Better Homes & Gardens March 2014 Recipes

Pickled Carrot Ribbons
The latest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens showcase the fresh and delicate flavors of early spring produce, including bright salads, asparagus spring rolls, and lemony-beet tarts. We've also put creative new flavor twists on rich pot roast, worthy of any occasion. Don't miss our creative vegetable condiments: We love these pantry staples on sandwiches, salads, and more.

Editors' Favorites

Click the arrows to browse all the recipes featured in the issue. Looking for recommendations? Here's what our food team favors:

Spring Salad
"This salad tastes just as beautiful as it looks. It's bursting with sweet and bright flavor," one editor says.

Browned Butter Fennel Gratin
"I loved the creamy goodness of this baked dish. Best of all, it was loaded with plenty of fennel flavor."

Pickled Carrot Ribbons
"These carrots are the ultimate crunchy snack. I've got a jar in my fridge and I put them on everything," another editor says.

Tomato-Herb Pot Roast

Serve our Italian-inspired roast with creamy white beans for a stunning Easter dish or special Sunday supper. Simmered -- hands off -- for two hours in a rich tomato and wine sauce, our succulent pot roast is melt-in-your-mouth tender.

Spring Salad

An irresistible combination of sweet strawberries, spicy radishes, and crisp sugar snap peas creates the perfect spring salad. Loaded with vibrant colors and satisfying crunch, this flavorful salad celebrates the season's freshest produce.

Coffee-Braised Pot Roast

Wake up the flavors of classic pot roast with the familiar aroma of coffee and the heat of red pepper flakes. A helping of crushed pineapple brings an unexpected sweetness to balance the spice.   

A broth made with coffee adds rich, deep flavor to this elegant pot roast. We'll help you make this simple, one-pot meal that's perfect for entertaining thanks to a hands-off cooking technique called braising.

See How to Make Coffee-Braised Pot Roast

Coffee adds rich flavor to this elegant pot roast. We'll show you how to make this simple, one-pot meal that's perfect for entertaining.

Flash-Braised Vegetable Medley

We've draped young carrots, mushrooms, and sweet pearl onions in a silky wine sauce for an elegant seasonal side dish. A quick braise gives the spring vegetables a crisp yet tender bite.

Greek Flat Iron Steaks

Similar in texture to flank steak, flat iron steak is a lean, flavorful, and tender cut of meat. We’ve topped our juicy steaks with a garlicky Greek-inspired salad of sweet grape tomatoes, ripe green olives, and tangy feta cheese. Perfect for a weeknight meal, this dish comes together in under 30 minutes!

Browned Butter Fennel Gratin

Our rich, creamy gratin is an indulgent contrast of textures and flavors. Bake sweet onion and fennel with fragrant brown butter and nutty Gruyere cheese until golden and bubbly. Add crunch with chopped hazelnuts and toasted bread crumbs.  

Corned Beef and Cabbage Salad

Transform a traditional Irish dinner into a quick and easy main-dish salad. Toss  cabbage and corned beef with a zesty dressing laced with horseradish.

Garlic-Bacon Pot Roast

They say everything's better with bacon, and we agree! Rendered bacon adds rich, smoky flavor to our garlicky pot roast. We add tender new potatoes to the pot -- perfect for soaking up all the delicious juices.

Asparagus Spring Rolls

Put a fresh spin on asparagus. After a quick Asian-inspired marinade, crisp asparagus is rolled with smoky ham, tender lettuce, and eggs for an impressive and delicious appetizer.

Make-Ahead Tip: To make ahead, wrap spring rolls in plastic wrap and chill for up to 4 hours.

The ultimate appetizer, these asparagus spring rolls combine fresh vegetables, ham, and Asian-inspired sauces for a delicious party-perfect dish. Plus: See our secret for no-tear rolling!

Step-by-Step: Asparagus Spring Rolls

Our food editor Hali Ramdene shows you how to whip up this fresh and easy party appetizer.

Lemony Beet Tarts

This sophisticated tart recipe couldn't be easier, thanks to prepackaged puff pastry dough. We've topped the golden, flaky shells with sweet lemon-roasted beets, tangy goat cheese, and fresh thyme.

Pasta and Peas

Slightly sweeter than the traditional version, our spring pea pesto is made with fresh basil and sharp Parmesan cheese. When spooned over al dente pasta and topped with crisp prosciutto, you have a flavorful weeknight meal that's ready in less than 30 minutes.

Cauliflower Spread

Your family will never guess there's cauliflower in this cheesy, creamy spread with a secret serving of vegetables. We love it spread on toast, slathered on sandwiches, and paired with fresh veggies as a dip.

Chili Carrots

Put an end to bland vegetables. We've added subtle heat to tender carrots with a slightly sweet Sriracha glaze.  Sriracha -- a fiery blend of garlic, chili, and vinegar -- can be found in the Asian aisle of most supermarkets.  

Editor's Tip: Try a new type of carrot in this recipe. Many grocery stores carry both orange and yellow varieties.

Sloppy Turkey and Chili Joes

Ground turkey lowers the fat without sacrificing taste in this healthy twist on a saucy comfort food. Smoky poblano peppers add heat to our sweet and tangy sandwich filling.

Curried Beet Polenta

Our creamy polenta serves up a double play on the earthy flavors of curry and beets for an easy weeknight side. While the beets roast in the oven, prepare the fragrant and rich cornmeal mixture.

Soy-Ginger Pot Roast

Fresh ginger, rich soy, and spicy garlic add a zesty Asian kick to classic pot roast. Finish the flavorful meat with mushrooms, sweet peppers, and a quick pan sauce.

Herbed Chopped Veggies

A few standout ingredients shine in this delicate early-spring dish. Sprinkle bright herbs, crunchy walnuts, and creamy butter atop fresh asparagus and green beans for a simple yet stunning side.

Pickled Carrot Ribbons and Sweet Onion Cabbage Jam

We combined two recipes on this crostini, but you can enjoy them separately, too.

Pickled Carrot Ribbons: After a soak in our tangy vinegar brine, carrot ribbons become ultracrunchy pickles.

Sweet Onion Cabbage Jam: The perfect marriage of savory and sweet, our jam plays well on sandwiches and crostini. It's also tasty swirled into sour cream for a tangy dip.  

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