April 2016 Recipes
White Bean and Chorizo Soup
Recipe: White Bean and Chroizo Soup
Spice up your night by layering beans, sausage, potatoes, and seasonal veggies into one pot for a fix-and-forget soup. Serve with crusty bread to help soak up the spicy broth. Here’s a tip, straight from our Test Kitchen: Choose Mexican chorizo, which cooks like ground beef when casings are removed.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip
Take a moment to meet your new favorite appetizer. This twist on the classic spinach dip is sure to please even the most particular guests. Just like classic spinach dip, the recipe mixes together spinach, sour cream, and chives to achieve that cool, onion flavor with a kick. The secret? Sweet Vidalia onions add an unexpected, sweet twist to the creamy, savory dip. Pair with chips or a fresh veggie medley of bell peppers, cucumbers, and radishes and watch guests scoop up every last drop. This appetizer is perfect for a small gathering or the big game and requires little clean up.
Salted Chocolate Matzo Madness Toffee
Take a crack at this Southern spin on a traditional Passover treat. But it’s not only relegated to the holiday. In fact, you can make this sweet snack year-round using saltine crackers for a crispy, salty base that makes the chocolate and pecans pop in your mouth. So do yourself a favor and indulge!
Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
The best part of this chicken piccata is it only requires one dish to make, and we recommend a cast-iron skillet. It will heat more evenly than a nonstick pan, yielding a delicious cutlet that’s tender with crisp skin. Don’t forget to save the sauce to serve over pasta!
Lemon-Sautéed Green Beans
Recipe: Lemon-Sautéed Green Beans
These citrusy green beans are a perfect complement to the sweet and spicy Kickin’ Orange-Glazed Chicken. Best of all, they only take about twenty minutes to make, meaning you can focus on your main dish without forsaking a star side. Serve with a lemon slice for a little added zest.
Kickin' Orange-Glazed Chicken
Recipe: Kickin' Orange-Glazed Chicken
Kick things up a notch with this spicy chicken dish. Red peppers add a nice dose of heat, which the sweet orange marmalade cuts through. But remember to resist the urge to apply the marmalade too early. The sugars in the glaze will burn before the chicken is fully cooked.
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing
This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with tender chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty medley of fresh asparagus, couscous, and red onions. All of that is covered in a rich, lemony buttermilk dressing.
Crispy Ramen-Crusted Chicken with Asian Salad
Buttermilk battered fried chicken might be a Southern classic (and deservedly so!), but it’s always fun to switch things up. Try this Asian-inspired dish that swaps classic batter for crushed ramen noodle pieces, which give these chicken cutlets a satisfying crunch. Complete the dish by pairing it with a citrusy Asian salad.
Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
Spice up dinner with a Tex-Mex classic at home with this easy, warming Southwest chicken recipe, served on a bowl of flavorful rice and topped with a sprig of cilantro. Lime juice gives it a summery zest while cayenne and jalapeño pepper add a nice kick. Perfect for pairing with margaritas.
Fettuccine Alfredo with Asparagus
Fettuccine Alfredo probably isn’t the first dish you think of for a springtime supper or healthy eating. But this version, made with fresh, seasonal asparagus, is much lighter than the classic and just as delicious. With a bit of lemon to give it a citrus kick, it’s perfect for the warmer weather.
SL's Stovetop Crawfish Boil
Recipe: SL's Stovetop Crawfish Boil
Nothing screams spring in New Orleans quite like a crawfish boil, but setting up the backyard—if you have one—can be an all-day affair. That’s why we’ve perfected the art of a stovetop crawfish boil. Experience the longtime tradition in the comfort of your own home, and have spicy boiled crawdads for dinner!
Recipe: Crawfish Dip
If you have some leftover crawfish tails but aren’t in the mood for an entrée, this is a unique (and easy!) way to use them. Filled with flavor from a variety of spices, guests will be wowed by the flavor of this simple dish that lets the slow cooker do most of the work. After making this dip, serve it in a slow cooker to keep it warm (and to avoid doing any extra dishes). Set this appetizer out with crackers or toasted baguette slices and watch it disappear at your next party. It also makes a great appetizer for a Derby party!
Recipe: Crawfish Bisque
Bisque comes in many forms, but none are quite as delectable as when crawfish is added to the mix. This spicy soup begins with a buttery roux, which adds richness with every bite. And don’t forget to add sherry for an added kick. It’s the perfect start to a seafood dinner.
Recipe: Crawfish Étouffée
Étouffée is French for “smothered,” and this dish is the second-best thing about a crawfish boil. Many Louisianans look forward to having leftover tails to make this rich, flavorful meal. Just remember: Don’t scrimp when pouring this thick Cajun stew over rice. And don’t forget the hot sauce!
If you end up with leftover Crawfish Étouffée, then get creative. Try pouring it over grilled hot dogs for a tasty Cajun lunch that we’ve coined “Crawdogs.” And be sure to slather on some Creole mustard for an added kick from The Bayou State.
Spring Polenta with Radishes and Garlic Scapes
If you’re looking for something light, healthy, and easy, look no further. This simple, luscious main uses chickpeas in place of a more traditional protein. It’s perfect for a warm spring day, and we have to admit that the results are delicious.
Miso-Braised Mustard Greens
Recipe: Miso-Braised Mustard Greens
Straight out of the first cookbook by Love & Lemons, the popular lifestyle blog by husband-and-wife duo Jack Mathews and Jeanine Donofrio, comes this simple, tasty, Asian-inspired recipe. It takes less than ten minutes to make, and it’s the perfect spring side—light and flavorful.
Saffron Veal Stew
Recipe: Saffron Veal Stew
This recipe from Julia Reed is perfect for springtime outdoor entertaining. Adding a bit more saffron results in a deeper color and a slightly more exotic flavor, which is sure to please all of your guests. Julia’s spring stew pairs well with a lavender-and-mint champagne cocktail.