If you're an avid hostess like me, a good stuffed mushroom appetizer recipe is a must. Stuffed mushrooms are a classic and crowd-pleasing hors d'oeuvre that can easily be made in advance. While some recipes incorporate pork products like sausage, mushrooms are meaty enough on their own, so I prefer to make them vegetarian-friendly. My stuffing is a festive red and green mixture of wilted spinach, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, and lots of garlic. Parmesan cheese provides a scrumptious saltiness, while breadcrumbs add a slight but necessary crunch. Since mushrooms release a lot of liquid when cooking, it's important to partially bake them before stuffing; this will ensure that nothing gets too soggy. Ready to learn the method for stuffed mushrooms? Keep reading.
Although I'm not of Italian descent, I think pasta is one of the most comforting dishes out there. After a long weekday, there's nothing like coming home to a steaming bowl of luscious noodles in a rich and flavorful sauce.
My favorite pasta of all time could very well be this creamy sun-dried tomato and bacon spaghetti. I've made it a million times and never tire of the combination of salty pork with sweet tomatoes.
It's decadent but not over the top, and it's quick but sophisticated enough to serve guests. It's also versatile: kids love it, men love it, probably the only people who won't be impressed with this pasta are vegetarians. I highly recommend this recipe: learn the easy technique here.
When I think of classic macaroni and cheese, I always consider it a comforting side dish. However, I love recipes like this one that turn the childhood favorite into an entire meal. Store-bought roast chicken is tossed with broccoli and pasta. Instead of using processed cheese, the ingredient list calls for a semi-soft cheese with garlic and herbs. You could use cream cheese, but I recommend goat cheese. It will provide a delightful richness and tang to the meal.
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One of the first dishes that I mastered (and have since made a million times) was pasta with a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce. I absolutely love sun-dried tomatoes and when I lived in Spain and couldn't find them, I had my dad mail me the oil-packed jars. They're not only good in pasta, I enjoy them in salads and sandwiches, too. How do you feel about them?
Whenever I'm cooking for a crowd and need a recipe that's portable, I always consider pasta salad. It's filling and easy to make a large batch. While sometimes I assemble a Mediterranean pasta salad with orzo and feta, I also like to make this recipe with tomatoes and mozzarella.
What provides this salad with incredible flavor is the sun-dried tomato dressing — it's so good I've enjoyed it with fish! Made in a blender or food processor, the dressing is a mixture of tomatoes, capers, and garlic, thinned with oil and red wine vinegar. A generous handful of parmesan cheese and fresh basil finish off the satisfying salad that only tastes better the next day. To make it before tomato season is over get the recipe now
If you love the taste of vine-ripened tomatoes, you'll enjoy this fuss-free vegetarian meal. Three (fresh, sun-dried, and paste) types of tomatoes are combined in the blender to create a quick, no-cook sauce. Tossed with piping hot pasta, the sauce coats each and every cranny.
For extra decadence, grate on some Parmesan cheese. Pair it with a simple green salad, crusty garlic bread, and glass of white wine, and you've got an ultimate Italian meal. Check out the recipe when you read more
While purchasing a store-made pasta sauce is incredibly convenient, you'd be surprised how easy it is to throw together a delectable homemade tomato sauce. This recipe combines fresh tomatoes with their sun-dried counterpart. The sauce base is water, but it's flavored with garlic, herbs, and vinegar before being tossed with quick-cooking orzo and seared chicken.
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Traditionally a raw egg yolk is used to make Caesar salad dressing. However, this ingenious recipe places a fried egg on top of the salad. When the yolk is left runny, it coats the lettuce leaves, resulting in a similar effect. This variation lacks croutons, but crunch is provided by grissini, long skinny Italian breadsticks. Sun-dried tomatoes add a subtle sweetness to this quick, delicious dinner salad.
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TeamSugar regular FinnLover is not only well-versed with the kitchen techniques — she's also full of innovative cooking ideas. I started salivating when I saw her latest creation, chicken breast that's stuffed with creamy blue cheese and tangy sun-dried tomatoes, then topped with a balsamic reduction. Stuffing chicken not only makes dinner more exciting, but it also transforms the relatively lean breast into a succulent cut of meat. This elegant dish would be perfect for a Valentine's Day dinner at home. To see her original recipe, read more