Wanna make everyone smile? Hide something delicious inside their burgers. My burger today: tangy feta on the inside, cooked in bacon fat in a hot skillet, then layer with salty smoky bacon, mayonnaise (my personal fave), lettuce, and tomato. One word: perfection. Word of warning: It’s a bit, shall we say, tall, so prepare yourself with a ton of napkins. Enjoy!
A well-made grilled cheese is essentially perfect. Choose breads and accompaniments that will flatter the cheese. The bread should be thick enough that it’s crisp outside and soft inside, but not so hefty as to bury the cheese. A slightly acidic or tart partner, such as slices of tomato or pickle, will nicely offset the cheese’s richness. Go with a dressy classic, such as croque monsieur, or create an uncomplicated pairing, such as Swiss with turkey and mustard.
You don’t have to spend big bucks for big flavor. This spicy Mexican-inspired shredded chicken uses boneless, skinless thighs, which are much cheaper than other cuts and perfect for the slow cooker — saving you money and stress!
This luscious breakfast fits the bill and, best of all, will satisfy adults and kids alike. Brew a big pot of coffee: It's a meal your guests will want to linger over.
"Grate some apples and pears, toss them in the slow cooker with some cinnamon and sugar, set the heat, and go about your day! The recipe makes a few jars, so be sure to share with a friend or two!"
I'll let you in on a secret: Great desserts don't have to be hard. If you're shaking your head in disbelief, try making this recipe for chocolate mousse. There's no whipping or folding required; just a spin in a blender, a few hours in the fridge, and voila! Smooth, creamy deliciousness. Related: 36 Dinners You Can Make in Just 15 Minutes! Easy Chocolate Mousse 1 1/4 cups semisweet-chocolate chips 3 tablespoons sugar Fine salt 2/3 cup whole milk 3 large egg whites 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies Related: 42 Slow-Cooker Recipes Worth the Wait 1. In a blender, combine chocolate, sugar, and pinch of salt. In a small saucepan, bring milk to a simmer, then transfer to blender. Let stand 1 minute. Blend on high until smooth, 1 minute. Add egg whites and peppermint extract and blend on high until well combined, 1 minute. Divide evenly among four 6-ounce dessert cups. Chill until just set, 6 hours or up to overnight. 2. Just before serving, beat cream until soft peaks form. Dollop each cup with whipped cream and sprinkle with peppermint candies. More From Everyday Food: Savor the Moments: Holiday Brunch Recipes to Enjoy With Your Family & Friends 17 Holiday Punch Recipes That Will Bowl Over Your Guests Quick, One-Pot Meal Ideas To Feed the Whole Family 20 Classic Comfort Food Recipes from Martha Stewart
"We stirred up a sparkling holiday cocktail and a super-quick crostini to serve alongside (by the way, crostini -- another infinitely variable recipe)."
All it takes is a bowl and a whisk (or electric mixer) and a few minutes of your time. Then dollop on a piece of pie, spoon onto shortcakes, or layer in parfaits.
"Today's recipe for roasted chicken thighs with cauliflower and parsley is not only an incredibly comforting meal, it's an easy one to whip up -- it has just five ingredients!"
"This easy recipe makes plenty of cookies -- so there'll be more than enough to enjoy with your friends and family (that is, if they ever make it out of the kitchen!)"
"Each bite of this hearty dish is loaded with vegetables, sweet sausage, and wilted greens. And to make this a more filling meal, we've added some small shell pasta to the pot."
"This hearty but healthy dish also gets a sprinkle of breadcrumbs and Parmesan, which adds just the right amount of crunch. With the holiday season fully upon us, make this easy meatless dish (there's plenty of time for more turkey!)."
"Have you ever eaten pasta puttanesca? If you have, then you know that the best part of the dish is the irresistibly complex sauce of tomatoes, capers, olives, and anchovies."
"This dinner is so easy and it takes less than 30 minutes to create! Just quickly saute chopped flank steak and then a bit of red onion and some cremini mushrooms (they add a lovely layer of earthiness to the finished dish)."
"The mussels are cooked in an intensely fragrant broth of garlic, scallions, tomatoes, fennel fronds, and a touch of vermouth (John says it helps to bring out their sweetness)."
Be sure to save the turkey bones from your Thanksgiving feast -- you can use them to make a pot of flavorful stock. Simmer them with some onions, carrots, and celery, and you'll have a freezable, low-sodium base for soups, stews, rice dishes, and more.
"It's time. Thanksgiving is only seven days away -- which means that between now and next Thursday, we'll be spending a lot of extra time in the kitchen (and I bet you will, too)."
Tradition can be a tyrant -- some dishes earn their place in the Thanksgiving pantheon, while others squeak by year after year on sentiment alone (ahem, Nana's gluey turnip mash).
Novice hosts, no need to be intimidated by a turkey! Follow this handy timeline for preparing our First-Time Thanksgiving Menu, and you’ll get dinner on the table without a hitch.
"It's no secret that we absolutely love Brussels sprouts! And while we typically enjoy them roasted or sauteed, today we're serving them in a new (but equally delicious) way -- raw!"
The smell of bacon frying will get any sleepyhead out of bed in the morning. But its crisp, smoky flavor turns any meal into one that's simply irresistible.