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Fresh homemade garlic bread always makes for a wonderful accompaniment to your meals. Whether it’s a pasta dish or baked chicken, having this garlic bread recipe on the table makes everyone happy. And that fresh oven baked garlic bread smell! It’s so heavenly in your home, inviting everyone to dinner before you can even tell them it’s ready!

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Best Garlic Bread Recipe

Do you still buy those bake-and-eat garlic breads from the freezer section? No judgement for I used to do the same. But when you see how easy it is to make homemade garlic bread in the oven and how much more delicious too, you’ll never go back to the frozen one.

garlic bread ingredients

Homemade Garlic Bread Ingredients

  • French bread loaf – You could also use a loaf of Italian bread if the bakery is out of French bread.
  • Butter – You’ll want to soften this up to make the spread.
  • Garlic – Mince it yourself or if time is tight, you can use the jarred stuff.
  • Fresh parsley – Fresh is definitely best, but in a pinch, the stuff from your spice rack will do.
  • Parmesan cheese – Don’t get that shelf-stable stuff. Grate it fresh or buy it from the refrigerated section.

Easy garlic bread recipe

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Easy Garlic Bread Recipe

This quick and easy garlic bread recipe takes just 20 minutes. My kids always want to help with it so that frees up even more time for me in the kitchen. It’s a simple side dish that everyone is going to love with your meals.

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How do you Make Homemade Garlic Bread from Scratch?

When making homemade garlic bread in the oven, you’ll start by preheating your oven to 350F. While that happens, cut the French bread loaf horizontally down the middle. Mix the butter, garlic, and parsley together and and your garlic bread spread onto both halves of the bread. Bake for 10 minutes, then add the cheese. Broil on high for 2 to 3 minutes until that cheese melts and gets bubbly. After that, slice it up and garnish with more parsley, then serve it while it’s hot!

How long to bake garlic bread

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Homemade Garlic Bread Every Time

  • Use fresh garlic when baking garlic bread. It really adds the best flavor and since you mince it, it comes out with a roasted taste that’s unbeatable.
  • You can use the stuff from your spice rack. If you’re in a pinch and are out of fresh garlic and parsley, you can use garlic powder and dried parsley.
  • You can use salted or unsalted butter for this. It’s up to you if you’re prefer it saltier though all that garlic will add plenty of flavor to make up for it.

What goes good on garlic bread

What kind of bread is best for garlic bread?

French bread is generally accepted as the best choice, though an Italian loaf will work too.

What goes good on garlic bread?

My family loves dragging garlic bread through tomato-based sauces from pasta, dunking it in soups, and simply eating it as-is. With the buttery-garlicky smear on top, it tastes like it came straight from heaven.

What can I use instead of parsley for garlic bread?

You can use dried parsley but you will likely want to add a little more flavor since fresh parsley is best. Add some Italian seasoning and it will perk up the flavor.

What can I use instead of parsley for garlic bread

How to Cook Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is cooked in the oven. It’s baked with a smear of butter, garlic, and parsley to give it a wonderful taste.

How do you bake garlic bread?

You slice it down the middle lengthwise, smear it with the garlic bread spread, and bake it at 350F for 10 minutes. The perfect garlic bread oven temp to bake your bread is 350F.

How Long to Bake Garlic Bread?

At 350F, garlic bread bakes for 10 minutes. Allow about 2 minutes additional to put cheese on and put it under the broiler.

How do you keep garlic bread from getting hard?

Garlic bread will get hard in the fridge, which is why I will usually put it in the freezer so it maintains its integrity until we’re ready to eat it again.

How do you make garlic bread not soggy?

The secret is eating it right away. You can also keep it warm by putting a bread stone in the basket or covering with foil.

How do you bake garlic bread

How do you make garlic bread better?

Just add fresh-grated parmesan cheese! When you broil it for a few seconds at the end, the cheese melts into the garlic bread and makes it sensational.

What goes well with Garlic Bread?

Garlic bread goes well with any pasta dish. I love serving it with Italian meals, though even a steak can be served with garlic bread. Soup and salad become so much more with garlic bread too.

What do you eat garlic bread with?

Garlic bread goes great with pastas and Italian dishes, stews, soups, and salads.

How do you make garlic bread better

How to Store Garlic Bread

To keep it tasting best, you should store leftover garlic bread at room temperature for the best texture. However, if you feel uncomfortable with buttered bread sitting out, you can put it in the fridge or freezer.

How Long Does Garlic Bread Last?

In your fridge, it will last a few days. You can leave it at room temperature, but it’s best to eat it as quickly as possible.

Homemade garlic bread

Can You Freeze Garlic Bread?

Garlic bread freezes beautifully. When my family can’t eat it all, I freeze the slices in a freezer bag. They’ll keep for 6 months this way, making them the perfect partner for many meals in a pinch.

How to Reheat Garlic Bread?

You’ll wrap it in foil, put it on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for about 10 to 15 minutes. It will taste as good as it did when it was fresh!

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Classic Garlic Bread Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 109
This classic homemade Garlic Bread recipe is absolutely amazing and is leaps and bound better than that frozen stuff! Garlic bread is super easy to make and requires only 5 simple ingredients.


  • 1 loaf of French Bread
  • 1 1/2 stick butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese (grated)


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Cut the French bread loaf in half, horizontally.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the butter, garlic, and parsley. Spread the mixture over the two halves and bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, remove from oven and sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese. Broil on high for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted and bubbly. Allow to cool for 1 minute before slicing and serving. Garnish with additional parsley.
Calories: 109kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 216mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg

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Whether you need a killer side dish for a backyard BBQ or you’re looking for something zesty and delicious for dinner tonight, look no further than this homemade pasta salad recipe! Loaded with antipasto ingredient favorites like salami, mozzarella, and olives, my husband and kids make short work of my biggest batches. It’s perfect for summer, indoors or out, so come see how to make it!

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Best Pasta Salad Recipe

In college, I used to buy that boxed kit for pasta salad. Remember those things? But now that I know better, they’re loaded with preservatives and other junk. Besides, pasta salad tastes best when you make it fresh. If you can make spaghetti, you can easily make this cold pasta salad recipe!

pasta salad ingredients

Pasta Salad Ingredients

  • Tricolor rotini – Yes, you can use another 16-ounce box of pasta shape but the rotini get all the flavors trapped in those spirals. You don’t need tricolor either but I find it looks prettier!
  • Salami – A must for a traditional Italian pasta salad recipe. Tip: Get the cubes.
  • Mozzarella cheese pearls – You can also get the fresh mozzarella and chunk it up yourself but the pearls are easier and look nice too.
  • Black olives – Buy them sliced and make life easier!
  • Bell peppers – You’ll need green, orange, and red which all add a more festive presentation.
  • Red onion – Perfect for a pungent undertone without being too sharp.
  • Italian vinaigrette – The pasta salad dressing that ties it all together. Pasta salad with Italian dressing is amazing!
  • Parmesan cheese – Grab a bag of the shredded stuff.
  • Pasta salad seasoning – You’ll need Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  • Fresh parsley – Chop this for a fresh finish!

Easy pasta salad recipe

Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

Homemade pasta salad is one of the easiest things you’ll ever make! You only cook the pasta and combine the ingredients. There’s really nothing to it!

A salad is not a meal. Its a style.
Fran Lebowitz

How do you Make Pasta Salad from Scratch?

Cold pasta salad is super simple to make. Boil the pasta according to the package instructions, making sure you get it al dente. Then rinse it with cold water and drain well. Add the pasta along with all the other ingredients into a large salad bowl. Toss it all together and then refrigerate it for 2.5 hours minimum before serving.

How to make pasta salad from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Pasta Salad Every Time

  • Season the pasta water well. The water should be salty to impart flavor on the pasta plus keep it from sticking together.
  • Pasta shape matters! Making summer pasta salad with spaghetti just doesn’t have the same feel. If you don’t have rotini, choose another short pasta shape like macaroni, farfalle, or orecchiette.
  • Don’t overcook the pasta! Set a timer so you cook it to al dente. Then since it’s a cold dish, rinse it with cold water right away so that it stops cooking and doesn’t get mushy.
  • Make it colorful. If you can’t find certain vegetables, replace them with other colorful options. Zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes can also work if you can’t find any fresh bell peppers.

What goes with pasta salad

Which pasta is best for salad?

While this summer pasta salad recipe uses rotini, any short pasta shape that has little crevices and folds will work. Penne, macaroni, and farfalle are great options!

What is the fastest way to cool pasta for pasta salad?

After draining cooked pasta, move the colander into a bigger bowl that is partially filled with ice water to chill it. Drain again and it’s ready!

Should you rinse pasta for pasta salad?

Yes, you must rinse it for pasta salad. This cools it down and also keeps it from losing that al dente texture.

What is the fastest way to cool pasta for pasta salad

How do you make pasta salad not stick?

First, make sure your water is salty enough when boiling the pasta. Don’t overcook past al dente and quickly drain it followed by a cold water rinse. These tips along with adding enough dressing will ensure perfect pasta salad.

What is the best store bought dressing for pasta salad?

The best pasta salad dressing is the Italian vinaigrette your family loves best. Newman’s Own Italian Dressing is one of the most popular by far!

What is the best store bought dressing for pasta salad

Can pasta salad be made the day before?

Absolutely! That’s why pasta salad is the perfect dish for a backyard BBQ, whether you’re hosting or bringing it with you. You can make it several days before but as far as prep and flavor go, the sweet spot is 24 hours before.

Should you put dressing on pasta salad the night before?

Yes, the pasta and other ingredients will soak in the flavors. If you worry about it being dry, get extra dressing so you can top it off before serving.

How long can pasta salad with Italian dressing sit out?

Generally, it will be safe sitting out up to 2 hours. You should consider putting out portions of it in a smaller serving bowl and refilling as needed from a larger bowl in the fridge.

Should you rinse pasta for pasta salad

How do you keep pasta salad moist?

The secret is in the dressing. I like to reserve some extra dressing so that if it seems too dry, I can add more to get it to the proper balance.

What goes with Pasta Salad?

Generally when I serve pasta salad, I’ve got the whole BBQ thing going on. We love it with burgers and hotdogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, fried okra, fried chicken, and sandwiches. Sometimes for dinner, I’ll serve it as a main with a soup like tomato bisque or chicken noodle.

Which pasta is best for salad

How to Store Pasta Salad

Just put your pasta salad in the fridge. Make sure to either wrap the top of the serving bowl with plastic wrap or put it in an airtight container.

How Long Does Pasta Salad Last?

In your fridge, pasta salad keeps pretty well. You should finish it off before 5 to 7 days though.

Should you put dressing on pasta salad the night before

Can You Freeze Pasta Salad?

Yes, though it is best when it’s fresh. Freezing it with the vegetables will definitely change the texture but it’s better than wasting it. If you can keep it separated, that would be ideal. Regardless, it will last for roughly 3 months when frozen.

How to Reheat Pasta Salad?

Just let it thaw out overnight in the fridge. You can also warm it up and serve it as a hot dish if you like. Use a skillet and gently warm it together on the stove. The cheese will get melty and it will be delicious!

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Classic Pasta Salad Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 324
This Italian Pasta Salad recipe is the perfect blend of pasta, salami, veggies and seasoning. It makes crowd favorite side dish for so many summer meals and can be easily prepared the day before!


  • 16 oz tricolor rotini
  • 10 oz cubed salami
  • 3/4 cup Italian vinaigrette
  • 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese pearls
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1/4 cup black olives (sliced)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (seeded and diced)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • First, cook the tricolor rotini until al dente. Once cooked, rinse with cold water. Combine all of the ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least 2 1/2 hours before serving.
Calories: 324kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 974mg | Potassium: 307mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 963IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg

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When everyone in my household seems bored with rice or pasta-based dishes, I love to put out this creamy polenta recipe. It’s a porridge of sorts made with cornmeal to create a creamy, buttery dish that makes an excellent base for your savory meals. I love putting grilled shrimp on top or just keeping it simple with fresh-grated cheese and cooked veggies.

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Best Polenta Recipe

The best polenta recipe comes out with a dreamy and creamy texture. It’s rich and delightful without being overpowering. There’s something so soothing about this savory Italian porridge that you will be sure to love!

Easy Polenta Recipe

If you love buttery corn and creamy textures, you’re going to love polenta. It only takes a few simple ingredients and 10 minutes of prep. In about 30 minutes, it will be ready to serve. Once you master polenta, you’ll find new ways of serving this satisfying dish.

polenta ingredients

Polenta Ingredients

  • Yellow cornmeal – It all starts with this stuff to make polenta.
  • Water – You’ll need 6 cups of it to turn the cornmeal into polenta.
  • Butter – Use the unsalted variety which will give this a rich taste.
  • Parmesan cheese – For a creamy polenta recipe, grate fresh Parmesan cheese from the block for true Italian flavor.
  • Salt – Just a little is all you need to bring these tastes together.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – For polenta, this is used as a garnish to finish it off just prior to serving.

Easy polenta recipe

How do you Make Polenta from Scratch

To start cooking polenta all you need is a large saucepan! You’ll bring the water to a boil and add the salt. Then you’ll whisk the cornmeal in and drop the heat to low. Keep cooking until it thickens and the cornmeal is tender, about 25 minutes. Take it off the heat then add butter and stir until it melts through. Add the parmesan cheese and garnish with the olive oil before serving for the perfect cheesy polenta dish.

Keep calm and eat polenta.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Polenta Every Time

  • Break up the clumps. Before you cook the cornmeal, take time to go through it with a fork to keep clumps out.
  • Whisk it while pouring. When adding the cornmeal, you’ve got to keep whisking to avoid lumps.
  • Get the right texture. Polenta gets thicker as it sits so if you still have time before serving, plan on thinning it out. You can reheat it over low and add a little more water or olive oil to get it back to the right consistency.

How do you make polenta from scratch

What exactly is polenta?

Polenta is a creamy base dish comes from northern Italy. It has a soft texture like a porridge but isn’t eaten for breakfast. If you’re tired of using rice, potatoes, or pasta for your meals this week, give polenta a try.

What does polenta taste like?

If you enjoy eating corn, you’ll love polenta. It has a corn flavor to it and a texture that is akin to grits. Some even say it tastes like cornbread!

Is polenta and cornmeal the same?

Not exactly. Cornmeal is an ingredient and is the main ingredient used when making traditional polenta.

Can you make polenta with regular cornmeal?

Yes, you absolutely can make polenta with regular cornmeal. Some cornmeal brands even have it on the label that it is suitable for making polenta.

How to cook polenta

How to Cook Creamy Polenta

Polenta is cooked in a saucepan on the stove. It only requires one cooking vessel to make and is very simple, not to mention, delicious too.

Can you overcook polenta?

Yes, you can overcook polenta but the good news is that it is easy to correct. You can adjust the texture again with more liquid. Just remember to taste it before serving since with the addition of more liquid, it may have lost its flavor.

Is polenta and cornmeal the same

What do you eat polenta with?

Polenta makes a great side dish with just the simple grating of fresh parmesan and some freshly ground black pepper. For a fancy dinner, try it with ossobuco. You can also top it with roasted broccoli, cauliflower, or any other vegetable. It’s great with a drizzle of pesto or marinara too.

What can I do with left over polenta?

Leftover polenta can be brought back to life with more liquid to serve at your next meal. It can also be made into gnocchi, a pizza base, or even fried like French fries.

Can you make polenta with regular cornmeal

How to Store Polenta

Polenta should be cooled completely before storing. You should put it in an airtight container in the fridge.

How Long Does Polenta Last?

Properly stored in the fridge, polenta will last about 5 days. If you aren’t planning to eat it right away, putting it in the freezer is another option.

Can You Freeze Polenta?

Polenta is great for freezing! When it cools and becomes thick, you can slice it and store it more easily. It stores for up to 3 months in the freezer.

How to Reheat Polenta?

If frozen, let it thaw in the fridge overnight. When you go to reheat it, add about a quarter to half a cup of water or stock to it on the stove over low heat, whisking until the creamy texture returns.

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The PERFECT Polenta Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 415
This perfect polenta recipe is one that my purists friends rave about! Its soft, creamy, and absolutely delicious. This easy polenta recipe uses only 6 ingredients and makes the perfect side dish to so many dishes.


  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 4 tbsp butter (unsalted)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  • In a large saucepan, bring the 6 cups of water to boil. Add the 2 teaspoons of salt. Whisk in the cornmeal, reducing the heat to low and cooking until the mixture thickens and the cornmeal becomes tender which will take about 25 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add in the butter and stir until melted, then add in the parmesan cheese. Garnish with extra virgin olive oil.
Calories: 415kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian


Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 1284mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 3mg

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A rich and delicious side dish of potatoes layered in a creamy sauce, this scalloped potatoes recipe is always a favorite for a special meal. I don’t always wait for the holidays to trot this one out. On weekends when I have time, I love to surprise my husband and kids with it for an epic dinner!

Best scalloped potatoes recipe

Best Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

The best scalloped potatoes only have a few ingredients in them but those ingredients come together to make the most incredible flavor. Tender potatoes smothered in that buttery, creamy sauce are such a special treat!

Scalloped potatoes ingredients

Scalloped Potatoes Ingredients

  • Potatoes – The best potatoes for scalloped potatoes are white or golden potatoes.
  • Onion and garlic – Adds contrast with aromatic flavor to this scalloped potato casserole.
  • Flour – Thickens the sauce.
  • Whole milk – For the creamy sauce.
  • Chicken broth – Goes with the milk to add more depth to the sauce.
  • Butter – You guessed it – you can’t have a good roux-based sauce without it!
  • Salt and pepper – To taste as you desire.

Easy scalloped potatoes recipe

Potatoes make french fries, chips, and vodka. Its like the other vegetables aren’t even trying.

Easy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

While they do take time to prepare, easy scalloped potatoes are very simple to make. Slicing the potatoes and making the creamy roux-based sauce will take up your prep time, but after that, the oven does the rest!

How do you make scalloped potatoes from scratch

How do you Make Scalloped Potatoes from Scratch

For a quick and easy scalloped potatoes recipe, follow these instructions. Start by pre-heating the oven. While the oven preheats, you’ll make your sauce by melting the butter and cooking the onion and garlic until it softens. Then add flour and cook for 2 minutes, reducing to low heat. Mix the milk and broth together and then whisk it into your saucepan a little at a time. Boil the mixture and whisk constantly, then salt and pepper to taste. After that, assemble your sliced potatoes in layers, adding the cream sauce in between. Cover it and bake it for 40 minutes, then uncover it and bake it for 40 more minutes until done!

How to cook scalloped potatoes

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Scalloped Potatoes Every Time

  • For a richer sauce, use heavy cream. If you don’t have it, whole milk as this recipe calls for will still be indulgent.
  • Just don’t use skim or low-fat milk. You want the full fat here for a truly creamy experience.
  • You don’t have to peel the potatoes. If you’re using white or gold, you can just scrub the outsides well and leave the skin on if you’d like.
  • This homemade scalloped potatoes recipe can be gluten-free if you swap out the flour for a gluten-free flour.

How long to bake scalloped potatoes

How to Cook Scalloped Potatoes

Making baked scalloped potatoes is easy. You’ll start your scalloped potatoes on the stove top to make the sauce. Then you’ll layer it in a casserole dish and let the oven do the rest. This simple scalloped potatoes recipe is a snap!

What is the difference between scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes

How do you make creamy scalloped potatoes from scratch?

The secret for creamy scalloped potatoes is in making the sauce on the stove. It won’t curdle, leaving you with a wonderful and smooth texture.

Should I Soak potatoes for scalloped potatoes?

You don’t have to soak them unless you’re not using them immediately. If you want to slice them up first, I recommend putting them in cold water while you get the sauce ready.

What goes well with scalloped potatoes

Do I need to peel Yukon Gold potatoes for scalloped potatoes?

Not unless you want to! If you plan to leave the skins on, make sure you wash them well!

Can you slice potatoes ahead of time for scalloped potatoes?

Yes, as long as you blanch them. Slice them and stick them in a pot of cold water, then boil that water for about 2 minutes. It will keep the potatoes from oxidation.

Can you slice potatoes ahead of time for scalloped potatoes

Can you make scalloped potatoes ahead of time and reheat?

Yes! Just follow this recipe and let it cool. Then store it in the fridge, covered well. Before you plan to serve it, cover with foil and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. 

Can you freeze scalloped potatoes before cooking?

You sure can! But you will want to thaw it out in the fridge the night before so it will be easier to heat up.

Should I soak potatoes for scalloped potatoes

What is the difference between scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes?

Cheese is the biggest difference as scalloped potatoes, while indulgent, don’t have any cheese while au gratin potatoes have lots of cheese.

How Long to Bake Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes should bake for about 4o minutes at 350F while covered. Then you’ll remove the cover and bake for 40 more minutes. In total, it will be about an hour and 20 minutes of bake time.

How long does it take to cook scalloped potatoes at 275 degrees?

At 275F, it will take 3 hours to cook scalloped potatoes. This recipe is for 350F with a combined total of an hour and 20 minutes baking time.

How long do scalloped potatoes last

Why do my scalloped potatoes curdle?

Curdling happens with the high heat. This is why this recipe has you make the sauce on the stovetop for a smooth and creamy experience.

What goes well with Scalloped Potatoes

We love ham with scalloped potatoes! Though any roasted meat would be a treat with them. You’ll also want some salad, sauteed veggies, and other lighter options to cut through the richness of this dish.

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How to Store Scalloped Potatoes

You must let scalloped potatoes cool completely before storing. Once cool, put in an airtight container in y our fridge.

How Long Do Scalloped Potatoes Last?

Properly contained, scalloped potatoes will last about 4 days in your fridge.

Can you freeze scalloped potatoes

Can You Freeze Scalloped Potatoes?

You bet! Wrap them well so no air can get in and use them up within 3 months.

How to Reheat Scalloped Potatoes?

Ideally, you should plan ahead and move that frozen scalloped potatoes stash to your fridge overnight. Then you can heat in the oven at 325F for about 20 to 30 minutes.

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Classic Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 285
This easy Scalloped Potato recipe is the perfect way to make a simple potato casserole. It's tough to beat tender potatoes layered with spices and baked in a creamy onion and garlic sauce. It makes the perfect side dish!


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 tbsp garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • salt (pinch)
  • pepper (pinch)
  • 3 lbs white or golden potatoes (sliced about 1/8" thick circles)


  • Preheat the oven to 350F. Next, make the sauce. Melt the butter, onion, and garlic over medium low heat. Cook until the onion has softened or for about 3 minutes. Add in the flour and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to low. Combine the milk and broth then slowly whisk into the butter mixture, a little bit at a time. Once all of the liquid has been added and whisked until smooth, bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Add in the salt and paper and allow to boil for another minute.
  • Now, assemble the dish. In a greased 9x13 casserole dish, place 1/3 of the potatoes on the bottom and season with salt and pepper. Pour 1/3 of the cream sauce over the top. Repeat these layers, ending with cream sauce. Cover and bake for 40-45 minutes. Then, uncover and bake for an additional 40 minutes or until golden brown. Rest for 15 minutes before serving.
Calories: 285kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 172mg | Potassium: 866mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 112IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 2mg

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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.

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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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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.

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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
  • 1/4 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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The perfect baked potato recipe comes out with a soft texture inside and delightfully crispy, buttery skin. You can load it with butter, sour cream, or anything else you love using it as a vessel for a light meal or a great side dish with your steak. My family loves when I put baked potatoes on the table to go with our meals.

Best baked potato recipe

Best Baked Potato Recipe

Not sure how to make the best baked potato recipe? You’re in the right place. The thing is that baked potatoes in the oven are super-easy. But it does take a few little tricks to get it to come out just like the kind you’d order at a steakhouse. The recipe below will teach you the best way to bake potatoes.

Easy Baked Potato Recipe

This easy baked potato recipe will have potatoes ready for your dinner in just under an hour. There’s only a few ingredients and only a few minutes of prep time. The rest of the magic happens in the oven!

Baked potato ingredients

The Perfect Baked Potato Ingredients

  • Russet potatoes – Otherwise known as oven baking potatoes, you’ll want to choose the largest russets you can find. Russet potatoes are easily the best potatoes for baked potatoes.
  • Butter – Melted butter will go on the outside. Trust the process! Also, choose unsalted butter to keep from going into salt overload.
  • Salt and pepper – Just a pinch of each will season your spuds spectacularly!

Easy baked potato recipe

How do you Make a Baked Potato from Scratch

When making baked potatoes, you’ll preheat your oven and prep a baking sheet with foil. Then you’ll poke each well-scrubbed potato 15 to 20 times with a fork on all sides. Bake it for 25 minutes, then remove so you can brush the exterior of your potatoes with melted butter and season them with salt. Bake for 25 more minutes on the reverse side and then slice them lengthwise, add pepper and serve.

Potatoes give us chips, fries and vodka. Memo to all other vegetables…get it together!

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Baked Potato Every Time

  • Use russet potatoes. When cooking baked potatoes in the oven, use russet potatoes. Sure, you can use other varieties but russet is drier and fluffier inside, rendering a better baked potato.
  • Poke it. Poking the holes in the potatoes helps them to cook properly inside and release steam while cooking.
  • Get the baked potato temperature right. To properly cook a baked potato in the oven, the correct oven temperature for baked potatoes is 425F. Once your internal baked potato temp reaches 210F your potato is done.
  • Butter it up. Yes, butter on the outside is the secret to scrumptious baked potatoes every single time!

How to make a baked potato from scratch

How do I cook a baked potato?

Baked potatoes are best, well, baked in the oven. You can hack it in the microwave but you’re not going to get quite the same wonderful texture and taste. Making a baked potato in the oven is 100% the way to go.

Is it better to bake a potato in the oven or microwave?

Obviously, you’ll get the best flavors from your baked potato by baking it in the oven. I’ve used the microwave method before when I’m in a hurry. It works, but you can definitely taste the difference.

How do I cook a baked potato

Are you supposed to boil potatoes before baking them?

No, you do not need to boil your potatoes before baking them. Just follow this recipe for your best baked potatoes!

Why do they put salt on the outside of baked potatoes?

You might think it’s for flavor so you can eat the skin. And it does add a nice flavor to the crispy baked potato skin. But the reason salt is added is to help draw the moisture out of your potato. This gives it that wonderful fluffy texture when you cut it open.

How long to bake a baked potato

Should baked potatoes be wrapped in foil?

No. But lining the baking tray with foil is perfectly fine. Oven baked potatoes in foil will trap moisture and steam the potatoes. You’ll want to turn the potatoes halfway through the baking time to get the skins evenly cooked on both sides.

Do baked potatoes cook faster with or without foil?

Not necessarily. You’ll still cook them the same length of time. However, I advise against making a baked potato in the oven wrapped in foil as they can steam and ruin the texture. Also, if you don’t remove the foil right away it can breed bacteria.

Should baked potatoes be wrapped in foil

Do you poke holes in potatoes before baking in oven?

Yes, you must do so to let the steam out and have the potatoes cook properly and evenly every time.

What temperature should you bake potatoes at?

The best baked potato temperature in the oven is 425F. This will cook them perfectly through and through.

How Long to Bake a Baked Potato

To make crispy oven baked potatoes, your cook time at 425F is 50 minutes. Halfway through that time, you’ll coat the potatoes with butter. It is important you follow the instructions to get your baked potato time and temp correct.

What temperature should you bake potatoes at

How long does a baked potato take at 325°F?

At 325°F a large baked potato will take about 90 minutes for the baked potato internal temp to reach 210°F.

How long does a baked potato take at 350°F?

At 350°F a large baked potato will take about 80 minutes for the baked potato internal temp to reach 210°F.

How long does a baked potato take at 375°F?

At 375°F a large baked potato will take about 70 minutes for the baked potato internal temp to reach 210°F.

How long does a baked potato take at 400°F?

At 400°F a large baked potato will take about 60 minutes for the baked potato internal temp to reach 210°F.

How long does a baked potato take at 425°F?

At 425°F a large baked potato will take about 50 minutes for the baked potato internal temp to reach 210°F.

How can you tell if a baked potato is done?

With this cook time, your baked potatoes should be done. But you can test them with a fork. If you can insert a fork into the thickest part with ease, your potatoes are ready.

What temp is a baked potato done?

Even if you give your baked potatoes the fork test, you can use a thermometer to determine if it’s perfectly cooked. The correct baked potato internal temp will measure between 205F to 215F when it is perfectly done.

Is it better to bake a potato in the oven or microwave

What goes well with Baked Potato

Any topping you desire goes well with baked potatoes! We’ve done broccoli and cheese, bacon, shredded cheese, sour cream, chives, chili, even just butter with salt and pepper. If you want to serve baked potatoes with a main dish, steaks, roast chicken, and pork chops are all suitable options. Baked potatoes themselves can be a meal depending on what you fill them with. In that case, they’ll be great with a nice salad.

How to Store Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes need to be served immediately. I recommend not wrapping each in aluminum foil unless you remove it immediately after baking. Otherwise it can grow bacteria. Never store it with the foil on it for the same reason.

How Long Do Baked Potato Last?

You can keep baked potatoes in the fridge stowed in shallow airtight containers. They’ll be good for up to 5 days in this way.

Do you poke holes in potatoes before baking in the oven

Can You Freeze Baked Potatoes?

Yes, you can. The best way to do so is allow them to cool and then wrap them each up and put in an airtight freezer bag. They’ll be good up to 3 months like this.

How to Reheat Baked Potatoes?

If you want them to taste as good as when you made them, heat your oven to 350F and bake the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes.

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The PERFECT Baked Potato Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 199
Learn how to make the PERFECT baked potato like restaurants make with this easy recipe! Using this baked potato recipe, your potatoes come out salty and crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. Perfect every time!


  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)
  • salt (pinch)
  • black pepper (pinch)


  • Preheat the oven to 425F and line a baking sheet with foil. With a dinner fork, poke each potato 15-20 times on all sides and place on the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Then, brush the outside of the potatoes with the melted butter and sprinkle generously with salt. Place the potatoes back on the baking sheet reverse side up before baking an additional 25 minutes. Once the potatoes are soft, slice halfway lengthwise, sprinkle with pepper and serve immediately with your toppings of choice (butter, salt, pepper, sour cream, chives, bacon bits, etc!)
Calories: 199kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 892mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

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Take your cauliflower to the next level with this oven roasted cauliflower recipe. With curry powder and paprika, it becomes bright and colorful and full of exotic flavor. My husband and children love this simple side dish that’s become a favorite on our dinner table. Plus, it’s lovely enough to serve when entertaining!

Best roasted cauliflower recipe

Best Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

When looking for something different to do with cauliflower besides smother it with cheese, this is the best  cauliflower recipe. It has bold colors and flavors that make your meal shine. And best of all, oven baked cauliflower a healthy choice you’ll feel good about serving the ones you love. In my opinion, its the best way to cook cauliflower.

Easy Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

Roasting cauliflower in the oven is very easy to do. This recipe is oven-ready in minutes. Then the oven does all the work while you make the rest of your dinner. You can also make your main in your Instant Pot or slow cooker so all you have to do once you get this in the oven is set the table and put your feet up.

Roasted cauliflower ingredients

Oven Roasted Cauliflower Ingredients

  • Cauliflower – choose a fresh cauliflower head and cut it into bite-sized florets.
  • Extra virgin olive oil – helps coat it for cooking.
  • Yellow curry powder – creates an exotic flavor while adding bright color.
  • Paprika – adds a bit of warmth and rounds out the curry flavor.
  • Salt and pepper – season to suit your tastes.

Easy roasted cauliflower recipe

If cauliflower can somehow become pizza…you, my friend, can do anything.

How do you Make Roasted Cauliflower from Scratch

It’s too easy to make roasted cauliflower! Preheat your oven, line your baking sheet, and spray it with cooking spray. Add your florets and toss with olive oil and seasonings until evenly distributed. Then bake cauliflower at 400F for 25 minutes until it’s tender. You can make a whole roasted cauliflower head but sometimes the middle does not cook through.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Baked Cauliflower Every Time

  • Make even pieces. With the florets, keep them all the same size so you cook them all evenly.
  • Toss the cauliflower. This will help coat it with the olive oil and seasonings.
  • Check it with a fork. At the end of the cook time, you should be able to pierce it with ease to know it’s done.

How to make roasted cauliflower from scratch

How to Cook Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower happens in the oven. Cooking cauliflower only takes a few minutes of prep to cut the cauliflower, season it, and then pop it in the oven.

Do I have to wash cauliflower before roasting?

Yes, you should wash off every vegetable before preparing it, even cauliflower before roasting.

How do you cut up cauliflower for roasting?

First, you’ll take the leaves off the base to reveal the stem. Toss the leaves and use a knife to cut the cauliflower in half from the top through the stem, then cut the stems to keep only the florets.

How Long to Roast Cauliflower?

It should take about 25 minutes at 400F to roast your cauliflower. You can check with a fork to see if it’s finished.

How do you know when cauliflower is cooked?

You’ll know when you can pierce it easily with a fork. The fork should puncture the cauliflower without much effort.

Why is my roasted cauliflower mushy

 Why is my roasted cauliflower mushy?

When you crowd the baking sheet or cook the cauliflower too long, it will get mushy. Make sure you keep the florets the same size and placed in a single layer on your baking sheet. Remember, you can always use 2 baking sheets when cooking more of it.

How do you make cauliflower not soggy?

Using olive oil is an important factor in keeping cauliflower from going soggy in the oven. Also, not overcrowding your baking sheet or roasting too long will help.

What goes well with Roasted Cauliflower?

A main dish that features lentils in curry would be a nice pairing. We also love a good crisp green salad with Asian-style dressing, chicken stir-fry, or even steak to add a healthy side.

What meat goes with roasted cauliflower?

Pork is a great match for roasted cauliflower. Specifically, something tender like a loin cut.

Homemade roasted cauliflower recipe

How to Store Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower should be put in the fridge when everyone is finished eating. Make sure you cover it properly.

How Long Does Roasted Cauliflower Last?

When properly contained in your fridge, you’ll have about 4 days to use up your leftover roasted cauliflower. From there, you can move it to the freezer.

Can You Freeze Roasted Cauliflower?

Yes, it’s a great idea to freeze any remaining roasted cauliflower you may have. This can be used for meal prep or on a busy night.

How to Reheat Roasted Cauliflower?

Simply thaw your frozen roasted cauliflower out and heat it on the stove or in the oven when ready to eat.

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Roasted Cauliflower Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 163
This roasted cauliflower recipe is a fresh take on cauliflower that will have people raving! Out with that old boring cauliflower and in with flavorful roasted cauliflower that is so good even kids love it!


  • 1 large heads of cauliflower (cut into bite-size florets)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • salt (to taste)


  • Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with a cooking spray and preheat the oven to 400F. Add the cauliflower florets onto the baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and seasonings until everything is coated evenly. Bake the cauliflower at 400F for about 25 minutes or until the cauliflower is fork tender. Serve immediately.
Calories: 163kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 444mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 71mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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Need a nutritious, simple, and delicious side? Even my kids cheer when I serve this oven roasted broccoli recipe. It’s got parmesan cheese to add that savory-cheesy component without overpowering it for the perfect flavor that brings everyone to the dinner table.

Best roasted broccoli recipe

Best Roasted Broccoli Recipe

The best roasted broccoli recipe is one that takes minutes to prep. Like this simple recipe here! In just a few minutes, you’ll have it in the oven and you won’t have to worry about it until it’s done!

Easy Roasted Broccoli Recipe

Tired of making broccoli the same way? Or trotting out those heat-and-serve frozen sides? This easy roasted broccoli recipe will rescue you and your family from boring sides with fresh ingredients that make for a delicious taste.

Roasted broccoli ingredients

Roasted Broccoli Ingredients

  • Broccoli – choose fresh so you get the best taste when oven roasting broccoli.
  • Lemon juice – preferably fresh-squeezed. Roasted broccoli with lemon is a game-changer!
  • Garlic – mince fresh cloves for unbeatable pungent flavor in garlic roasted broccoli and a great broccoli seasoning.
  • Olive oil – adds a healthy fat and helps roast your broccoli.
  • Parmesan cheese – I love getting a block of this stuff and grating it as needed, just like in this recipe. If you’ve never had Parmesan roasted broccoli its amazing.

Easy roasted broccoli recipe

Broc n’ Roll!

How do you Make Roasted Broccoli?

This simple broccoli recipe couldn’t be easier! You’ll preheat your oven and lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Toss everything together except the parmesan and black pepper and then put it in an even layer on the baking sheet. At 400F, you’ll roast for about 15 minutes or until fork tender, then add the parmesan and finish with black pepper before serving.

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Oven Roasted Broccoli Every Time

  • Keep the broccoli consistent in size. Try to cut it so each piece is roughly the same size. This will help them all cook to the same texture.
  • Coat it well. To roast the broccoli properly, take the time to coat it with the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic.
  • Add the parmesan after the roasting. It will just melt right on, creating the perfect Parmesan broccoli flavor!

How do you make roasted broccoli

How to Cook Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli in the oven is done at 400F, a proper roasting temperature. You’ll place it evenly on a baking sheet and put it in the oven until it’s done.

Which is the best way to cook broccoli?

Arguably, you could say this oven roasted broccoli recipe is the best way to cook broccoli. It adds so much flavor with minimal effort on your part. Plus, the broccoli will come out with a little crispness and not be mushy.

Is it better to boil or bake broccoli?

Baking broccoli adds much more versatility and flavor than boiling. When baking or roasting broccoli, you can add various seasonings that will stay. However, when boiling broccoli it is more difficult to add robust flavor and it can come out soggy.

Is roasted broccoli still healthy?

Yes, roasted broccoli is very healthy. You’re not frying it in gobs of oil. Roasting adds a richness to the flavor while retaining the nutrients.

Should I steam broccoli before roasting?

No, you shouldn’t. The olive oil and lemon juice will coat it enough to keep it moist as it roasts in the oven.

How do you make broccoli crispy

What is the best oil for roasting broccoli?

Olive oil is the best and healthiest choice for roasting broccoli. Plus, it has antioxidants that are good for you.

How do you make broccoli crispy?

Don’t overcook it and you’ll have crispy broccoli. By the end of the roasting time in this recipe, your broccoli will be nicely cooked yet have a little crispness to it for the perfect texture.

How can I make broccoli taste better?

In this recipe, minced garlic, fresh lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and a little salt and pepper is all it takes. The finish of fresh grated cheese adds that final bit of flavor that makes it taste better.

How can I made broccoli taste better

How Long do You Roast Broccoli in the Oven?

At 400F, it will take about 15 minutes to roast. Check it with a fork to see if it’s done.

Does broccoli soften in the oven?

Yes, it does, but when roasting in this way, it doesn’t become soggy. It will still have enough crispness to it.

How do you know when broccoli is done cooking?

It’s done when you can pierce a fork into it. This recipe allows for proper cooking time to cook the broccoli without overdoing it.

Which is the best way to cook broccoli

What goes well with Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli is always a match for any meat dish, though you can make it the star of your table for a vegetarian meal too. Vegetarian lasagna for example would be an amazing roasted broccoli side dish to pair it with.

Homemade roasted broccoli recipe

How to Store Roasted Broccoli

You’ll need to put your leftover roasted broccoli in the fridge. Make sure you use a good airtight container.

How Long Does Roasted Broccoli Last?

Use your roasted broccoli leftovers up within 4 to 5 days. If you can’t finish it all, consider portioning it up to freeze to make fast meal prep.

Can You Freeze Roasted Broccoli?

Yes! It’s wonderful for easy meal prepping. Just store it in an airtight container or freezer bag and label it. It’s a brilliant idea!

How to Reheat Roasted Broccoli?

Let it thaw in your fridge first, then you can warm it on the stove or pop it in the oven. You can even microwave it, but it won’t be quite as good.

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Roasted Broccoli Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 174
This roasted broccoli recipe is a fresh take on an old classic. Roasting broccoli is by far the best way to cook broccoli. This tender, crispy and salty version with fresh parmesan cheese is so delicious even kids love it!


  • 1-2 large heads of broccoli (cut into bite-size florets)
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 5 garlic cloves (minced)
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with foil lightly greased with a cooking spray. Toss the broccoli, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt in a large bowl until everything is evenly coated. Place the florets in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes at 400F. Once fork tender, toss the broccoli with parmesan and black pepper, then serve immediately.
Calories: 174kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 408mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 816IU | Vitamin C: 111mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg

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If you love rice with your favorite Mexican dishes, why not step it up and make homemade Mexican rice just like your favorite Mexican restaurants? Every time I make this Mexican rice recipe, the husband and kids make it disappear. I’ve served it with a taco and fajita bar for a family gathering and everyone demanded to know how I made it. Now you can make it too!

Best Mexican rice recipe

Best Mexican Rice Recipe

Brimming with flavor and bright colors, Mexican rice is even better than just serving plain steamed rice. Not that there’s anything wrong with plain, but restaurant style Mexican rice is next level deliciousness. And when it comes to serving Mexican cuisine at home, why not make it more authentic with the best Mexican rice recipe?!?

Mexican rice ingredients

Mexican Rice Ingredients

  • Rice – Well, that’s obvious, isn’t it? Grab some basmati white rice for this one!
  • Tomatoes – You’ll want a can of whole peeled tomatoes for flavor and that signature color. Some recipes call for tomato sauce, but having the whole tomatoes provides more texture.
  • Chicken broth – Helps your rice simmer and soak in more flavor.
  • Yellow onions and fresh garlic – The way to add more of a savory flavor to your authentic Spanish rice recipe.
  • Jalapeno peppers – You gotta have some spice!
  • Cumin – Gives your rice that smoky and authentic taste. Cumin is a great Mexican rice seasoning.
  • Cilantro and limes – For the finishing touches and an extra layer of complexity in flavor.

Easy Mexican rice recipe

Rice is great when you’re hungry and want 2000 of something.
Mitch Hedberg

How do you make Mexican rice from scratch

Easy Mexican Rice Recipe

This easy Mexican rice recipe takes literally 15 minutes of your time to get going. Then it does its own thing while you do yours. So get it going and get back to setting up your taco bar or whatever it is you were doing, or put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine. You’ve earned it!

How to cook Mexican rice

How do you Make Mexican Rice from Scratch

To make an authentic Mexican rice recipe from scratch, you will boil the tomatoes and chicken stock with seasonings. As you do that, you lightly toast the rice in a pan with a little oil. Then add the jalapenos followed by garlic. After you’ve got a fragrant thing going there, you’ll pour that tomato mixture in with the rice, stir, and lower the heat to let it simmer until it’s nice and tender.

What to serve with Mexican rice

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Mexican Rice Every Time

  • Don’t skip toasting the rice. If you’ve made Mexican restaurant rice before and felt just ho-hum about it but you didn’t toast it first, that’s why. Toasting it changes things in the most delicious of ways.
  • Use a nonstick pan. Seriously, you will thank yourself later when you don’t have to soak and scrub to get remnants off your pan.
  • Leave the lid on. Once you put the lid on your homemade Spanish rice, leave it until the timer you set goes off. Lifting the lid too soon releases the steam which is the thing that’s going to make your rice nice and fluffy.
  • Optional rice cooker. For this recipe we’re making rice on the stovetop. However, you can make authentic Mexican rice in a rice cooker.

How long does Mexican rice last

How to Cook Mexican Rice

This simple Mexican rice recipe is cooked on the stovetop. You’ll only need a nonstick pan and a pot to cook it, plus a food processor (or a blender) to get the canned tomatoes to the right consistency.

What kind of rice is used in Mexican cooking

What type of rice is used in Mexican food?

Long grain rice is the most common choice for Mexican cookery. I’ve used basmati in this recipe which is one of the most aromatic long grain options.

What is Spanish rice and Mexican rice the same thing?

While the two are quite similar, you’ll find that Spanish rice tends to be firmer and a bit more robust. Meanwhile Mexican rice tends to lend more of a mouth-melting experience.

What is the difference between Mexican rice and Spanish rice

What to add to rice to make it tasty?

Mexican rice is tasty because it takes tomatoes, onions, garlic, cumin, chicken stock, jalapenos, bell peppers, limes, and cilantro uniting them all together. These flavors infuse into the grains of the rice and make it irresistible.

What to add to rice to make it tasty

Why is my rice not fluffy?

The main reason your easy Spanish rice recipe doesn’t get fluffy is if you pull the lid off.  Once the lid goes on and you lower the temperature, leave it be. Resist the urge to lift the lid or the steam gets out and leaves you with rice that is crunchy rather than fluffy.

Why is my rice not fluffy

How do you make Mexican rice not mushy?

By following this recipe, your Mexican rice shouldn’t be mushy. If it still has too much water in it by the time it should be finished, remove the pot and keep cooking over low heat so the water evaporates.

How do you fix mushy Spanish rice?

You can try to dry it out a bit in the oven but don’t overdo it. Mushy rice happens when you add too much liquid. If you follow this recipe, you shouldn’t have mushy rice.

How do you fix mushy Spanish rice

What to Serve with Mexican Rice

The sky is the limit when it comes to serving Mexican rice! You’ll take taco night to the next level with this stuff but don’t forget to make it when you have fajitas, stuff it into your burritos to compete with Chipotle, put enchiladas and sauce on top, flautas, empanadas, and so much more!

Homemade Spanish rice recipe

How to Store Mexican Rice

Once everyone is full and happy, take your Mexican rice and put it in an airtight container. It needs to go in the fridge from there.

Restaurant style Mexican rice recipe

How Long Does Mexican Rice Last?

Mexican rice lasts about 3 days, 4 max, in the fridge. You will want to use it up before then or stow it in your freezer.

Restaurant style Spanish rice recipe

Can You Freeze Mexican Rice?

You bet you can freeze it! Make sure it’s in an airtight container and pop in there for up to 6 months.

Restaurant Mexican rice recipe

How to Reheat Mexican Rice?

Mexican rice is easy to reheat. You can use your microwave or the stovetop. You may want to add a little broth or water to moisten it back up.

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Traditional Mexican Rice Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 206
This traditional Mexican rice recipe is that same restaurant style that you're used to. Mexican rice is easy to make and is the perfect side dish to ANY kind of Mexican food you're serving.


  • 1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 small yellow onion (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 2 jalapeños (chopped)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper (chopped)
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 limes (juiced)


  • Put the tomatoes and their juices into a food processor and blend until smooth. Once blended, transfer 2 cups of the mixture to a medium saucepan and stir in the chicken stock, salt, and cumin. Bring this to a boil over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat, add the rice and lightly toast for 4-5 minutes. Once the rice is toasted, add in the jalapeños and cook until softened, then add the garlic and cook for another minute or until fragrant.
  • Next, pour the tomato mixture over the rice and stir to combine, reducing the heat to low. Cover and allow to cook for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender.
  • Once cooked, remove from heat and fluff the rice with a fork, then cover again and allow to steam for 10 more minutes. Then, add the cilantro and lime juice, fluffing again to combine. Serve with wedges of fresh lime.
Calories: 206kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican


Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 801mg | Potassium: 178mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 318IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

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