Cameron Diaz Revealed the First Dish She Cooked for Benji Madden — And It Included the One Topper All of Her Celeb Friends Can’t Live Without

published Dec 1, 2022
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06:  Cameron Diaz Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at NBC Studios on April 6, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NBC)
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Two of Charlie’s Angels found themselves taking on a new mission together this week, as actress Cameron Diaz joined bestie and talk show host, Drew Barrymore, on Wednesday’s episode of the latter’s eponymous daytime talk show. Channeling true “besties in the kitchen” energy, the pair give us a peek at their relationship and revealed Diaz’s most coveted kitchen recipe — which happens to be the special addition to the first meal she made for her now-husband (and Good Charlotte guitarist/vocalist), Benji Madden.

The entire back and forth of giggling through Hollywood-normal memories took place while Diaz demonstrated her recipe for what she calls “Shallot Gold,” a dish which Barrymore noted was pretty much the only reason she and Diaz’s friends ever came over to visit. “She’s going to show us how to make literally something that none of us ever want to come over to the house without it being prepared,” Barrymore exclaimed.

But lest you get your hopes up for some new recipe that will knock Alison Roman’s shallot pasta off its throne, shallot gold is quite literally just caramelized shallots. Sure, Diaz gives a few tips — like adding a bit of salt to your shallots as they cook down to drive off more of the allium’s water content and coax out the sugars — but at the end of the day, the true key to shallot gold is time.

As evidenced by Diaz reaching for a pan of previously caramelized shallots to put over the roast chicken that miraculously appeared on set (TV magic!), the only way to make shallot gold is to sit there and let those shallots cook down. Caramelization is a wonderful process that does not abide to the time constraints of a television cooking segment. At the end of the day, though, the true treasure in Diaz’s shallot gold might just be the chance to reminisce with a friend during the time it takes for those shallots to transform into caramelized perfection.

So what about that dish she made for her current husband on their first date? Lamb chops, of course. “Mediterranean lamb chops, some couscous, and some broccoli and sautéed zucchini,” Diaz told the audience after Barrymore urged her to reveal the meal. And in case you’re wondering, the shallot gold was mixed in with the couscous.

The entire segment, however, is one to watch, with the pair discussing everything from Gwyneth Paltrow‘s disappointment in Barrymore’s previous home’s oven to dual diving experiences  — both sky and scuba, the latter of which took place in Tahiti with curious sharks. Much in the vein of other celebrity friends cooking together for television (think: Ina and Faith Hill), the two icons gave the viewers a show to remember with personal touches that will make anyone feel at home.

You can check out the full clip below and if you’re not much of a shallot fan, here’s how you can swap them for onions in almost any recipe.