The Recipes Our Editors Are Making While We're Staying Home
During the coronavirus quarantine, it’s no surprise the Southern Living editors are turning to cooking and baking for comfort. Whether you’re looking for recipes that freeze well, use pantry staples, or you just want some classic comfort food during this weird time, just like they have for more than 50 years, the editors of Southern Living have your back through this, too. Food connects, consoles, nurtures, and provides for us—let’s use our ingredients smartly and savor every bite. From breakfast to dinner and dessert, these are the quarantine recipes our staff is relying on.
Recipe: Banana Bread
Don’t you dare throw out those slightly overripe bananas! It’s time for homemade banana bread. Add a few ingredients you already have in the pantry, and you’ve got a delicious treat to have with your morning coffee.
Recipe: Sausage-Potato Frittata
Frittatas are the perfect dish to switch up with whatever ingredients you have on hand. Extra veggies from last night’s dinner? Throw them in the frittata! Bacon instead of sausage? It can go in the frittata! Frittatas are almost impossible to mess up on as-is, but we made this recipe even easier by cooking it in the slow cooker.
Recipe: Baked Oatmeal
Bake a big batch of oatmeal on Sunday, and you’ve got breakfast ready for the rest of the week. Substitute whichever fruit you have at the house and savor this sweet one-dish breakfast casserole that’s a diversion from your usual egg-and-cheese one.
Sweet Potato Muffins
Recipe: Sweet Potato Muffins
Found yourself with an overabundance of sweet potatoes from the store? Dinner isn’t the only meal when you can enjoy them. These spiced, not-too-sweet muffins remind us of the cozy flavors of fall, and they’ll go perfectly with your morning cup of tea.
Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Busy cooks know: A bag of frozen tater tots can save the day at breakfast or dinner. Picky eaters won’t protest when they see this bubbly, cheesy casserole emerge from the oven. This dish can be assembled the night before and popped in the oven in the morning, giving you a little more time to relax before the kids are up on Saturday.
No-Knead Buttermilk Bread
Recipe: No-Knead Buttermilk Bread
Southern cooks know that nothing can compare to cast iron in the kitchen. In the case of this five-ingredient, no-knead bread, a cast-iron Dutch oven is the only way to go for a crisp and golden crust. If you’ve never baked homemade bread before, this recipe is a great place to start.
Southern Skillet Cornbread
Recipe: Southern Skillet Cornbread
When Southerners are in search of comfort, they can always find it in a cast-iron skillet full of homemade cornbread. This classic recipe only takes five ingredients, and it starts with leftover bacon grease in the skillet, which is a sure sign it’s going to be delicious.
Recipe: Potato Bread
Potatoes keep for a long time and can be used in countless ways from breakfast to dinner. This homey bread recipe is one of the more creative ways you can use them, especially if the store is out of bread right now. This recipe makes two loaves, so you can use one now and freeze the other for later.
Recipe: Hashbrown Casserole
We’re willing to guess that no one has ever turned down a scoop of cheesy hashbrown casserole. Throw a bag of frozen hashbrowns and a few other ingredients in a dish, bake, and watch the family eat it up until the last bite. If you don’t have cornflake cereal, top it with crushed buttery crackers or a fried onion topping.
Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing
“I’m a huge fan of these salmon burgers. I make up a big batch then stock them in the freezer,” said our Beauty Editor Patricia Shannon. “They’re my go-to for busy weeknights during our normal routine, but have also become a staple during this not-so-normal time.”
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
Recipe: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
This four-ingredient recipe is the most versatile thing you can make in your slow cooker. Serve this chicken over rice, in tacos, or even in a Tex-Mex casserole. Not only is it budget-friendly and dump-it-and-forget-it easy, it’s also healthy option at dinnertime.
Recipe: All-In-One Spaghetti
If you have pasta in your pantry and ground beef in your freezer, this classic supper is the easiest way to put them to good use. Bonus: You only have one pot to clean up after dinner.
Recipe: Beef Stew
Right now, we’re all craving comfort food, and there aren’t many dinners cozier than a warm bowl of beef stew. This stew is great for working from home since it needs to simmer for several hours for the best flavor, plus you can swap fresh veggies for whichever frozen or canned you have.
Our Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits
Recipe: Our Favorite Buttermilk Biscuits
One editor has never made biscuits homemade (no shame, neither have I), so with two boxes of butter in her freezer, she’s determined to whip up our Test Kitchen’s all-time best recipe for them. Aside from the butter, all you need is two other simple ingredients to have warm, fluffy biscuits for yourself.
Recipe: Potato-Bacon Hash
Every Southern cook could use a good hash recipe in his or her repertoire, and this is a no-fuss one we rely on when cooking with what’s on hand. You can put any veggies or meat you already have in it, and potatoes, the base, keep well for a long time. Plus, you can enjoy it at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Recipe: Chicken Bog
If you have chicken and rice, congrats: You can make chicken bog. Use any veggies you have on hand to complete this simple Southern dinner that’s on the table in just 30 minutes. If you’re on dish duty tonight, suggest chicken bog—all you need is a Dutch oven.
Barbecue Mac and Cheese
Recipe: Barbecue Mac and Cheese
One editor said that she’s been relying on comfort food in her kitchen, and this flavorful recipe is the mac and cheese upgrade she turned to at dinnertime. If you’re able to support your local BBQ joints by ordering takeout, this cheesy creation is a kid-friendly way to use up leftover pulled pork.
Vidalia Onion Soup
Recipe: Vidalia Onion Soup
Onions are a veggie that stays fresh for a long time, so we’ve got plenty at home right now. One editor said she stocked up a little too much on them, so she made this Southern version of French onion soup with Georgia Vidalia onions. If you don’t have all the ingredients, don’t worry. She omitted the thyme, ale, and sherry from this one and said her simpler version was still flavorful and comforting.
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Recipe: Easy Chicken and Dumplings
When we say easy, we mean seven ingredients, 30-minutes easy. Refrigerated biscuits and canned soup are shortcut ingredients that save time. If you don’t have fresh veggies or aren’t in the mood to chop them up, toss in some frozen ones.
Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
Recipe: Winter Vegetables and Gnocchi
A package of refrigerated or frozen gnocchi is a great ingredient to have in your kitchen for when you’re getting sick of pasta dinners. This editor-favorite cozy meal can be customized with whatever veggies are in your kitchen, and you can even top it with a protein like chicken or meatballs if you need a more filling option.
Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Chicken Alfredo Casserole
This kid-friendly pasta bake is a delicious way to doctor-up a jar of pasta sauce. Because this recipe makes use of store-bought ingredients, it only takes 15 minutes of hands-on time. If you don’t have leftover rotisserie chicken or spinach, omit or swap out whatever you do have. Cheesy, creamy pasta is impossible to mess up.
Recipe: Turkey Meatballs
Meatballs have everything we need in a recipe right now: They’re comforting, easy to make, and best of all, freeze beautifully. If you can’t find ground turkey at the store right now, any ground meat will work for this cheesy skillet dinner. Eat them alone, over whatever pasta is in your pantry, or on a hoagie.
Garlic-Herb Roasted Chicken
White Chicken Chili
Recipe: White Chicken Chili
Our office manager said white chicken chili has been her go-to during this time. It’s not quite as heavy on the calories as beefy chili recipes, and it’s oh-so-comforting. Plus, there’s only one step to this recipe: Add the ingredients to the slow cooker and press “On.”
Ground Beef Vegetable Soup with Gnocchi
If you have ground beef sitting in your freezer, believe us when we say this is what you should make with it. Many soup recipes take hours to simmer on the stove, but with convenient ingredients like refrigerated gnocchi and canned tomatoes, this recipe comes together in 30 minutes from start to finish.
Recipe: Wacky Cake
You don’t even need to get out a mixing bowl for this depression-era cake that mixes right in the baking pan. You might wonder how a cake could possibly come out well without eggs or milk, but this Wacky Cake makes it possible.
Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Recipe: Easiest Peanut Butter Cookies
Peanut butter, sugar, one egg, and vanilla extract—that’s it. No flour, no milk, and only a few minutes of your time. We weren’t kidding when we named these the easiest peanut butter cookies.
Egg Custard Pie
Recipe: Egg Custard Pie
This simple pie couldn’t be easier to make, especially when you use shortcut refrigerated pie crust. Other than that, all you need is cooking spray, eggs, half-and-half, sugar, a bit of salt, and nutmeg to finish it off, if you have it.
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
You’ll never believe these soft cookies were made without flour. The few ingredients you do need come together quickly and easily, so this is a great recipe to try out with the kids. According to our food editor, “They're like a chewy, gooey brownie in cookie form—crackled on top and soft on the inside.”
Peach Dump Cake
Recipe: Peach Dump Cake
You don’t have to wait for peach season to make this dessert. Simply “dump” two cans of sliced peaches, a box of yellow cake mix, a pinch of salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and melted butter into a baking dish and voila: You’ve made your family’s new favorite treat.
Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe: Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
If you have a box of cake mix sitting in the pantry, these chewy cookies are a fun, inventive way to use it. If it’s not red velvet, no worries: This recipe can be adapted with any cake flavor, and you can use any add-ins you have, whether chocolate chip cookies or chopped up candy bars.
Recipe: Chocolate Cobbler
Trust the recipe on this one: Do not stir. We know it’s tempting, but we swear it works! We revived this old-school recipe in our March 2020 issue, and it’s been an immediate reader favorite. We recommend serving warm with a scoop of cold vanilla ice cream.
No-Bake Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies
Who doesn’t have a random canister of rolled oats in the back of their pantry? Here’s how you’re going to use it! Five other staple ingredients and a little time and you’ve got these easy cookies. And you never even had to turn the oven on!
Classic Chess Pie
Recipe: Classic Chess Pie
In times of uncertainty, we turn to things that may have comforted us as a child—a favorite book, advice from Mama, or a trusted recipe. Old-fashioned chess pie has been a Southern staple for generations, and we’re turning to nostalgic recipes like these right now.