground pork, ground veal and pork sausage when making these moist meatballs. When it comes to the sauce, it's all about simple, classic ingredients there too: fragrant basil, garlic and high-quality canned tomatoes.
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Pan-Seared Chicken with Olives

On those nights when only a simple chicken breast will do, look to GZ's recipe to transform your meal routine. This top-rated dish features a tangy olive-studded pan sauce, which elevates the meat easily.
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French Onion Soup

Warm and gooey, the blanket of melted Gruyère cheese atop this sweet-onion soup adds a layer of rich flavor to the dish.
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