February 2020 Better Homes & Gardens Recipes
Valentine's Day Cookie Cutouts Three Ways
We’ve all seen sugar cookie cutouts in heart shapes. But with this cookie recipe you use one dough and three decorating techniques to yield endless ways to say I love you with unique cookies. We’re suckers for heart-shape foods at Valentine’s Day.
Escarole Bistro Salad with Bacon
Inspired by the classic French Lyonnaise salad (frisée—another chicory variety that looks almost frizzy with curly, pale green or yellowish leaves—coupled with bacon, a poached egg, and vinaigrette), this rendition retains many of the same flavors with less fuss. We skip the egg and mix the bacon into a crispy bread crumb topper. Escarole’s larger leaves capture the warm mustard vinaigrette even better than frisée.
Braised Belgian Endive
You’ve likely seen Belgian endive leaves as part of fancy appetizers at restaurants, but this dish takes them into comfort food territory by braising them in a skillet and topping with crispy prosciutto, toasted walnuts, and Gruyère. (Those ingredients sound a bit fancy too, so maybe we call it fancy comfort food.)
Grilled Radicchio with Cheese
Soaked in a sweet-sour balsamic marinade, grilled to bring out a mellow smokiness, and topped with salty, pungent blue cheese, this veggie side dish is designed to tempt all your taste buds. Radicchio is a trendy Italian chicory that’s becoming much more widely available. It’s likely stocked at your local store, especially during its peak season of midwinter to early spring.
Roast Beef with Beets and Chicories
With a colorful tumble of beets and chicories and slices of peppercorn-crusted roast, this dish is definitely impressive-looking. But its true appeal is the simple technique that gives the greens such rich flavor: While the roasted beef rests, toss the chicories into the same roasting pan for a quick roast in the leftover pan juices until tender. Easiest side dish ever.
Sturdy radicchio leaves wrap up a mix of ground meat, orzo, raisins, and almonds in this spin on cabbage rolls. Roasting mellows the radicchio’s bitterness but leaves enough as an interesting flavor note in the mix and as a balance to the slight sweetness of the cherry tomato sauce.
Chicken, Escarole, and Orecchiette Soup
Homemade chicken noodle soup goes Italian. The rich broth starts with bone-in chicken pieces, little pasta “ears” in the form of orecchiette replace the usual egg noodles, and escarole—the traditional green in Italian wedding soup—melts into silky, flavorful ribbons.
Veggie Reuben Pan-Wiches
Spinach leaves, roasted red peppers, red onion, and cucumber give color and crunch to our vegetarian spin on the classic sandwich, but the mix is up for negotiation. Customize it for your game-day gathering. Zucchini, eggplant, or tomato slices would all make delicious fillings. Just don’t mess with the Reuben’s flavor hallmarks (like the sauerkraut and Swiss) or the mustard-caraway butter mixture poured over top. We have to draw the line somewhere.
We love pitcher cocktails for parties, especially football parties because we don't want to miss a second of the game while mixing drinks. It takes only 10 minutes to whip up a pitcher of this Mexican beer cocktail to serve eight so everyone can sit back and enjoy watching the big game. (May we suggest a double batch in case of overtime?) Garnish the rim of each glass with a chile-lime seasoning like Tajín for big flavor with each sip.
Stout and Stormy Beer Cocktail
Turkey Muffaletta Pan-Wiches
No matter who plays in the big game, this slider (inspired by the beloved New Orleans sandwich) will be a fan favorite. Our version of the tangy olive salad is a quick blend of olives and giardiniera. We lightened the sandwiches by opting for turkey instead of the classic salami and ham.
Spiced Roasted Fruit
No basic cereal and milk for our breakfast bowls! Not when this option of butter-and-spice roasted fruit and sweetened crispy oats exists. We’ll happily start our mornings with the fruit and oat combo. And on days when we need a protein boost, we’ll serve that combo over Greek yogurt or ricotta.
Grain Salad with Greens, Cherries, and Crispy Bacon
With hearty farro, bacon, and blue cheese, this is a winter salad that delivers big flavor and nutrition to help you stick to your resolutions. Any tender greens work in this recipe, including baby kale, spinach, or mustard greens. If you can’t find fresh cherries, substitute frozen and thaw before using.
Related: Dozens More Grain Salads to Try
Shrimp and Hominy Stew
If you’ve thought of hominy as simply big corn, you aren’t far off. Soft, chewy hominy is made from dried corn that’s been soaked and puffed to twice its size and had its hull and germ removed. It pairs great with the tomatoes and shrimp in this low-cal (188 calories per serving), protein-packed (22 grams per bowl) soup.
Sheet-Pan Meatballs with Onions and Artichokes
It seems to us that if you can name it, it can be made in a sheet pan. Meatballs definitely aren’t the first thing that comes to mind for sheet-pan suppers, but they will be after one bite of this Italian-flavor meal. Serve the veggies and meatballs as is or more veggies and/or your favorite pasta.
Maple-Rosemary Mixed Nuts
Embrace the cold with a sledding party. A mix of snacks, like these nuts roasted with maple syrup and fresh herbs with a kick from cayenne, keeps guests munching between sledding runs. The cold never bothered us anyway.
Danish-Style Mulled Wine
For the over-21 crowd at your sledding party, fill thermoses with fruity red wine (Malbec, Côtes du Rhône) infused with cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon. When it comes to garnishes, take a cue from the Danish: Set out raisins and almonds for guests to add.
Smoky Popcorn Mix
Paprika gives this baked snack mix its hit of smoke. Strips of washi tape jazz up scrapbooking paper cones full of the cracker, chip, and popcorn blend. If you’re not feeling crafty, disposable cups and bags work fine too.
For an all-ages winter drink, heat apple cider with pear wedges, orange slices, and fresh ginger. Serve in enamelware mugs, which are sturdy enough to take outside without fear of breaking.
Chocolate Spice Cake
Cake cubes served on skewers don’t require plates or silverware so help make outdoor entertaining a breeze. This cake's flavors come from ingredients that remind us of the season—root beer, pumpkin pie spice, and cocoa powder. Unexpected? Yes. Delicious? Also yes!