I'd just been apple picking and wanted to bake something new with the bounty. Slow-cooking chicken with apples and barbecue sauce filled my whole house with the most delicious smell. We couldn't wait to eat. —Caitlyn Hauser, Brookline, NH
Kat Sadi of San Luis Obispo, California sent the recipe for this tasty meal-in-one supper with chicken and vegetables seasoned with herbs. “The best thing about this dish is that you have only one pot to clean,” she confirms.
Here’s a creamy and delicious, vegetarian main dish from Debbie Herbert in Seymour, Indiana. It’s easy to assemble and looks like you really fussed. Serve with a leafy salad, crusty garlic bread and thirst-quenching iced tea.
My husband and son detested pasta salad before I came up with this one. But there were no leftovers the very first time I served this—now it's a summertime family favorite! Filled with fresh, crunchy radishes and celery, juicy tomatoes and cucumbers, this nutritious recipe is one to try with your gang. —Melody Loyd, Parowan, Utah
Spicy sausage, onions, mushrooms and plenty of cheese make this pizza from our Test Kitchen a real keeper. It beats the delivery variety every time—and there’s no wait! Bake up two or more and keep one on hand for busy nights.
TIP: Substitute less spicy sausage or chicken and a variety of veggies and cheese to suit your family’s taste.
Cool cucumber and avocado combine with spicy marinated steak to create a fun and tasty balance of flavors your guests will love. If the spice is too much, remove the cayenne and red pepper flakes from the avocado mixture.—Ning Watson of San Diego, California
Paired with ice cream, this colorful sauce makes a special after-dinner treat in no time. “I came across this recipe, but was reluctant to try it,” Brenda White explains from Hagerstown, Maryland. “To my surprise, it was delicious on chicken and pork. Leftovers are also fabulous on pound cake and angel food cake.”
“My family loved a local restaurant’s chicken wings, but when we tried to make them at home, we couldn’t figure out how to get their ranch flavor right,” recalls Jennifer Bender of Venice, Florida. “When I found a dried dressing mix, I knew it would be perfect for the wings.”
This is one of my favorite ways to fix chicken in a hurry. Everybody just loves it and leftovers are always just as good the next day. For variation, I’ve used pork instead of chicken and added additional ingredients like pineapple, mandarin oranges, snow peas and broccoli. –Vicki Ruiz, Twin Falls, Idaho
“This is such a speedy, no-fuss and delicious way to prepare fish!” raves Barbara Sharon of Plymouth, Wisconsin. “My son started requesting this 'fish with crackers' as a little boy, and he still asks for it as an adult today.”
Topped with onions and a sweet, tangy sauce that is sure to wow dinner guests, these chops are moist and tender. “I often get requests for the recipe after they taste it,” says Robyn Herz of Overland Park, Kansas.