If you’re anything like us, you binged the first season of The Bear as soon as it was released last year. Thankfully, the popular comedy-drama show is back for another season, and we can’t wait to dive in. Whether you’re hosting a premiere party or just looking for a fun way to celebrate your favourite show, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favourite recipes inspired by The Bear to get you ready ahead of season two.
Italian Barbecued Beef Sandwich
The Bear follows chef Carmen Berzatto AKA Carmy (played by Jeremy Allen White) as he returns to his hometown of Chicago to run his family’s sandwich shop after his brother’s death. So naturally, we had to include a beef sandwich recipe in this roundup. This quick and easy beef sandwich features BBQ balsamic sauce and Caprese salad for the perfect bite.
You can make Chicago-style hotdogs just like the ones from the show in the comfort of your home! All you need is fresh grilled or chopped onions, mustard, slices of plum tomato, pickles and a few pieces of hot peppers. Just don’t forget to skip the ketchup because “what kind of [person] puts ketchup on a hotdog?”.
Chocolate Ganache Cake
Just like the chocolate cake that aspiring pastry chef Marcus (played by Lionel Boyce) baked to perfection, this incredibly scrumptious, decadent chocolate cake will leave your chocolate cake cravings satisfied.
In the show, Carmy breaks down a Lemon Chicken Picatta inspired by his sister and mom. This classic Italian dish is a light, fresh dish that takes less than 30 minutes to cook. It’s perfect for weeknight dinners or if you need a quick meal to prep ahead of your binge watch.
This is the perfect Sunday meal. Just like Mikey’s (played by Jon Bernthal) Family Spaghetti recipe, this one is quick and easy to cook. Featuring fresh basil leaves, tomatoes and garlic cloves, it’ll surely be a hit!
Sausage and Peppers Burgers
In episode two, the characters talk about “Sausage-Pepper”. While the dish isn’t actually shown, we think this modernized version of sausage and peppers is the perfect twist on a classic. It has all the elements of Italian sausage and peppers, but in burger form! It’s served on a toasted ciabatta roll with provolone.
Braised Beef Shortrib
Ever since we saw Sydney’s Cola-braised Beef Shortrib we haven’t stopped thinking about the ingenious way she cooked with the drink. Our version is beautifully crusted on each side, with vegetables, herbs and braised in red wine for hours for an incredibly tender and juicy bite.
Banana Pudding Donuts
Banana lovers, this one is for you. Similar to Marcus’ perfect donut, these Banana Pudding Donuts ooze with banana goodness. Sign us up!