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Ask the expert: Chef Gerry's cooking tips

By The Hub team, January 29, 2016

Cooking Secrets from Chef GerryUnited Executive Chef Gerry McLoughlin

Preparing a gourmet meal is never easy, whether you're feeding travelers at 30,000 feet or making a family meal firmly on the ground. No one knows this better than United's executive chef, Gerry McLoughlin, who has agreed to share a few tricks of the trade for all you home chefs out there.

Roasting your vegetables

Oven roasting vegetables is a great alternative to grilling and boiling your vegetables, because it draws out natural sugars and sweetness, reduces moisture and enhances flavors. Roasted carrots, onions, potatoes, yams, parsnips, squash, zucchini and peppers are some of the most popular vegetables to roast. A healthy snack suggestion is to thinly slice carrots and parsnips, and bake at 240 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 45-55 minutes depending on your oven.

Bake your bacon

Bacon is a favorite food that most home-cooks choose to prepare the traditional way by frying it in a pan. Unfortunately, frying can lead to inconsistent texture and uneven cooking. Professional chefs solve this problem by baking their bacon in an oven. Doing so allows for consistent cooking and gives bacon that familiar, crunchy texture across a large batch. Try it at home — 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes. Approximate cooking time depends on thickness of bacon and desired crispiness.

Herb your enthusiasm

Fresh herbs can turn a mediocre dish into an excellent one, but their shelf lives are quite short. Luckily, your herbs can be infused into olive oil to preserve those flavors for a bit longer. Once infused (and refrigerated to prevent the growth of bacteria) these oils can be used as a delicious dip for gourmet bread or to add a dash of flavor while cooking.

If you liked these awesome cooking tips, you'll love Chef Gerry's incredible dishes available on United Airlines flights. Whether you're flying domestic or internationally, we want you to have an amazing dining experience in the air and our new menu is designed to exceed expectations. Bon appétite.

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