San Francisco Recipes

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San Francisco Sourdough Bread

Rating: 4.58 stars
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Use a good sourdough starter, one you have tended to, for best flavor.

Bodega Bay Cioppino

Rating: 4.69 stars
87
This stew brings back childhood memories of Northern California and new buckets brimming with crab and baskets of sourdough bread. Rich, red, and very messy, it is now a New Years tradition at my house. Serve in large bowls with sourdough bread on the side. Never any leftovers!

Chris' Bay Area Burger

Rating: 4.43 stars
905
These burgers are the hit of my town. All my friends come over every weekend just for these burgers. With a little bit of basil leaves, and some olive oil, you will drooling all over yourself while you eat these.

California Italian Wedding Soup

Rating: 4.67 stars
254
This is my variation of a standard recipe. I like fresh basil and a little lemon rind, so those are basically my only changes. This is a quick and easy soup with flavors that impress all.

Cioppino

Rating: 4.77 stars
868
A wonderful seafood stew! Serve with a loaf of warm, crusty bread for sopping up the delicious broth!

Oktoberfest Chicken and Red Cabbage

Rating: 4.61 stars
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I adore Bavarian cuisine! And since there's no good German food here (while I lived in San Francisco, my husband and I ate at wonderful German/Hungarian restaurants there), I have to make my own...This recipe is crazy simple.

Garlic Noodles

Rating: 4.59 stars
71
These deceivingly simple, yet devastatingly delicious garlic noodles were invented back in the '70s at a restaurant in San Francisco called Thanh Long. Usually served with roasted Dungeness crab, the recipe is a very closely guarded family secret, but after lots of investigation, and even more experimentation, I think this is very close.

San Francisco Pork Chops

Rating: 4.44 stars
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Tender chops in a delicious sauce are great over noodles or thin spaghetti.

The Famous Seafood Seasoning Recipe

Rating: 4.22 stars
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This one really wasn't that hard to crack...The ingredients are printed on the container! The only difficult part was working out the correct ratios for each spice, or herb... But patient perseverance, and good ol' 'trial and error' saved the day. The original Old Bay® Seasoning was invented in the 1940's by an American-German immigrant named Gustav Brunn. Initially, it was intended only for use on crab meat (as there was plenty of it in the Chesapeake Bay area where Gustav lived!), but in the last decade or so, it's used in other food areas, such as poultry and salads.

Seafood Cioppino

Rating: 4.76 stars
209
This is as good as any restaurant's version! Serve with rice and a nice salad.

Horchata Made Easy

Rating: 4.7 stars
20
Horchata (cinnamon rice milk) has been a favorite addition to the many Mexican meals I've had in the Bay Area. It's lightly sweet and refreshing. This is a much easier recipe than the traditional method which requires up to 3 hours to make.

Horchata (Cinnamon Rice Milk)

Rating: 1.93 stars
61
Recently had homemade rice milk in a Mexican restaurant in San Francisco. I talked to a few friends and they told me a few different ways to make it. Here is a simple version (I like to add vanilla, but it is optional). Seriously, it is the best ever - and, it costs just pennies to make!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Gulliver's Cream Corn
Rating: Unrated
151
I have been told that this is the recipe from a (now defunct) restaurant chain the the San Francisco Bay Area. This creamed corn is in a thick and sweet sauce. This isn't a low-fat side-dish for calorie counters, but once in a while -- live it up! Very tasty with a holiday prime rib or turkey dinner. The recipe does call for M.S.G. (Accent) which I have never used. Frankly, it's delicious and very easy to make, even without the M.S.G.

A Homemade San Francisco Treat: Chicken Vermicelli Rice

Rating: 4.49 stars
43

Years ago, I came up with my clone of a dish my children really enjoyed. I wanted to use the freshest ingredients that I usually have on hand. Many years later, I find myself still making it. If serving a beef dish, substitute chicken bouillon with beef bouillon. Angel hair pasta can be broken into small pieces in place of vermicelli.