Better Homes and Gardens September 2011 Recipes

Check out our newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens magazine: comforting pasta dishes, chocolate recipes, quick dinners, and more!

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Pecan-Crusted Pork with Orange-Maple Glaze
Pecan-Crusted Pork with Orange-Maple Glaze

    This tasty fall supper comes together in just 30 minutes. Orange juice, maple syrup, cumin, and cayenne combine for a spicy-sweet sauce.

Garlicky Eggplant Dip, Lemony Red Pepper Spread, and Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates

    The surprising combo of chocolate and eggplant comes together in a mild, earthy dip, similar to baba ghanoush. Scoop wedges of pita bread into this vibrant, garlicky dip of roasted red peppers and eggplant. This fresh take on stuffed dates pairs smoky bacon and sausage with rich chocolate and sweet dates in a savory chocolate sauce.

Feta Phyllo Bites

    This comforting appetizer is easier than you'd think. Layer cottage cheese-and-feta filling between sheets of buttered phyllo dough, and then bake until puffed and golden.

Serving size: 24 triangles
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   30 mins  to  35 mins  350°F 
Raisin Sweet Bread

    This bread is often served for special occasions and gatherings, such as Easter or weddings. The recipe makes enough to send some home with guests; or freeze part of the loaf for later.

Makes: 40 servings
Stand   30 mins 
Prep   40 mins 
Rise  2 hrs 
Tennessee Cherry Cocktail

    Sweet cherries, cherry-infused whiskey, cocoa, and vanilla mingle in this dessert-like concoction.

Makes: 1 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder with Marinated Peppers & Tomatoes

    This tender roast is braised in a full-flavored sauce spiked with chocolate and smoked paprika. Tomatoes and roasted banana peppers are marinated in bold garlic vinaigrette.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   40 mins 
Roast  3 hrs 30 mins  to 5 hrs 30 mins 
Bacon-Laced Chocolate Cake

    Katrina Markoff, recipe creator and founder of Vosges Haug-Chocolat, calls this cake "Love Goddess Cake." This inventive dessert couples luscious chocolate with smoky bacon. If you prefer, you can omit the bacon.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350° 
Freeze   30 mins 
Cavatelli with Spicy Shrimp

    Toss homemade cavatelli with shrimp, peppery arugula, and toasted breadcrumbs for a dinner that's sure to impress.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep  2 hrs 
Stand  1 hr 
Cook   20 mins 
Gemelli with Asparagus & Sausage

    Pine nuts add crunch and ricotta cheese adds creaminess to this hearty, one-dish dinner.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   40 mins 
Bake   10 mins  325°F 
Donatella's Italian Mac & Cheese

    Four different types of cheese make this baked pasta dish truly comforting. A sprinkling of homemade garlic bread crumbs creates a toasty crust, and a drizzle of truffle oil is a luxurious touch.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Cook   15 mins  400° 
Stuffed Shells

    "This is one of those old-school recipes you seldom see anymore, but you should," restaurateur and author, Donatella Arpaia says. "It's a complete meal all by itself."

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   50 mins 
Bake   30 mins  350° 
Sweet Potato Soup with Curried Cheese Crisps

    When baked in the oven, mounds of shredded cheddar cheese and curry powder melt into delightful crisps that become the perfect complement to this rich and creamy soup.

Open-Face Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Sautéed chicken tenders are tossed with spinach, grapes and red wine vinegar in this warm twist on chicken salad.

Tamale Pies

    Top cooked ground beef, tomatoes, and olives with corn muffin mix and cheddar cheese for a satisfying dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes.

Coconut-Poached Mahi Mahi

    Gently cooking mahi-mahi in a broth of coconut milk and lime results in fish that?s flavorful and flaky.

Vanilla French Toast

    Leftover bread becomes warm, sweet, crispy French toast at less than a dollar per serving.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Cook   4 mins per slice
Dried Plum & Olive Chicken

    Green olives, capers, and dried plums give this chicken dish its unique tangy-sweet flavor. Serve over hot cooked rice.

Southwestern Chicken Panini

    Chicken enchiladas are the inspiration for this smoky, cheese-filled sandwich. A side of mango slaw adds freshness and a touch of sweetness to temper the heat.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Cook   3 mins  to  5 mins per batch

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