Better Homes & Gardens April 2014 Recipes

White Rabbit
The newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens celebrate spring with delicious starters, sides, entrees, and dessert. You'll love our partyworthy dishes from style guru Libbie Summers -- all guaranteed to be a hit at your next gathering. Plus, we've got quick and easy breakfast muffins and creative recipes for leftover hard-boiled eggs.

Party-Perfect Dishes

Click the arrows to browse all the recipes featured in the issue. Hosting a spring party? Here are the recipes gracing our editors' tables:

Berry Crisp Spiral Ham
"I can't wait to make this. It's one of my favorite Better Homes and Gardens recipes of all time," says one editor.

Pink Deviled Eggs
"Deviled eggs are always a hit, and I'm going to mix it up with these beautiful pink treats."

Mary McGregor Cocktail
"I loved this savory cocktail. Instead of Bloody Marys, I'm going to serve this carrot drink at my next brunch, " says another editor.

Berry Crisp Spiral Ham

Our food editors could not stop raving about this stunning spiral ham from super stylist Libbie Summers. The best part? The sweet and spicy glaze has just 5 ingredients.

Sweet Pea Ricotta Bruschetta

This bright spring appetizer recipe is a beautiful addition to your party table. The secret to this elegant dish? Use frozen peas with a pinch of sugar in the boiling water to give them sweetness.

Avocado Egg Salad

An unexpected combination of textures and flavors comes together in this fresh play on egg salad. We’ve added creamy avocado for richness and toasted walnuts for crunch.

Dark Cocoa Banana Muffins

Indulge in chocolate for breakfast, guilt-free! Start your day with these rich, chocolaty muffins loaded with chunks of fresh banana and finished with a drizzle of honey.

Crab Ravioli with Citrus Sauce

Expecting company? Serve up showstopping crab ravioli, which is ready in just 40 minutes! Our secret shortcut? Store-bought pot sticker wrappers, which are often found in the frozen food aisle.

Asparagus with Lemon Sauce

We’ve draped tender asparagus with a velvety Meyer lemon sauce in this sophisticated spring side dish. A pinch of cayenne pepper adds spice.

Editor’s Note: Presumed to be a cross between a lemon and an orange, Meyer lemons give this dish a more subtle, rounded taste.

Beef Taco Pie

Part taco and part casserole, this spicy riff on a Mexican dish will be a new family favorite. The trick to its awesome taste? A dash of cinnamon that adds unexpected flavor.

Your family will love this flavorful take on classic tacos. Watch this easy dish come together quickly, perfect for a weeknight meal.

Dinner Tonight: Easy Beef Taco Pie

Our editor Hali shows you how easy it is to make delicious beef taco pie. It's perfect for dinner tonight!

Kale and White Bean Soup

Looking to eat more veggies? Serve our filling soup loaded with hearty kale, creamy cannellini beans, and tomatoes. Top your bowl with crunchy croutons to soak up the rich broth.

Wilted Greens and Eggs

Turn your kale salad on its head by serving it over toast! Tender baby kale and hard-cooked eggs mingle with a tangy vinegar dressing and sharp Parmesan cheese in this weeknight-perfect dinner.

Savory Brunch Muffins

The savory flavors of bagels and lox are reimagined in these playful breakfast treats. Studded with hard-cooked egg and smoked salmon, the muffins are topped with a sprinkle of wavy potato chips for a salty crunch.

A nod to lox and bagels, these savory muffins get flavor from smoked salmon and crunch from wavy potato chips. We'll show you how to make this perfect grab-and-go breakfast.

The Ultimate Breakfast Bite: Savory Brunch Muffins

Watch as our editor Hali shows you how to make savory brunch muffins loaded with the flavors of bagels and lox.

Ham and Egg Sandwich

This perfect pairing of fresh dill and hard-cooked eggs is layered with salty ham, tangy pickles, and creamy Havarti cheese in these dinnertime sandwiches. A slathering of zippy Greek yogurt dressing provides creaminess.

Mary McGregor Cocktail

Carrots lend subtle sweetness and a pop of bright color to our savory cocktail. Top off this festive drink with a drizzle of olive oil and a fresh baby carrot.


Toasty Whole Grain Orange Muffins

Crisp on the outside, tender on the inside, these wholesome muffins are full of hearty grains like quinoa, rolled oats, and whole wheat. Sweeten them with a spread of orange marmalade.

Sesame Chicken Nuggets and Green Beans

Yummy, easy, and packed with Asian flavors, this easy dinner recipe features pantry staples for a quick weeknight meal. For a fresh finish, top with cilantro or chopped green onions.

Pink Deviled Eggs

Put a whimsical spin on everyone's favorite deviled eggs. We've kept the creamy center but punched it up with  tangy pickled beets.

Editor's Tip: For foolproof hard-boiled eggs, push the eggs down with your finger in the pan before boiling. You want enough water to come up to the first knuckle.

Mashed Potatoes

You'll never guess the delicious secret to this rich, creamy side dish: a bit of white chocolate. It melts into the potatoes, giving them subtle sweetness and a luscious, velvety texture.

Uber-Berry Muffins

Whip up a batch of these muffins studded with a sweet and tart combination of fresh and dried berries. Don’t skip the finishing touch -- a sprinkle of crunchy turbinado sugar.

Editor’s Tip: Turbinado sugar is less processed than white variations and is often referred to as "sugar in the raw." It can be found in the baking aisle of your grocery store.

Garlic Potato Rolls

Purple potatoes give these light, chewy rolls beautiful color and texture, while roasted garlic adds flavor. These memorable rolls, just begging to be pulled apart, are a special addition to any dinner.

Pink Jelly Bean Cocktail

Greet your party guests with tumblers of this festive cherry sipper. Finish the glass with pink jelly beans skewered onto a cocktail pick.

Bacon Egg and Cheese Toast

We've put a Cajun spin on a classic flavor combination. Spice up your breakfast with these English muffin toasts topped with bacon, eggs, and a zesty Cajun mustard sauce.

Malted Vanilla Cake

Fall in love with this elegant twist on classic white cake. Layered with creamy buttercream, this special cake is topped with purchased cotton candy and malted egg candy.

White Rabbit Cocktail

Our White Rabbit Cocktail is a drink to savor. This creamy cocktail is made with half-and-half, honey, and a kick of bourbon.

Test Kitchen Tip: If you wear a ring, it can help you know when your drink is fully mixed. Simply hold the cocktail shaker in your ring hand and shake until your ring is chilled to the touch. Bottom's up!


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