In the Kitchen With SI Swimsuit: Bread and Burgers

Spice up your life and cooking repertoire by trying out these recipes from SI Swimsuit models.

This quarantine has brought out the Julia Child in all of us. From peanut butter cookies to sourdough bread, from soup to caramelized shallot pasta, everyone seems to be cooking and baking all day. For many in New York City, this means cleaning out kitchen storage spaces (aka the oven) to make way for the newest breakfast casserole or that banana bread that seems to be on everybody's Instagram story. Many SI Swimsuit models love to cook and we’ve been getting some amazing inspiration from their creations in this recurring column.

This week in the kitchen, Gigi Hadid made a tasty focaccia bread; Hunter McGrady whipped up a rosemary Dutch oven loaf and Kate Bock made the most delicious looking healthy burger, perfect for a summer BBQ. Here’s the roundup of our favorite SI Swimsuit model recipes of the week.

Gigi Hadid’s Za’Atar Foccacia: I used this same exact no-knead recipe from Bon Appetit a few weeks ago and can attest to how amazing it is. I didn’t use za’atar, just some olive oil and salt, so Gigi’s really kicks those taste buds up a notch. For the perfect bread you will need to let the dough rise in the fridge for 8-24 hours. if you’re in a rush, you can leave it somewhere warm for 3-4 hours and it will still be the most delicious focaccia you’ve ever tasted. Once it’s out of the oven, serve it with some olive oil for dipping, some olives for snacking and some cheese to munch on.

Hunter McGrady’s Rosemary Dutch Oven Bread: One can never have enough bread, especially with all these easy no-knead recipes. There is nothing better than the smell of a freshly baked loaf in the oven, and even better with rosemary. The recipe Hunter used is from The Cookie Rookie and in order to have that perfect loaf, once you mix the ingredients together, you must let it sit overnight and rise for about 12 hours. Rest assured, it is beyond worth the wait and you only need five ingredients. Once you get it in the oven, baked, cooled and sliced, serve it with a nice bowl of soup, snack on it with some homemade garlic butter, or use it to dip in your eggs in the morning. Whatever you decide, you can’t go wrong!

Photo courtesy of The Cookie Rookie

Photo courtesy of The Cookie Rookie

Kate Bock’s Lettuce Wrap Burger: Kate is the official queen of coping with quarantine, sharing her daily workouts, offering her favorite beauty tips and whipping up some incredible healthy eats. If you’re looking for a burger recipe for a summer BBQ that is both delicious and healthy, look no further. Kate uses butter lettuce as the bun, a ground beef patty (you can sub ground turkey or chicken), some vegan cream cheese (if you’re looking for the best dairy free cream cheese on Earth, check out Monty’s -- I put it on everything), a sliced tomato, red onion, some black beans and avocado. Throw it all together and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer burger.

Alyssa Conroy