January/February 2022 Better Homes & Gardens Recipes

Herbed Chicken Parm Sliders on plate
Photo: Carson Downing

Start the new year off on a delicious note with recipes from our January/February 2022 issue of Better Homes & Gardens®. Share your home-cooking skills with loved ones this Valentine's Day with light and airy heart-shape cocoa cream puffs or a delightful take on eggs Benedict. Enjoy a taste of the Caribbean with food writer Korsha Wilson. Get some fresh, healthy dinner ideas that come together in a snap. And get some use out of that new air fryer or multicooker you just got with new recipes by cookbook author Ivy Manning that are perfect for completing an easy weeknight meal plan.

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Heart-Shape Chocolate Cream Puffs

Heart-Shape Chocolate Cream Puffs
Carson Downing

If baking is one of your favorite ways to show you care, share these cute little cream puffs with the people in your love bubble this Valentine's Day. The shaping technique is simple—no fancy piping to master. And the flavors can be mixed and matched as you please. Make the pastry plain or cocoa and choose from two filling options: a rich make-ahead chocolate pastry cream or a strawberry whipped cream. Your sweethearts will thank you.

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Chocolate Pastry Cream

Chocolate Pastry Cream on spoon
Carson Downing

This is the chocolate pastry cream we use to fill those adorable cream puffs in the last slide, but it's delicious enough to bookmark on its own. Enjoy this as a filling or topping for other sweet treats such as cakes or cookies.

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Strawberry Whipped Cream

spoon with dollop of Strawberry Whipped Cream
Carson Downing

The other filling option for our homemade cream puffs is also good enough to eat by the spoonful. This two-ingredient recipe is an easy upgrade to classic sweetened whipped cream with the addition of strawberry jam. A dollop would make a delicious topper for ice cream or cheesecake.

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Lamb Patés

overhead view of lamb pates in bowl with dipping sauce
Jason Donnelly

Food writer and podcast host Korsha Wilson makes these crispy, comforting handheld snacks when she needs a reminder of family and a taste of the Caribbean. On trips to see family in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Wilson enjoys patés from food trucks and stands. The warm, golden pockets of fried dough are often filled with saltfish, beef, or even tuna or chicken stewed with spices and tomato. At her home in New Jersey, she makes this spicy lamb-filled version for warm island memories.

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Herbed Chicken Parm Sliders

Herbed Chicken Parm Sliders on plate
Carson Downing

Love chicken Parmesan but in a time crunch? These little sandwiches have all the flavor of their Italian American inspiration, but we cut the usual breading and frying steps for a faster, healthier take. For the juiciest patties, choose ground chicken that includes light and dark meat.

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Green Pizza

overhead view of pizza with vegetables on white plate cut into squares
Carson Downing

Flavors of the traditional Italian escarole-stuffed pie known as pizza di scarola inspired this weeknight sheet-pan dinner. For carnivores, top it with diced salami or thinly sliced prosciutto before baking. Purchased dough makes homemade pizza doable during the week. Be sure the dough is at room temperature so stretching it is easy.

Buy It: Nordic Ware Sheet Pan ($13, Target)

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Weeknight Chorizo and Shrimp Paella

chorizo and shrimp paella in skillet
Carson Downing

You don't need a special pan to make this quick paella, but do make sure to get Spanish-style cured chorizo in the salami section of your deli. This perfect one-skillet meal will save you time on cooking and cleaning thanks to fewer dishes.

Test Kitchen Tip: Short grain Calasparra is the rice of choice for paella because it absorbs liquid (and flavor) well. Chilling it will help yield socarrat, the bottom layer of crispy rice.

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Build-Your-Own Eggs Benedict

overhead table view with two plates of eggs benedict
Carson Downing

Skip the Valentine's Day restaurant rush and cook a romantic brunch at home instead. Making eggs Benedict from scratch means you can customize it however you like. To simplify this brunch favorite, our Test Kitchen tested several techniques and found that an easy poaching method happens to be the best one—and you can't beat a blender for making foolproof hollandaise. A base of waffle-iron hash browns adds extra crunch for a Benedict with tomato and crab or any other toppings.

Buy It: Black + Decker Waffle Maker ($30, Walmart)

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Slow Cooker Chicken Confit

plates with Chicken Confit
Kelsey Hansen

Hours of gentle cooking make value-cut chicken leg quarters fall-apart tender. This recipe by cookbook author Ivy Manning can be enjoyed on its own with traditional vegetable sides or as part of a savory stew or salad. Bonus: These beauties can be made up to 4 days in advance for easy weekday meals.

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Chicken Cassoulet

plate with Sausage and Chicken Cassoulet
Kelsey Hansen

This homey white bean casserole uses herbes de Provence, a French blend that often includes thyme, rosemary, lavender, basil, and savory or marjoram to flavor the stew. If you can't find it in the spice section of your grocery store, look online or use Italian seasoning.

Buy It: Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker ($50, Target)

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Crispy Chicken and Citrus Salad with Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette

plate with Crispy Chicken confit and Citrus Salad with Honey-Dijon Vinaigrette
Kelsey Hansen

If you made the slow cooker chicken confit a few days ago, make sure to keep this easy main-dish salad recipe on your radar. Reheated in a skillet until crisp and golden, the chicken quarters crown an otherwise simple salad for a great dinner on busy nights. The homemade candied nut topper adds incredible crunch here, but you might want to make extra for munching.

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Air-Fryer Panko Coconut Shrimp

coconut shrimp on white plate with cup of dipping sauce
Carson Downing

Turn to your trusty countertop appliance to make this tropical, crunchy shrimp recipe. Either desiccated coconut (small shreds of unsweetened coconut) or sweetened flaked coconut works well here, but we found the sweetened coconut results in more browning. Serve as an appetizer, as part of a meal with rice and stir-fried veggies, or in tacos.

Buy It: Ninja Air Fryer ($120, Target)

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Air-Fryer Spiced Cashews

wood bowl of Air-Fryer Spiced Cashews
Carson Downing

The air fryer is aces at toasting nuts to golden crunchy perfection. Feel free to substitute any other raw nuts or spices you like. Give them time to cool before digging in—they become crunchier as they stand.

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Air-Fryer Coconut Shrimp Tacos with Pineapple-Avocado Salsa

overhead view of five shrimp tacos with salsa on parchment paper
Carson Downing

The unbeatable tropical flavors in these tacos will cure those midwinter blahs. One weakness of most air fryers is their limited capacity, which can make it tough to count on them for main-dish applications. Here an appetizer portion of coconut shrimp turns into a full meal of tacos with fresh salsa and a sprinkle of spiced cashews.

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Multicooker Caramelized Onions

French onion soup with caramelized onions and toast
Kelsey Hansen

No liquid is used to cook the onions in this recipe because they contain enough moisture to create the necessary steam to bring the pot up to pressure. Cutting the onions vertically into thick slices prevents them from becoming stringy. Use these to add rich flavor to burgers, pizza, quiche, soup, or pasta. Or mix with equal parts sour cream and mayonnaise for a decadent French onion dip.

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Multicooker Beef Broth

jars of broth with chopped onions and herbs
Carson Downing

Multicookers excel at extracting all the flavor from bones to make a rich broth in a third of the time. Beef chuck roast adds a flavor boost, and you can use the meat for soup, pasta, and more. For a rich amber color, leave the onion skins on. Be sure to allow the steam to release naturally—quick-releasing the pressure when making broth can result in dangerous oily splatters from the release valve.

Buy It: Instant Pot Duo ($79, Walmart)

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Multicooker Beef, Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion Penne

Beef, Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Penne on yellow plate
Carson Downing

Multicookers allow you to make al dente one-pot pasta without having to cook the pasta separately. Cooking it in broth and with caramelized onions and mushrooms means the whole dish absorbs savory flavor.

Test Kitchen Tip: Use your countertop appliances on your stove (set on a baking sheet if necessary). That way you can turn on the vent hood to whisk away cooking and frying aromas and steam when venting the multicooker.

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Multicooker French Onion Soup

small crocks with French onion soup and toast
Kelsey Hansen

The pressure cooker function makes multicookers excellent at tasks that can take ages on the stove. We love using them to cook rich beef broth and caramelized onions. Combine the pressure-cooked broth and caramelized onions to create this silky, French bistro-style onion soup.

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