Double-Caramel Flan

Flan is a traditional custard, typically made in Spanish speaking countries. It is made with a pan caramel, literally just sugar that is cooked until melted and then slightly burnt, with the custard added over top and baked until set. This changes it up a bit with caramel not only on the top (remember it is flipped over) but in the flan itself. You use the same method, but instead of layering, this caramel is added directly into the flan.

Key Takeaways:

  • If you toast the dairy it will add nutty and toffee flavors
  • Using a shallow pan distributes caramel sauce and custard evenly
  • You should use a thermometer to make sure it is cooked to perfection.

“This classic baked custard becomes extra rich and dark with caramel both on the inside and out and a higher ratio of cream and yolks than the usual.”

Read more: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2018/02/double-caramel-flan-recipe.html

Chocolate Swiss Buttercream

Chocolate Swiss Buttercream is a very delicious treat that many people can enjoy. This cream has just a little caramel from toasted sugar. This frosting is not very complex at all and is not too see sweet either. To start with, you will need to fill a pot with one and a half inches of water. You will also need to put some crumpled tin foil on the bottom of the pot to act as a sort of booster seat.

Key Takeaways:

  • Chocolate Swiss buttercream is a very rich frosting and it is not too sweet.
  • This dessert needs to be cooked over a water bath to give it the best taste.
  • You will need to fill a pot with water and put tin foil in it, to cook it.

“Dark chocolate stands up to dilution in sugar and butter, whether the goal is a milk- or a dark-chocolate profile.”

Read more: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2018/02/chocolate-swiss-buttercream.html

Pan-Seared Duck Breast

If you want to cook duck breast at home, then it is not as hard as you may think. The first thing that you will want to do is score the skin in order to take care of the fat. You will also want to cook it very low in order to get meat that is very tender. You will want to use a very sharp knife in order to score the duck breast. In the end, you will have a delicious meal.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cooking a duck breast is a very easy thing for people and anyone can do it.
  • You want to cook the duck breast low as well as slow because that will allow the fat more time it needs.
  • You will want to score the skin so that the fat will go away.

“Scoring the skin increases the surface area of the fat, allowing it to render off faster with greater exposure to heat.”

Read more: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2018/02/pan-seared-duck-breast.html

Homemade Cannoli

Get good cannoli is often a problem. They’re soggy, the filling isn’t right, so maybe you need to take control of that. This recipe goes over the steps to make everything from the shell to the filling. The shell is simple with butter, salt and flour and a bit of flour. The filling adds a few new things. The one major change is pudding. Traditionally they are made with just ricotta but they feel it adds needed creaminess to the filling.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn to make your own shells. The recipe is easy and better than the store-bought
  • Use fresh ricotta when you can or even make your own if possible
  • Feel free to get creative. Dip the ends in chocolate or introduce new flavors to the fillings

“Stirred into a batch of homemade vanilla pudding, that ricotta becomes a sweet and silky filling for the crispy homemade shells.”

Read more: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2018/02/homemade-cannoli-recipe.html

Guacamole Bruschetta and Giveaway

Guacamole is that perfect game time or anytime dish, that should be in your regular rotation. This recipe gives it a new spin, by placing it already on some chips, or in this case, toast points to make their own spin on bruschetta. This will be a roughly chopped guacamole, giving you plenty of texture on the toast points and brightened up by plenty of lime juice and even some Tabasco sauce to give it some extra spice.

Key Takeaways:

  • Everyone loves guacamole! But how about trying out a new twist on the old game-day staple?
  • Here, we integrate guacamole into another classic standby, Italian bruschetta.
  • The tender chunks of avocado are mixed with juicy tomato and spicy flavorings, then perched atop chewy rounds of French bread.

“The guacamole wouldn’t be complete without a few dashes of TABASCO® Sauce for extraordinary flavor”

Read more: https://realmomkitchen.com/23720/guacamole-bruschetta/

Healthy Egg Casserole Recipe

Many people use weight watchers as a dietary guide, and just as many find the restrictions frustrating. Thanks to the new freestyle program, many foods have become more accessible. Eggs are now a zero point food, and many are taking advantage of this. Eggs can be used in multiple dishes, such as egg casseroles. For an easy and crowd-pleasing breakfast recipe, simply chop and add your favorite vegetables to a casserole dish and whip in eight eggs, pop in the oven, and you have healthy weight watchers approved breakfast!

Key Takeaways:

  • With only a 25 minute cook time this dish is very quick to prepare
  • This dish is full of healthy all natural ingredients that are part of a healthy lifestyle
  • The ingredients needed for this dish are present in most, if not all households

“This healthy egg casserole recipe is really easy to adapt to the ingredients and flavors you want for breakfast.”

Read more: https://dineanddish.net/2018/01/healthy-egg-casserole-recipe/

Bengali Rice Porridge With Lentils and Chicken

Here’s an interesting, unique international dish to spice up a common dinner with the family. Try out this Bengali rice porridge. Hailing from the Indian Subcontinent, this recipe will give you a big hit of healthy flavor from turmeric, ginger, and Thai chilies backed up by satisfying protein of lentils and chicken, all stewed together until the flavors meld and the ingredients become tender. Try this one out and add it to your regular recipe rotation instead of the same boring soups.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many countries have a rice porridge, and Bengali rice pudding is an Indian take on this classic idea
  • The rice should be slightly broken up to help incorporate and make it smoother in the finished product.
  • Add the potato and chicken in later so they aren’t overcooked and stay slightly less incorporated into the soup.

“This version, made with aromatic jasmine rice and hearty red lentils, is bright with plenty of turmeric and ginger, with a pungent hit of mustard oil and a garnish of spicy green-chili chutney.”

Read more: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2018/01/bengali-rice-porridge-with-lentils-and-chicken.html

Crock Pot Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Looking for a tasty, filling dish to feed the whole family on a cold winter night? Short on time and not interested in spending hours laboring in the kitchen? This one-pot slow cooker soup will be exactly what you’re looking for. By repurposing cream of chicken soup and evaporated milk, along with some fresh vegetables and cooked chicken, you’ll be able to whip up a filling soup in no time. It will surely be a hit with the family!

Key Takeaways:

  • This one pot dish is perfect for sharing and making ahead of time
  • The dish will take about 7 hours to cook in total, using the last hour to add the noodles so they don’t overcook.
  • Being a traditional dump soup, all cans go in at the same time, saving you time and prep.

“January is #NationalSoupMonth ? So, even if you aren’t up for using soups at your Super Bowl party, just enjoy them this month!”

Read more: https://realmomkitchen.com/23815/crock-pot-creamy-chicken-noodle-soup/

One Pot Ham, White Bean, and Tortellini Soup

Here is another one pot dish that is sure to delight the family as well as the palate. While there is quite a laundry list of ingredients, the site assures us that it all comes together easily. It is slightly layered, but once you get past the first few ingredients that need to be combined, like the onions that need to be sauteed or the garlic until it is fragrant, once past there you are set to dump and forget about it.

Key Takeaways:

  • This meal uses all fresh ingredients to make a delicious anytime soup
  • Start by cooking the garlic and onions to bring out their sweetness
  • Add everything else in and simmer until it all comes together in the end

“Don’t let the long list of ingredients scare you away. This is still a simple soup to make and it is all made in one pot!”

Read more: https://realmomkitchen.com/23818/one-pot-ham-white-bean-and-tortellini-soup/

Italian Salsa Rossa (Tomato and Bell Pepper Sauce for Boiled Meats)

Salsa Rossa is Italy’s answer to a Mexican salsa. Instead of making it chunky it is smooth and pureed almost like a tomato sauce, but this uses a few fun ingredients you’d never find in a salsa. For starters, it contains old bread. The bread adds some thickness and after it is soaked in vinegar adds some acid to brighten it up. It also contains peppers, carrots and tomatoes, letting the dish become more of a bright orange after pureeing instead of a deep red, which you may be used to with salsa or sauce.

Key Takeaways:

  • Every dish tastes better with a delicious sauce accompanying it – especially tasty meat entrees.
  • This traditional Italian Salsa Rossa will be a fantastic complement to all of your meat dishes and is quick to prepare.
  • The key is the use of vibrant red peppers, a saute of garlic and carrot for flavor, and vinegar-soaked bread to add thickness and texture.

“Flavored with tomatoes, a roasted red pepper, and sautéed aromatic vegetables, it’s thickened with a panade made from bread and vinegar, and enriched with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.”

Read more: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2018/01/italian-salsa-rossa-tomato-and-bell-pepper-sauce-for-boiled-meats.html