Almost Too Pretty to Eat

These irresistible Crispy Prosciutto and Avocado Salad Toasts are as beautiful as they are delicious! Yellow and red tomatoes, ripe green avocados, and purple onion slices create a colorful open-faced sandwich that is literally a feast for the eyes—and your taste buds. Lending a rustic feel to the dish, ciabatta bread drizzled with olive oil and crunchy slices of savory prosciutto create a base for the stacked fresh vegetables. Lastly, a made-from-scratch Cilantro Sunflower-Seed Vinaigrette, which resembles a thin pesto, finishes off the masterpiece. Now all you [... more]

Summer’s Favorite Sandwich

Celebrate National Burger Day on May 28 (or any other day for that matter) by cooking up some patties for family and friends. Impress your guests by trying a new version of the summertime favorite smothered in grilled onions and gooey Gruyère cheese. Packed with parsley, thyme, and garlic, French Onion Burgers boast maximum flavor. Sliced onions carefully sautéed in a skillet with wine and olive oil sit proudly on top. A mustard-mayo combo along with melted cheese complements the flavors of the herbs. Serve with fries [... more]

Sloppily Scrumptious

Perfect for summer lunch or dinner, this version of the sloppy joe lives up to its name (don’t wear white!), but provides a flavor experience unlike that of the sandwich you may have grown up on. Many of the sloppy joes our mothers made in the day used a premade packet of “spices,” but Chipotle Stout Sloppy Joe Sliders call for a homemade concoction of ingredients not usually associated with this sandwich: adobo sauce, molasses, and (surprisingly) Chipotle Stout beer. This spicy blend of ingredients creates a [... more]

Dessert Sandwich

Juicy roasted strawberries, bitter dark chocolate, creamy melted brie, and crusty bread make a peculiar but delicious combination in this sophisticated variation on a childhood classic. Served as either a sweet lunch option or a creative dessert, Roasted Strawberry, Brie + Chocolate Grilled Cheese requires minimal preparation, so you can whip the sandwich up in a hurry. But if you don’t want to share yours, you’ll need to make several, because the sweet aroma will entice everyone within scent-distance. Consider yourself warned.

Au Revoir, Boring Ham and Cheese

That ham and cheese sandwich you’ve been making needs a serious makeover, and this recipe is here to help. Topped with a fried egg and melted cheese, Croque Madame McMuffins conveniently transform the classic French sandwich into a breakfast treat. Out of respect for our European allies, let’s not scrimp on this recipe. Head to your local butcher, and get some high-quality ham, such as Boar’s Head or Applegate Farms. The béchamel sauce—one of the most popular basic sauces of French cuisine—will make you swoon as will [... more]

A Greener Grilled Cheese

While a classic grilled cheese sandwich slathered in butter is hard to beat, this grown-up version might get you thinking otherwise. The Portabella, Gouda, and Kale Pesto Grilled Cheese requires little time to make and can seriously satisfy on a rainy spring afternoon. Feel free to pile on the pesto—it ties the sandwich together and gives it a little kick. Season the portabella mushrooms with salt, and drizzle with olive oil before cooking on each side until tender. Layer the pesto, mushrooms, and Gouda. Top with a [... more]

A Well-Balanced Panini

There’s a fine line between having the right amount of ingredients on a sandwich and having too many. You want all of the delicious flavors to complement one another, and, of course, you need to keep the size manageable. This Turkey, Avocado, and Goat Cheese Panini manages to do both. While most people appreciate a good turkey sandwich, this one elevates a basic lunch to a whole new level. Take advantage of ripe avocados during the spring and summer months, and add some nice goat cheese along [... more]

Burger Bonanza

Next time you crave a burger, forget the ground beef and go with turkey instead. This recipe for Buffalo Turkey Burgers features a Blue Cheese Broccoli Slaw that’s good enough to serve on its own so be sure to make extra for later. When used on the burger, the creamy slaw soothes the sizzle of the buffalo turkey. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, you can dial the heat down with a milder sauce, or opt for none at all. Photo Source: Many Makings

Sunday Funday

Once upon a time, Sunday dinners meant roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, and a vegetable. Before we left for church, we’d set the table and pre-set the oven to cook the roast the necessary time. As we arrived home, we were met by the most delightful aromas, killing any will power we might have summoned. You get that same result with Crock Pot Pulled Chicken: tender, juicy meat that smells heavenly and tastes divine. Pile the tasty chicken on a freshly baked bun and slather on [... more]

Party On

No game-day celebration would be complete without delicious food and drinks. Unfortunately, these traditionally unhealthy foods come loaded with fat and calories, kind of ironic considering we’re cheering on health-conscious athletes. Party favorite Buffalo chicken wings would typically have guests packing on pounds. That is, until now. This lighter version, Skinny Buffalo Chicken Sliders, contains all the great flavors you love without all the fat from deep-frying. Shredded rotisserie chicken tossed with Greek yogurt, hot sauce, and garlic powder is topped off with blue cheese, celery, and [... more]

Grilled Cheese for Grown-Ups

There is a time and place for the simplicity of a traditional grilled cheese sandwich, especially if you’re serving them to children. When the kids are away, the adults can play—by getting creative in the kitchen. Turn that childhood favorite into an adult version with this recipe for Grilled Cheese with Gouda, Roasted Mushrooms, and Onions. Mix the sliced mushrooms and onions with olive oil, salt, and pepper; then spread out on a baking sheet to bake in the oven until roasted. Assemble the sandwiches and then [... more]

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