5-Ingredient Main Dish Recipes
Have a busy family on the go? No worries! You can still get a delicious dinner on the table—from chicken or steak to seafood and more.
5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
If you ask any pitmaster, they're likely to agree that the key to perfect pulled pork has a lot to do with how long the meat has been cooking. Unlike quickly searing a steak or some shrimp, cooking a pork shoulder on low for hours allows the moisture and flavors of the meat to be sealed inside. This pulled pork recipe recipe mimics the 'low and slow' method, and the juicy result is certainly worth it. It's tender, soft, and melts in your mouth. Even better news? You've probably got most of the ingredients you need to make this exceptional pulled pork already in your pantry or fridge – now all you need is a great pork shoulder. This simple recipe calls for a few sweet onions, some seasoning blend, chicken broth, salt, and a tenderloin. That's it. Give the pork between eight to ten hours in your slow cooker, and it will be fork tender and ready to shred by dinner time. Plus, it'll fill your house with a mouth-watering aroma.
Pulled pork is a regional classic, and we believe that all Southerners should be able to make it. This slow cooker pulled pork is a great foundation for both amateur and seasoned cooks, and doesn't take much time to prepare in advance. When it comes to seasoning the meat, we recommend a spice blend of garlic powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper. You can often find this already blended in the spice aisle of your local grocery store, but don't be afraid to mix up the ingredients if you've already got them all on hand. We tested this recipe with McCormick Grill Mates Backyard Brick Oven Seasoning, but try swapping in your favorite pork rub if desired. If you'd rather not serve this great pork dinner recipe as a main dish, it can easily be subbed into many of your other favorite recipes. Try making Pulled Pork Nachos for game day or as a Friday night family dinner treat. Or, whip up some Pork Noodle Bowls as a cozy dinner recipe on cold evenings. We also love topping this juicy pork with our favorite local barbecue sauces – like Alabama white sauce – and serving as a pulled pork sandwich next to some creamy potato salad and a cup of banana pudding. If you're looking to share this recipe with friends, we definitely recommend preparing 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork for your next potluck or church gathering; you'll have everyone asking for the recipe.
Beer-Battered Fried Fish
Recipe: Beer-Battered Fried Fish
Any type of white, flaky fish may be substituted for grouper.
Recipe: Potato-Crusted Pizza
We used Ore-Ida Crispy Crowns frozen seasoned shredded potatoes to create a fun and kid-friendly crust.
Peanut Chicken Scaloppine
Crispy Lemon Catfish
Sweet Potato Fettuccine
Recipe: Sweet Potato Fettuccine
This clever technique for transforming sweet potatoes into "fettuccine" was inspired by a prize-winning recipe from the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission, and comes together in just 35 minutes. Start with a large, long sweet potato and a mandoline to create pasta-like strips.
Technique Video: Use a Japanese Mandolin Slicer
Tomato-Orange Marmalade Chicken
If you'd like the tomatoes to have a saucier consistency, once you've added the remaining tomatoes in Step 3, cover and simmer over low heat for up to 10 minutes.
Recipe: Tomato-Orange Marmalade Chicken
Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick
Recipe: Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick
The "top-shelf" in this recipe speaks to the crispy skin, superior flavor, and juiciness of the bird. It also refers to a novel new technique: cooking potatoes in the heavy cast-iron skillet that's used as a weight on the chicken. The weight presses the chicken flat against the grill grates, cutting the cooking time in half. Plus you'll be cooking your side dish at the same time.
Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak
Recipe: Cast-Iron Cowboy Steak
This is the best way to cook a thick, juicy bone-in steak restaurant-style without smoking up the house. Use your grill to heat the cast-iron skillet; the skillet surface area promotes a more assertive flavor and better sear than grill grates, yielding a steak with the proper steak house crust.
Glazed Pork with Fresh Plums
Recipe: Glazed Pork with Fresh Plums
Plums, pork, and onions come together to make a flavorful weeknight dish.
Grilled Chipotle Chicken
Roasted Whole Teriyaki Snapper
Recipe: Roasted Whole Teriyaki Snapper
It's time to embrace whole fish, which make for easy roasting or grilling. Plus, the bones keep the meat tender and flavorful. Leave gutting and scaling to the fishmonger. To serve the cooked fish, peel back the skin, and starting at the backbone, lift the top fillet from the bone with a metal spatula. Then discard the skeleton, freeing the second fillet.
Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak
Recipe: Coffee-Rubbed Skirt Steak
A coffee rub gives a jolt of flavor to this skirt steak. If you don't have chicory coffee, regular ground coffee or espresso works just as well. After grilling, slice the steak against the grain to ensure tender pieces of meat.
Country-Fried Steak with Uncle Ellis' Cornmeal Gravy
A classically Southern cubed steak with fresh marjoram dotting the flour-cracker coating mixture.
Salt-and-Pepper Roasted Turkey
Recipe: Salt-and-Pepper Roasted Turkey
With a turkey this simple and with so few ingredients, focus on the techniques that matter most. First, pat the turkey very dry, which will help it achieve a crispier skin in the oven. Then season liberally with kosher salt. Season the cavity, gently under the skin, and again on the surface of the skin to enhance the flavor from the skin to the bone.
Cooking Video: Salt-and-Pepper Roasted Turkey
Korean Buttermilk Chicken Kabobs
Recipe: Korean Buttermilk Chicken Kabobs
Gochujang is a Korean condiment with tons of bright, peppery flavor. It's made with chile peppers but is sweet enough for kids. Try it on grilled meat or stirred into mayonnaise for a sandwich. If you'd like, swap pieces of pork tenderloin or sirloin steak for the chicken.
Recipe: Tomato-Basil Bisque
Canned tomato soup gets a boost in this satisfying version, served warm or cold.
Orange-Basil Baked Brie
Recipe: Orange-Basil Baked Brie
Serve on a pretty cutting board with a cheese knife, and let guests cut their own portions.
Pan-Seared Flat Iron Steak
Recipe: Pan-Seared Flat Iron Steak
Cook juicy seasoned steak in the skillet to provide a simple yet flavor-packed crust. The trick to a great crust is to use a very hot skillet; a large cast-iron or heavy stainless steel skillet works best.
Natalie's Cajun-Seasoned Pan-Fried Tilapia
Make sure your frying oil is hot enough by dropping breadcrumbs into it. If they sizzle and crisp up, then the oil is ready
Grilled Sausages with Asparagus
Mix up the sausages, and use chorizo, spicy Italian, or the turkey and chicken varieties available at the grocery store.
Recipe: Grilled Sausages with Asparagus