Top-Rated Main Dishes
A crunchy, flaky coating gives these chicken thighs great texture and locks in moisture and flavors. Readers raved that the curry powder in the honey mustard dipping sauce adds a special kick.
- Recipe: Honey-Pecan Chicken Thighs
This fajita-style meal is a fiesta of flavors in every bite. Marinate lean flank steaks in fajita seasoning and then throw them on the grill. It’s that simple. Serve in corn or flour tortillas with homemade salsa and guacamole.
- Recipe: Southwest Flank Steak with Salsa
Readers love this easy casserole-style recipe because it has short prep time and tastes like traditional enchiladas. Layering the beef and pork mixture between corn tortillas creates great texture. Top with fresh avocado slices, chopped tomatoes, and cilantro for a filling meal.
- Recipe: Mexican Lasagna
Although the process for preparing the fish is simple, the Italian-style salsa brings sophistication to this recipe. Made from a mixture of chopped capers, tomatoes, red onions, garlic, and spices, the bruschetta-style topping is wonderful on fish, chicken, or bread.
Chicken-Fried Steak is a Southern favorite, so we stuck to the basics when creating this recipe. Cubed round steak is breaded and fried in a skillet then smothered with a thick, creamy gravy made from meat drippings and chicken broth.
- Recipe: Chicken-Fried Steak
Put a spin on traditional Cobb with this five-star layered salad that includes everything but the kitchen sink. Chopped turkey, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, bell peppers, and celery are layered with Swiss cheese and salty bacon crumbles to create a beautiful tower of colors and flavors. This recipe travels well and is perfect for a luncheon or shower.
This grilled favorite has received one of the largest numbers of five-star ratings from our readers. Chicken is seasoned with a spicy rub made of dried thyme, oregano, cumin, and paprika and then charred on the grill for a hot and smoky flavor. Smother in a tangy white barbecue sauce, and your guests will be begging for more. This recipe is great for a crowd and provides plenty of leftovers.
This recipe features a surprising yet delicious new flavor combination; the sugars in the pears bring out the sweetness in the Vidalia onions to create a sweet yet earthy sauce that adds depth to an ordinary seared pork chop. Our readers say this dish is elegant enough to serve at a dinner party but also makes for a great family-style meal. Serve with a side salad and roasted potatoes for a full five-star experience.
For a flavorful meal in one bowl, you can’t go wrong with this dish. The spicy sausage and protein-packed beans make for a hearty meal that will fill you up on a cold day. You can prepare this in a slow cooker or let it simmer all day on the stove.
- Recipe: Red Beans and Sausage
The olive oil and lemon marinade is the key to creating great flavor and tenderizing the meat for this recipe. The olive-feta herb topping adds a Mediterranean flair and a pop of flavor to the steak. Many readers say they have substituted chicken or lamb for the beef and it turned out just as delicious.
Recipe: Grecian Skillet Rib Eyes
Not only is this dish top-rated and delicious, but it is also good for you. Citrus-flavored chicken breasts are grilled then served on a bed of mixed greens with crisp bell peppers and green onions. Plump golden raisins and crunchy peanuts add great texture and flavor to this healthy, fiber-and-protein-rich salad.
This Lowcountry favorite won its way into our readers’ hearts with its rich flavor and easy preparation. Shrimp and mushrooms are sautéed with garlic and bacon drippings then mixed with green onions and crispy bacon, and all are served on top of buttery cheese grits.
- Recipe: Hominy Grill's Shrimp and Grits
Our readers love that you can use pretty much whatever white fish is available at the supermarket to make this sandwich. Whether you use mahi-mahi, cod, or grouper, the secret to success is dredging the fish in a seasoned cornmeal mixture and egg and then frying until golden brown. Top with your favorite store-bought tartar sauce and trimmings.
- Recipe: Fried Fish Sandwiches
This lightened classic burrito provides all the great Mexican flavors that you love. Whole-wheat tortillas are stuffed with chicken, black beans, corn, and peppers then cooked on a griddle until the outside is crispy. A hot and zesty cilantro-jalapeno dipping sauce adds a great kick.
- Recipe: Skillet-Grilled Burritos
Orzo salad tossed with grilled vegetables, kalamata olives, and feta makes for a great summer salad. Coat with a zesty lemon-and-olive oil mixture and fresh chopped parsley for a burst of fresh flavors in every bite.
- Recipe: Mediterranean Orzo
This quick family meal comes together in less than 30 minutes, making it perfect for a busy weeknight. Covering the chicken with ham and cheese helps it to stay moist and juicy during the cooking process. Serve on a bed of Garlic-Herb Pasta and top with Sautéed Grape Tomatoes.
Readers claim that this easy-to-prepare recipe is not your typical home-cooked meal. Your family or guests can choose from juicy pork chops or beef tenderloin filets that are grilled to perfection and then drizzled with a flavorful Cilantro Pesto sauce. The sauce also works well with grilled chicken, seafood, and vegetables.
- Recipe: Mixed Grill with Cilantro Pesto
Even though this recipe is quick and easy, your guests will think they are dining at a five-star Italian restaurant. Meaty portobello mushrooms act as a protein, but you can add grilled chicken or shrimp for even more sustenance.
A reader favorite for years, this casserole is rich and creamy but packs in a nice heat from the green chiles and chili powder. You can also season the chicken with cayenne pepper or spicy seasonings to give it even more of a kick. This dish is great for a mid-week family meal or potluck.
Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Casserole
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