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Tough, sinewy cuts of meat like brisket beg for slow, low cooking. But lean, tender cuts like filet mignon just need a quick pan-sear and a smear of peppery butter. Though a drizzle of Béarnaise sauce doesn’t hurt. This dish was featured as part of our Valentine’s Day All-Star Recipes.
Any beets would be delicious here, but we prefer the deep color of red beets with the rest of the menu. Roasting the beets before grating intensifies their flavor and is an easy, relatively mess-free way to cook them. Prep and Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours. Notes: The salad keeps up to 2 days, covered and chilled. To reduce staining when handling red beets, we like to wear disposable latex gloves and use a dishwasher-safe cutting board.
; there's nothing green, and the tomatoes come from a can (wah waah). But you know what? It's delicious. And if you live on the East Coast, you've got four more months until real tomatoes show up at the markets. So grab your can opener—this is easy and it feeds a crowd.
This speedy Asparagus-and-Ham Casserole is pure comfort food and needs only 10 minutes to bake. That's because most of the prep work (cooking pasta and making a light cream sauce) is done on the stovetop. Simply bake to brown the breadcrumbs and make the filling bubbly. Because of the delicate flavors in this dish, we preferred using a mild baked ham to a smoked one.
You can purchase bottled Thai green curry sauce in most supermarkets, but this recipe proves how quick and easy it is to make your own. Refrigerate any leftover sauce, covered, for up to 3 days.
This easy casserole recipe combines four ingredients Eastern Europeans love -- cabbage, noodles, pork and sour cream. Breakfast sausage can be substituted for the ground pork, in which case the garlic should be omitted and the salt reduced to taste. This dish can be made ahead and reheats well. View this larger image. Makes 4 servings of Cabbage-Noodle-Pork Casserole
No brunch is complete with out this famous champagne cocktail. Fresh orange juice and ice-cold champagne combine to form the perfect celebratory concoction. Makes 8 Mimosas
Heady with ginger, clove, and nutmeg, these gingerbread caramels make sweet stocking stuffers and party favors. See Caramel-Filled Cones for the how-to. Caramels should be individually wrapped in cellophane or waxed paper to prevent them from sticking to one another.
Easy and enticing, with sweet grapes, crunchy almonds, and tangy cheese. This recipe was featured as part of our Fall Ingredients photo gallery.
Both this and Eggs Florentine are popular throughout the day, not just for breakfast or brunch, no doubt because of the perfect combination ingredients - poached egg and spinach, or ham on an English muffin topped with buttery hollandaise. For Eggs Florentine, instead of ham top the toasted muffin half with warm, wilted buttery spinach - see the recipe here.
Shy away from making caramel frosting? No worries here-- this is the easiest caramel frosting ever. It takes its time firming up, so there's no need to rush while frosting the layers. Prep: 7 min.; Cook: 6 min.; Other: 1 hr. This recipe goes with Whipped Cream Caramel Cake
We love how the ribbons of carrots add a bit of whimsical color through this delicious salad.
It's hard to beat the spicy bite of a good bloody mary on warm summer mornings. Seasoned with fresh basil, cilantro, and chives, this drink received the highest rating from Southern Living 's test kitchen.
It's hard to beat creamy corn chowder when it comes to comfort food! This version tastes like it's been simmering all day on the stove, but takes less than 10 minutes to make.
Suggested by Sunset Facebook fan Eve Lynch. This (non-casserole) version of eggplant parmesan is lighter and fresher tasting than the classic—we ditched the breading and added spicy sauce and fresh herbs.
Erick Castro, the general manager at Rickhouse Bar in San Francisco, makes this easy holiday punch in our You’re Doing It All Wrong video. It’s a flexible recipe that will work with nearly any base spirit if you don’t have genever. What to buy: Though it’s also infused with botanicals like juniper, genever (a.k.a. Holland or Dutch gin) is a maltier, funkier relative of gin that mixes very well in cocktails. Anchor Distilling and Bols make good versions that can be found at any well-stocked liquor store.
Though you can find raw tuna paired with avocado on menus everywhere, this version from BLT
To make these patriotic cookies (which can be used to garnish our Celebration Cupcakes), start with the Jam Stars recipe. This recipe goes with Celebration Cupcakes
It’s hard not to like these cookie bars, layered with caramel, peanuts, and chocolate. If you decide to give them as a gift, you might want to make two batches—they tend to disappear pretty quickly. This recipe was featured as part of both our Chocolate Desserts photo gallery and our Picnic Recipes photo gallery.
A classic Peruvian cocktail gets the freezer treatment. Made with the South American grape brandy that's popular in Chile and Peru, the pisco sour makes for a salty, sweet, tart, and beautiful sorbet.
Buttery toffee and toasted pecans join up in a rich chocolate cookie; all that’s missing is a cold glass of milk. What to buy: Skor or Heath bars work best in these cookies. The delicious flavor of these cookies requires an excellent-quality cocoa powder with a 20 to 24 percent fat content. Chocosphere is a fantastic Internet chocolate resource. Game plan: If you decide to use homemade or real-butter toffee, the toffee pieces will melt faster, giving the cookies a lacier appearance. The cookie dough can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 24 hours; it can also be stored in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. In either case, allow the dough to come to room temperature before baking. This recipe was featured as part of our Holiday Cookies photo gallery.
I just love the speed with which you can turn some sole fillets, tossed in flour, salt and pepper and fried in butter and olive oil, into a lovely little dinner with some nice greens and a squeeze of lemon juice. Put a few other side dishes with it if you feel a bit greedy ? new potatoes, asparagus, broccoli ? the ultimate fast food. Brilliant!
See Ryan Hardy, executive chef at the Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colorado, prepare this recipe.
This one-pot classic dish combines five key Hungarian ingredients -- onions, green peppers, tomatoes, paprika and sour cream. The recipe can be pulled together quickly, especially if the vegetables are prepped the night before. For a lower fat version, use canola oil instead of butter, lowfat sour cream and 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, or a combination. If using breasts only, reduce the simmering time to 20 minutes. Serve with nokedli, which are similar to German spaetzle, rice or other noodles, and a cucumber or green salad. Makes 6 servings Hungarian Chicken Paprikash
Prep: 10 min., Freeze: 4 hr. Freeze grapes in clusters as purchased. This is not a girl's-only punch; it's a hit with men too.
This Polish Carpathian Mountain cream cake recipe is known as karpatka. It's a peasant version of the more refined kremówka, which is made with puff pastry. Karpatka is made with the same type of dough used to make cream puffs and éclairs, known as pâte à choux in French. When dusted with confectioners' sugar, the dessert takes on the look of the craggy, snow-capped Carpathian Mountains, hence its name. In addition to the filling below, karpatka can be filled with easy pastry cream. Here is a larger photo of Polish Carpathian Mountain Cream Cake or Karpatka.
These Oatmeal Walnut Cookie have a wonderfully chewy texture and a want-at-least-one-more taste.
Viandas con Bacalao are tropical root vegetables mixed with bacalao (salted codfish). Viandas con Bacalao makes a nice low fat lunch or serve with rice for a full meal. To prepare the bacalao filet for this recipe you will have to soak the fish for several hours to remove the salt, then cook and de-bone the filet.
This crostini from Karen Small at the Flying Fig in Cleveland, topped with goat cheese mousse, red-wine caramel and strawberry compote, is a delightful example of a dish that combines sweet and savory. Each component can be used in a variety of sweet and savory ways: The caramel, for instance, is great drizzled over pecorino cheese or vanilla ice cream.
Simply seasoned with olive oil and rosemary, these rustic grilled flatbreads received our Test Kitchens' highest rating. Place leftover grilled flatbreads in an airtight container and freeze up to 1 month
Triple the flavor of grilled chicken by first seasoning with a spicy rub, smoking the chicken over wood chips, then brushing with a sweet and tangy sauce.
The pressure cooker creates creamy risotto in a hands-free way. We tried this with Carnaroli and Arborio; we liked the forgiving nature of Carnaroli, which remained al dente, while Arborio rice produced a softer grain in the cooker. Don't worry if the rice is a tad runny after cooking--it thickens as it stands before serving.
Even the staunchest broccoli-hater will be tempted by this pasta dish, in which the underappreciated veggie teams up with salty prosciutto and crunchy breadcrumbs. Keep these ingredients on hand for a quick and satisfying weeknight dinner. What to buy: Panko is coarse Japanese-style breadcrumbs, available in many grocery stores.
Serve these hearty sandwiches with fresh apple slices or a tossed green salad.
Tunisian in origin, harissa is a delicious chili pepper condiment now accepted as part of Moroccan cuisine. Dried red chili peppers are ground to a paste with garlic and spices. Lemon juice and olive oil are used to moisten and thin the paste. Some Moroccan recipes also include tomato paste or puree. You can use a small processor or blender to make harissa, but I think this quantity is easiest made in a mehraz, or mortar and pestle. Add harissa directly to a dish as it's cooking, or offer it on the side. Yields 3 tablespoons.
Prep: 20 min., Cook: 5min., Bake: 18 min.
Side this steak with White-Cheddar Grits and Collard Greens with Lemon for a meal for four in about an hour.
Soybean-based hoisin sauce is a spicy-sweet Chinese condiment. Spiked here with honey, seasoned rice vinegar, ginger, and chile paste with garlic, it makes a tasty base for a barbecue sauce.
Roast goose was the traditional Christmas roast long before turkey. It is a lovely bird to eat but has less meat than a turkey and can sometimes be a little dry. This Roast Goose and Chestnut Stuffing recipe makes the most of the flavor & texture of goose but by using a boned goose and cooking in a water bath then roasting the meat remains juicy and moist. Boning a goose is easy when you know how but is time consuming. Ask your butcher to bone it or follow the instructions from Italian food guide Kyle Phillips. The recipe can be made even more festive by adding black truffle, foie gras or both.
This recipe goes with Sole with Almond and Wine Sauce
A little tart and a little sweet, this mocktail of lemon-lime juice and pear juice will wake up your taste buds. Add a splash of seltzer and an herb garnish for a special presentation.
The focaccia adds to the Italian flavor of these juicy burgers. However, bread selections are endless—toasted country bread, onion rolls, or whatever you like.