May 2019 Better Homes & Gardens Recipes
Lemon Verbena Ice Cream Pie
Crispy Ricotta Meatballs with Sheet-Pan Tomato Sauce
Whole milk ricotta is the secret ingredient to the moist centers of these Italian meatballs. A panko coating and quick frying time are key to their crispy exterior. The result is a crispy and tender meatball that goes great on pasta, in hoagie buns, or simply on a plate with a fork.
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Cold Oven Chicken
This method of cooking chicken is so easy and results in such juicy meat that you may never make it another way ever again. Place seasoned chicken breasts into a cold oven. Crank the heat to 450°F and bake. Serve them hot out of the oven as is or add to any recipe calling for cooked chicken.
A potluck side dish that serves 10 and doesn’t require refrigeration? Sign us up. Sure, this cucumber salad is best chilled, but you can set it out at an outdoor potluck without worrying about it getting too hot to be safe. So you can stay cool as a cucumber.
Derby Skillet Cookie
Frico Fried Egg and Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches
If you love breakfast sandwiches and you love cheese, this breakfast sandwich is about to become your absolute favorite. A fried egg (or over-easy, over-medium, whatever you like) tops a layer of crisped melty cheese, gets topped with more cheese, and then gets sandwiched between toasted English muffins.
Gem Lettuce Salad with Chamoy Dressing
Watermelon radishes make this side-dish salad recipe stand out visually. (The avocado and fresh mango don’t hurt either.) But the real star is the dressing. A bit of sweetness and thickness from apricot jam combined with chile powder, lime juice, and oil will having you coming back for seconds and maybe thirds.
Tres Leches Strawberry Shortcake
On Cinco de Mayo, give classic strawberry shortcake a distinctive Mexican twist when you mash it up with a tres leches cake. To infuse the tres leches flavor, you’ll pour a warm mixture of three milks over a baked shortcake that you have poked holes in so the milks soak in thoroughly and deliciously.
Get your hands on cucamelons so you can make them into quick refrigerator pickles spiced with dill and celery seeds, vinegar, and sugar. It’s a snap. And if you can’t get cucamelons, any other small pickling cucumber will do. There’s no excuse not to make these 20-minute pickles.
Pad Thai Stir-Fry
This common takeout dish comes together in under 30 minutes at home. How is this possible? While your rice noodles soak in hot water, you measure a few Asian ingredients and pantry staples and cook two eggs. Then heat everything through and add toppings. Boom, bam, done.
Spoon Bread-Stuffed Poblanos
Rhubarb Agua Fresca
There’s no better drink choice for a Mexican-night menu than agua fresca. It's a subtly sweet, nonalcoholic beverage everyone can enjoy. This take on agua fresca uses rhubarb and lemon for fresh spring flavors, but swap in frozen rhubarb to enjoy it anytime of year.
Hot Brown Stromboli
Stromboli looks impressive and, when stuffed with the classic flavors of a hot brown sandwich, tastes impressive. But don't worry. It's easy to make when you start with purchased pizza crust. This simple Stromboli uses only nine ingredients and makes enough to serve eight.
Spicy Pickled Eggs & Beets
Mild cucumbers from your garden or the farmers market combine with the snap of fresh ginger is this refreshing garden cocktail. Gin and its best friend, Pimm’s No. 1 (a fruity spicy liqueur), pair in the boozy version. Or leave out the spirits for a nonalcoholic thirst quencher.
Pickled-Jalapeno Fried Chicken
Need easy peasy but want extra tasty? Puree a can of pickled jalapeños with carrots and onions as a marinade for chicken. A few hours later, mix the excess marinade into the dipping batter that fries up to a golden brown. The jalapeños add heat to the crispy exterior and subtly flavor the meat.
Burnt-Orange Anejo Sour
Brûléed orange slices garnish these tequila cocktails. (If you don’t have a kitchen torch, broil the slices in your oven.) They pair beautifully with this cocktail’s orange liqueur as well as amaretto, triple sec, bourbon ... almost every spirit we can think of.
Pimiento Cheese Dip
Vietnamese-Style Noodle Salad
The ingredient list may sound like an odd combination, but we promise, the result is a delicately balanced creamy soup that happens to include ingredients like grapes, bread, cucumbers, and almonds. One bite erased any skepticism we had.
Blackberry-Mint Julep Sparkler
Soba Noodles with Sesame-Ginger Sauce
Chipotle Carrot-Onion Dip
Bourbon-Brown Sugar Nuts
With six different types of seeds, this cracker recipe is for the birds (and seed-lovers). The dough is primarily flour, puffed amaranth, and oil, but pepitas, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and chia seeds add satisfying crunch and flavor and appealing looks.
With only seven ingredients, you have a sauce that’s savory, citrusy, and smoky all at once. Spread it on tacos, chicken, fish, or whatever’s on the menu tonight. Any leftovers keep up to a week for all your other meals.