Megan Miller

I’m a mom of two, food and wine lover, and recipe creation enthusiast. Good food brings families together. Which is why I’m devoted to sharing my best recipes that are simple enough for even the beginner cook that your family will love!

Ready for a summery party? Dazzle guests with stunning ceviche that takes minutes to prepare with fresh fish, citrus, and jalapeno peppers for a refreshing appetizer. My husband and I first fell in love with ceviche on a trip to Florida. I couldn’t wait any longer to have it again so I made my own authentic ceviche recipe myself. Now it’s all he asks for in the summer!

Best ceviche recipe

Best Ceviche Recipe

The best ceviche recipe is here, taking fresh ingredients and making this special Peruvian dish right in your own home. The key to ceviche is freshness so make sure your ingredients are top of the line and you’ll have restaurant-quality ceviche right at home!

Easy Ceviche Recipe

Ceviche takes only 25 minutes from start to finish. It impresses with only a few pure and simple ingredients. Once you make it yourself you’ll find you’re making it all the time!

Ceviche ingredients

Ceviche Ingredients

  • Sashimi-grade tuna – You can use any sashimi-grade fish such as salmon or even shrimp too (I have notes on that below). Shrimp is very common and I love to make my shrimp ceviche recipe just as much as fish.
  • Jalapeno – Adds a nice bit of spice.
  • Red onion – Chop it up nice for a pungent taste and pretty colors.
  • Cherry tomatoes – These make it easier to get bite-sized pieces in every mouthful.
  • Lime juice – This is what “cooks” the seafood in ceviche.
  • Avocado – Because it’s a staple of good ceviche.
  • Cilantro – To add an element of herbal flavor and spice to any Mexican ceviche recipe.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – Helps pull everything together.
  • Salt and pepper – To taste, and finish it all off.

Easy ceviche recipe

How do you Make Ceviche from Scratch

You’ll cut your tuna into small cubes, then put it in a bowl with the onion, tomatoes, jalapeno, black pepper, and lime juice. Give it a good toss and let it sit for 10 minutes. After that, add salt, avocado, cilantro, and olive oil. Toss it once more and then serve and eat immediately.

I’m on a seafood diet. I see food and I eat it.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Ceviche Every Time

  • Mince the onion well. Big pieces of it will detract from the rest of the flavors. The smaller you chop them, the more distributed these flavors will be.
  • Don’t skip the cilantro. It is a staple in a Mexican ceviche recipe and it really needs it for that balanced flavor.
  • You can adjust the jalapeno, but don’t skip it. Spiciness is all a part of ceviche. If you can’t handle much spice, use half of the jalapeno.
  • Splurge for quality on the fish. Go to the seafood counter and tell them you’re making a seafood ceviche recipe. You want the freshest stuff you can find to make sure your fresh fish ceviche recipe is on point!

How do you make ceviche from scratch

Is ceviche safe to eat?

Yes, as long as you use fresh fish and follow the curing process. Pregnant women should avoid eating ceviche though.

How is ceviche made?

Ceviche takes fresh fish and cooks it by immersing it in acid from lime juice. This kicks off the denaturation of proteins in the fish which renders it cooked.

How long should Ceviche be marinated?

You should marinate the ceviche for 10 minutes on up to 20 minutes. Anything longer than that will ruin the fish.

Does lime juice kill bacteria in ceviche?

Lime does neutralize the bacteria a bit, but the key to ensuring safe ceviche aside from using fruit acids is to choose top quality sashimi-grade fish.

Is ceviche safe to eat

What fish is safe for ceviche?

Several different types of fish and shellfish are safe for ceviche. You can always ask the seafood counter at your supermarket what they recommend. The best choices are fresh saltwater fish. It should have a smell reminiscent of the ocean without having a fishy odor.

Which fish is best for ceviche?

The best fish for ceviche is tuna, grouper, rockfish, or sole are great choices. For shellfish, scallops and shrimp are great choices.

How fresh should fish be for ceviche?

While you can buy your fish for ceviche a day or two ahead, it’s best to buy it fresh the day of to ensure you’ve got the freshest fish for this dish.

Can you use supermarket fish for ceviche?

If you can’t get to a fish monger, you can use supermarket fish or shellfish. Freeze it first and then thaw it to kill any harmful bacteria and make it safe to eat.

How is ceviche made

How long should shrimp sit in lime juice?

If you want make a Mexican shrimp ceviche recipe instead, you should let it sit in the lime juice for 30 to 60 minutes. The shrimp will turn opaque.

Does shrimp turn pink in ceviche?

Yes, though it is much more slight than if you cooked it by any other method. You will see the color change after 30 to 60 minutes sitting in the lime juice.

How do you know when shrimp ceviche is done?

When using shrimp, the shrimp will turn an opaque color that is white or pinkish. This will take about 30 to 60 minutes.

Can you overcook shrimp in lime juice?

Believe it or not, you can overcook shrimp by this method. Don’t let it sit too long or it will become dried out and tough.

Homemade ceviche recipe

What goes well with Ceviche

Plantain chips or tostones work great for ceviche, making a nice vessel to transport it to your mouth. Flatbreads also work, and you can pair ceviche with a nice steak, lobster, or baked fish dish. It’s exotic yet refreshing, making it a nice start to any beautiful summer meal.

How to Store Ceviche

Ceviche should be made and served immediately. While you may be able to keep it in your refrigerator briefly prior to serving, you don’t want the lime juice curing the fish more than needed to ruin the texture and taste.

How Many Days is Ceviche Good For?

Sorry, but ceviche needs to be served and eaten the same day you make it. It will not taste right after that.

Can You Freeze Ceviche?

No, ceviche would freeze poorly. I definitely advise against doing so. The whole purpose of ceviche is to enjoy the seafood at its freshest.

Homemade Ceviche Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 250
This easy ceviche recipe is a refreshing summer classic with fresh seafood, avocado, tomatoes, onion, cilantro and spices. Ceviche is so simple and so delicious!


  • 14 oz tuna (or your preferred sashimi grade fish or shrimp)
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno
  • 10 cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • black pepper (pinch)
  • salt (pinch)
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • Dice the tuna into 1” cubes. Place the fish in a bowl with onion, jalapeño, tomato, pepper, and lime juice. Toss then set aside for 10 minutes. Then, sprinkle with salt and add in the avocado, cilantro, and olive oil. Gently toss again then serve immediately.
Calories: 250kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 524IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 2mg

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Summer is coming up fast and what better way to cool off than making homemade lemonade? Oh, I know…those ready-made drinks are easy. But making this fresh squeezed lemonade recipe is easy too. Plus, you only need 4 ingredients that you can actually pronounce to make it. Wholesome and fresh, my kids love it when I have this ice-cold homemade lemonade recipe waiting for them on a hot day.

Best lemonade recipe

Best Lemonade Recipe

What makes the best lemonade? Real lemons. Seriously, if you’re buying that stuff at the store in those jugs or that frozen concentrate, what are you buying? I know, I did the same thing myself. I thought it was because the lemonade drink I made didn’t taste like it, but now I know the secret to the best lemonade and am sharing it with you!

Easy Lemonade Recipe

What could be easier than 4 ingredients? Exactly! You know what you’re getting. It only takes a little time to make the simple syrup, let it cool, and then put it together for the best lemonade from lemon juice in town!

Lemonade ingredients

Lemonade Ingredients

  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice – Making a fresh homemade lemonade recipe with lemons is the only way. It will take about 5 or 6 lemons to get the required amount for this recipe.
  • Cold water – This dilutes your lemon mixture for balance.
  • Simple syrup – Made with a cup of water and a cup and ¼ of white sugar, this is the secret to getting that perfect pitcher of fresh lemonade!

Easy lemonade recipe

How do you Make Lemonade from Scratch

Making this simple lemonade recipe is quick and easy. You’ll first make a simple syrup out of sugar and water on the stove top. As that dissolves together, you’ll juice your lemons. When the sugar dissolves, you’ll let that simple syrup cool. Then you’ll combine it all together in a pitcher and refrigerate for 45 minutes. Refreshment awaits!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Lemonade Every Time

  • Pick good lemons. When making this lemonade recipe with lemon juice, instead of getting a bag of lemons, choose your own. Squeeze them gently to feel for a little bit of give and skin that isn’t too thick. The color should be bright and they should smell fragrant.
  • Don’t skip making simple syrup. This was a mistake I made when I first tried to make homemade lemonade. You wind up with sugar at the bottom and a sour drink. The simple syrup ensures your sweetness gets mixed through the entire pitcher when you make lemonade with lemon juice.
  • Feel free to garnish. If you’re setting up an alfresco dining table, a sprig of lavender or rosemary looks really pretty in the glass!

How do you make lemonade from scratch

How many lemons do you need to make a pitcher of lemonade?

Depending on the size of the lemons you choose, it should take about 5 or 6 lemons to give you the juice you need to make one pitcher of lemonade. 

What is the best ratio of lemons to sugar for lemonade?

In this fresh lemonade recipe, you’ll see that the best ratio is 1 ¼ cup of white granulated sugar to roughly 5 lemons. This will give you the right balance in all the flavors for your best lemonade.

What can I add to lemonade to make it better

Is lemonade and lemon juice the same thing?

No, lemon juice is simply the juice you squeeze from lemons. It’s very sour. Lemonade has water added as well as sweetener to tamper down the sour flavors from the lemons.

Is it cheaper to make your own lemonade?

Yes, it’s cheaper to make lemonade yourself rather than buy it ready-made. Plus, you’re eliminating additives that you’d get from those store-bought brands.

Is drinking homemade lemonade good for you?

Homemade lemonade is a far better choice over sodas and those packaged drinks. However, because it has sugar in it, you should always watch out not to have too much.

Does lemonade hydrate you?

Lemonade is great for hydration. Sour flavors stimulate your saliva production plus the water that lemonade is made with helps keep you hydrated. No wonder it’s such a popular summer drink!

Homemade lemonade recipe

What goes well with Lemonade

Any type of barbecue or grilled foods go well with lemonade. Picnic foods, burgers, sandwiches, fresh fish and shrimp, and spicy foods are all perfect to pair with lemonade.

What can I add to lemonade to make it better?

Lemonade made from fresh ingredients is as good as it gets. You can infuse it with herbs though like rosemary, basil, or lavender to give it a unique twist. Adding other fresh fruits is fun to experiment with too.

How to make lemonade at home

How to Store Lemonade

Lemonade needs to be kept in the fridge. It’s not that it will go bad if you leave it out, not right away anyway, but it tastes best chilled. The fridge will keep it fresh and cold.

How Long Does Homemade Lemonade Last?

When you make this lemonade, it will be good for about a week in your fridge. If you want to make a bigger batch, I recommend you freeze it.

Can You Freeze Lemonade?

Yes, you can freeze it just fine. I like putting it in freezer storage bags to lay flat in the freezer. My family drinks so much lemonade in the summer, this saves me loads of time!

How to Thaw Lemonade?

All you need to do is put it in the fridge to thaw out. Do it the night before a big party and you won’t have anything to worry about.

Classic Homemade Lemonade Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 255
Lemonade is the perfect summer drink that is incredibly tasty and refreshing. This super easy homemade Lemonade recipe requires only 3 simple ingredients and has the perfect balance!



  • 1 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water (for simple syrup)
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cups cold water


  • First, make the simple syrup by combining the sugar and 1 cup of water into small saucepan. Bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves completely, then remove from heat and set aside.
  • While the water heats up for the simple syrup, juice about 5-6 lemons until you get 1 cup of juice. After the simple syrup has cooled, combine with the juice and water into a serving pitcher. Add more water depending on your preference, and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Serve over ice with sliced lemons.
Calories: 255kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American


Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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Pretty, delicate, and special, macarons are sure to impress. I love making my homemade macaron recipe for treats for the kids’ birthdays or when we have an occasion to celebrate because French macarons bring that WOW-factor to the table. And believe me, they are much easier to make than you think!

Best macaron recipe

Best Macaron Recipe

The best macaron recipe makes this dainty dessert easy to create in your kitchen. You can make them any colors you wish with the help of food coloring. Make a rainbow! You’ll have as much fun making these as you will eating them!

Macaron ingredients

Homemade Macaron Ingredients

  • Egg whites – The whites of eggs are what help give these French cookies their delicate texture.
  • Almond flour – While you’ll get super-fine, you’ll still need to use a sieve.
  • Sugar and powdered sugar – You need both kinds to sweeten things up.
  • Vanilla extract – And this will round out that sweetness for traditional vanilla macarons.
  • Cream of tartar – Helps stabilize those egg whites.
  • Food coloring – To make your French macarons pretty! These pink macarons are perfect.
  • Buttercream macaron filling recipe – It’s easy (and more delicious!) to make it yourself with unsalted butter, vanilla extract, confectioner’s sugar, heavy whipping cream, and just a pinch of salt!

Easy macaron recipe

In a cookie cutter world, be a macaron.

How do you make macarons from scratch

Easy Macaron Recipe

Macarons have such a dainty texture and pretty presentation that you’d think you’d need to be a full-fledged baker to make them. But this easy macaron recipe ensures that even if you’ve never baked before, you’ll get it right!

Tips and tricks for the perfect macarons

How do you Make Macarons from Scratch?

There are a number of steps here but don’t let that stop you. You’ll sift the almond flour, then the confectioner’s sugar into the same bowl. You’ll then add egg whites at room temperature to another bowl and use your hand mixer until they get foamy. After that, the cream of tartar goes in and then gradually, the granulated sugar, followed by the food coloring and vanilla extract.

Stiff peaks will form and then you can put the dry ingredients in folding gently. The result is something that will resemble wet sand. Place this in a piping bag and pipe it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Let them sit for a bit then bake.

They’ll need to cool and that’s when you’ll make the buttercream. Once it’s ready, you can assemble your macarons!

How to make macarons

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Macarons Every Time

  • Be precise with measurements. With macarons in particular, you can’t stray from the measurements or they won’t come out right.
  • Don’t skip the sifting. In this macaron cookie recipe, sifting really does make a difference!
  • Use a mixer. It’s easier. And to that end, make sure there are no traces of grease anywhere on your mixer or your egg whites won’t get those stiff peaks.
  • Keep the yolks away. There can’t be a hint of them in your egg whites.
  • Tap it. Tapping the baking sheet to get rid of the trapped bubbles when you pipe the mixture on releases air pockets that will ruin your macarons.

What are macarons traditionally filled with

How to Make Macarons

Homemade macarons require precision and patience. Most of it will involve your mixture followed by baking in the oven. Don’t make the buttercream too soon…make it once your macarons are cooled.

Can you leave macarons to dry overnight

Are macarons really that hard to make?

Macarons are not difficult to make. They require specific ingredients and techniques to make well, but the process is not difficult. This recipe explains how to make macarons step-by-step.

Are macarons expensive to make?

Macarons are very cheap to make, which is why it pays to make them yourself. They cost around 20 cents to whip up yourself whereas most bakeries will charge anywhere from $2 to $4 or more per macaron.

Why is my macaron so chewy

How do you make perfect macarons?

Perfect macarons take practice. If you follow this recipe, you will have the best success for getting them just right.

Can I use almond powder for macarons

How do you make tasty macarons?

Making tasty macarons is as easy as following this recipe. I’ve done all the hard work for you with measurements so that your macarons will have the best texture and flavor.

How long can macaron batter sit before piping

Which macaron method is best?

Really, it’s just a matter of preference, however most people seem to adore this French style macaron over the Italian version.

How do you make perfect macarons

How do you add flavor to macarons?

The flavor comes from sugar and vanilla extract. The buttercream will add more flavor too. After you make macarons the first time, you’ll get to know how you can add your own signature hints to the flavors.

Are macarons expensive to make

Do you really need almond flour for macarons?

Yes, you do. It’s easy to find just about anywhere and is the reason macarons get their signature taste and texture.

Can you use regular flour instead of almond flour in macarons?

No, this is one recipe where substitutions will throw the whole thing off. You must use almond flour to get your macarons right. A macaron recipe without almond flour will just not be the same.

Can I use almond powder for macarons?

While it’s almost the same, the best thing to use for macarons is almond flour. This will ensure your recipe comes out correctly.

What does cream of tartar do in macarons

What does cream of tartar do in macarons?

This acidic ingredient helps bring stability to the egg whites. This makes it hold up better when folding in your dry ingredients.


How Long to Bake Macarons

It will take 12 to 15 minutes to bake your macarons at 300F. Once you’re at this step, you’re almost done!

Do you really need almond flour for macarons

What are macarons traditionally filled with?

The meringue discs that compose macarons are usually filled with buttercream as they are in this recipe. Some recipes may fill them with jam or ganache.

How do you add flavor to macarons

How long can macaron batter sit before piping?

While you should try to hurry it along, you can let macaron batter sit for 30 minutes on up to an hour before piping it.

How do you pipe a macaron filing

How do you pipe a macaron filling?

Use a piping bag to fill your macarons. If you don’t have one, you can put it in a plastic bag and cut the corner off for the same effect.

How long do macarons last

Can you leave macarons to dry overnight?

You can certainly leave them to dry overnight, though there is no need. 40 minutes should be enough time as indicated in this recipe.

Homemade macaron recipe

Why is my macaron so chewy?

Macarons should have a slightly chewy texture, but if they’re too chewy, it is the result of baking them too long.

Simple macaron recipe

What goes well with Macarons

Ice cream and fruit are great for the kids, though adults may love coffee, tea, or champagne with their macarons.

How to make macarons at home

How to Store Macarons

Macarons should be kept in the fridge in an airtight container. You can stack them as long as you separate the layers with parchment paper.

How Long Do Macarons Last?

Macarons will last about 4 days in a cool environment like your fridge. Anything after that and they just won’t be the same.

Making homemade macarons at home

Can You Freeze Macarons?

The good news is that you can freeze them in airtight containers. This is ideal for getting them ready for a special event. I’ve done this for birthday parties and it’s such a brilliant idea to reduce my stress.

How to Reheat Macarons?

No need to reheat them, just take them out and put them on the counter for 15 to 20 minutes to get them to the desired texture and temperature.

Classic Macaron Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 15 servings
Calories 254
This classic French macaron recipe is the perfect way to make this classic treat! If you've ever looked at a macaron and wondered 'Can I make those at home?', YES you can! This recipe gives you the perfect smooth macaron texture that are crispy on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle!


  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar

Macaron Buttercream Filling

  • 1 cup butter (unsalted and softened)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt (pinch)


  • First, make sure the almond flour is ultra-fine. You can accomplish this by sifting into a food processor, pulsing a few times, then sifting again into a bowl. Sift the confectioner’s sugar into the same large bowl. Then, add the room temperature egg whites into a bowl and whisk with a hand mixer on medium speed. Once the egg whites begin to foam, add in the cream of tartar and gradually add into the granulated sugar. Then add in the food coloring and vanilla. Beat the mixture until stiff peaks form. Once the stiff peaks have formed, begin folding in the dry ingredients gently, 1/3 at a time. The final mixture should look like wet sand. Alternatively if you can form a figure eight with the mixture without it breaking the mixture is ready.
  • Spoon the mixture into a piping bag. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, gluing down the four corners with dabs of the batter. Pipe one inch discs onto the baking sheet. Tap on the counter to release air bubbles, and allow to sit for 40 minutes. Once the discs have developed a skin, they are ready to be placed in the oven. Bake at 300F for 12-15 minutes.
  • While the macarons cool, make the buttercream filling. In a large bowl, beat the softened butter with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes or until creamy. Add the confectioner’s sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla extract and continue to beat for about 2-3 minutes. Add a pinch of salt if needed.
  • Add the macaron buttercream filling into a piping bag and pipe into the center of each macaron and cover with another macaron side to complete the dessert. Enjoy!
Calories: 254kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: French


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 38mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

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Tired of getting spattered with hot bacon grease when cooking bacon on the stove for your family? My life changed when I learned how to cook bacon in the oven. Plus, you can make more at once, free up the stove, and stay spatter-free!

What is the best way to cook bacon

What is the Best Way To Cook Bacon?

Hands-down, cooking bacon in the oven is the best way to cook it. It’s so simple and renders the bacon perfectly crispy. All without any extra work for you!

Easy Way To Cook Bacon in the Oven

All you need is bacon, a baking sheet, and aluminum foil. You’ll preheat the oven and then pop the bacon in there for about 12 minutes. Check it to see if it’s done enough for you, if not you can give it about 3 minutes more. That’s it!

Bacon in the oven ingredients

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Bacon Every Time

  • Line your baking sheet. Honestly, who doesn’t want easy cleanup?
  • Drain it on paper towels. And once you remove the bacon from the baking sheet, you can take that bacon grease and reserve it.
  • Yes, you can even use thick cuts of bacon. Though check in on it at 12 minutes and stay near if you add more time. Don’t forget bacon crisps up as it dries so take that into account too!

How long to bake bacon

Is it better to cook bacon in the oven or on the stove?

It is WAY better to cook bacon in the oven! It makes less mess, allows you to cook more at once, and keeps you from getting bacon grease burns.

What’s the healthiest way to cook bacon?

You’ll keep things healthy with bacon by making it crispy without burning it, letting the fat melt off. By draining it on a paper towel, you remove more fat from it.

How do you cook bacon in the oven without smoking the house?

Bacon in your oven shouldn’t smoke out your whole house. If you’ve been having trouble making bacon in your home on the stove due to the smokiness, try this method for how to cook bacon in the oven!

I’m just here for the bacon.

How do you keep bacon from splattering in the oven?

Splatter is minimized in the oven. At 400F, this should be low enough to keep it from happening. Additionally, for bacon and everything else, having one of those oven liners will keep the rest of your oven free of mess. 

How do restaurants cook bacon in the oven?

Restaurants use this same method for cooking bacon as in this recipe. It would be too difficult to keep up with all those orders and get food out on time. Cooking bacon in the oven frees up the stovetop and lets you focus your attention on the rest of your meal.

How long should bacon be cooked in the oven

What temperature should you cook bacon in the oven?

At 400F, that’s the best temperature for bacon in the oven. This heats it enough to get it crispy without making a mess.

How Long to Bake Bacon

Bacon in the oven should take about 12 minutes at 400F. Set your timer and check. Depending on how crispy you like it, you may want a few more minutes, but do remember that bacon will crisp up after you remove it from heat.

How long should bacon be cooked in the oven?

In your oven, bacon should take about 12 to 15 minutes at 400F. It’s best to set your timer for 12 minutes and check on it since every oven, and your crispiness preferences, will vary

Is it better to cook bacon in the oven or on the stove

Do you have to flip bacon in the oven?

No, there is no need to flip the bacon when you cook it in the oven. That’s why everyone loves this method for cooking bacon because it really the easiest and most efficient way to make it.

How do you cook bacon crispy?

For crispy bacon, bake it at 400F for 12 to 15 minutes. You will find perfectly crispy bacon without burning yourself on bacon grease spattering up at you.

How do you know when bacon is done in the oven?

Set your timer for 12 minutes and take a look. Bacon will be browned and crispy. You can make it crispier if you prefer but it will continue cooking slightly when you remove it so keep that in mind.

What goes well with Bacon?

My kids claim bacon is a must with weekend breakfasts. I tend to agree. It goes beautifully with eggs, quiche, pancakes, waffles, and all traditional breakfast staples. But bacon isn’t just for breakfast. You can make BLT sandwiches for a crowd this way. Make spaghetti carbonara, add it to any sandwich, or put it on salads.

Homemade bacon in the oven

How to Store Bacon

Bacon that has been cooked can be sealed in a plastic zipper bag and kept in the fridge. You can even freeze it!

How Long Does Bacon Last?

Sealed in your fridge, cooked bacon will last for up to 5 days. We’ve never had any linger that long because, well, bacon! You can freeze it too if you can’t eat all of it before then.

Can You Freeze Bacon?

Portion your bacon in paper towels, then use a freezer bag to contain your bacon. This makes for speedy meal prep.

How to Reheat Bacon?

You can make life so much easier by taking your frozen already-cooked bacon and thawing it in your fridge overnight. You can microwave it for 30 seconds from frozen too!

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 236
Learn how to cook bacon in the oven just like your favorite restaurants make! This easy bacon recipe tutorial will have you cooking bacon in the oven like a pro.



  • 12 oz sliced bacon


  • Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange the bacon on the sheet in a single layer. Bake until golden brown and crispy, then transfer to a paper-towel lined plate to drain. Serve immediately.
Calories: 236kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American


Calories: 236kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 375mg | Potassium: 112mg | Vitamin A: 21IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg

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It’s the perfect way to finish off any dessert. But if you’re still buying that stuff from the can…why?!? You can make your own delightful, light, airy, sweet, whipped cream recipe from scratch in just 5 minutes. This is one the kids will want to help with for sure!

Best whipped cream recipe

Best Whipped Cream Recipe

The best whipped cream is the one you make. Notice how those store-bought brands have other stuff in there? It only takes 3 simple and pure ingredients to make whipped cream from scratch!

Easy Whipped Cream Recipe

If you have 5 minutes and these ingredients, that’s all it takes to have whipped cream ready to serve with dessert. Add it to ice cream, cakes, pies, and whatever you want, or just eat it right out of the bowl!

Whipped cream ingredients

Whipped Cream Ingredients (only 3 simple ingredients!)

  • Heavy whipping cream – Naturally, this is the base for making whipped cream.
  • Confectioner’s sugar – But it won’t taste sweet without this stuff so make sure you add it in.
  • Vanilla extract – And for good measure to add balance to the sweetness, vanilla extract is the 3rd ingredient you’ll need for this culinary adventure.

How do you Make Whipped Cream from Scratch

Learning how to make whipped cream is super easy. Simply add the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla extract to a bowl and use your hand mixer on medium-high. It will take about 4 minutes until you get medium peaks forming.

Life is far too short to skip the whipped cream.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Whipped Cream Every Time

  • Get that cream cold. For this whipped cream recipe with heavy cream, your heavy whipping cream should be as cold as possible.
  • Use a metal bowl. And if you can, put it in the fridge or freezer first. This will make your easy homemade whipped cream nice and cold and make the whipped cream whip up really nice.
  • Yes, you can use a whisk. Though you may be tired afterward!
  • Plan ahead. When making whipping cream, you don’t have to it on the fly while your guests wait. You can make whipped cream up to 2 hours in advance and then top off your desserts when ready.

Easy whipped cream recipe

What is whipped cream made of?

Whipped cream is made from heavy whipping cream, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract. These simple ingredients are all it takes for a great whipped cream.

Can you make whipped cream with all-purpose cream?

Yes, though it comes out better with heavy whipping cream. If all-purpose cream is all you have, just be sure to chill it very well and make sure the bowl you use to whip it in is cold too.

Can I use evaporated milk for whipped cream?

You can certainly use evaporated milk, especially if you need to use up any leftovers. To make it work, put the evaporated milk in the freezer along with the beaters to your mixer. Leave them 30 minutes then beat until it gets stiff.

Is heavy cream the same as heavy whipping cream?

It’s all about the fat content. Heavy cream has just a little more fat content compared with heavy whipping cream though both will whip well. Heavy whipping cream will retain its shape for longer though.

How long does it take to whip heavy cream?

It should take you about 4 minutes on a medium-high setting to whip your whipped cream up to the right texture.

How do you make whipped cream from scratch

Why does whipped cream go flat?

Again, it’s the temperature of your cream. You’ve got to keep things really cold to get it to stay in that whipped state.

How do you turn condensed milk into whipped cream?

You’ll want to put that condensed milk in the freezer for 30 minutes, then pour it into a chilled mixing bowl and beat it. Use the high setting for one minute until it becomes nice and foamy.

Can heavy cream become whipped cream?

Yes, though heavy whipping cream will do even better. You’ll just have a slightly creamier, less firm texture.

What happens if you whip heavy cream?

You will still get whipped cream! It will get nice and fluffy though for this homemade heavy whipping cream recipe, heavy whipping cream is the best one.

Why is my whipping cream not whipping?

Again, it’s all about the science of how cold the fat is in the cream. If it’s not cold enough, you’re not going to get the right texture.

Why is my whipping cream not thickening?

Your cream might not be cold enough. Try ensuring the cream you use is as cold as possible. Using a chilled metal bowl will also help.

Homemade whipped cream recipe

What goes well with Whipped Cream

Homemade whipped cream is a dream with fresh berries and fruits. It’s a natural with all kinds of desserts too. From cakes and pies to ice cream sundaes and cookies and everything in between.

How to Store Whipped Cream

Since it’s made from cream, you’ll have to refrigerate it. You can keep leftover whipped cream in the fridge if you put it in a fine-mesh strainer atop a small bowl. Cover it with plastic wrap and use within 24 hours.

How Long Does Whipped Cream Last?

It will last about 3 to 4 days in your fridge, but it really is best to make it as needed. This way it tastes the best and retains the proper texture.

Can You Freeze Whipped Cream?

Whipped cream is perfect for freezing. The best way is to spoon or pipe it onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze. When they’re all solid, put them in a freezer bag and use as needed.

How to Thaw Whipped Cream?

Just let your whipped cream sit out for about 15 to 20 minutes. It will get back to its usual texture!

PERFECT Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 139
Learn how to make light and fluffy fresh homemade whipped cream with this whipped cream recipe tutorial video. This recipe calls for only 3 simple ingredients and is the perfect topping for all of your favorite desserts!


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • With a hand mixer whip the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed for about 4 minutes or until medium peaks form. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 day.
Calories: 139kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 31mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 583IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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The perfect side dish for comfort, mashed potatoes are a classic! This homemade mashed potatoes recipe takes things to the next level with a rich texture that everyone will love. For any night of the week or special occasions, this is the recipe my family always asks for!

Best mashed potatoes recipe

Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

The best mashed potatoes recipe has secret ingredients and tips to help you achieve that perfect taste and texture ratio. Don’t make those boxed mashed potato kits anymore. It’s easy to make the best mashed potatoes with a few simple ingredients that come together for big flavor!

Easy Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Making homemade mashed potatoes is easy and requires the same effort as those gross processed boxes and pre-made meals. Give your family the best with real ingredients that take little time to put together.

Mashed potatoes ingredients

Homemade Mashed Potato Ingredients

  • Yukon gold potatoes – These are the best when it comes to mashed potatoes.
  • Garlic – Adds plenty of flavor and saltiness without you needing to add too much salt.
  • Butter – For that rich flavor.
  • Milk – Helps get it that wonderful texture.
  • Cream cheese – My secret to the best mashed potatoes. Cream cheese makes mashed potatoes over-the-top amazing! Mashed potatoes with cream cheese result in extra creamy mashed potatoes that are outstanding!
  • Sea salt – Gives it just the right amount of salty flavor without going overboard.

Easy mashed potatoes recipe

How do you Make Mashed Potatoes from Scratch?

You’ll begin by getting your potatoes peeled and cubed. Then add them to cold water with garlic and sea salt. Once they boil, cook for 12 minutes longer, then drain. Meanwhile, you’ll make a mixture of butter, milk, and sea salt, melting in the microwave without boiling the milk. In the potato pan, let them dry after draining to cook off steam, then mash the potatoes and fold in the butter mixture. Cream cheese goes in next and a garnish of scallions if you desire!

I am in a long term relationship with mashed potatoes.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Mashed Potatoes Every Time

  • Put garlic in with the potatoes. It gives them extra flavor while giving you extra nutrition and reduces the amount of salt you’ll need.
  • Combine the butter and milk first. This helps you get the perfect buttery mashed potatoes texture in this recipe.
  • Pan-dry the potatoes. It’s a step so many people skip, but letting the potatoes dry over the heat after being drained makes a huge difference.
  • Don’t overmix the cream cheese. Having it at room temperature helps so you can easily stir it in without over-combining it in this creamy mashed potatoes recipe.

How do you make mashed potatoes from scratch

How to Cook Mashed Potatoes

This easy mashed potato recipe is surprisingly simple. Mashed potatoes are cooked on the stove top. You’ll want to prep the potatoes first with peeling and cubing. After that, it goes very quickly from stove top to tabletop.

What is the best potato for mashing?

Yukon gold potatoes are the best potatoes for mashed potatoes. It’s taste and texture is a match for this cooking method.

Are russet or Yukon gold better for mashed potatoes?

Yukon gold potatoes are the absolute best for mashed potatoes. They have a naturally buttery and creamy texture whereas russets are grainier.

Are russet potatoes good for mashing?

While you can certainly make simple mashed potatoes out of russet potatoes, they will lack the creaminess that Yukon gold potatoes have. Russets are more grainy.

How to cook mashed potatoes

Should I peel potatoes for mashed potatoes?

Yes, you should. This will give you a nice smooth texture when your mashed potatoes are ready. Mashed potatoes with skin will change the smooth texture.

Do you cut potatoes before boiling for mashed potatoes?

Yes, you must cut them up first. Otherwise they will take longer to cook and hence longer to make your mashed potatoes.

How can I make mashed potatoes better

Do you need to soak potatoes before making mashed potatoes?

There is no need to soak your potatoes before making mashed potatoes. Soaking is best prior to frying or roasting.

Why soak potatoes in cold water before cooking?

Soaking is best for turning potatoes into fries. Mashed potatoes are cooked in cold water that is brought to a boil.

Is it better to boil or bake potatoes for mashed potatoes?

Boil the potatoes for mashing them. It makes it much easier to get that creamy texture that we all love with mashed potatoes.

How long do you leave potatoes to boil for mash?

Cook the potatoes for 12 minutes from the point of boiling. This will get them to the right texture for easy mashing.

What can you put in mashed potatoes instead of milk

What does milk do to mashed potatoes?

Milk helps make mashed potatoes creamier. Though if you warm up that milk with the butter, it won’t cool down your hot potatoes.

What can you put in mashed potatoes instead of milk?

Use cream if you have it, or even half and half. It adds an even more luxurious texture!

What is the best tool to mash potatoes?

A potato masher works just fine for mashing potatoes. If you don’t like any lumps though, you may want to use your hand mixer to get it creamier.

How do you make mash without lumps?

You will need to use your potato masher or a hand mixer to help get rid of lumps. Some people prefer lumps while others like it smooth. You can adjust this recipe to the texture you like best.

Simple homemade mashed potatoes

How can I thicken my mashed potatoes?

With this recipe, your mashed potatoes should come out plenty thick. You’ll want to slowly add the milk and butter mixture as well as the cream cheese which will help it have that texture you’re looking for.

What can I add to bland mashed potatoes?

This recipes adds minced garlic and cream cheese. These two ingredients will keep your mashed potatoes from tasting bland.

How can I make mashed potatoes better?

The secret to making mashed potatoes better is adding garlic in with the potatoes and by adding cream cheese. This gives it that dreamy texture that everyone loves.

What goes well with Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are just wonderful with meatloaf, steak, roast chicken, pot roast, turkey, and pork tenderloin. They make the best side dish for a hearty meal and are extra tasty as a side dish to Thanksgiving turkey.

Traditional mashed potatoes recipe

How to Store Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes should be kept in an airtight container in your fridge. You can move them to the freezer if you can’t finish your leftovers.

How Long Do Mashed Potatoes Last?

You have about 3 days to finish off your mashed potatoes from the fridge. From there, I recommend you portion them out to freeze for meal prep.

Classic mashed potatoes recipes

Can You Freeze Mashed Potatoes?

Yes, they freeze better than other types of potatoes. The cream cheese in this recipe really helps with that. Make sure they’re sealed in an airtight container and labeled and you can keep them for up to 10 months.

How to Reheat Mashed Potatoes?

Thaw them in the fridge overnight first. At 350F, you can bake them for about 20 to 30 minutes to bring them back to life.

Classic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 305
The PERFECT mashed potato recipe that comes out rich and creamy everytime just like your favorite restaurants make! This easy recipe is a family favorite that has everyone coming back for seconds and asking for the recipe. Enjoy!


  • 5 lbs Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • sea salt (pinch)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • scallions (for garnish)


  • Peel the potatoes then cut into even 1” cubes. Transfer them to a pot of cold water. Add the garlic and sea salt into the water then bring to a boil and cook for about 12 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender then drain the water.
  • While the potatoes are boiling, heat the butter, milk, and another pinch of sea salt in small bowl in the microwave until the butter is just melted without the milk boiling. Set aide.
  • Next, pan-dry the potatoes. Place the potatoes in the stockpot and put back over the burner. Hold the handles of the stockpot and shake gently for about 1 minute to cook off some remaining steam.
  • Next, mash the potatoes to the desired consistency. Once they reach your desired consistency, fold in the butter mixture with a spatula until they’ve soaked up the liquid. Then, fold in the cream cheese until just combined to prevent over-mixing. Taste the potatoes and season with more salt if desired. Serve warm immediately.
Calories: 305kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 526mg | Potassium: 1017mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 2mg

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For a special meal that practically cooks itself, make this crock pot brisket recipe and you’ll be in heaven. My husband always asks for me to turn the leftovers into a sandwich the next day and the kids pile it high on their plates. It’s perfect for company or meal prep, so discover the simple way to big flavor!

Best brisket recipe

Best Brisket Recipe

You’ll find the best brisket recipe right here. With simple and wholesome ingredients, we’re going to transform a tough piece of meat into a tender and juicy delight that you won’t even need a knife to cut. Make it for a BBQ when you don’t want to spend time away from your guests, for a dinner party, or even for your little family when you want plenty of leftovers to see you through!

Easy Brisket Recipe

Yes, it will take about 9 hours to cook this brisket, but you’re only doing 20 minutes of work here. The rest is all done by your slow cooker. I love making this on a weekend, starting early in the morning so it’s ready for dinner at night. Though I have made it on a weekday when I’m organized in the morning so we can enjoy it for dinner.

Brisket recipe ingredients

Brisket Ingredients

  • Beef brisket – The star of this classic beef brisket recipe of course. Choose 3 to 4lbs in size.
  • Brisket rub – You’ll make this from brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, cumin powder, mustard powder, and salt and pepper.
  • BBQ sauce – Common kitchen staples come together to make your own BBQ sauce with minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, onion powder, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper.

Easy brisket recipe

Low and slow is the way to go.

How do you Make Brisket from Scratch

All you do is make the rub and then rub it all over the brisket’s surface. You’ll let that sit for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, you’ll make the BBQ sauce and put it in the crock pot. Then you’ll put the brisket into the slow cooker. After it cooks, you’ll put it in the oven for 15 minutes while thickening the sauce from the slow cooker on the stove. You’ll baste the brisket and then slice it up to serve.

How do you make brisket from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Brisket Every Time

  • Choose quality with your beef brisket. Look for choice or prime grades whenever possible. It’s great if you can go to a butcher shop near you and get a nice cut.
  • Look for marbling. Again, something a butcher can help you with but even at the supermarket, look for a brisket with fat marbling in the layers for more flavor. It is sure to make the most amazing brisket recipe.
  • Go for fresh. It’s ideal that your brisket isn’t previously frozen.
  • Use a crock pot. Brisket can be a tough cut of meat. By making this BBQ brisket recipe in a crock pot you can slow cook it until it is tender and absolutely delicious. The best beef brisket recipe is always moist and falls apart in your mouth.
  • Know how to slice it. You need to cut across the grain or else it won’t have that melt-in-your-mouth texture.

How to cook brisket

Is brisket a good cut of meat?

Beef brisket is a good cut of meat for slow cooking, braised, smoking, or slow-roasting. It is not the kind of cut you’d use for making steaks as it is one of the toughest cuts of meat.

How to Cook Beef Brisket Recipe

How to cook brisket is as simple as following this recipe. You’ll be using your slow cooker, oven, and stove to make your brisket come out with the kind of taste that guests will swear came from a restaurant. I personally prefer slow cooker brisket as it is easiest and will come out incredibly tender.

How do you make brisket more tender

How should brisket be cooked?

There are many ways to cook a brisket, though the easiest way is to use your slow cooker. This recipe shows you just how to do that and get the best taste.

Should you put rub on brisket overnight?

You can, though it is fine to put it on 30 minutes before you plan on cooking it. Doing so just prior to cooking also helps you remember to let it come to room temperature first so it cooks more evenly.

Will brisket get more tender the longer it cooks

Should I sear brisket before slow cooking?

While some recipes insist upon searing, this recipe takes you straight to the slow cooker. It is afterwards that you’ll use your oven briefly to put the final touches on your beef brisket.

Should you brown brisket before slow cooking?

There is no need to brown your brisket before slow cooking. The liquids in this recipe will help ensure you make the most mouth-watering, juicy brisket.

Do you cook brisket fat side up or down

How do you keep brisket moist?

With all the juices for the BBQ sauce in the crock pot, your slow cooker brisket recipe will stay nice and moist. It will also soak up even more BBQ brisket flavor and keep from drying out. 

How do you make brisket more tender?

It helps to start with a quality cut of brisket. Look for one that has marbling and is a good cut. You’ll also have to be patient when cooking beef brisket. Since it’s a tough cut of meat, brisket needs to cook at a low temperature for a long time. I recommend your brisket cook temp is the low setting on your crock pot.

Will brisket get more tender the longer it cooks?

Yes, all the connective tissues will break down, leaving you with meat that virtually melts in your mouth.

Can you overcook brisket in a slow cooker

Do you cook brisket fat side up or down?

The fat side should always be facing down when you cook brisket. This will help you achieve the perfect texture.

Can you overcook brisket in a slow cooker?

It is possible to overcook your brisket in the slow cooker. Make sure you have it on low rather than high. This allows for optimum slow cooking to render your meat juicy and tender.

How do you keep brisket moist

How many hours does it take to cook a brisket?

Because brisket is such a tough cut of meat, it needs to be cooked slow and low. Your brisket cook time should be about 9 hours for your brisket to come out perfectly tender. You’ll know your brisket is getting close to being ready when the brisket internal temp reaches 165F. However the brisket internal temperature needs to stay at that temp long enough for the meat fibers to become tender.

Does brisket get more tender the longer you cook it?

Yes, it does, and it gets more tender the longer it sits. That means the next day, those leftovers are going to taste even better!

Why is my brisket tough in slow cooker?

If your BBQ brisket is tough in a slow cooker, you’ve either selected a cut of meat that isn’t good quality, lacks marbling, or you’ve put it on high when it should be on low.

How can I make my brisket taste better?

In this recipe, we use a rub to help render even better flavor to the meat. Additionally, the BBQ sauce you’ll make with this will certainly infuse the meat with flavor you can’t miss.

What goes well with Brisket?

Brisket is amazing with coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans, corn casserole, sauteed green beans, potato salad, pasta salad, and plenty more. You’ll love this tender and delicious meal!

Should you put rub on brisket overnight

How to Store Brisket

Once everyone is done indulging in this rich and meaty dish, it needs to be packed up and put in the fridge. An airtight container is best for keeping it fresh.

How Long Does Brisket Last?

In the fridge, you can keep your brisket up to 4 days, unless you have it with gravy. You should try to keep the gravy separate or your brisket will only last for up to 2 days in the fridge.

Homemade brisket recipe

Can You Freeze Brisket?

Fortunately, you can freeze your brisket though again, it’s recommended to keep the gravy separate. Doing so, you’ll have up to 2 months to make use of your brisket bounty.

How to Reheat Brisket?

The trick is to keep your brisket temperature low. You’ll want to put your brisket on a baking sheet and let it come to room temperature. This lets it heat up evenly. As your brisket temp increases. Pour juices on and cover it, then bake at 325F for about 20 minutes.

Classic Brisket Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 hours
Total Time 9 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 358
This super juicy and tender BBQ beef brisket recipe with a dry rub AND mouthwatering barbecue sauce is the perfect combination and balance between sweet and spicy. Low and slow in the slow cooker is the perfect way to keep this brisket tender and moist.


  • 3-4 lbs beef brisket
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Beef Brisket Rub

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

BBQ Sauce Recipe

  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust to preferred spice level)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  • Combine the rub ingredients and then rub all over the brisket. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Then, combine the ingredients for the BBQ sauce into the slow cooker. Place the brisket into the slow cooker and cook for 8-10 hours on low.
  • Once cooked, place brisket on a tray and pour the liquid into a saucepan. Bring the liquid to a simmer on medium high to high heat and reduce until thickened. While the liquid simmers, drizzle the brisket with olive oil and roast in the oven at 375F for about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and baste with the sauce, then return to the oven again and roast for 5-10 minutes. Serve thinly sliced across the grain with the leftover BBQ sauce.
Calories: 358kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 358kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 697mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 627IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 4mg

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A simple dessert that is worthy of the best company, bread pudding is something everyone loves. Even if they’ve never had it before. My kids initially turned their little noses up to it until they took a taste. Now they ask me to make this bread pudding recipe for them all the time and so will anyone you make it for.

Best bread pudding recipe

Best Bread Pudding Recipe

Bread pudding is simple to put together with fresh and easy ingredients. It only tastes complex but I promise, the proof is in the pudding (pun intended!) that you can make an amazing dessert out of such easy and ordinary ingredients.

Easy Bread Pudding Recipe

An old fashioned bread pudding recipe is very easy to make. It doesn’t take long for you to put together. You can even let it bake up while you and your guests enjoy your meal. That’s how I do it so it’s nice and warm when everyone’s ready for dessert.

Bread pudding ingredients

Bread Pudding Ingredients

  • French bread – You’ll need a day-old whole loaf for this old fashioned bread pudding recipe. Day-old French bread is the best bread for bread pudding.
  • Butter – Melt it up!
  • Raisins – Even if you don’t like raisins, they add so much to the flavor. You’ll be a believer in them with bread pudding.
  • Eggs – Helps achieve the custardy texture you’ll experience.
  • Milk – Works with the eggs for that custardy-feel.
  • Seasonings – sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract all impart a sweetness together that take bread pudding into legendary territory.

Easy bread pudding recipe

How do you Make Bread Pudding from Scratch

When making this simple bread pudding recipe, all you do is cube the bread, put it in a baking dish, add the butter, and top with raisins. Then you’ll mix the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla together in another bowl and pour it over the bread. Make sure it’s all covered well and that the bread soaks up that egg mixture. Then you bake it for 45 minutes. That’s it!

The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Bread Pudding Every Time

  • Make sure your bread is dry and old. While making bread pudding with French bread is preferred, you can use any type of bread you have. It just should be a day old at the very least to have the best results in this recipe.
  • Let the mixture soak in. This is key to making proper bread pudding. You want that dry bread to really soak it all of your bread pudding sauce.
  • You can leave out the raisins. If they’re really bugging you, leave them out or if you don’t have them. It’s traditional to put them in and they really do add such a lovely flavor even for people that hate raisins.

How do you make bread pudding from scratch

How to Cook Bread Pudding

Bread pudding only requires a little prep time. You’ll get it ready in an oven-safe dish and then bake it together once assembled.

Why do you use stale bread for bread pudding?

In olden days when bread pudding first became a thing, it was a way to use up the old bread without it going to waste. But even today, you’ll see how fresh and moist stale bread becomes in this recipe.

Can bread be too stale for bread pudding?

No, any stale bread will do. Make sure it doesn’t have any mold on it, but other than that, old bread is great for bread pudding.

How Long to Bake Bread Pudding

Bread pudding takes 45 minutes to bake. This is at the temperature of 350F.

What goes well with Bread Pudding

Bread pudding is wonderful with coffee and tea after a big meal. If you’re looking to match it with wine, a nice Riesling will work.

How to cook bread pudding

How do you know when bread pudding is done?

You can stick a knife in the center of it. If it comes out clean, your bread pudding is ready.

Is bread pudding supposed to be moist?

Yes, the eggs and milk unite to give it a custardy texture inside. Your bread pudding should not be dry and crunchy.

How do you fix dry bread pudding?

If you somehow overcook it and it becomes dry or you’re reheating your bread pudding, you can fix it by adding a bread pudding sauce or cream on top. In fact, nothing works better than ice cream to bring it back to life.

How do you moisten bread pudding?

If you follow this bread pudding recipe properly, you should have perfectly moistened Southern bread pudding. However, if you’ve reheated yours and it seems dry, you can add a sauce or ice cream on top to moisten it.

Why is my bread pudding watery?

Perhaps you didn’t add enough bread to sop up the egg and milk mixture. With this recipe, make sure you measure everything out first and you shouldn’t have a watery bread pudding.

Is bread pudding supposed to be moist

How do you fix runny bread pudding?

Make sure you’re baking your bread pudding long enough. If you don’t let it cook for the entire bake time, you may find the mixture hasn’t set yet and is runny.

Is bread pudding supposed to be gooey?

Yes, once it bakes up, it should have a somewhat gooey, rich, custardy texture. It’s absolutely divine with ice cream.

Is bread pudding supposed to be wet or dry?

Bread pudding should never be dry. Should yours turn out with a dry texture, you can quickly remedy it by adding sauce or ice cream on top.

What’s the difference between bread pudding and bread and butter pudding?

Indeed, these two dishes are similar in that they involve bread and a custard of sorts. But for bread and butter pudding, you take slices of buttered bread and pour the custard over the top, then bake.

Homemade bread pudding recipe

How to Store Bread Pudding

If you have any leftovers of this bread pudding, it needs to go in the refrigerator. Store it in an airtight container to keep the flavors intact.

How Long Does Bread Pudding Last?

Your bread pudding will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. We’ve never had that much leftover because it’s so good, it’s gone!

Can You Freeze Bread Pudding?

Yes, you can freeze bread pudding. You should wrap it exceedingly well and keep it for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat Bread Pudding?

Put your oven to 350F, then cover your bread pudding with foil. It should take 10 to 15 minutes to heat up.

Homemade Bread Pudding Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 333
This bread pudding recipe is super easy to make and only calls for a few simple ingredients that are probably sitting in your pantry. This bread pudding comes out crispy on top and soft and moist in the middle for the perfect combination!


  • 1 loaf French bread (day-old)
  • 3 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 eggs (beaten)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Cube the French bread and place into a baking dish and coat with the melted butter and sprinkle with raisins.
  • Then, in a medium sized mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla then pour over the bread. Lightly push down the bread with a fork to ensure that it completely soaks up the egg mixture.
  • Bake in the oven for 45 minutes. Serve warm as is or with vanilla ice cream.
Calories: 333kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American


Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 78mg | Sodium: 282mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 198IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2mg

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Trying to come up with the best way to cook brussel sprouts? This fantastic side dish will have your kids eating brussel sprouts every time. It’s quick enough for your weeknight dinners and fancy enough to serve to guests. You’ll want this roasted brussel sprouts recipe in your pocket for any occasion!

Best roasted brussel sprouts recipe

Best Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Fresh, simple, and wholesome, there isn’t much to it when it comes to making the best roasted brussel sprouts recipe. You’ll have this on your table fast with tasty flavor that come together quick for any meal.

Easy Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Oven baked brussel sprouts take just 15 minutes of prep time and the rest is done in the oven. This easy roasted brussel sprouts recipe leaves your stove top free for other endeavors, making meal time much easier on you.

Roasted brussel sprouts ingredients

Roasted Brussel Sprouts Ingredients

  • Brussel sprouts – When cooking brussel sprouts it is best to buy them fresh and trim the bottoms off of them before halving them.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – For the perfect coating for crispy brussel sprouts in the oven!
  • Balsamic vinegar – Roasted brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar really takes them to the next level. The balsamic adds nice contrast in flavor .
  • Honey – Use real honey to add sweetness that works well with the balsamic vinegar.
  • Minced garlic – Because garlic goes great with oven roasted brussel sprouts! Roasted brussel sprouts with garlic have an added level of flavor that really makes them stand out.
  • Salt and pepper – To taste are the only dry seasoning for brussel sprouts you will need.

Easy roasted brussel sprouts recipe

How do you Make Roasted Brussel Sprouts from Scratch

Making a crispy brussel sprouts recipe is a simple step-by-step process. You’ll preheat your oven first and while that’s happening, you’ll trim the bottoms off the brussel sprouts, then halve them. Toss them in part of the olive oil with salt and pepper and roast. They’ll be golden brown and fork-tender. Then toss with the rest of the ingredients until it’s all coated and serve.

Everyday I’m brusselin’.

Expert Tips for the Perfect Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts Every Time

  • Trim those ends. When cooking brussel sprouts in the oven, to eliminate some bitterness right off the bat, that bottom part of the brussel sprout and the exterior leaves need to go.
  • Don’t add the balsamic and honey before roasting. That will give it an odd flavor. When making balsamic brussel sprouts, be sure to add thee balsamic vinegar and honey after the roasting.
  • Use a fork to check for tenderness. At the end of the roasting time, you should be able to pierce the brussel sprouts with a fork.

How do you make roasted brussel sprouts from scratch

How do I Roast Brussel Sprouts?

To roast brussel sprouts, all it takes is a sheet pan lined with foil, brussel sprouts tossed in olive oil, and some salt and pepper. Yes, it’s THAT easy to make this baked brussel sprouts recipe!

How do I prepare brussel sprouts?

To prepare brussel sprouts, you should rinse them well or even soak them if you have enough time. Trim the bottoms and outer leaves off, then cut them in half to prep them for roasting.

Should you rinse brussel sprouts before roasting?

Yes, much like preparing any vegetable, you should clean brussel sprouts off before you roast them.

How do I roast brussel sprouts

Do you need to soak brussel sprouts before cooking?

You don’t need to, but it might help to soak them first. Do so for 20 minutes if you have time, prior to trimming them. If not, make sure you at least rinse them before you prep them for roasting.

Should you cut brussel sprouts in half before roasting?

Yes, you should cut them in half before roasting so they will all cook more evenly.

Do you have to steam brussel sprouts before roasting?

No, steaming is what leads to a soggy texture. Simply follow this recipe and you’ll have the perfect taste and texture.

How do you cook brussel sprouts so they are not bitter?

This recipe will help you cook your brussel sprouts so they’re not bitter. A big part of it is using extra virgin olive oil as the natural fat in this oil helps keep bitterness away.

Do you need to soak brussel sprouts before cooking

How Long to Roast Brussel Sprouts in the Oven

At 400F, you’ll roast brussel sprouts for 20 minutes. That’s all it takes for baked brussel sprouts to be done!

Why are my roasted brussel sprouts soggy?

You didn’t use high enough heat. Brussel sprouts taste best when you roast them at 400F. In this cooking method, they will not get soggy and will have a crispy, caramelized texture.

How do I know when brussel sprouts are done?

Your brussel sprouts are done when you can pierce them easily with a fork. After that, you can finish them off with the rest of the ingredients and serve to get the best texture and taste together.

What goes well with Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Roasted brussel sprouts are great with zoodles if you’re trying to keep a meatless meal. They also work with roasted chicken, steak, meatloaf, pork tenderloin, lamb chops, and all sorts of things.

How long to roast brussel sprouts in the oven

How to Store Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Your roasted brussel sprouts need to be in an airtight container and kept in the fridge so they don’t go bad.

How Long Do Roasted Brussel Sprouts Last?

You can use these roasted brussel sprouts in your fridge for up to 4 days. After that, move them to your freezer.

Homemade roasted brussel sprouts recipe

Can You Freeze Roasted Brussel Sprouts?

You can freeze roasted brussel sprouts, but they will get a bit soggy. Still, they’ll make a great way to use up leftovers for meal prep if you don’t mind the texture change. They’ll last about 10 months this way.

How to Reheat Roasted Brussel Sprouts?

Let them thaw in the fridge overnight, then add a little oil to them and a baking sheet and heat at 350F for about 5 to 8 minutes.

Crispy Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 157
The perfect crispy roasted brussel sprout recipe that is crispy on the outside and tender in the middle. This easy recipe is great because of the short prep time and the consistent results every time!


  • 2 lbs brussel sprouts (halved)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp honey
  • 2 garlic (minced)


  • Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Toss the Brussels sprouts with 2 tbsps of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast until tender and golden brown. Once roasted, toss with the remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and honey until evenly coated. Serve immediately.
Calories: 157kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1141IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 2mg

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Smoky, tangy, a little bit sweet and a little bit heat…that’s what makes the best BBQ sauce recipe. In this recipe, you’ll learn how to take simple and wholesome ingredients to make your own homemade BBQ sauce that the kids will love dunking your homemade chicken tenders and fries in. Smother it on ribs, top it on chicken for the grill, and stop buying that processed junk all while getting better flavor!

Best bbq sauce recipe

Best BBQ Sauce Recipe

Do you still buy your BBQ sauce from that sauce aisle in the supermarket? The next time you start to throw it into your cart, read the ingredients. If you have some in your pantry or fridge now, go read those ingredients and I bet you’ll throw it in the trash. You do NOT need high fructose corn syrup and preservatives in your life. But you CAN make your own best BBQ sauce without all the garbage. Not only is it simple but it’s also delicious!

Easy BBQ Sauce Recipe

You might already have all these things in your pantry already! Throw them together and faster than you can go to the supermarket and buy a processed bottle of BBQ sauce, you can have your very own fresh-made version.

BBQ sauce ingredients

BBQ Sauce Ingredients

  • Canned tomato sauce – Surprise! The base is not pre-made ketchup!
  • Apple cider vinegar – Adds that tangy taste. Necessary for any vinegar based BBQ sauce recipe.
  • Honey and molasses – Gives it that sweet balance.
  • Worcestershire sauce – Creates more depth in flavor.
  • Spices – Smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper all unite to bring out a smoky, pungent, and slightly spicy taste.

What is BBQ sauce made of?

Some homemade barbecue sauce has a tomato base, but in this barbecue sauce recipe, it’s from canned tomato sauce. Along with that, honey, molasses, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and seasonings like garlic powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper all give it that distinctive flavor.

Easy bbq sauce recipe

How do you make your own barbecue sauce?

Homemade barbeque sauce is so simple! You’ll combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan and simmer on your stove until it’s ready. Restaurant quality, blue-ribbon style barbecue sauce can be yours without any nasty preservatives!

If you talk to a man about BBQ he will listen for hours.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect BBQ Sauce Every Time

  • Use raw organic honey. That junk you find in the supermarket isn’t real honey. Know the difference!
  • Taste it before adding more salt and pepper. This simple bbq sauce recipe calls for a pinch of each. You can surely add more if you wish, but give it a quick taste-test to see.
  • Let it simmer and lower it. Once it simmers on your stove, lower the heat and stir here and there. You want it to slowly come together.

How to Cook Homemade Barbecue Sauce

BBQ sauce is cooked on the stove top. This allows the honey and the molasses to melt in and brings all those beautiful flavors together to create the best barbecue sauce that is the perfect balance.

How do you make your own barbecue sauce

How do you make Texas BBQ sauce from scratch?

Texas BBQ sauce is a bit thinner than this sauce. It tends to use hot sauce and cumin to give it a distinctive flavor.

What does Texas BBQ sauce taste like?

Texas BBQ sauce is just a bit thinner than the stickier BBQ sauces. It has more of a tomato flavor as well.

What is the base of BBQ sauce?

Some barbecue sauce recipes use ketchup as the base for BBQ sauce but the best base is canned tomato sauce. This allows you to customize the flavor and make real BBQ sauce from scratch.

What is the best BBQ sauce?

The best BBQ sauce is the one you make yourself without additives or preservatives. Perhaps you’ll even find that this BBQ sauce is best though it is a matter of taste. Texans will favor a tomatoey flavor though southerners will find this more like what they’re used to.

What is the best BBQ sauce for ribs?

The best BBQ sauce for ribs is one that you can smother them in before cooking and have plenty leftover for dipping as you eat. In other words, this recipe will be the best BBQ sauce for ribs you’ll find.

How do you make southern BBQ sauce from scratch?

Southern BBQ sauce has a tang from apple cider vinegar along with a vivid sweetness, usually from honey or brown sugar. Following this recipe will give you a more southern BBQ experience.

Is BBQ sauce made with ketchup?

While some recipes call for the use of ketchup, in this recipe, you use canned tomato sauce. You skip all those gross preservatives and nasty things like high fructose corn syrup by not using ketchup.

How do you make BBQ sauce from scratch without ketchup?

Simple! Use canned tomato sauce. You get the tomato base you need without all the added preservatives.

How can you make BBQ sauce better?

BBQ sauce can be made better by skipping the additives. When you use ketchup, it’s already sweetened but canned tomato sauce is pure and simple, letting you infuse it with honey, molasses, and all the other seasonings to give it a taste of its own.

How to make bbq sauce

What goes well with BBQ Sauce

Goodness, I could go on all day about what goes well with BBQ sauce! Homemade chicken tenders, BBQ chicken, anything on the grill, ribs, burgers, sandwiches, fries…there are endless ways to apply your BBQ sauce.

How to Store BBQ Sauce

Your BBQ sauce is best stored in a mason jar or another airtight container. Keep it in the fridge, but let it come to room temperature first before storing it.

How Long Does BBQ Sauce Last?

This homemade BBQ sauce will be good for up to a week in your fridge. I recommend not making more than you need for the week unless you freeze it.

Can You Freeze BBQ Sauce?

Yes! That’s the best way to make sure your BBQ sauce doesn’t go to waste. Put it in an airtight container and tuck it in the freezer.

How to Reheat BBQ Sauce?

Just let it thaw out in your fridge overnight. Your BBQ sauce will be ready to use in no time!

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 64
This authentic and bold homemade BBQ sauce recipe is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, smokey, and tangy. Its super easy to make but be ready for everyone to ask you for the recipe!


  • 1 15oz can tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • black pepper (pinch)
  • sea salt (pinch)
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Whisk all the ingredients together iron a medium saucepan, then cook on medium-high heat until the sauce reaches a simmer. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Use the sauce immediately or refrigerate up to 1 week.
Calories: 64kcal
Course: Seasoning
Cuisine: American


Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 321IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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