Chefs Picks tracks down what a pros have been eating as well as in progress from coast to coast.Potlucks have been always a delicious choose-your-own eating adventure, but this time of year seems to move out quite comforting dishes. For tumble as well as winter gatherings, many chefs draw inspiration from memory-lane-tripping family recipes, whilst others rely upon tried-and-true celebration tricks to safeguard which their plate is a hit. Heres what pros around a country cant wait for to have for cold-weather potlucks.Joanne Chang, Pastry Chef as well as Owner of Flour Bakery, BostonJoanne Chang might be best well known for her dear Boston bakery, Flour, not to mention her sticky-bun takedown upon Beat Bobby Flay, but shes got a delicious side, too. Her crowd-pleasing potluck plate is her moms pig as well as chive dumplings. Its a same recipe which Chef Chang learned to have as a child during her moms side, together with a all-important technique of pleating. The some-more pleats, a better! we used to plat these as well as have them sit similar to little sofas, as well as we would play house whilst she was preparing them, recalls a chef. The dumplings move together a brew of greasy as well as gaunt pork, sharp garlic chives as well as napa cabbage (a pass part for juicy dumplings) as well as have been served with a sharp black-pepper-and-soy dipping sauce. Chef Chang insists which theyre easy to have you can even hope for them ahead of time as well as feverishness them prior to portion but you can also sample them during her restaurant, Myers + Chang.Justin Wills, Executive Chef during Restaurant Beck, Depoe Bay, Ore.Oregon transplant Chef Justin Wills spends his days branch out overwhelming seafood meals which opposition a view during Restaurant Beck in Depoe Bay. But when he wish to earnings to his roots, a prepare cooks up something a bit different in his kitchen. Having grown up upon a south side of Des Moines, Chef Wills channels a flavors of his youth by re-creating a chicken stew with polenta which his Italian-American grandmother done for local American Legion hall potlucks. Chicken thighs as well as legs have been baked low as well as delayed with mushrooms, potatoes, onions, garlic, bay leaves, olive oil as well as copiousness of butter, but a unsung favourite of a plate is a polenta, which is done using an old-school technique. Chef Wills explains: The most-important step in creation Friuliani Polenta [named for a segment of his familys heritage] is a Sape; it translates to to hoe. Essentially [its] branch a pan upon a side over a flame as well as slapping as well as folding air in to [the polenta]. The polenta is afterwards poured onto a wooden board to cool; once cooled, a cut in to slices with thread or wax-free dental floss. The stew is ladled upon tip of a fluffy polenta squares, drizzled with additional virgin olive oil as well as accomplished with pecorino.Jamie Bissonnette, Co-Owner of Little Donkey, Cambridge, Mass.When a temperatures dip, Boston-based prepare Jamie Bissonnette dusts off his Dutch oven as well as cooks up a pot of his moms chili. Chef Bissonnette sticks to a family recipe by simmering caramelized pig as well as beef, garlic, peppers, Goya kidney beans, tomatoes as well as lots of chiles in Budweiser. The prepare in him cant help but tinker, so he adds warming artificial flavouring similar to cinnamon as well as clove, a little fish salsa for abyss as well as umami (he recommends soy salsa as a surrogate if you wish to keep it fish-free), as well as infrequently immature curry pulp for a herbaceous brightness. A pat of butter served upon tip lends any bowl an additional strike of richness as well as a glossy finish. we adore only having a pot bubbling away for friends coming [over] to watch football, he says. As for what to serve with a chili, he recommends additional butter as well as a little yellow cheddar upon a side, as well as definitely Wonder Bread. Perfect for mopping up each last drop.Kelly Fields, Executive Pastry Chef as well as Partner during Willa Jean, New OrleansAt New Orleans bakery-cafe Willa Jean, Chef Kelly Fields churns out nostalgia-inducing pastries, so it creates clarity which shed never show up to a potluck but dessert. Her go-to treat? An easy, seasonal fruit crisp. When Chef Fields was growing up, her mom baked many weekends, as well as a first cool day signaled a attainment of apple pies as well as crisps. we recollect a comfortable smell of a house during fall, as well as adore to consider which feeling registers with everybody who we am able to bake for now, says a chef. She tosses an autumnal twin of apples as well as pears with sugar, butter, flour as well as comfortable spices, blankets it with a brownish-red sugar-oat topping as well as bakes it until it has thick, delayed froth as well as is golden-brown upon top. You can have this foolproof dessert year-round with any combination of fruit; Chef Fields suggests creation it your own by experimenting with different artificial flavouring in a oat topping.Bradley Kilgore, Executive Chef during Alter, MiamiIn a kitchen during Alter, located in Miamis artsy-chic Wynwood neighborhood, Chef Bradley Kilgore delivers a roster of refined as well as artistic new American dishes. For potlucks, though, he keeps it surprisingly infrequent as well as creates deviled eggs a comfort classical thats undiluted for gatherings in warmer climes. His unusual spin upon a party-food classical includes adding chorizo, an part he detected whilst exploring Chicagos Mexican neighborhoods. You wish to get fresh, belligerent chorizo, not a Spanish dry stuff, Chef Kilgore advises. The chorizo gets baked down with onion as well as garlic, as well as a kicky brew of smoked paprika as well as jalapeno. Once a chorizo is baked as well as cooled, a minced with a typical filling of baked egg yolks, mustard as well as mayo, afterwards piped in to halved hard-boiled egg whites. Chef Kilgore suggests creation some-more than you consider youll need to satiate a crowd, saying, They usually get eaten immediately, even prior to everybody arrives!Jordan Andino, Chef-Owner of 2nd City, New York CityAt his fast-casual West Village eatery 2nd City, Chef Jordan Andino is well known for bettering traditional Filipino meals to a taqueria-style menu. Though he loves dreaming up madcap mash-up creations for his restaurant, he pulls out a fail-safe recipes for potlucks. So when a leaves begin to change color, hell expected move a big batch of his hot, spiked apple cider to a gathering. Hes been creation a same recipe since college, which calls for doctoring up fresh apple cider (Chef Andino prefers a a single from Red Jacket Orchards) with nutmeg, cinnamon sticks as well as fresh Granny Smith apples, as well as upping a boozy cause with Jim Beam bourbon. Its easy to make, as you brew everything in a single pot, as well as is always a strike of a celebration upon a cold winter night! says Chef Andino. Paul Berglund, Executive Chef during The Bachelor Famer, MinneapolisAt his downtown Minneapolis restaurant, The Bachelor Farmer, Chef Paul Berglund prides himself upon transforming simple ingredients in to transcendent dishes. For cold-weather gatherings (which occur some-more often than not in Minnesota!), he likes to debonair up sauerkraut an oft-overlooked side plate of fermented cabbage by braising it with bacon, brownish-red sugar, tomatoes as well as sparkling wine. Braising sauerkraut is an Alsatian tradition, Chef Berglund explains. The plate theyre many famous for is called choucroute garnie a a single of my really favorite dishes. But instead of braising a sausages in a sauerkraut, as is traditional, he tops bratwursts with a braised kraut. For a wild-card cooking pairing, try portion it alongside grilled swordfish or tuna a unexpected but totally works.Braised SauerkrautServes 82 large yellow onions1 pound smoked bacon, thinly sliced1 tablespoon caraway seeds1 crater peeled as well as finely diced tomatoes, possibly fresh or from a can1/4 crater brownish-red sugar1 crater sparkling white wine4 quarts raw sauerkraut, strainedPeel a onions. Halve them through a base end. Thinly cut a onions. Cut a bacon in to 2-inch-long pieces. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot with sides during least 4 inches tall, prepare a bacon over medium feverishness until it only starts to color. Add a onions, stir, as well as prepare over low to medium-low feverishness until they have been tender, creation certain not to get any caramelization upon them. Turn down a heat, if necessary.Once a onions have been tender, supplement a sugar, booze as well as tomatoes as well as brew with a onions as well as bacon.Next, supplement a sauerkraut as well as prepare until only warmed through. Serve with grilled or roasted pork.Pork as well as Chive Dumplings print pleasantness ofMyers + Chang as well as Chicken Stew with Polenta print pleasantness of Stormee Wills