Better Homes & Gardens October 2013 Recipes
Sweet Potato-Topped Turkey Pot Pie
Part casserole and part pot pie, this family-style dinner is a breeze to throw together. All you need is leftover turkey or chicken, a handful of veggies, and mashed sweet potatoes for an irresistible topping. For even speedier prep, make the topping up to two days ahead and use purchased rotisserie chicken and chicken stock.
Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Carrots, Chickpeas, and Cranberries
This succulent pork loin roast with pan-roasted carrots, chickpeas, and cranberries hits the spot as a hearty main-course choice. When picking your produce, don't be afraid to branch out from the usual. For instance, try a new carrot: Grocery stores and farmer's markets carry many different varieties.
Medley of Roasted Root Vegetables
Roasting is one of the easiest and most delicious ways to try out a new veggie. Make the most of in-season picks (think turnips, beets, potatoes, and carrots) by dressing them up with olive oil and herbs and roasting them until tender. Top the plate with a poached or fried egg for a complete meal.
Pork Chops with Maple Apples
Dress up tender pork chops for a 30-minute dinner with an easy mix of crisp-tender apples, red onions, and an easy maple syrup sauce. A sprinkle of freshly snipped thyme balances the sweetness of this simple fall pork recipe.
How to Cook Pork Chops with Maple Apples
Watch our food editor Maggie walk you through this 30-minute weeknight meal.
Savory Egg and Sweet Potato Scramble
If you're looking for a quick weeknight dinner, this cumin-infused egg skillet dinner will do the trick. Tender sweet potato and spinach make scrambled eggs dinnerworthy for a meal that's on the table in just 35 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh parsley before serving, and add a touch of hot pepper sauce if you like spice.
Pumpkin Soup with Lentils
Canned pumpkin isn't just for pie these days -- it gives this hearty (and healthy!) lentil soup a bright and earthy flavor. Adding freshly grated nutmeg before serving boosts this easy soup's wow factor.
30-Minute Dinner: Pumpkin Soup with Lentils
Our food editor Maggie shows you how easy it is to make our delicious pumpkin soup. Just mix, boil, simmer, and enjoy!
Boo! These marshmallow pops may look scary, but they're super easy to make. Whether you're making one or the whole bunch, all you need are marshmallows, fondant icing or candy coating, and an assortment of candy pieces. With a little creativity, you'll have a tasty cast of spooky characters in no time.
Beef Nachos with Blender Salsa
Protein-rich ground beef and kidney beans mean these nachos are nutritious enough for dinner. Our quick and easy blender salsa keeps in the refrigerator for up to a week, so you may want to have extra chips on hand for snacking later on.
Raw Beet Slaw with Fennel, Tart Apple, and Parsley
Crisp beets and crunchy fennel add a tangy texture to this fun alternative to coleslaw. To get uniform matchstick beet pieces, we used a mandoline. Expecting company? This salad can be made up to eight hours in advance.
Ginger Cider Spritzer
Aromatic ginger gives this fizzy drink a bit of zing. Our homemade ginger syrup comes together in a pinch, and you can store any leftovers in your fridge for up to two weeks.
These irresistibly soft and chewy cookies perfume your kitchen as they bake, thanks to a spice mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and -- of course -- ginger. A quick dip in turbinado sugar gives them a sweet crunch, and orange-flavored whipped cream elevates them to out-of-this-world status.
Cream of Celery Root Soup
Don't overlook the rough and knobby exterior of celery root in the produce aisle -- once this root veggie is peeled, you can prepare it like a potato. We pureed it with leeks, parsley, thyme, and a bit of cream for a standout soup to add to your cold-weather favorites.
Soft Baked Pretzels
These soft, flavorful pretzels are great to make if you're expecting company and want to impress. We recommend using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer to get the dough just right.
Classic Roast Chicken
Learn the secret for how to make roast chicken -- it's easier than you think! Just remember to dry the skin, separate it, and tie up the chicken before trussing, or securing, the bird with a string. Follow our steps and you'll have crispy golden skin and tender, flavorful meat. Once you've mastered the basics, try our three variations: chili-rubbed chicken, herb-stuffed chicken, and roasted garlic chicken.
Sweet and Smoky Nut Mix
Brown sugar and smoked paprika are responsible for the irresistible sweet and smoky flavor in this homemade nut mix. The whole recipe comes together in under an hour and will go fast if you’re making it for a crowd -- if not, it will keep for two weeks.
Caramelized Peanut Brittle
Our mouths are watering over this crunchy peanut candy that’s super simple to make -- no candy thermometer required.
Editor’s Tip: Be patient and wait for the sugar to caramelize, but work quickly once it’s done so the sugar doesn’t burn.
Puff Pastry-Wrapped Hot Dogs
This sophisticated party appetizer couldn’t be easier -- mini hot dogs wrapped in prepackaged puff pastry dough take 40 minutes total to prep and bake the whole batch. For extra flavor, brush with milk and sprinkle with Parmesan or Gruyere cheese before baking.