Every season new and delicious recipes are created and tested in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen. From ruby-red raspberry bars and icy-cold sangria to fresh corn salad and more, this collection features our top-rated recipes for summer.
Spice up fiesta night with our veggie-stuffed sweet peppers. Overflowing with Southwestern flavor and topped with creamy Alfredo sauce, these chicken-and-shrimp peppers are "packed with flavor and are a fun variation on a traditional chile relleno," according to our panel.
Keep refreshed this summer by snatching a chilly bottle of this poppy-orange drink featuring fresh carrots, pineapple juice, and a bit of lemon. One Test Kitchen chef recommends squeezing a lemon wedge into the lemonade for extra citrus flavor.
Delight in a brownie so tasty you'll be licking crumbs from the pan! The secret? It's all in the chocolate. A chef from inside the Test Kitchen says the bittersweet chocolate used in the recipe "tastes like gourmet chocolate," and we agree! These luscious treats will be gone before you know it.
Twirl up a forkful of delicious summertime pasta at your next dinner party. Succulent shrimp is a savory toss-in, while quick-cooked garlic and tomatoes form a bubbly sauce. According to one editor, the dish's "simple ingredients make for a nice weeknight supper, but it's special enough you could serve to company."
Create a colorful kaleidoscope of fresh, in-season produce for your next dinner on the deck. Enjoy corn off the cob, arugula, jalapeno -- all tossed in a sweet-and-tangy pepper dressing. "It's crispy and crunchy; love the texture," says one happy BHG food editor.
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Similar to sorbet, this divine dessert features an icy fusion of red wine, cinnamon, and orange juice. Our taste panel raved about it, calling it "delicious" and "great for summertime." Garnish with a dollop of creamy topping and halved red grapes.
Before you can pile on fun and creative toppings, start with the pizza basics: the dough. Our low-cal, multigrain version features a spoonful of honey and oil, giving it "a nice hint of sweetness," according to one editor.
"Delicious! These are fantastic!" said one food editor after sipping on our iced mint julep pops. All you need to make these lively, three-step concotions is fresh mint, sugar, limeade, and a splash of bourbon.
Grab a margarita and take a trip south of the border with a plate of our kickin' poblano peppers. Stuffed with garlicky chicken, veggies, and cheese, these rellenos include all your Mexican favorites. One Test Kitchen expert especially loves that the peppers are tender and have a crisp outside.
For fewer than 200 calories, you can enjoy these simple tea-party treats. A small dose of sour cream keeps them moist, while a drizzling of warm chocolate adds a little something extra. Plus, prep is easy. "No need to dirty your rolling pin here; your hands will work great," says one editor.
Cool off with a low-cal sangria that's brimming with tart cranberries and sweet clementines. Make it up to a day in advance, and feel free to add your favorite fresh summer fruit. One food editor says it's "the best sangria I've ever had."
Stun your summertime crowd with a berry-embellished ice cream pie, complete with "good, simple flavors" like soft vanilla ice cream and an almond-brown sugar crust. A few gratings of nutmeg and fresh lemon zest create extra deliciousness in this pie's hidden sliver of rich blueberry sauce.
Cranberries add a touch of tartness to this sweet summer pie. Toting to a potluck? This recipe easily turns into six hand pies. Our Test Kitchen chef says homemade pie is worth the extra effort: "I absolutely love this pie. It's very pretty with the sugar on top and has just the right amount of juiciness."
Love Mexican food? We do, too! Find all of your favorite, traditional Mexican ingredients in our three-step tamale pie. Brimming with ground beef, juicy tomatoes, and sweet corn bread, this delicious dish is bound to be a crowd-pleaser.
First comes the brownie layer, then the crunchy caramel layer. Next up is a rich peanut butter nougat topped off with velvety melted chocolate. Put them all together for pure dessert bliss. For smooth, smudge-free sides to your bar, hold a thin-blade knife under hot water; wipe the blade dry and cut the bars.
Scoop up sweet childhood memories with classic ice cream made with whole vanilla beans and pure vanilla extract. According to one Test Kitchen chef, the vanilla beans provide a "very rich and smooth flavor."
BONUS: Dress up your ice cream with anything from lavender and cinnamon to strawberries and chocolate. Look at our Test Kitchen variations for directions and tips.
One bite of these crumbly bars and you'll be in peanut butter heaven. Brown sugared oats, roasted peanuts, and peanut butter pieces do all the work, while powdered sugar and milk make a decadent icing. We simply can't get enough!