Better Homes & Gardens September 2014 Recipes

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch
The newest recipes from Better Homes and Gardens celebrate all that is style. We've found that true style is delicious, as evidenced in these fabulous recipes from your favorite bloggers, as well as inventive empanadas created by star chef Marcus Samuelsson. Plus, we've got seasonal recipes, perfect for the last of summer's bounty and fall's sweetest fruit -- apples.

Our Most Stylish Dishes

Make the most of the changing season with vibrant dishes that celebrate casual nights spent with family and friends. These stylish dishes are festive yet familiar, perfect for celebrating.

Here's what we're hearing from our editors:

"I love the lemony whipped goat cheese. It's perfect spread onto bread or with fresh veggies."

"Next time I'm craving comfort food, I'll be making empanadas served warm from the oven."

"I can't wait to go apple picking this year -- we have so many great recipes to try!"

Shrimp Corn Fritters with Red Pepper Sauce

Pair the last of summer's sweet corn with tender shrimp and fiery jalapeno for an irresistible appetizer. A blended shrimp paste holds the fritters together -- no need for bread crumbs or eggs.

Chocolate-Banana Empanadas

Indulge in buttery bites of chocolate-banana bliss with these dessert empanadas. Warm, flaky pastry is filled with chocolate, banana, peanuts, and rum for a truly decadent dessert.

Blackberry Gin Lemonade

Sip this summer lemonade with friends -- it's sure to get the party started! For effortless entertaining, make the blackberry syrup ahead of time.

Chocolaty Zucchini Loaf Cake

Add a double shot of sophistication to everyone's favorite zucchini cake. Espresso powder in the cake and the whipped cream really wows.

Blueberry, Beet, and Basil Summer Salad

Celebrate summer's most beautiful bounty with this vibrant salad. Fresh blueberries, sweet golden beets, and loads of basil shine when drizzled with a simple Greek yogurt dressing.

Baby Back Ribs with Plum BBQ Sauce

Planning a party? Bring everyone to the table with these saucy smothered ribs. Fresh plums add sweetness while chipotle peppers bring smoky heat.

Apple-Bacon Mac and Cheese

A burst of tart apple cuts through the decadent creaminess of this weeknight mac and cheese. Plus, we've made everything better with a sprinkling of bacon!

Shrimp and Pork Empanadas

Reimagine the classic Chinese dumpling! We've kept the flavor-packed filling and stuffed it into buttery, flaky pastry dough. Serve these straight from the pan with our citrus dipping sauce.

Eggplant Panzanella

Spice up classic panzanella with smoky grilled Japanese eggplant and fresh herbs. We like Japanese eggplants for their tender, slightly sweet flesh. You can substitute regular eggplant, as well as zucchini and yellow squash.

Pumpkin-Cinnamon Empanadas

Tired of sharing your slice of pie? Give everyone their own flaky dessert empanada. These pumpkin pastries get deep flavor from unrefined sugar.

Lemon-Whipped Goat Cheese

This airy spread proves simple is best. With just three ingredients -- goat cheese, lemon, and chives -- it's a party appetizer you'll make again and again.

Roast Chicken Empanadas

We all love the warm, familiar flavors of roast chicken. Put a Thai twist on the classic comfort food with vibrant ingredients like coconut, curry, and cilantro.

Chimichurri-Tossed Mushrooms with Hazelnuts

Transform everyday mushrooms into a bright and unexpected side. With a zesty herb chimichurri, crunchy hazelnuts, and a toasted quinoa topper, this side salad is anything but ordinary.

Thai-Style Pork Salad

Bring restaurant-worthy lettuce wraps to the table in just 20 minutes! Our secret for rich Thai flavors? Pantry staples like unsweetened coconut milk and soy sauce.

Minty Grilled Chicken

The dynamic duo of mint and paprika transforms grilled chicken into an anything-but-boring dinner. Have something else in the freezer? Try the flavorful combo on fish, turkey, or pork.

Garlicky Potato-Apple Soup

The sweet flavors of apple and fennel are the perfect balance for zesty garlic. A touch of cream adds a velvety finish to this comforting soup.


Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Green Pepper Hash

Serve a savory play on breakfast for dinner tonight! A pinch of cumin takes our hash from morning staple to evening meal.

Spinach Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

A double dose of apple gives this salad an irresistible sweet-tart crunch in every bite.

Apple-Pork Ragu

Apples and pork pair up for a rich sauce that tastes like it has been slow-simmered all day. Serve it over creamy polenta for a comforting fall dinner.

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch

This pitcher cocktail complements an early fall spread. We love the harvest flavors of apples and cinnamon with a kick!

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