Better Homes & Gardens September 2011 Recipes
Garlicky Eggplant Dip, Lemony Red Pepper Spread, and Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates
The surprising combo of chocolate and eggplant comes together in a mild, earthy dip, similar to baba ghanoush. Scoop wedges of pita bread into this vibrant, garlicky dip of roasted red peppers and eggplant. This fresh take on stuffed dates pairs smoky bacon and sausage with rich chocolate and sweet dates in a savory chocolate sauce.
Feta Phyllo Bites
This comforting appetizer is easier than you'd think. Layer cottage cheese-and-feta filling between sheets of buttered phyllo dough, and then bake until puffed and golden.
Pecan-Crusted Pork with Orange-Maple Glaze
This tasty fall supper comes together in just 30 minutes. Orange juice, maple syrup, cumin, and cayenne combine for a spicy-sweet sauce.
Raisin Sweet Bread
This bread is often served for special occasions and gatherings, such as Easter or weddings. The recipe makes enough to send some home with guests; or freeze part of the loaf for later.
Tennessee Cherry Cocktail
Sweet cherries, cherry-infused whiskey, cocoa, and vanilla mingle in this dessert-like concoction.
Smoky Braised Pork Shoulder with Marinated Peppers & Tomatoes
This tender roast is braised in a full-flavored sauce spiked with chocolate and smoked paprika. Tomatoes and roasted banana peppers are marinated in bold garlic vinaigrette.
Bacon-Laced Chocolate Cake
Katrina Markoff, recipe creator and founder of Vosges Haug-Chocolat, calls this cake "Love Goddess Cake." This inventive dessert couples luscious chocolate with smoky bacon. If you prefer, you can omit the bacon.
Cavatelli with Spicy Shrimp
Toss homemade cavatelli with shrimp, peppery arugula, and toasted breadcrumbs for a dinner that's sure to impress.
Gemelli with Asparagus & Sausage
Pine nuts add crunch and ricotta cheese adds creaminess to this hearty, one-dish dinner.
Donatella's Italian Mac & Cheese
Four different types of cheese make this baked pasta dish truly comforting. A sprinkling of homemade garlic bread crumbs creates a toasty crust, and a drizzle of truffle oil is a luxurious touch.
"This is one of those old-school recipes you seldom see anymore, but you should," restaurateur and author, Donatella Arpaia says. "It's a complete meal all by itself."
Sweet Potato Soup with Curried Cheese Crisps
When baked in the oven, mounds of shredded cheddar cheese and curry powder melt into delightful crisps that become the perfect complement to this rich and creamy soup.
Open-Face Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Sautéed chicken tenders are tossed with spinach, grapes and red wine vinegar in this warm twist on chicken salad.
Top cooked ground beef, tomatoes, and olives with corn muffin mix and cheddar cheese for a satisfying dinner that's ready in just 30 minutes.
Coconut-Poached Mahi Mahi
Gently cooking mahi-mahi in a broth of coconut milk and lime results in fish that¿s flavorful and flaky.
Vanilla French Toast
Leftover bread becomes warm, sweet, crispy French toast at less than a dollar per serving.
Dried Plum & Olive Chicken
Green olives, capers, and dried plums give this chicken dish its unique tangy-sweet flavor. Serve over hot cooked rice.
Southwestern Chicken Panini
Chicken enchiladas are the inspiration for this smoky, cheese-filled sandwich. A side of mango slaw adds freshness and a touch of sweetness to temper the heat.