Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread – Easy Recipe

Calling all cinnamon bread lovers! Our recipe for Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread offers a delightful twist on the classic. It’s a quick bread, so forget the yeast and all the fuss that comes with it – no kneading, no waiting for rise, just mix, layer, and bake! Plus, it boasts two secret weapons: a touch…

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Calling all cinnamon bread lovers! Our recipe for Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread offers a delightful twist on the classic. It’s a quick bread, so forget the yeast and all the fuss that comes with it – no kneading, no waiting for rise, just mix, layer, and bake! Plus, it boasts two secret weapons: a touch of orange zest for a subtle brightness, and sour cream for unparalleled moistness. This recipe was unearthed from my mom’s recipe files – written on a bank deposit slip of all places. It’s a keeper for sure!

3 slices of Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread on a white plate, with the loaf behind

Why This Easy Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe is a Keeper

One day I was browsing through my home gourmet mom’s extensive files and came across a treasure – a hand-scrawled recipe for “Cinnamon Loaf” written on a bank deposit slip. Intrigued by its unique origins and the fact that I had all the ingredients on hand, I decided to whip up a loaf for our weekend guests. Well, it was a showstopper! This quick bread didn’t require any fancy ingredients or techniques, yet the combination of flavors and textures had everyone reaching for seconds. It’s been a regular on my baking rotation ever since, and here’s why you should add it to yours:

  • Effortless elegance. Forget the intimidation factor of traditional yeast breads. This quick bread comes together super easily – no kneading, no rising, just mixing and layering. It’s perfect for both accomplished bakers and those new to bread-making.
  • A taste of home. The warm flavors of cinnamon and brown sugar are sure to evoke nostalgic memories. For me, it’s like stepping back into my grandma Nama’s kitchen, enjoying a comforting slice of cinnamon toast.
  • Pantry staples. All the ingredients you need are likely already on hand. And if not, they’ll be at your local grocery store.
  • Secret ingredient duo. A touch of orange zest in the cinnamon filling adds delightful depth and brightness, while sour cream creates a remarkably moist and tender crumb.
  • Adaptable size. This versatile recipe can be baked in one large loaf pan, perfect for sharing with a crowd, or divided into two medium loaves, or even four mini loaves that are ideal for gifting.
Loaf of Cinnamon Swirl Bread with 3 slices in front standing at an angle, showing the inside

Ingredients Needed for This Easy Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

Here’s all you’ll need to create this delicious Cinnamon Bread:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Table salt
  • Butter (salted)
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sour cream
  • Whole milk
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Orange zest
Overhead view of all the ingredients in Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread, labeled

How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread

And here’s all you have to do to create this delicious homemade bread:

  1. Prep ingredients.
    Bring all ingredients to room temperature.
  2. Prep oven and baking pan(s).
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter your baking pan or pans (see sizes in Notes below). Line with two pieces of buttered parchment paper, cut to fit and placed crosswise, with around 2 inches overlapping outside the pan.
  3. Combine dry ingredients.
    In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. Cream butter and sugar.
    In a large bowl, using the paddle attachment of a hand-held or stand mixer, cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, around 3 minutes. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
  5. Add remaining wet ingredients.
    Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla, sour cream, and milk until well blended.
  6. Add dry ingredients.
    At low speed, slowly add the flour mixture, beating just until blended (do not overmix). Dough will be very thick.
  7. Place half of batter in pan.
    Spoon half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan(s) and smooth so the top is level.
  8. Add cinnamon-sugar layer.
    In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Using your hands, blend in the orange zest; set aside 1 tablespoon. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture over top of the batter in the pan(s). Overhead view of first layer of batter in prepared pan, with cinnamon-sugar mixture sprinkled on top
  9. Add remaining batter.
    Carefully spoon the remaining batter over the top and smooth so the top is level.
  10. Finish top.
    Using a sharp knife, make a cut along the top of the batter lengthwise to within 1 inch of each end. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the cut. Batter in pan, in oven, showing the cut on top that's filled with cinnamon-sugar mixture
  11. Bake.
    Bake for 40 to 45 minutes for a large pan, 35 to 40 minutes for medium pans, or until a toothpick inserted in the center (but not through the cinnamon sugar) comes out clean.
  12. Cool.
    Remove the bread from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan(s) using the parchment paper. Remove parchment paper and place bread on a wire rack to cool completely.
Side view of a loaf of Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread with two slices at an angle, showing the inside

How to Serve Cinnamon Swirl Bread

This bread can be served sliced warm or at room temperature. I like to add a bit of butter as well. It’s also delicious as the base for French toast!

Tips to Ensure your Homemade Cinnamon Bread Turns out Perfect

Here are some secrets to ensure your homemade cinnamon swirl bread turns out perfect every time:

  • Bring ingredients to room temperature. Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature. Don’t skip this step; cold ingredients won’t combine properly.
  • Don’t overmix. Once the dry and wet ingredients are just combined, stop mixing. Overmixing can lead to a tough and dense loaf.
  • Monitor bread during the last 10 minutes of baking. Keep an eye on your bread during the last few minutes of baking. Every oven is different, so adjust the baking time slightly if needed to achieve a golden brown crust without burning.
  • Cool the bread. Let the bread cool completely before slicing. This allows the crumb to set properly and prevents it from crumbling.
Loaf of Cinnamon Swirl Bread with two slices cut in front and lying down

Variations and Additions

While this Easy Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread is delicious as is, feel free to add more ingredients to your taste. Chopped pecans or walnuts, raisins, or dried cranberries would all be delicious in this bread!
 
Alternatively, add an orange-flavored glaze to the top: In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar and 4 teaspoons fresh orange juice until well blended. Mixture should be fairly thick, yet thin enough to drizzle. If too thick, add more juice. Drizzle over the top of the cooked and cooled bread (I like to put it in a squeeze bottle).

Storing Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Once the bread has cooled completely, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Bread can also be wrapped and placed in a ziptop baggie (or securely wrapped a second time with aluminum foil) and frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw frozen wrapped bread overnight in the refrigerator.

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Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread – Easy Recipe

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This recipe for Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Bread offers a delightful twist on the classic. It’s a quick bread, so forget the yeast and all the fuss that comes with it – no kneading, no waiting for rise, just mix, swirl, and bake! Plus, it boasts two secret weapons: a touch of orange zest for a subtle brightness, and sour cream for unparalleled moistness. This recipe was unearthed from my mom’s recipe files – written on a bank deposit slip of all places.

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cooling Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large, 2 medium, or 4 small loaves (see pan sizes in Notes)

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar, divided use
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons orange zest (from about 1 large navel orange)

Instructions

  1. Bring all ingredients to room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly butter your baking pan or pans (see sizes in Notes below). Line with two pieces of buttered parchment paper, cut to fit and placed crosswise, with around 2 inches overlapping outside the pan.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, using the paddle attachment of an electric mixer, cream the butter and 1 cup of the sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, around 3 minutes.
  5. Reduce the speed to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla, sour cream, and milk until well blended.
  6. At low speed, slowly add the flour mixture, beating just until blended (do not overmix). Dough will be very thick.
  7. Spoon half of the batter into the prepared loaf pan(s) and smooth so the top is level.
  8. In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon and remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Using your hands, blend in the orange zest; set aside 1 tablespoon. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar mixture over the batter in the pan(s).
  9. Carefully spoon the remaining batter over the top and smooth so the top is level.
  10. Using a sharp knife, make a cut along the top of the batter lengthwise to within 1 inch of each end. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of the cut.
  11. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes for a large pan, 35 to 40 minutes for medium pans, or until a toothpick inserted in the center (but not through the cinnamon sugar) comes out clean.
  12. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool in the pan for 10 minutes.
  13. LIft the bread out of the pan(s) using the parchment paper. Remove parchment paper and place bread on a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

Pan sizes for this recipe: 1 large (9 by 5-inch), 2 medium (8 by 4-inch), or 4 small (5 3/4 by 3 1/4-inch) loaves. Note that the medium loaves won’t be as tall as the large loaf.

High altitude adjustments: No adjustments are necessary up to 7500 feet. Use only medium or small pans above that level and reduce baking powder to 3/4 teaspoon.

Make ahead: Bread can be baked, cooled completely, wrapped with plastic wrap or foil, and refrigerated for up to 4 days. It can also be placed in a freezer-safe baggie and frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

  • Author: From “Fresh Tastes” by Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Quick breads
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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Easy Recipes and Menu Ideas for Your Next BBQ

Sunshine, laughter, and delicious food – that’s the magic of a summer BBQ! Summer cookouts are a staple of the season and a great way to gather with friends and family together to enjoy delicious food. But who says it has to be the same old hot dogs and burgers? This post is your guide…

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Sunshine, laughter, and delicious food – that’s the magic of a summer BBQ! Summer cookouts are a staple of the season and a great way to gather with friends and family together to enjoy delicious food. But who says it has to be the same old hot dogs and burgers? This post is your guide to creating a unique and unforgettable backyard barbecue. We’ll explore a range of mouthwatering menus, each with its own unique flair. Whether you crave the comfort of Southern classics (inspired by my mom and grandmother’s recipes), a fiesta of vibrant Southwestern flavors, or a lighter and refreshing spread, there’s a perfect menu waiting to be your BBQ star.

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Beyond Traditional Burgers and Dogs: A World of BBQ Flavors

Summer cookouts are the perfect time to explore the exciting world of BBQ flavors. This post offers a variety of easy BBQ ideas that go beyond the basics, showcasing both the versatility of your grill as well as dishes that are prepared without a gas or charcoal grill. From slow-cooked baby back ribs with a zesty barbecue sauce to spicy grilled shrimp tacos, you’ll find inspiration to create a menu that caters to a variety of preferences. So, get ready to impress your guests with easy recipes – grilled or not – that create lasting summer memories!

BBQ Menu #1: A Taste of the South

This menu channels the flavors of the South, inspired by my mom and grandmother’s recipes. The meal starts with the Kentucky classic Benedictine Cheese, followed by luscious Braised Baby Back Ribs that fall off the bone. Tangy cornbread and creamy coleslaw cut through the richness, and sweet peach blueberry pie is a nostalgic finish.

Platter filled with Benedictine Cheese Canapes and wine in the background

Benedictine Cheese Canapés

A 2-bite version of a traditional family recipe from Kentucky, these Benedictine Cheese Canapés are quick and easy to prepare, and vibrant on the plate, too

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White platters filled with Braised Baby BBQ Sauce

Braised Baby Back Ribs with Zesty BBQ Sauce

These Braised Baby Back Ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and the Zesty BBQ Sauce is amazingly delicious. A bit sharp, a bit sweet, a bit spicy – these ribs and sauce will make your taste buds sing!

Parmesan Buttermilk Cornbread is moist, tangy and super delicious! #cornbreadrecipe #easycornbreadrecipe #cheesycornbreadrecipe #quickbreadrecipe

Parmesan Cornbread Recipe with Buttermilk

This Southern-style Buttermilk Cornbread recipe from my grandmother (Nama) is an easy to make side dish that’s always a crowd pleaser. It’s a classic recipe that has been passed down for generations, and, like most traditional Southern cornbread recipes, doesn’t contain any added sugar.

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Lemon Mayonnaise Coleslaw Recipe

Easy to prepare Coleslaw with Lemon-Mayonnaise Dressing takes the basic coleslaw recipe and amps up the flavor with additions of jicama, lemon juice and celery seeds. Bright, tangy, and oh, so delicious! And, it can be made up to 24 hours in advance, too.

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Lemon Green Beans with Dijon Mustard

Oven-roasted green beans are coated with a luscious blend of tangy olive oil, zesty lemon juice, and bold Dijon mustard. Crispy caramelized shallots are sprinkled on top, infusing each bite with a deeply rich sweetness and a bit of crunch.

Blueberry and Peach custard pie with fresh peaches and blueberries on the side

Peach Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Peach Custard Pie is the perfect dessert to end an ideal summer evening. Fresh sweet blueberries and juicy flavorful peaches are nestled in a creamy, buttery, yogurt-base custard filling. The result is a luscious pie with a blissful interplay of flavors – fresh, sweet, and tangy all at once. And, it’s easy to prepare with my step-by-step instructions!


BBQ Menu #2: Casual Backyard Bash

This make-ahead menu is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! Dig into tender, moist BBQ Beef Sandwiches alongside a delicious recipe for creamy Potato Salad and a medly of mixed greens tossed with a sharp vinaigrette. Dark chocolate brownies and tangy lemon bars round out this casual BBQ feast.

Pimiento Cheese Spread in a white bowl with celery sticks and crackers

Pimento Cheese Spread

My mom’s mouth-watering Pimento Cheese Spread recipe is the ultimate in Southern comfort food. A zesty blend of two sharp cheddar cheeses, tangy pimentos, mayo and just the right amount of spice, this dip will elevate your taste buds to the next level. Whether you’re enjoying it with crackers or spreading it on a sandwich, this recipe is sure to impress your guests at your next party or gathering.

Slow Cooker Pulled Beef for Sandwiches

Imagine this: fluffy hamburger buns overflowing with tender, smoky BBQ beef that practically melts in your mouth. Craving satisfied? This dream becomes a reality with our incredibly easy Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Recipe featuring a unique, sweet-and-tangy BBQ sauce. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy the mouthwatering aroma filling your kitchen.

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Dorothy’s Potato Salad with Egg

A long time family favorite, this Potato Salad is tangy, eggy and crunchy while a bit creamy. Anyone can make potato salad, but few can master the recipe like Dorothy Hartwell did in this Homemade Potato Salad. Bursting with fresh, vibrant ingredients, this recipe combines the humble potato with the crispy cucumbers, peppery radishes, subtle green onions, and rich hard-boiled eggs. But what truly sets this salad apart is the secret sauce, calling for tangy yellow mustard.

Plate holding a simple mixed green salad with a carafe of Dijon Vinaigrette alongside, along with small salt and pepper shakers

Mixed Greens with Tomato, Cucumber and Dijon Vinaigrette

For this bright and light salad, a medley of mixed greens is tossed with halved grape tomatoes, sliced cucumber, onion and a bold, sharp vinaigrette. Make the dressing a few days ahead and refrigerate, then bring to room temperature and toss shortly before serving!

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The Best Lemon Bars

Sunshine on a plate! Straight from my grandmother Nama’s kitchen, these Homemade Lemon Bars are a treasured family recipe. Bursting with citrusy flavor from both fresh lemon juice and zest, the addition of a unique ingredient makes them lighter than other, more dense lemon bars.

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Chewy Chocolate Brownies

These Chewy Chocolate Brownies are about to become your new obsession. Rumored to be a favorite recipe of the legendary Katharine Hepburn, imagine deeply rich chocolate flavor, a fudgy texture that’s incredibly chewy, and a perfect balance of sweetness – all in one irresistible bite. Plus, this recipe relies on available/pantry ingredients and comes together so easily that you might just find yourself baking them every month, like me!

BBQ Menu #3 – Lighter Fare

This lighter backyard grill menu is a great option for a hot summer day when we all want to eat lighter. Featuring flavorful Sloppy Janes (Joe’s healthier sister made with ground turkey) and a refreshing grilled corn salad with zucchini, a light spinach salad with lemon dressing keeps things balanced. It’s finished with a light, cool Frozen Strawberry Pie.

Glass bowl filled with Feta Mousse on black tray with grilled bread

Feta Cheese Spread

Savor the tangy and creamy flavors of Feta Cheese Spread (or Mousse) – a quick and easy appetizer made with just four ingredients. Garlic powder, oregano, and cayenne pepper add an extra kick of flavor to this light and airy spread, perfect for serving with grilled bread.

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Sloppy Joes with Ground Turkey – a.k.a. Sloppy Janes

This recipe for Sloppy Janes delivers everything you love about the original dish – that satisfying combination of sweet and tangy sauce clinging to tender ground meat – in a healthier package. Prepared with an easy homemade sauce, it’s packed with rich flavor and comes together quickly for busy weeknights or make-ahead meal prep.

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Grilled Corn Salad Recipe with Zucchini and Tomato

Grilled Corn, Zucchini and Tomato Salad is a quick and easy, fresh side dish that’s perfect for summer! Grilling the corn and the zucchini brings out their natural sweetness and adds a bit of smoky flavor.

Flavorful Baby Spinach Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Prepared with eggs and fresh herbs, this Baby Spinach Salad is a light, easy to prepare starter or side dish. A tangy Lemon Dijon Dressing keeps it bright and fresh.

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Strawberry Cream Pie Recipe

Frozen Strawberry Cream Pie is fluffy, refreshing, and chock-a-block full of sweet, fresh strawberry flavor. Plus it can be made and frozen up to 2 months ahead, making it perfect for entertaining!


BBQ Menu #4 – Southwestern Fiesta Feast

Spice up your BBQ with this Southwestern-inspired menu. Grilled shrimp tacos with a smoky flavor are perfectly paired with fresh tomato-mango salsa, a vibrant corn salad, and Caesar salad. Don’t forget to end with a decadent Kahlua chocolate mousse!?

White bowl filled with Taco Salad Dip

Layered Taco Salad Dip Recipe

A variation of the well-known Seven Layer Dip, this Taco Salad Dip has no refried beans or meat and is a snap to put together. A mixture of cream cheese and sour cream seasoned with taco seasoning is the base for layers of traditional taco ingredients – salsa, onions, cheese, olives, avocado, tomato and lettuce. So easy, so colorful and flavorful!

Plate with two Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Tomato-Mango Salsa

Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango Tomato Salsa

In this Grilled Shrimp Tacos recipe, shelled shrimp is marinated in a piquant, spicy Chipotle-Lime sauce, grilled and then served with a delectable and colorful Tomato-Mango Salsa.

Copper skillet filled with Corn and Prosciutto Salad

Corn and Crispy Bacon Salad

Corn and Prosciutto or Bacon Salad is light, bright and super quick and easy to prepare!

glass mason jar filled with Homemade Caesar Dressing, with a spoon inside of the jar

Caesar Salad

Crispy romaine lettuce, croutons, and grated or shaved Parmesan cheese are tossed with a Homemade Caesar Dressing that’s thick, creamy and full of tangy, salty flavors. Our version of this classic dressing has been successfully prepared many times, by many people, making it both time and taste tested.

3 different shaped glassware holding Easy Chocolate Mousse

Kahlua Chocolate Mousse

This Easy Chocolate Mousse with Kahlúa can be prepared in 10 minutes with no whipping or folding of egg whites or cream. With an ultra-silky texture and an intense chocolatey flavor, it’s the perfect make-ahead dessert for any occasion.


BBQ Menu #5 – Summertime Elegance

Elevate your BBQ with this menu showcasing elegant simplicity. Grilled salmon steaks are the star, complemented by creamy corn pudding and a refreshing spinach salad with curry dressing. Top it all off with a delightful peach ice cream for a perfect summer ending.

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Crispy Cheddar Cheese Straws

These savory treats combine the rich flavors of Cheddar cheese, chili powder, and cumin with a delicate, flaky dough, resulting in a crispy mouthwatering delight that is both elegant and alluring in its simplicity. For a unique twist, serve spicy pepper jelly alongside as a dipping sauce!

plate holding one Roasted Salmon Steak, with broccoli on the side

Salmon Steaks with Lemon Butter Sauce

Indulge in the delightful simplicity of our Salmon Steaks with Lemon Butter Sauce – a dish that effortlessly combines speed and elegance, while showcasing the rich, natural flavor of salmon. Inspired by a recipe my mom crafted during a memorable family camping trip in Alaska, this culinary gem requires just seven ingredients and a mere five minutes of preparation. Can be grilled or roasted.

White bowl filled with Greek Orzo Salad with Lemon-Basil Tahini Dressing. Dressing is on the side

Orzo Pasta Greek Salad with Lemon-Basil Dressing

This refreshing salad features tender orzo pasta, a rainbow of fresh vegetables, and a zesty dressing made with tahini, lemon juice and fragrant basil. Not only is it a delicious and satisfying dish, it’s also loaded with nutritious ingredients to help you feel your best. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch or a flavorful side to serve with your favorite main course, this orzo pasta Greek salad is the perfect choice.

wooden bowl holding a serving of spinach salad with raisins and peanuts and dressing on the side

Easy Spinach Salad Recipe With Zesty Curry Dressing

Are you on the lookout for a simple yet sensational salad recipe? Look no further, because we have the perfect dish for you! This quick and easy spinach salad recipe features a zesty curry dressing that will elevate your salad game to new heights.

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Peach Ice Cream

Creamy, fruity and fresh, Peach Ice Cream is the perfect cool treat on a warm summer day.


Note: This post was originally shared in May 2016 with only 2 menus, then significantly updated in June 2024, expanding it to 5 menus with more information.


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Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Recipe – for Sandwiches

Imagine this: fluffy hamburger buns overflowing with tender, smoky BBQ beef that practically melts in your mouth. Craving satisfied? This dream becomes a reality with our incredibly easy Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Recipe featuring a unique, sweet-and-tangy, smoky BBQ sauce. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy the mouthwatering aroma filling…

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Imagine this: fluffy hamburger buns overflowing with tender, smoky BBQ beef that practically melts in your mouth. Craving satisfied? This dream becomes a reality with our incredibly easy Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Recipe featuring a unique, sweet-and-tangy, smoky BBQ sauce. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy the mouthwatering aroma filling your kitchen.

white plate holding a BBQ Beef Sandwich and Dorothy's Potato Salad
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Why This Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Sandwich Recipe is a Winner

This recipe, a gift from my excellent cook cousin Barb Keller, is a game-changer for BBQ lovers. Barb’s secret weapon? The slow cooker (or crock pot)! It transforms any cut of beef into juicy, fall-apart perfection, bursting with flavor. The slow cooking coaxes out rich, deep notes that mingle beautifully with the tangy BBQ sauce. Every bite is a symphony of sweet, savory, and smoky deliciousness. 
 
Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, feeding a hungry crowd at a holiday gathering, or simply meal prepping for future lunches, this great recipe has got you covered!

What is Pulled Beef

Pulled beef is a dish made with shredded beef that’s been slow-cooked until it’s incredibly tender and flavorful. It’s typically made with a tougher cut of beef, like chuck roast or brisket, which benefits from the long, slow cooking process. This allows the connective tissue to break down, resulting it incredibly tender meat and easy to shred with forks. 

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Recipe

To create this amazing slow cooker pulled beef, you’ll need just a handful of key ingredients that work together like magic to produce a dish bursting with flavor and tenderness:

  • Boneless chuck or arm roast – well-marbled meat works best in a slow cooker to deliver a moist and tender result.
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • Neutral, high-smoke point oil (vegetable, canola, or avocado oil) – for searing the meat before slow cooking.
  • Beef broth (or water)
  • Worcestershire sauce – while an optional ingredient, it adds depth of flavor, and the acid in it helps to break down the muscle fibers in the beef, resulting in a fork-tender texture.
  • 4 cups Oklahoma BBQ Sauce – both sweet and tangy, this is the best BBQ sauce ever! It has just the right amount of spice from three different kinds of ground peppers, and it perfectly complements the pulled beef. 

How to Make Slow Cooker Pulled Beef

Here’s all you have to do to prepare this delicious pulled beef. I recommend starting the day before serving because the total cook time is anywhere from 8 to 16 hours:

  1. Prep roast.
    Rinse meat and pat dry with paper towel. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  2. Sear roast.
    Heat oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat. Sear meat on all sides until nicely browned.
  3. Put all ingredients in slow cooker; cook.
    Place the roast in the bottom of a slow cooker and add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 8 to 10 hours. 
  4. Drain, shred.
    Take the roast out of the cooker and drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Shred the meat with two forks.
  5. Cook shredded meat with sauce.
    Return shredded beef to slow cooker. Stir in 2 cups of barbeque sauce and reserved liquid. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. 
  6. Adjust seasoning.
    Taste and stir in more sauce if desired. 

Tips for Achieving Tender and Flavorful Pulled Beef

Achieving tender and flavorful pulled beef requires attention to detail and a few key tips to ensure the best results:

  • Select the right cut of beef. Opt for a well-marbled cut like chuck roast, as the intramuscular fat will melt during cooking, keeping the meat moist and tender. 
  • Don’t skip the searing step. This caramelization not only adds flavor but also helps to lock in the meat’s natural juices. 
  • Be patient. Low and slow is the key to tender pulled beef. Resist the urge to rush the cooking time, as this can result in tough, chewy meat.
  • Pick the right BBQ sauce. If you opt for another homemade barbecue sauce (or purchased) instead of our recipe, choose a high-quality, tangy sauce that complements the richness of the beef and enhances its savory notes. Try to find one that has a touch of sweetness, too, to balance out the flavors.

Serving Suggestions and Side Dishes

My favorite way to serve this recipe is as BBQ beef sandwiches. Brioche buns, pretzel buns, or even ciabatta rolls are excellent choices that are sturdy enough to hold the meat. Whatever kind of bun you use, brush the insides with butter and lightly toast before filling. 
 
Here are some recommended side dishes that pair perfectly with these BBQ Beef Sandwiches for a delicious meal:

For a large gathering, add our Turkey Sloppy Joes as a second sandwich option for non-beef eaters.

Variations and Substitutions for Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Recipe

While I think these BBQ Beef Sandwiches made with pulled beef are amazing as is, here are a few ways you can modify this recipe to make it your own:

  • Use beef brisket instead of chuck roast.
  • Go even further and use shredded pork shoulder, pork roast or pork butt for a BBQ pork sandwich!
  • Substitute apple cider vinegar for the Worcestershire sauce.
  • Simply use water to slow cook the beef instead of beef broth.
  • Use your own homemade BBQ Sauce or purchased.

And, here’s another way to serve this pulled beef: as a quesadilla. Sprinkle shredded gouda or pepper jack cheese inside a large flour tortilla. Fill with pulled beef. Top with more cheese, then a second tortilla. Place in a hot, large skillet sprayed with cooking spray and cook on one side until browned and cheese is melting. Flip over and cook until the cheese is fully melted and the second side is browned. 

Storing and Reheating Leftover Pulled Beef

If you make this pulled beef recipe ahead of time or have leftovers, allow it to cool to room temperature then place in an airtight container and refrigerate, It will last for up to 4 days. 
 
To reheat, place pulled beef in a saucepan with a splash of beef broth or water. Cover and heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the beef is warmed through. Alternatively, reheat the pulled beef in the microwave, using short intervals and stirring in between to ensure even heating. 

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BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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Imagine this: fluffy hamburger buns overflowing with tender, smoky BBQ beef that practically melts in your mouth. Craving satisfied? This dream becomes a reality with our incredibly easy Slow Cooker Pulled Beef Recipe featuring a unique, sweet-and-tangy BBQ sauce. Let your slow cooker do all the work while you enjoy the mouthwatering aroma filling your kitchen.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 720 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds chuck or arm roast – can also use brisket
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons neutral, high smoke point oil
  • 2 cups beef broth – can use water instead
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce – can also use apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups Oklahoma BBQ Sauce, divided use
  • 10 hamburger buns
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  1. Rinse meat under cold running water and pat dry with paper towel. Season all over with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over high heat. Sear meat on all sides until nicely browned.
  3. Place the roast in the bottom of a slow cooker and add beef broth and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and cook on high for 4 to 5 hours, or on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Take the roast out of the cooker and drain, reserving about 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
  5. Shred the meat with two forks; return to slow cooker. Stir in 2 cups of barbeque sauce and reserved liquid. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.
  6. Taste and stir in more sauce if desired.
  7. Brush the insides of the hamburger buns with butter and lightly toast. Pile BBQ beef on the bottom bun and then add top bun, serving the remaining BBQ sauce on the side. 

Notes

Make ahead: Pulled beef can be fully prepared up to 4 days ahead, placed in an airtight container, and refrigerated. Can also prepare through slow-cooking beef up to 24 hours ahead. Cool, place in an airtight container, and refrigerate (also refrigerate the reserved cooking liquid). Place beef, reserved liquid, and 2 cups BBQ sauce in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

  • Author: From “Fresh Tastes” by Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: main dish, BBQ, slow cooker, easy entertaining
  • Method: slow cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Note: this recipe was originally posted in June 2011 and then significantly updated with more information in June 2024.

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Curry Chicken Salad Recipe with Pasta

Add a burst of deep, bold flavor to your classic chicken salad with our delicious Curry Chicken Salad with Pasta. Tender chunks of chicken, short pasta, crunchy celery, green onion, tart green apple, toasted almonds, and sweet raisins are perfectly complemented by an earthy, peppery, warm curry dressing. Whether you’re looking for a new family…

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Add a burst of deep, bold flavor to your classic chicken salad with our delicious Curry Chicken Salad with Pasta. Tender chunks of chicken, short pasta, crunchy celery, green onion, tart green apple, toasted almonds, and sweet raisins are perfectly complemented by an earthy, peppery, warm curry dressing. Whether you’re looking for a new family favorite or a crowd-pleasing potluck dish, this Curried Chicken Pasta Salad is a winner!

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Why This Curry Chicken Salad Recipe Works

This Curry Chicken Pasta Salad recipe isn’t just delicious, it’s a testament to the power of family tradition. It comes straight from my mom’s collection of portable main dish salads perfect for summer gatherings. Like her, I’ve enjoyed bringing these dishes to the Denver Botanic Gardens‘ concerts, and this Curried Chicken Pasta Salad is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
 
Here’s what sets this recipe apart and why it’s a personal favorite:

  • Bold flavors. Curry powder brings a warm, earthy depth, while the mango chutney adds a touch of sweet, tangy complexity to the creamy dressing. They both perfectly complement the other ingredients.
  • Easy to prepare. This salad comes together effortlessly with readily available ingredients and straightforward steps.
  • Make ahead. This recipe is perfect for meal prep, as it can be prepared up to 4 days in advance, reducing stress and allowing for an easy weekday meal.
  • Portable. Concerts, potlucks, picnics – this salad is a great option for all three as it travels well and holds its shape.
  • Versatile. Feel free to customize! Don’t have mango chutney? Try chopped dried apricots or a drizzle of honey. Swap the almonds for cashews or peanuts.  
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Ingredients for Curry Chicken Salad with Pasta

Here’s what you’ll need to create this impressive salad, all of which should be available at your local grocery store:

Curry Dressing

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream or nonfat Greek yogurt – I use a mix of the two, around half of each
  • Curry powder – Madras is my personal preference
  • Tumeric
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cayenne pepper – for just a bit of heat!
  • Mango chutney – often sold under the brand Major Grey’s
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Chicken Pasta Salad

  • Short pasta – orecchiette (in my photos), farfalle (bow ties), or medium shells all work well.
  • Cooked chicken – use leftover chicken, store-bought rotisserie chicken, or quickly sauté some boneless chicken breasts
  • Raisins
  • Green onions
  • Celery – try to find stalks with some leaves as they layer in a bit more subtle flavor.
  • Green apple – Granny Smith is my recommendation.
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Toasted slivered almonds
Curry Chicken Salad with Pasta ingredients in a large bowl

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making Curry Chicken Salad with Pasta

Here’s all you have to do to create this easy recipe. No special equipment required!

Curry Dressing

  1. Combine mayo and sour cream.
    In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and sour cream (and/or yogurt).  whisking mayo, sour cream, and yogurt for curry dressing in a blue bowl
  2. Add spices.
    Whisk in curry powder, turmeric, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Adding curry dressing spices to mayo-cream-yogurt base
  3. Add chutney.
    Cut up any large pieces of mango in the chutney and add to the mayonnaise mixture. Mix well. whisking mango chutney into curry dressing
  4. Refrigerate.
    Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the salad. fully mixed curry dressing in a blue bowl with a whisk

Chicken Pasta Salad

  1. Cook pasta; drain, and pat dry.
    Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, rinse under cool running water, and gently pat dry.
  2. Toss together salad ingredients.
    In a large bowl, toss together cooled pasta, shredded chicken, raisins, chopped green onion, celery, and apple (I like to use my hands). Curry Chicken Salad with Pasta ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Add dressing.
    Add half of the dressing and (using spoons this time!) toss to coat. Add more dressing to your taste (I usually use all of it). tossed Curry Chicken Salad with Pasta in a large bowl
  4. Refrigerate.
    Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours before serving.
  5. Add almonds; adjust seasonings.
    Around 20 to 30 minutes before serving, remove the salad from the refrigerator and stir in almonds. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Substitutions and Variations

I love this recipe just the way mom always made it, but it is very versatile so feel free to modify it to suit your tastes or the ingredients you have on hand. Here are a few ideas:

  • Use roasted peanuts or cashews instead of almonds
  • Substitute chopped red onion for the green onion
  • Substitute golden raisins for regular
  • Add chopped bacon
  • Add chopped fresh tomato
  • Add chopped jalapeno pepper
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Serving and Side Dish Suggestions

My favorite way to serve this colorful salad is to line the outer edge of a serving bowl or platter with lettuce or spinach leaves, then spoon the salad into the bowl or onto the platter.
 
Here are a few other ideas for serving:

  • In hulled-out large tomato halves
  • Create a chicken salad sandwich by placing the salad between two pieces of lightly toasted whole-wheat bread
  • As a lettuce wrap (inside large boston or romaine lettuce leaves)
  • Stuffed inside a pita half
  • In individual lettuce-lined bowls

In terms of sides, this salad is fairly rich and filling, so I usually just serve it with one of these chilled soups alongside: 

Make Ahead and Storage for Curry Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad can be prepared up to 4 days in advance, placed in an airtight container, and refrigerated. I recommend adding the slivered almonds just before serving, so they stay crunchy. And, I think this salad has the best flavor when served within 24 hours of preparation. 
 
I don’t recommend freezing this dish as it will diminish the flavor and have a funky consistency.

Other Portable Main Dish Salads to Try

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Curried Chicken Pasta Salad

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Add a burst of deep, bold flavor to your classic chicken salad with our delicious Curry Chicken Salad with Pasta. Tender chunks of chicken, short pasta, crunchy celery, green onion, tart green apple, toasted almonds, and sweet raisins are perfectly complemented by an earthy, peppery, warm curry dressing. Whether you’re looking for a new family favorite or a crowd-pleasing potluck dish, this Curried Chicken Pasta Salad is a winner!

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Refrigeration Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

Curry Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or nonfat Greek yogurt (or a mix)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup mango chutney – see Note below

Chicken Pasta Salad

  • 4 ounces short pasta (orecchiette, farfalle or small shells will work)
  • 2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken (around 1 1/4 pounds)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (white, light green and some dark green part)
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery (including leaves)
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) chopped green apple – around 1/2 large apple
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup toasted slivered almonds

Instructions

Curry Dressing

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and sour cream (or yogurt). Whisk in curry powder, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.
  2. Cut up any large pieces of mango in the chutney and whisk in.
  3. Cover and refrigerate while you prepare the salad.

Chicken Pasta Salad

  1. Cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Drain, rinse under cool running water, and gently pat dry.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, toss together cooled pasta, chicken, raisins, scallions, celery, and apple (I like to use my hands).
  3. Add half of the dressing and (using spoons this time!) toss to coat. Add more dressing to your taste (I usually use all of it).
  4. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, up to 24 hours before serving.Around 20 to 30 minutes before serving, remove the salad from the refrigerator and stir in almonds. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  5. Line the outer edge of a serving bowl or platter with lettuce or spinach leaves. Spoon salad into bowl or onto platter and serve.

Notes

Note on mango chutney: A widely available brand is “Major Grey’s Chutney”

Make ahead: Curried Chicken Salad can be prepared up to 4 days in advance, placed in an airtight container, and refrigerated. I recommend adding the slivered almonds just before serving, so they stay crunchy. And, I think this salad has the best flavor when served within 24 hours of preparation.

  • Author: Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: main dish salads, make ahead
  • Method: Refrigerate
  • Cuisine: American

Note: this recipe was originally posted in July of 2013 and substantially updated in June of 2024 with more information and photos.

FAQs about Curry Chicken Salad

Can I use a different type of pasta for this recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different pasta shapes like farfalle or shells to add variety to the dish.

Can I make this salad ahead of time for a party or gathering?

Yes, this salad tastes better when the flavors have had time to meld together, making it an ideal make-ahead dish for entertaining. While you can make it up to 4 days ahead, I recommend serving it withing 24 hours.

Is there a way to make this salad dairy-free?

Omit the sour cream and use just nonfat Greek yogurt.

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Celebrate Dad in Style: 7 Menus for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a special occasion to honor and appreciate the fathers in our lives. It’s a day to express gratitude for their love, support, and guidance. And what better way to show our love than through food? Food has a unique way of bringing people together and creating lasting memories. By preparing a special…

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Father’s Day is a special occasion to honor and appreciate the fathers in our lives. It’s a day to express gratitude for their love, support, and guidance. And what better way to show our love than through food? Food has a unique way of bringing people together and creating lasting memories. By preparing a special meal for your dad on Father’s Day, you can create a memorable experience that will be cherished for years.

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How to Plan Your Father’s Day Meal

Consider your dad’s favorite foods and preferences when planning your Father’s Day menu. Is he a meat lover? Does he enjoy seafood? Or perhaps he’s a vegetarian? By tailoring the menu to his taste, you can make him feel truly special and appreciated.

Lee’s Dad, the late Mack Clayton, who was always a snappy dresser!

7 Menus and Recipe Ideas for a Special Father’s Day Dinner

Whether Dad craves casual BBQ, classic comfort food, or an elegant dinner, we’ve got you covered. Here are 7 mouthwatering Father’s Day menus, each complete with recipe ideas, to make your dad’s day truly unforgettable.

Menu 1: Classic Father’s Day BBQ Feast

Celebrate Dad’s special day with this all-American spread featuring our melt-in-your-mouth ribs with a tangy homemade sauce, creamy potato salad, and a refreshing Caesar salad. Remember the fluffy cornbread and a decadent cheesecake to top it all off.

White platters filled with Braised Baby BBQ Sauce

Braised Baby Back Ribs with Zesty BBQ Sauce

These Braised Baby Back Ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and the Zesty BBQ Sauce is amazingly delicious! A bit sharp, a bit sweet, a bit spicy – these ribs and sauce will make your taste buds sing!

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Dorothy’s Potato Salad with Egg

Bursting with fresh, vibrant ingredients, this recipe combines the humble potato with the crispy cucumbers, peppery radishes, subtle green onions, and rich hard-boiled eggs. But what truly sets this salad apart is the secret sauce, calling for tangy yellow mustard.

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Caesar Dressing for Salad

This Homemade Caesar Dressing is thick, creamy and full of tangy, salty flavors. Our version of this classic dressing has been successfully prepared many times, by many people, making it both time and taste tested.

Parmesan Buttermilk Cornbread is moist, tangy and super delicious! #cornbreadrecipe #easycornbreadrecipe #cheesycornbreadrecipe #quickbreadrecipe

Parmesan Cornbread Recipe

This Southern-style Buttermilk Cornbread recipe from my grandmother (Nama) is an easy to make side dish that’s always a crowd pleaser. It’s a classic recipe that has been passed down for generations, and, like most traditional Southern cornbread recipes, doesn’t contain any added sugar.

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Aunt DeeDee’s Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping

There’s nothing quite like the indulgent, creamy goodness of a homemade cheesecake. And when it comes to this classic dessert, Aunt Dee-Dee’s Cheesecake with Sour Cream Topping is simply divine. With a buttery, slightly crunchy graham cracker crust and an ultra-smooth filling that’s perfectly baked in a pie dish, this cheesecake is a dream come true for any dessert lover.

 Menu 2: Sizzling Steak and Summery Sides

Treat Dad to a perfectly cooked juicy steak with a flavorful sauce. Pair it with creamy corn pudding, a bright tomato and arugula salad, and a refreshing scoop of lemon almond ice cream. Brownies add the perfect finishing touch.

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Grilled Ribeye Steak with Dijon Sauce

Fire up your grill and get ready to make our time-tested Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe! Over the years, my home gourmet mom perfected the “art of the grill” and identified the optimal mix of seasonings and cooking method to deliver tender, juicy, super flavorful grilled steaks. I’ve also included the recipe for a tangy Dijon, Caper, Green Onion Sauce to serve on the side.

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Easy Corn Pudding Recipe

Moist, fluffy and soufflé-like, Southern Corn Pudding is perfection in every bite. Easy to prepare, too, with fresh, available ingredients – no canned corn or boxed cornbread mix. Plus, our Corn Pudding recipe dates back generations, so it’s definitely tried and true!

arugula spread on a blue platter, topped with roasted tomato halves, cheese and olives

Arugula and Tomato Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Tomatoes roasted with a mixture of fresh herbs and olive oil are the star in Arugula and Tomato Salad. These tantalizing beauties are served atop peppery arugula and surrounded by briny Kalamata olives and delicate fresh Mozzarella cheese. It’s all finished with a luscious, slightly sweet while still tangy Balsamic Dressing.

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Lemon Almond Ice Cream

Super quick and easy, Lemon Almond Ice Cream will be your new favorite!

Close up of 2 Chewy Chocolate Brownies on a white platter

Chewy Chocolate Brownie Recipe With Unsweetened Chocolate

Rumored to be a favorite recipe of the legendary Katharine Hepburn, imagine deeply rich chocolate flavor, a fudgy texture that’s incredibly chewy, and a perfect balance of sweetness – all in one irresistible bite. Plus, this recipe relies on available/pantry ingredients and comes together so easily that you might just find yourself baking them every month, like me!

Menu 3: Quick and Easy Dad’s Day Treat

Short on time? No worries! This menu features a flavorful grilled chicken dish with goat cheese and tomatoes, a simple side of pasta (no recipe for this, just cook some fettuccini), a light spinach salad, and a delicious berry cobbler for dessert. Dad will love the taste and appreciate the effort (that didn’t take all day!).

Gold and white platter holding Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

This Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese recipe bursts with freshness and is ready in just 45 minutes. Perfectly grilled chicken is topped with vibrant juicy tomatoes bathed in a creamy, tangy goat cheese sauce; the result is a colorful, light, and satisfying dish.

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Easy Spinach Salad Recipe with Lemon Pine Nut Dressing

This Spinach Salad with Pine Nut Dressing is an excellent side dish to have in your recipe files. sometimes you need an uncomplicated dish that will add color and flavor to the plate, but not compete with the star. This spinach salad does all that, plus it’s quick and easy to prepare. And, the Lemon Dressing is bright and fresh.

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Quick Homemade Drop Biscuits – Easy Recipe!

Craving a warm, buttery biscuit straight from the oven? Our Easy Drop Biscuit Recipe is all you need! Crafted with pantry essentials and ready in less than 25 minutes, you’ll be well on your way to biscuit perfection.

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Easy Berry Cobbler Recipe

A family favorite for over 40 years, this quick and easy Berry Cobbler Recipe takes only 5 minutes to prepare, with 5 ingredients. No batter mixing required!

Menu 4: Mediterranean Escape

Transport Dad to the sun-drenched shores of the Mediterranean with this flavorful menu. Chicken simmered with Kalamata olives and tomatoes is a taste of Greece, while the lemon rice, mixed green salad with a tangy mustard vinaigrette, anise bread, and magical lemon pudding cakes complete this delightful culinary journey.

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Chicken with Kalamata Olives and Tomatoes

These Italian-inspired Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Olive Sauce are quick to prepare for every day meals and elegant enough for entertaining, too. The flavor of the fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic and olives intensifies while cooking, resulting in a delicious, colorful sauce.

Easy Lemon Rice Side Dish

Lemon Rice is bright, creamy and easy enough for everyday, while elegant enough for entertaining. Long grain white rice and lemon zest are briefly sautéed in a bit of butter, then simmered in flavorful chicken broth. Five minutes before serving, lemon juice and cream are added. So easy, so delicious!

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Mixed Greens with Mustard Vinaigrette

This Vinaigrette Recipe is a variation of a classic French vinaigrette, adding mustard and garlic. The resulting dressing has bold, tangy flavors that add zest to any salad. I always keep a jar in my refrigerator, making it easy to quickly create a flavorful salad with most any greens.

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Anise Bread

This distinctive Anise Bread is different than any savory bread you’ve ever had. A crisp, brown crust flecked with sesame seeds surrounds a moist interior spiced with anise seeds. And no licorice flavor here; I don’t like black licorice and I love this bread!

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Magic Lemon Pudding Cakes

Sweet, tangy and pillowy light, Lemon Pudding Cakes are a refreshing way to end any meal. They’re made with just one easy batter that magically forms into two layers when baked – fluffy, moist lemon cake on top with creamy lemon pudding below, resulting in a dazzling amount of luscious lemony taste. The secret to the batter forming into two layers is in how it’s baked!

Menu 5: Festive Father’s Day Dinner

Celebrate Dad in style with this elegant and impressive menu. Parmesan-crusted salmon is a showstopper, perfectly paired with tender steamed new potatoes and crisp lemon Dijon green beans. For a delightful finish, a refreshing ginger blueberry lemon tart is sure to tantalize his taste buds.

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Parmesan Breaded Salmon with Herb Mayo

Charming, delightful and crowd-pleasing, Parmesan Breaded Salmon with Herb Mayo will be the star of your next gathering. I’ve been serving this timeless recipe at my dinner parties for years. Not only is it fresh, enticing, and full of flavor, it’s also easy to prepare. All the prep work can be done the day before, leaving you to enjoy your guests!

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Steamed Red Potatoes with Herb Butter

Quick and easy to prepare in less than 15 minutes, steamed Red Potatoes are the perfect shortcut to a mouthwatering side dish. Cooked to perfection, all they need is melted butter, chopped parsley, and a sprinkle of salt to finish and serve.

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Lemon Green Beans with Dijon Mustard

Indulge your taste buds with these oven-roasted green beans coated with a luscious blend of tangy olive oil, zesty lemon juice, and bold Dijon mustard. The pièce de résistance? Crispy caramelized shallots sprinkled on top, infusing each bite with a deeply rich sweetness and a bit of crunch.

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Ginger Blueberry Lemon Tart

This show-stopping Lemon Ginger Blueberry Tart starts with a gingersnap-rum crust that’s filled with a creamy, lemon-y mixture and topped with fresh blueberries. Yum!

Menu 6: Spring Shrimp Bake, A Feta & Tomato Delight

Welcome Dad with this light and flavorful menu. Oven-baked shrimp with juicy tomatoes and briny feta cheese is paired with a simple spinach salad, while herb bread adds a touch of rustic charm. Finish the meal on a sweet note with a classic blueberry cake topped with a crumbly, buttery topping.

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Oven Baked Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta

Flavorful Italian plum tomatoes, briny capers, garlicky shrimp and tangy feta cheese come together in this Oven Baked Shrimp dish. Succulent shrimp are coated in a garlic butter sauce, nestled in a seasoned tomato sauce base and topped with crumbled feta, creating a melted layer of cheesy goodness.

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Easy Spinach Salad Recipe With Zesty Curry Dressing

Are you on the lookout for a simple yet sensational salad recipe? Look no further, because we have the perfect dish for you! This quick and easy spinach salad recipe features a zesty curry dressing that will elevate your salad game to new heights.

Quick Herb Bread Recipe

This quick bread recipe is a family favorite, passed down to me by my mom. It uses a combination of whole wheat and all-purpose flour to provide both fiber and structure, and cornmeal to add natural sweetness – eliminating the need for refined sugar. To finish off the flavor profile, a touch of honey is added. The dried herbs and fennel included in the recipe create an unusual and complex, yet satisfying taste in this delicious bread.

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Blueberry Delight Cake with Crumb Topping

Fresh, juicy blueberries are nestled in a moist cake batter and topped with a cinnamon and nutmeg flavored topping.

Menu 7: Italian Comfort, Pappardelle with Savory Veggies

Sometimes, comfort food is the way to Dad’s heart. This menu features a hearty dish of pappardelle pasta tossed with savory eggplant and mushrooms. A refreshing spinach salad with a unique curry dressing adds a touch of intrigue. Crusty French bread and a ginger cake bursting with warm flavors round out this satisfying meal.

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Quick Pappardelle with Mushrooms and Eggplant

A super easy pasta dish to prepare on a busy day, Quick Eggplant and Mushroom Pappardelle from my husband Robert is a crowd-pleaser! A bit sweet, a bit spicy, a bit earthy – it has a mouth-watering combination of flavors.

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Easy Spinach Salad Recipe With Zesty Curry Dressing

Are you on the lookout for a simple yet sensational salad recipe? Look no further, because we have the perfect dish for you! This quick and easy spinach salad recipe features a zesty curry dressing that will elevate your salad game to new heights.

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Sticky Ginger Cake

Intensely flavorful and super moist, Sticky Ginger Cake isn’t your typical gingerbread – and it’s super easy to prepare, too. The warm, earthy flavor of ginger is combined with molasses, cinnamon and allspice, resulting in a deeply spiced, scrumptious cake. A two-ingredient lemon-sugar glaze is the perfect finish!

Note: this post was first shared in June 2010 with only one menu. In 2024, I expanded it to include 7 menus.

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Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

This Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese recipe bursts with freshness and is ready in just 45 minutes. Perfectly grilled chicken is topped with vibrant juicy tomatoes bathed in a creamy, tangy goat cheese sauce; the result is a colorful, light, and satisfying dish. With just six ingredients, you can effortlessly create a dish…

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This Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese recipe bursts with freshness and is ready in just 45 minutes. Perfectly grilled chicken is topped with vibrant juicy tomatoes bathed in a creamy, tangy goat cheese sauce; the result is a colorful, light, and satisfying dish. With just six ingredients, you can effortlessly create a dish that’s elegant enough for entertaining yet easy enough for weeknight dinner. Plus, I share my secrets for how to grill juicy, tender chicken!

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Why Chicken with Goat Cheese and Tomatoes is a Favorite

I’ve been making this delectable recipe for years. Six ingredients all of which I usually have on hand, combined with 45 minutes from beginning to end, and I have a light, elegant dish bursting with freshness. In this dish, fresh grape or cherry tomatoes are tossed with kosher salt and left to sit, to draw out some of their moisture. Instead of throwing out the tomato juices, you whisk them with goat cheese into a creamy, sauce full of tomato flavor.

Here’s more on why this dish is a family favorite:

  • Flavor explosion with minimal effort. This recipe packs a punch of fresh summer flavors with just six simple ingredients. It proves that delicious food doesn’t require a complicated ingredient list.
  • Effortless elegance. Ready in just 45 minutes with only six ingredients, it’s perfect for a weeknight meal but impressive enough for entertaining.
  • Guaranteed juicy chicken. Our grilling method ensures perfectly cooked, tender chicken breasts every single time, no more dry disappointments!
  • Light yet satisfying. This dish strikes the perfect balance – flavorful and filling without feeling heavy.
  • Simple yet versatile. With just a few tweaks, you can customize this recipe to your tastes – add fresh herbs, swap the tomatoes for another summer veggie, or experiment with different cheeses.

Chicken, Goat Cheese, and Tomatoes Ingredients

You only need 6 ingredients to create this colorful and delectable recipe:

  • Red and yellow grape or cherry tomatoes – These are my favorite type of tomato to use in this recipe due to their sweetness and size. You can substitute other types if you prefer (see section on Substitutions below).
  • Kosher salt
  • Mild goat cheese – a soft and creamy goat cheese log works best in this recipe because you whip a portion of it with liquid to form a delicious sauce. Don’t use pre-crumbled cheese! The anti-caking additives they contain reduce the flavor and make it difficult to make the sauce.
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breast halves – you can substitute boneless, skinless thighs but they won’t look as elegant on the plate as a breast.
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Photo by Laurie Smith

How to Make Grilled Chicken, Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese

You’re going to be amazed at how quick and easy this chicken dish is to put together:

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Season the tomatoes; let rest.
    Put the tomatoes in a colander set over a medium mixing bowl. Toss tomatoes with the sea salt and let stand for at least 20 minutes to release the juices.
  3. Add goat cheese and oil to tomato juice.
    Remove and set aside the colander; into the collected juice from the tomatoes, whisk half the goat cheese and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until smooth. 
  4. Mix in tomatoes and remaining cheese; season.
    Fold in the tomatoes and remaining goat cheese. Season with freshly ground pepper.
  5. Prep chicken. 
    Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towel. If breasts are large, butterfly and halve, or pound to an even thickness.
  6. Grill chicken.
    Brush the chicken breasts on both sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Brush the heated grill grates with oil. Place breasts in a single layer and grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until they reach 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion. (See Tips below.)
  7. Let chicken rest.
    Place cooked chicken breasts on a serving platter and cover with foil. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Serve.
    Spoon the tomato-goat cheese mixture on top of the breasts and serve.

Tips for Grilling Chicken to Perfection

Here are my tips to follow in order to have tender, moist chicken breasts:

  • Ensure breasts are an even thickness. To ensure even cooking, either butterfly the breasts or pound them to an even thickness before grilling. This will prevent the thinner parts from drying out while waiting for the thicker parts to cook through.
  • Don’t oil grill rack until it’s preheated. If you oil the grill rack earlier, then the oil cooks off when the grill is preheating.
  • Also oil chicken. Brushing the breasts with oil enhances flavor, ensures they stay moist, and helps to promote nice grill marks.
  • Place chicken properly on grill rack. Place breasts at an angle to get the best-looking grill marks. And, leave space between the pieces so the heat can circulate and cook the chicken evenly.
  • Let cooked chicken rest before serving. Letting the chicken rest for 5 minutes allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.

Substitutions and Additions

While this recipe is delicious as is, it is also very flexible so feel free to adjust it to make it your own. Here are a few suggestions:

Substitutions

  • Use other kinds of fresh tomatoes instead of grape or cherry – chopped Roma works well.
  • Amp up the flavor by using a flavored goat cheese, such as sundried tomatoes or herb- flavored.
  • Substitute another type of cheese – feta or fresh mozzarella cheese. Just note that these won’t make a creamy sauce like the goat cheese.
  • Replace the chicken breasts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs.

Additions (to the toppings)

  • Chopped fresh herbs – fresh basil leaves, parsley, even cilantro.
  • Chopped artichoke hearts.
  • Sliced black or green olives.
  • Chopped sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Lemon zest.
  • Chopped red onions, green onions, or shallots.
  • Dijon mustard to the oil for brushing onto the chicken.
  • Balsamic vinegar or lemon juice.

Variations in Chicken Cooking Method

Don’t have a grill? No problem! Here are other ways to cook the chicken in this recipe:

  • Broil the chicken. Preheat broiler on high. Place the top oven rack  around 5 inches from the heat source. Place oiled chicken breasts on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Broil 4 minutes, flip over and continue cooking an additional 4-5 minutes or until  the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees.
  • Roast the chicken. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place oiled chicken breasts on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Gold and white platter holding Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Photo by Laurie Smith

How to Serve Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

Here are various ways you can serve this chicken recipe:

  • On a serving platter. Arrange breasts in a single layer and spoon tomato and cheese mixture over the top.
  • On individual dinner plates. Place one breast on each plate and spoon tomato and cheese mixture over the top.
  • Atop pasta. Place cooked pasta noodles (I like to use fettuccini or linguini) on a serving platter and top with breasts; spoon tomato and cheese mixture over the top.

In addition, for a pop of contrasting color, you can garnish the top of the dish with fresh parsley.

Add an easy tossed salad of mixed greens and our Mustard Vinaigrette and a loaf of crusty bread, and dinner is complete!

How to Store and Reheat Chicken, Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese

If you have leftovers, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate. They will last for 3 to 4 days. I don’t recommend freezing as the tomato mixture can become watery

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Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese

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This Grilled Chicken with Tomatoes and Goat Cheese recipe bursts with freshness and is ready in just 45 minutes. Perfectly grilled chicken is topped with vibrant juicy tomatoes bathed in a creamy, tangy goat cheese sauce; the result is a colorful, light, and satisfying dish. With just six ingredients, you can effortlessly create a dish that’s elegant enough for entertaining yet easy enough for weeknight dinner. Plus, I share my secrets for how to grill juicy, tender chicken!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Resting Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 2 cups red and yellow grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 2 ounces mild goat cheese (flavored works well), crumbled, divided use
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided use
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Place tomatoes in a colander set over a medium mixing bowl. Toss with the sea salt and let stand for at least 20 minutes to release the juices.
  3. Remove tomatoes and set aside the colander; into the collected juice from the tomatoes, whisk half the goat cheese and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil until smooth.
  4. Fold in the tomatoes and remaining goat cheese. Season with freshly ground pepper.
  5. Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towel. If breasts are large, butterfly and halve, or pound to an even thickness.
  6. Brush the chicken breasts on both sides with the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Brush the heated grill grates with oil. Place breasts in a single layer and grill for 4 to 5 minutes per side, or until they reach 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest portion.
  7. Place cooked chicken breasts on a serving platter and cover with foil. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Spoon the tomato-goat cheese mixture on top of the breasts and serve.
  • Author: From ” A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®” by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Poultry, main dish, quick and easy
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 breast plus topping
  • Calories: 277
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Sodium: 265.1 mg
  • Fat: 16.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.9 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 28.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 89.3 mg

Note: this recipe was originally posted in April of 2011 and significantly updated in May 2024 with edited photos and more information.

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Sloppy Joes with Ground Turkey – a.k.a. Sloppy Janes

Craving comfort food but want something healthy? Turkey Sloppy Joes (aka Joe’s healthier sister Sloppy Janes) are your answer! This recipe delivers everything you love about the original dish – that satisfying combination of sweet and tangy sauce clinging to tender ground meat – in a healthier package. Prepared with an easy homemade sauce, it’s…

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Craving comfort food but want something healthy? Turkey Sloppy Joes (aka Joe’s healthier sister Sloppy Janes) are your answer! This recipe delivers everything you love about the original dish – that satisfying combination of sweet and tangy sauce clinging to tender ground meat – in a healthier package. Prepared with an easy homemade sauce, it’s packed with rich flavor and comes together quickly for busy weeknights or make-ahead meal prep. After several rounds of testing, I finally found the perfect balance of flavors and textures, making these Sloppy Janes not just healthy, but incredibly tasty too!

two turkey sloppy joes on a white platter with toppings and a beer in the background

What Sets This Recipe For Turkey Sloppy Joes Apart

This recipe takes your childhood Sloppy Joe memories and gives them a healthy upgrade! I’ve perfected the balance of sweet and tangy, ensuring moist turkey and rich tomato flavor, all through meticulous testing to find the ideal method and mix of ingredients for maximum deliciousness. So, what makes these Sloppy Janes extra special?

  • Perfectly balanced flavor. Countless rounds of testing went into creating a sauce that’s both sweet and tangy, without being dominated by any single ingredient.
  • Moist ground turkey. Swapping out ground beef for turkey can result in a dry mixture. After testing various levels of ground turkey leanness, as well as different methods of cooking, this recipe ensures your Sloppy Janes are packed with moisture.
  • Just the right tomato flavor. Diced tomatoes and tomato paste deliver a depth of flavor, without the sweetness of tomato sauce or ketchup.
  • Quick and easy. Weeknight dinner win! This recipe comes together fast and in one pan, making it perfect for busy schedules.
  • Meal prep friendly. Sloppy Janes can be made ahead and either refrigerated or frozen. 

Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes Ingredients

labeled ingredients for Turkey Sloppy Joes arranged on a cutting board
Missing: optional red bell pepper.

Here’s what you’ll need to create these delicious, messy-to-eat sandwiches (quantities are in the recipe card below):

Sloppy Joe filling:

  • Ground turkey (90% lean) – I tried this recipe with 85%, 90%, and 99% lean ground turkey, and around 90% was the best in terms of moistness and flavor
  • Yellow onion
  • Large red bell pepper (can also use green pepper), optional – the pepper adds a nice layer of flavor, but tested without was also delicious
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic cloves
  • Light brown sugar
  • Chili powder
  • Ground cinnamon – a subtle addition that adds depth and balances the sweetness
  • Tomato paste
  • Yellow mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Fresh or canned diced tomatoes
  • Beer – all of the alcohol will be cooked off when preparing the filling, but if you prefer you can substitute the juice from the canned tomatoes (or water)
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Fresh ground pepper 

To serve:

  • Hamburger buns
  • Melted butter (to brush the buns before toasting)
  • Toppings: Cheddar cheese, red onion, jalapeno pepper, lettuce, dill pickle
one turkey sloppy joe on a white platter with toppings and a beer in the background

How to Make Sloppy Joes with Ground Turkey

And here’s all you have to do to create these crowd-pleasing Sloppy Joes:

  1. Brown turkey.
    In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook brown turkey just until no longer pink. Ground turkey cooking in skillet
  2. Add vegetables.
    Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; lightly season the mixture with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 3 to 4 minutes. 
  3. Add sugar, spices, and tomato paste.
    Stir in sugar, chili powder, cinnamon, then tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Add mustard, Worcestershire sauce, tomatoes, and beer.
    Stir in mustard, Worcestershire sauce, then diced tomatoes and beer. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally,  for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. 
  5. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper.
    Add vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place over low heat to keep warm. ground turkey with sauce cooking in skillet
  6. Toast buns; serve.
    Lightly brush the insides of the hamburger buns with melted butter and toast. Fill with Sloppy Jane mixture and serve with toppings on the side.

Tips for Making the Perfect Turkey Sloppy Joes

To ensure your turkey Sloppy Joes turn out perfect every time, here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Choose the right ground turkey. Opt for ground turkey that is around 90 to 93% lean. I found this level to deliver the best results in terms of flavor and moistness.
  • Season the turkey and vegetables when sautéing. Add salt draws out the natural flavors of the ingredients, making them taste brighter and more intense.
  • Layer in the ingredients in the order given. Adding the ingredients in a certain order allows the flavors to be gradually incorporated, adding depth and balance to the final mixture.
  • Brush hamburger buns with butter and lightly toast. Who wants a delicious hot filling on a cold bun? And, brushing the inside of the buns with butter before toasting helps them crisp up, adds still more flavor, and keeps the bread moist.

Variations and Additions to Personalize Your Turkey Sloppy Joes

While this Turkey Sloppy Joe recipe is delicious as is, feel free to get creative and make it your own. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Add chopped jalapeno or serrano peppers, or your favorite hot sauce to the turkey mixture.
  • Add more chopped vegetables – carrots, zucchini, or mushrooms can be sautéed along with the onions and peppers.
  • The alcohol in the beer will cook off; you can also use nonalcoholic beer, water, or the tomato juice from the canned diced tomatoes.
two turkey sloppy joes on a white platter with toppings and a beer in the background

Serving Suggestions and Side Dishes

As mentioned above, I like to serve these Turkey Sloppy Joes on toasted hamburger buns with various toppings on the side, including:

  • Sliced Cheddar or American cheese
  • Sliced red onion
  • Sliced jalapeno peppers (seeds removed unless you like spice!)
  • Lettuce leaves
  • Sliced dill pickles

Here are some side dishes that pair well with these Sloppy Janes:

Make Ahead and Storage for Turkey Sloppy Joes

If you are making the Sloppy Jane mixture ahead of time, or have leftovers, let it cool, then place it in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will last for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen for up to 2 months; thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
 
To reheat, place the mixture in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through. You may need to add a splash of water or broth to loosen the sauce if it has thickened in the refrigerator.

FAQs About Turkey Sloppy Joes

Can I use ground chicken instead of turkey?

Yes you can use ground chicken. Just opt for a mixture that is around 90% lean (or 10% fat).

How to thicken runny Sloppy Joes?

If your sloppy joe mixture is too runny, in a small bowl whisk together 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch. Add this slurry to the sauce and cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens.

Can I eat Sloppy Joes without bread?

Yes, you can serve the Sloppy Jane mixture atop a baked potato or French fries for a bread-free alternative.

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Turkey Sloppy Joes – a.k.a. Sloppy Janes

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Craving comfort food but want something healthy? Turkey Sloppy Joes (aka Joe’s healthier sister Sloppy Janes) are your answer! This recipe delivers everything you love about the original dish – that satisfying combination of sweet and tangy sauce clinging to tender ground meat – in a healthier package. Prepared with an easy homemade sauce, it’s packed with rich flavor and comes together quickly for busy weeknights or make-ahead meal prep. After several rounds of testing, I finally found the perfect balance of flavors and textures, making these Sloppy Janes not just healthy, but incredibly tasty too!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Sloppy Joe Filling

  • 1 pound ground turkey (90 to 93% lean)
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper (can also use green), optional
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (15 ounce) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

To Serve

  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Toppings: Cheddar cheese, sliced red onion, sliced jalapeno pepper, lettuce, dill sliced pickle

Instructions

Sloppy Jane Filling

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat cook ground turkey until no longer pink.
  2. Add onion, bell pepper, and garlic; lightly season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in sugar, chili powder, cinnamon, then tomato paste. Cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Stir in mustard, Worcestershire sauce, then diced tomatoes and beer. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally,  for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Add vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place over low heat to keep warm.

To Serve

  1. Lightly brush the insides of the hamburger buns with melted butter and toast.
  2. Fill with Sloppy Jane mixture and serve with toppings on the side.

Notes

Make ahead: If you are making the Sloppy Jane mixture ahead of time, or have leftovers, let it cool, then place it in an airtight container and refrigerate. It will last for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen for up to 2 months; thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

  • Author: Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Quick and easy
  • Cuisine: American

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The Best Lemon Bars – Easy Family Recipe

Sunshine on a plate! Straight from my grandmother Nama’s kitchen, these Homemade Lemon Bars are a treasured family recipe. Lovingly passed down for three generations, this recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare with readily available pantry ingredients. Bursting with citrusy flavor from both fresh lemon juice and zest, the addition of a unique ingredient makes…

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Sunshine on a plate! Straight from my grandmother Nama’s kitchen, these Homemade Lemon Bars are a treasured family recipe. Lovingly passed down for three generations, this recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare with readily available pantry ingredients. Bursting with citrusy flavor from both fresh lemon juice and zest, the addition of a unique ingredient makes them lighter than other, more dense lemon bars. And, with the perfect balance of sweet and tart, these homemade lemon bars appeal to both young and old, making them a delightful dessert for any occasion, from family dinner to bridal showers or graduation celebrations.

Homemade Lemon Bars stacked on a serving tray with small plates and flowers in the background

What is a Lemon Bar?

A lemon bar is a popular cookie consisting of a tart lemon filling layered on top of a buttery shortbread crust. After baking, the dessert is typically cut into small squares or rectangles for serving. Lemon bars are known for their refreshing citrus flavor and are enjoyed as a sweet treat or dessert.

 Why This is the BEST Lemon Bars Recipe

These luscious cookies hold special memories for me. My maternal grandmother, whom we called Nama, always whipped them up whenever we visited her in Tucson (she actually called them Lemon Love Notes!). They were so delicious, that we insisted Mom recreate them for us back home. And the tradition continues! Every time I serve these cookies, they vanish in a flash, with at least one person inevitably asking for the recipe. Here’s what makes this lemon bar recipe stand out:

  • Balanced flavors. I find lemon bar cookies are often too lemony or too sugary. Nama’s recipe achieves just the right balance between sweet and tart, ensuring every bite is just right.
  • More zesty lemon flavor. Adding fresh lemon zest alongside lemon juice infuses the bars with an extra layer of citrusy depth.
  • Lighter filling. Unlike denser, more stiff lemon bars, ours offer a lighter lemon filling, thanks to the addition of baking powder. Its leavening action subtly lifts the filling during baking.
  • Frosted topping. Versus most other lemon bars that are topped with powdered sugar, Nama’s lemon bars stand out with a delectable frosting. This elegant finish not only adds a creamy richness but also complements the tangy lemon flavor perfectly.
  • Easy to prepare. Nama’s easy-to-follow recipe guarantees consistent results every time.
  • Crowd pleaser. Whether you’re serving a family gathering or a party with friends, these lemon bars are guaranteed to be a hit with everyone, young and old alike.
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Ingredients for Homemade Lemon Bars

Here are the key ingredients you’ll need to create these bright, refreshing lemon bars from scratch (quantities are provided in the recipe card below):

Cookie crust

  • Butter – Nama, mom and I all use salted butter for the best taste. If you opt for unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Powdered (Confectioners’) sugar
  • All-purpose flour

Lemon filling

  • Large eggs
  • Granulated sugar
  • Lemons – I recommend using regular lemons and not Meyer, as the latter’s lower acidic content results in less tangy flavor, making the cookies bland
  • Baking powder – don’t skip as this is the key to making the filling lighter.
  • Table salt

Frosting

  • Butter, salted
  • Powdered (Confectioners’) sugar
  • Whole milk – you can substitute 2% milk
  • Vanilla extract
Homemade Lemon Bars stacked on a serving tray in the background, with flowers and a small plate with two lemon bars in the front

How to Make Lemon Bars from Scratch

Follow these simple steps to achieve a delicious cookie-like crust and a luscious lemon filling:

A. Preheat oven and prep pan (if needed)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. You have the option to use a 7 by 11-inch glass baking dish as is or line it with two pieces of parchment paper, placed crosswise. (I don’t recommend using a metal pan.) The paper will make it easier to remove the cookies from the pan, but you will not get those lightly browned chewy edges.

B. Cookie crust

  1. Combine butter and sugar.
    With an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, blend together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth, fluffy, and light in color, around 3 to 4 minutes. 
  2. Add flour.
    Add the flour and mix just the mixture starts to form clumps. Don’t overmix. close up of raw crust dough showing the lumpy texture
  3. Press into pan.
    Press dough into the bottom of the prepared baking pan, in an even layer. Crust dough pressed into baking dish, before baking
  4. Bake.
    Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside (don’t turn the oven off).

C. Lemon filling

  1. Combine eggs and sugar.
    Again with the electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together just until light in color and well blended. 
  2. Add remaining ingredients; blend.
    Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, baking powder and salt and blend until just mixed. 
  3. Add to crust.
    Spread the lemon mixture over top of baked crust. Unbaked lemon filing in baking dish on top of baked crust
  4. Bake.
    Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until set – gently press the top with your finger to test. (Lemon filling will have puffed up and then settled down a bit).  Set aside to cool in the pan for at least one hour before frosting. Cooked lemon bars, in baking dish before adding frosting

 D. Frosting

  1. Combine ingredients.
     In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until frosting consistency. Add more milk if too thick or more sugar if too thin.
  2. Spread on cookies.
    Spread over the top of the cooled bars. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Frosted homemade lemon bars, in baking dish

Variation in Method – Without an Electric Mixer

If you don’t have an electric mixer, you can combine the lemon bar ingredients for each layer the way my grandmother did in her original recipe – by hand:

  • For the Crust: Place all crust ingredients in a mixing bowl, and using a fork, gently blend just until they are well combined and the mixture is forming clumps.
  • For the Lemon Filling: Place the eggs and sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until light in color and well blended. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until well combined.

Tips for the Best Lemon Bars

Here are my tips to ensure that your lemon bars turn out perfectly every time:

  • Use fresh lemons. For the best flavor, always use freshly squeezed lemon juice and zest. Bottled lemon juice lacks the vibrant taste that fresh lemons provide. And, I don’t recommend using Meyer lemons in this recipe; they have less “zing” due to their lower acidity.
  • Don’t overmix the crust. Overmixing the ingredients can lead to a tough and chewy crust. Stop mixing as soon as the ingredients are combined and forming lumps.
  • Bake the crust before adding the filling. Don’t skip this step! Pre-baking the crust ensures that it holds its shape and doesn’t become soggy when the lemon filling is added. 
  • Cool the bars completely. It’s important to let the lemon bars cool to room temperature before frosting, so the frosting adheres properly.
  • Refrigerate before slicing. You need to refrigerate these cookies for at least one hour before slicing, to allow them to set. They will be much easier to slice cold!

Variations on the Classic Lemon Bars Recipe

While this easy lemon bars recipe is undeniably delicious, there are several ways to make them your own. Here are a few ideas:

  • Add candied ginger. Following on the heels of my Blueberry Lemon Tart recipe, add chopped candied ginger to the filling. 
  • Add coconut. Add shredded coconut into the crust or sprinkle it on top of the bars.

Let me know (in the comments below) if you come up with some other fun modifications!

Homemade Lemon Bars stacked on a serving tray with small plates and flowers in the background

How to Serve This Recipe for Lemon Bars

To serve this easy dessert:

  • Using a sharp knife cut the refrigerated cookies into bars. I usually cut them into 15 pieces, but for a larger group, I cut them slightly smaller, into around 24 pieces.
  • Place on a serving platter or individual serving plates.
  • Add a small sprig of fresh mint leaves to the plate or platter for a pop of contrasting color. 

Note that if you stack the cookies for a long time (e.g., other than to quickly serve), place parchment paper between the layers to keep them from sticking together.

How to Store Lemon Bars

If you have any leftover lemon bars or want to prepare them in advance, cover them tightly with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate. They are best when consumed within 2 to 3 days, but will last up to 4 to 5 days. They can also be frozen for up to 2 months. Thaw, covered, in the refrigerator overnight. (See note in section above about stacking the bars.)

Lemon Bars FAQs

Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemons?

While it is possible to use bottled lemon juice, I recommend using fresh lemons for the best flavor. Bottled lemon juice lacks the bright, tangy taste that fresh lemons provide.

Can I substitute margarine for butter in the crust?

While margarine can be used as a substitute, the flavor and texture of the crust may be slightly different. Butter is preferred for its rich flavor and superior baking properties.

Can I use a different type of citrus fruit, such as oranges or limes?

Lemon bars are traditionally made with lemons, but you can experiment with other citrus fruits. Let me know how they turn out!

Can I make the lemon bars gluten-free?

Yes, you can make gluten-free lemon bars by using 1 cup gluten-free flour and 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum. Double-check that all of your other ingredients are also gluten-free.

Do lemon bars need to be refrigerated?

Yes, for best results keep them well covered, in the refrigerator.

How long do lemon bars last in the fridge?

Lemon bars are best eaten within 2 to 3 days, but will last up to 4 to 5 days.

Can you freeze lemon bars?

Yes, you can freeze these lemon bars. It’s best to wrap each bar with plastic wrap, then place in a freezer-safe ziptop baggie. They will last for up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
 

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Best Lemon Bars – A Family Recipe

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Sunshine on a plate! Straight from my grandmother Nama’s kitchen, these Homemade Lemon Bars are a treasured family recipe. Lovingly passed down for three generations, this recipe is surprisingly easy to prepare with readily available pantry ingredients. Bursting with citrusy flavor from both fresh lemon juice and zest, the addition of a unique ingredient makes them lighter than other, more dense lemon bars. And, with the perfect balance of sweet and tart, these homemade lemon bars appeal to both young and old, making them a delightful dessert for any occasion, from family dinner to bridal showers or graduation celebrations.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooling time: 120 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 50 minutes
  • Yield: 15 to 24 bar cookies

Ingredients

Cookie Crust

  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered (Confectioners’) sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Lemon Filling

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest (about 2 medium lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder (reduce to 1/4 teaspoon above 7,000 feet)
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt

Frosting

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter , melted
  • 3/4 cup powdered (Confectioners’) sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk (or more)1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Optional (see note below): line a 7 by 11-inch pan with parchment paper.

Cookie Crust

  1. With an electric mixer, blend together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth, fluffy, and light in color, around 3 to 4 minutes. Add the flour and mix just the mixture starts to form clumps. Don’t overmix.
  2. Press dough into the bottom of the 7 by 11-inch baking dish.

Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside (don’t turn the oven off).

Lemon filling

  1. Again with the electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar together just until light in color and well blended. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, baking powder and salt and blend until just mixed. Spread over top of cooked crust.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until set – gently press the top with your finger to test. (Lemon filling will have puffed up and then settled down a bit). Set aside to cool in the pan for at least one hour before frosting.

Frosting

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk all ingredients together until frosting consistency. Add more milk if too thick or more sugar if too thin.
  2. Spread over the top of the cookies.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour. Cut into bars (either 18, 24, or 28, depending on how large you want the cookies to be).
  4. Store the cookies, covered, in the refrigerator. Can serve cold or at room temperature.

Notes

Note about baking dish: If you line the pan with parchment paper the cookies will be easier to remove from the pan. However, you won’t get those browned, chewy edges; your choice.

High altitude: No adjustments are necessary up to 7000 feet. Above that level, reduce the baking powder to 1/4 teaspoon.

Gluten free: Substitute 1 cup gluten-free flour and 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum for the 1 cup flour. Double-check that all of your other ingredients are also gluten-free.

  • Author: From “A Well-Seasoned Kitchen®” by Sally Clayton and Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Cookies, desserts
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

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25 Delicious and Heartwarming Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes 

Celebrate Mother’s Day in the most delicious way possible with our collection of 25 heartwarming breakfast recipes. From indulgent Cinnamon and Raisin Baked French Toast to impressive Eggs Benedict or Cheese Blintz Soufflés, we have something to suit mom’s tastes and preferences. So, whether surprising your mom with breakfast in bed or hosting a special brunch…

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in the most delicious way possible with our collection of 25 heartwarming breakfast recipes. From indulgent Cinnamon and Raisin Baked French Toast to impressive Eggs Benedict or Cheese Blintz Soufflés, we have something to suit mom’s tastes and preferences. So, whether surprising your mom with breakfast in bed or hosting a special brunch for the whole family, these delicious recipes are guaranteed to make her day extra special. Show your love and appreciation by treating your mom to a morning of heartwarming flavors and unforgettable moments!

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Tips for Planning a Special Mother’s Day Breakfast

Planning a delicious breakfast for mom on her special day requires some careful thought and advance preparation to ensure that everything goes smoothly and your mom feels truly loved. Here are a few tips to help you plan the perfect breakfast for your mom:

  1. Know her preferences. Take some time to think about your mom’s favorite breakfast foods. Does she prefer sweet or savory? Does she have any dietary restrictions or allergies? Knowing her preferences will help you craft a menu she will truly enjoy.
  2. Prepare in advance. To avoid any last-minute stress, plan your menu focusing on not only mom’s preferences but also dishes that can be prepared in part – or entirely – ahead.
  3. Create a bright, cozy atmosphere. Decorate the table with fresh flowers, use bright linens, and use your good china to make your mom feel extra special.
  4. Get the whole family involved. If you’re hosting a family brunch, assign tasks to different family members, from decorating the table to cooking various dishes. Not only will this lighten the load for you, but it will also make the breakfast feel more like a collective effort.

25 Mother’s Day Breakfast Recipes

Here are 25 recipes for you to choose from in planning breakfast for you mom. They are divided into 4 sections:

  • French Toast, Waffles, and Pancake Recipes 
  • Breakfast Egg Dishes
  • Homemade Pastries and Baked Goods
  • Miscellaneous Additions to Complete the Meal

French Toast, Waffles, and Pancake Recipes – for a sweet start to the day

If your mom is a fan of classic breakfast favorites, then indulgent French toast casserole, crispy waffles, or fluffy pancakes are the way to go. These simple yet elegant dishes can be customized with various toppings and flavorings to suit your mom’s taste. Here are 5 recipes to choose from:

Slice of Baked French Toast on a white plate with rest of casserole in the background alongside bowl of sliced bananas and flowers

Easy Baked Banana French Toast with Caramel Sauce

Treat yourself to the ultimate breakfast indulgence with our mouthwatering Baked Banana French Toast with Caramel Sauce. This delectable breakfast casserole turns traditional French toast into a truly decadent delight by adding the appealing flavors of caramel and banana. And, it’s quick and easy to prepare in 10 minutes the night before serving!

Oval baking dish filled with Baked Cinnamon French Toast, topped with berries and a spoon dishing out one serving

Cinnamon and Raisin Baked French Toast with Fresh Berries

Baked Cinnamon French Toast is full of divine flavors, varying textures and bright colors – and is super easy to prepare ahead of time. Purchased cinnamon raisin bread slices are steeped in a sweet-creamy mixture of egg, sugar, milk, cream and vanilla, then baked in a water bath. Easy, luscious, elegant and impressive!

White plate with Cinnamon Apple Waffles

Cinnamon Apple Waffles

These Cinnamon Apple Waffles are full of sweet, spiced, well-balanced flavors. Grated fresh apples are mixed into a batter punctuated by cinnamon and brown sugar, with tangy yogurt keeping the sweetness in check. They’re crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside – and I share my secrets on how to make them that way!

Banana Greek Yogurt Pancakes with Maple Syrup

Greek yogurt, mashed bananas, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla are added to a basic pancake batter, ramping up the flavor factor in these Banana Yogurt Pancakes. I also recommend using whole wheat flour and lower fat milk to make them healthier.

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Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes

Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes are light, fluffy, and bursting with juicy blueberries. And, they’re made even better with a touch of tangy buttermilk.

Breakfast Egg Dishes – that will make her heart melt

Eggs are a versatile ingredient that can be prepared in countless ways, making them a perfect addition to your Mother’s Day breakfast menu. Whether your mom prefers a classic brunch dish like Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise sauce, a healthy frittata, or an impressive Cheese Blintz Soufflé, there’s an egg dish out there that will make her heart melt. Here are 10 delicious egg recipes to choose from:

Two small plates each holding one portion of Eggs Benedict

Classic Eggs Benedict with Blender Hollandaise Sauce

To me, there’s nothing more rustically elegant – or delicious – for breakfast than Eggs Benedict. Toasted English muffins topped with slices of sweet Canadian bacon and delicate poached eggs, then slathered with buttery, lemony Hollandaise sauce. Poaching the eggs ahead of time and making the hollandaise sauce in a blender (then reheating shortly before serving) simplify the prep work significantly on these impressive eggs.

Smoked Salmon Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict with Mustard-Dill Sauce is a scrumptious, lighter version of traditional Eggs Benedict. Plus, the sauce is super easy to prepare!

Light blue cups filled with Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

Baked Eggs in Tomatoes

Impressive and easy to prepare, Baked Eggs in Tomatoes with Hollandaise Sauce is a delicious, vegetarian breakfast or brunch dish.

White ramekin filled with Christmas Morning Eggs

Baked Eggs in Ramekins

These baked eggs are quick and easy to prepare – and oh, so scrumptious! I can’t recall a Christmas morning without them. Eggs are baked in a nest of Cheddar cheese, along with green chiles and sour cream. Can be prepared ahead of time, and also baked in one large dish!

Overhead of cast iron skillet holding Poached Eggs in Italian Tomato Sauce

Eggs in Purgatory Recipe (Eggs Poached in Tomato Sauce)

Poached Eggs in Italian Tomato Sauce are full of flavor and take just minutes to put together in the morning. Eggs are poached in a sweet and slightly spicy mixture of diced tomatoes flavored with basil, oregano, garlic, parsley, rosemary and red pepper flakes. Starting with canned Italian tomatoes makes this a quick and easy breakfast that’s also impressive.

Square white plate with Toasted Bagel with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon

Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich

Tasty and colorful, Toasted Bagels with Egg Salad and Smoked Salmon are my husband Robert’s favorite breakfast. A bit tangy, a bit smoky and full of flavor, they are quick and easy to prepare. And, the egg salad can be made 24 hours ahead, too!

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Cheese Blintz Soufflés with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce

Cheese Blintz Soufflés with Blueberry Balsamic Sauce are a quick and easy variation on traditional cheese blintzes. Egg batter is layered with a cream cheese-cottage cheese filling in individual souffle dishes or ramekins, baked, then topped with an intensely flavored Blueberry Balsamic Sauce. The result is a delicious and impressive breakfast, brunch or lunch dish!

Overhead view of Vegetable Frittata in cast iron skillet set on a cutting board, with mushrooms, cheese, spinach and biscuits around the side

Easy and Delicious Healthy Vegetable Frittata Recipe 

As a breakfast enthusiast, I’ve perfected the art of the frittata, and this veggie-packed version is my absolute favorite! My Delicious Healthy Vegetable Frittata is packed with vibrant flavors and can be made with a variety of fresh veggies, making it both healthy and satisfying. Plus, it’s quick and easy to prepare, making it a great recipe to have in your repertoire.

Overhead shot of mushroom, spinach, zucchini pie with sliced tomatoes on top

Garden Vegetable Quiche Recipe

Mushroom, Spinach, Tomato and Zucchini Pie is the perfect dish to prepare with the fresh bounty from your garden or your favorite market.

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Goat Cheese and Fresh Herb Omelets

Quick and easy, these healthy, 5-ingredient, gluten-free omelets, were inspired by a trip to Southern France. Step by step omelet making instructions included!

Homemade Pastries and Baked Goods – for a touch of indulgence

If your mom has a sweet tooth, nothing says “I love you” like homemade pastries and baked goods. From bright muffins to gooey cinnamon rolls, these indulgent treats are sure to make your mom feel loved and appreciated. Here are 8 time-tested recipes to choose from:

white platter holding around 1 dozen mini pecan rolls

Irresistibly Delicious and Easy to Make: Mini Pecan Rolls

Indulge your taste buds with the mouthwatering goodness of homemade Mini Pecan Rolls! There’s something magical about the combination of warm, gooey caramel, crunchy pecans, spicy cinnamon and slightly tangy dough (from buttermilk) that makes these rolls an absolute delight.

White plate holding a batch of No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls with a peach and cinnamon sticks on the side

No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls with Peach Filling

These No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls with Peach Filling are amazingly easy to prepare, and I help you make them right the first time by providing detailed step-by-step instructions with photos. Sweet fresh peaches, spicy cinnamon and warm brown sugar all coordinate together perfectly inside these soft rolls and result in a luxurious, comforting, feel-good way to start your day!

single Peach Muffin on a plate wtih a platter holding more muffins in back

Peach Muffins with Fresh Peaches and Sour Cream

Tender and moist, these Fresh Peach Muffins are full of fresh, comforting, well balanced flavors. Each muffin is full of juicy peach chunks nestled in a brown sugar-sour cream base that’s topped with a warm, spiced cinnamon sugar mixture. Easy to prepare without a blender or mixer, this peach muffin recipe has definitely stood the test of time – I’ve been making it for over 20 years.

White cake stand holding Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls

Overnight Caramel Rolls with Frozen Bread Dough (AKA Monkey Bread)

Overnight Bundt Caramel Rolls are easy to prepare, oo-ey, goo-ey, cinnamon-y bites of moist deliciousness! Not only do they take only about 5 minutes to prepare, you make them the night before, and pop them in the oven the next morning around 35-45 minutes before serving. Easy enough for everyday, elegant enough for special occasions and entertaining!

white basket filled with Lemon Blueberry Muffins, with flowers in the background

Blueberry Lemon Muffins

Super moist Lemon Blueberry Muffins are are easy to prepare, and are a great accompaniment to most brunch dishes and many main dish salads as well. Plus, they can be made ahead and frozen, making them a perfect addition to an entertaining menu!

Sliced toasted english muffin with orange marmalade

Homemade Sourdough English Muffins

Discover the joy of creating your very own Sourdough English Muffins at home. These delectable treats offer a unique combination of sourdough’s signature tang and the classic chewy English muffin texture that will leave your taste buds singing with delight. These muffins are delicious toasted with butter and jam, as mom used to do, or as part of an egg sandwich, or with Eggs Benedict with Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce!

Eight slices of lemon bread, arranged overlapping on a white background.

Easy Lemon Bread Recipe

This delightful Lemon Bread Recipe is a fresh and bright treat that promises a burst of lemon in every bite. Its moist, tender texture is achieved through a careful combination of ingredients and techniques. With a triple hit of lemon from zest, extract and juice, the bread is overflowing with tangy citrus flavor. And, toasted chopped pecans provide a satisfying crunch and balancing flavor.

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Blueberry Delight Cake with Crumb Topping

Indulge in a taste sensation with our Blueberry Delight Cake! This scrumptious cake features a sweet, moist base bursting with fresh blueberries. A buttery crumb topping accented with cinnamom adds the perfect textural contrast, making every bite a delight.

Miscellaneous Additions – to complete the meal

 To round out the breakfast, I recommend adding a bowl of fresh fruit including berries, chopped mango, chopped apples, or whatever fruit is in season that mom likes. For a Mother’s Day brunch, start the meal with a classic brunch cocktail, like a Bloody Mary or Mimosa (champagne and orange juice).
 
In addition, here are two recipes that I love to serve at a special occasion breakfast or brunch, that don’t fit in any of the above categories:

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Mango Banana Smoothie

This Banana Mango Smoothie is bright and bursting with fresh flavors that will transport your taste buds straight to the tropics. The sweetness of the mango and banana perfectly balances the tangy citrus of the orange and lime, while a hint of mint adds a refreshing and cooling effect. Each sip is like a burst of sunshine that will leave you feeling invigorated and ready to take on the day.

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Sweet and Spicy Twisted Bacon

These addictively delicious Spiced Bacon Twists are chewy, crunchy and both sweet and savory. Salty, smoky bacon is dredged in a sweet and spicy brown sugar mixture and then baked until crispy. The resulting bacon has the most wonderful caramel taste, with a bit of zing.

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Taste the Winning Flavors: Two Kentucky Derby Dinner Menus

Every year, the thunder of hooves and the iconic call of “And, they’re off!” marks the Kentucky Derby, one of the most exciting sporting events in America. But beyond the thrilling race itself, Derby Day is steeped in tradition, from the elaborate hats to the refreshing mint juleps. For many families, like mine, Derby Day…

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Every year, the thunder of hooves and the iconic call of “And, they’re off!” marks the Kentucky Derby, one of the most exciting sporting events in America. But beyond the thrilling race itself, Derby Day is steeped in tradition, from the elaborate hats to the refreshing mint juleps. For many families, like mine, Derby Day holds a special place. My Kentucky-born mother instilled in us a love for the Bluegrass State’s traditions. And, we still celebrate with fanfare, festivities, and of course, delicious food!

collage of dishes included in the Kentucky Derby Dinner Menus

The History and Significance of the Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby, also known as “The Run for the Roses,” is a prestigious horse racing event held on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Derby has a rich history dating back to 1875, making it one of the oldest sporting events in the United States. But, the Derby is not just about horse racing; it is a cultural phenomenon that embodies the spirit of Southern hospitality and tradition. From the show-stopping hats to the playing of “My Old Kentucky Home” before the race, every aspect of the event is steeped in history and significance.

Celebrate Derby Day with a Kentucky Feast

Kentuckians, and honorary Kentuckians during Derby season, traditionally throw festive parties featuring all the hallmarks of the Derby: fancy hats, refreshing mint juleps, and of course, a scrumptious spread. Dishes like Benedictine Cheese and the decadent Derby Pie (a.k.a. Chocolate Pecan Pie) are Derby Day staples. Whether you’re planning a casual get-together or an elegant soirée, we have a menu of authentic Kentucky fare for both settings.

Menu 1: Clayton Family Traditional Kentucky Derby Dinner

Here’s the authentic Kentucky Derby Dinner Menu that my mom served every year. This menu features classic Southern dishes perfect for an elegant soirée:

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Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

My family’s version of this classic cocktail has the perfect balance of bourbon, sweetness and minty freshness – making it a favorite among both experienced cocktail enthusiasts and those new to the world of mixology. With our tried-and-true recipe, you’ll be able to easily whip up a crowd-pleasing batch of delicious Mint Juleps.

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Benedictine Cheese Canapés

A 2-bite version of a traditional family recipe, these Benedictine Cheese Canapés are quick and easy to prepare, and vibrant on the plate, too!

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Grilled Ribeye Steak

Fire up your grill and get ready to make our time-tested Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe! Over the years, my home gourmet mom perfected the “art of the grill” and identified the optimal mix of seasonings and cooking method to deliver tender, juicy, super flavorful grilled steaks.

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Easy Corn Pudding Recipe

Moist, fluffy and soufflé-like, Southern Corn Pudding is perfection in every bite. Easy to prepare, too, with fresh, available ingredients – no canned corn or boxed cornbread mix. Plus, our Corn Pudding recipe dates back generations, so it’s definitely tried and true!

Oval white dish filled with Lemon-Dijon Green Beans with Caramelized Shallots

Lemon Green Beans with Dijon Mustard

Indulge your taste buds with these oven-roasted green beans coated with a luscious blend of tangy olive oil, zesty lemon juice, and bold Dijon mustard. Crispy caramelized shallots sprinkled on top, infusing each bite with a deeply rich sweetness and a bit of crunch.

Wicker basket lined with a green napkin and filled with Easy Drop Biscuits, with more biscuits on a cooling rack in the back

Quick Homemade Drop Biscuits

Craving a warm, buttery biscuit straight from the oven? Our Easy Drop Biscuit Recipe is all you need! Crafted with pantry essentials and ready in less than 25 minutes, you’ll be well on your way to biscuit perfection.

Two slices of Chocolate Pecan Pie topped with whipped cream, with a bowl of whipped cream on the side and a partial view of the whole pie in the background

Chocolate Pecan Pie Recipe

Indulge your taste buds with the irresistible combination of rich chocolate and crunchy pecans in this homemade pie that rivals the famous Cracker Barrel restaurant version. With its flaky crust, luscious, gooey filling, and perfect balance of sweet and nutty flavors, my family’s recipe for Chocolate Pecan Pie is a dessert lover’s dream.

Menu 2: Casual Derby Gathering

Here’s another menu I created that’s ideal for a more relaxed get-together with friends and family, also featuring traditional Derby Day Fare:

Mint julep cup holding a single serving with a white napkin underneath

Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

My family’s version of this classic cocktail has the perfect balance of bourbon, sweetness and minty freshness – making it a favorite among both experienced cocktail enthusiasts and those new to the world of mixology. With our tried-and-true recipe, you’ll be able to easily whip up a crowd-pleasing batch of delicious Mint Juleps.

Pimiento Cheese Spread in a white bowl with celery sticks and crackers

Pimento Cheese Spread or Dip

My mom’s mouth-watering Pimento Cheese Spread recipe is the ultimate in Southern comfort food. A zesty blend of two sharp cheddar cheeses, tangy pimentos, mayo and just the right amount of spice, this dip will elevate your taste buds to the next level.

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Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich

Kentucky Hot Browns are pure comfort food – an open-faced turkey sandwich topped with sliced tomatoes, bubbly cheese sauce and crispy bacon. Mom added unique touches to the original hot brown recipe – yellow Cheddar cheese and sliced ham – making our family’s version unique, and we think even more tasty.

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Easy Spinach Salad Recipe with Lemon Pine Nut Dressing

This Spinach Salad with Pine Nut Dressing is an excellent side dish to have in your recipe files. Why? Well, because sometimes you need an uncomplicated dish to pair with a more complex main dish – one that will add color and flavor to the plate, but not compete with the star. This spinach salad does all that, plus it’s quick and easy to prepare.

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Pecan Chocolate Toffee Bars

Full of buttery toffee flavor, Pecan Chocolate Toffee Bars are simply heavenly. A cookie base reminiscent of shortbread is prepared with brown sugar (providing that luscious toffee flavor) and, once baked, is topped with melted chocolate and chopped toasted pecans. Super easy to prepare, these Toffee Bars are true crowd pleasers!

Possible appetizer additions to either menu

If you want to have a bigger spread than one dish for the appetizer portion of the meal, here are a few ideas:

  • deviled eggs,
  • crudité with Arugula Dressing dip, and
  • a charcuterie board that includes Kentucky country ham.

Planning Your Kentucky Derby Dinner

Here are my tips for creating a festive Derby atmosphere, recommendations on managing timing and guest list, and suggestions for a few fun, Derby-related activities:

Round Up Your Thoroughbred Crew: The Guest List

  • Think about space. Make sure you have enough TV viewing space for the number of people you invite. Factor in seating, standing room, and areas for food and drinks.
  • Embrace tradition. Encourage guests to wear their Derby best, including fabulous hats and bow ties.

Whip Up a Southern Spread: Menu Planning and Timing Tips

  • Embrace the make-ahead: You don’t want to be in the kitchen cooking and miss all the pre-festivities or the big race! The recipes in our menus can all be prepared ahead, with last minute reheating and finishing touches.
  • Plan your serving schedule around the race. Factor in the Kentucky Derby race time (typically around 6:30 pm Eastern Standard Time) when planning your food service. Guests will likely arrive earlier, so plan to have appetizers and drinks ready beforehand. You can then serve dinner after the race when everyone has had a chance to unwind and chat.

Setting the Scene: Decorations

  • Embrace the colors. Red roses are the symbol of the Derby – they are presented to the winning horse. Decorate your table with a white (or black) tablecloth, red napkins, and rose centerpieces.
  • Horseshoe power. Hang a horseshoe-shaped wreath, create a horseshoe-shaped centerpiece for the table, and look for horseshoe-themed cocktail napkins.

Gallop into Fun: Activities

  • Best hat competition. Encourage guests to wear their most elaborate or creative hats. Hold a contest for the “Best Hat” with prizes for the most outrageous, most elegant, or funniest hat.
  • Betting on the race. No Derby party is complete without a little friendly wagering. Create unique betting slips – or print out ones from the web with the horses’ names and jockeys. Guests can place small bets for special prizes.

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