No plane ticket? No problem! Get your culinary passport ready, because these culturally rich dishes will transport you to some of the most popular vacation destinations from the comfort of your kitchen. Sample the flavors of Jamaica by making spicy jerk chicken or channel your inner camper and whip up a big batch of beer brats. Get adventurous and try all five!
Don’t be scared of the long ingredient list—the marinade in this recipe from Cooking Classy comes together easily with the help of a food processor and results in a delightful balance of sharp heat from the habanero, acidity from the lime, and a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar. Whip up a rum cocktail on the side and you’ll feel like you’re relaxing on the beach in Negril!
California cuisine is all about the balance between healthy and tasty. This recipe was created by Chef Sean Thomes, whose sweet and savory burger evokes Cali-cool vibes with generous helpings of sliced avocado and onion-bacon jam atop a juicy burger patty and melty aged white cheddar.
Dreaming of the Amalfi Coast? We can’t book you a trip, but we can help you replicate the region’s iconic Spaghetti alla Nerano at home with this dish from Allrecipes! If you don’t own a deep fryer to cook the zucchini coins, a large, heavy-bottomed pan will work in a pinch. Look for zucchini that feel heavy for their size, which indicates freshness.
Beer brats are a staple at Midwestern cookouts and hot summer days at the lake. You’ll even find bratwurst stands in grocery store parking lots and on the side of the road! Re-create the iconic dish with this recipe from Bobby Flay, which calls for soaking the brats in beer both before and after grilling for the strongest possible flavor.
Cape Cod is known for many fish dishes, including broiled lobster tail. Though you might not be able to secure a fresh catch where you’re from, look for lobster that’s frozen at sea or once-frozen for the best flavor and texture. Wholesome Yum’s recipe calls for slathering the crustacean in a spicy butter sauce, which keeps the meat juicy while cooking!