When I was growing up, my mom always made us cheeseburgers with cheese stuffed inside of the burger rather than slicing it on top. It wasn't until much later that I discovered this wasn't just a Chevriere family thing but an actual style of cheeseburger, called a Juicy Lucy. Regardless of what you call it, it's delicious. (And I would also recommend experimenting with other types of cheese besides Cheddar, like blue cheese or taleggio.)
I am not ashamed to say that as a child, I loved Hamburger Helper. I loved it so much that I specifically requested it at a sleepover, a story my family friend has never let me forget. Apparently, I told her that my mother makes this wonderful dish that I thought everyone would love for dinner — the illustrious Hamburger Helper. So when we were presented with the challenge of making a healthy grain recipe, my very first thought was to make my own healthy and frankly, upgraded, version of Hamburger Helper.My first hurdle was the name. Everyone I told had the same (shocking, to me) reaction of semi-disgust and disbelief. But I persevered and I’m glad I did. I used ground turkey, whole-wheat fusilli, grated Parmesan, a touch of heavy cream and butter, and garlic to put together a completely tasty, creamy, satisfying dish. Think of it this way: It’s almost like a turkey Bolognese replacing the tomato stew-like base with creamy cheesy goodness. (Jury’s still out on a new name.)The saltiness of the Parmesan and the slight sweetness of chopped tomatoes worked so nicely alongside the lightness of the lean ground turkey and the creaminess of the whole thing made it feel slightly indulgent while still being healthy. That my boyfriend got up from the table and went for seconds should be testimony enough.
It doesn’t get much easier — or tastier — than a simple fish sandwich. This panko-crusted gem is a great way to keep lunch quick and delicious. The breadcrumbs give the light fish a nice crunch, and the garlic-dill mayo adds a bold kick. Bonus: You can bake several fillets at once, and serve the whole family! Recruit the kids to bread the fish or make the sauce, and you will have a summer feast in no time.
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What’s better than having a few beers and a tasty sloppy joe? This recipe is hearty, filling, and can be made before the tailgate. Make the sloppy joe meat before your leave for the tailgate, put it in Tupperware, and assemble them there.
This is my go-to burger recipe when I'm craving seafood and looking for a quick fix. It's incredibly easy to prepare and also tends to all of those burger lovers out there. Click here for the 10 Seafood Recipes You Can Make in Less Than 15 Minutes
This hamburger is anything but basic. It’s simple to make, but it’s also so juicy and flavorful that you don’t even need to top it with cheese. What's the secret ingredient in the best burger recipe ever? Bacon!
This Low-FODMAP and Gluten Free recipe from Life and Thymez promises a satisfying and repeat customer result. If you’re freezing, double the recipe and store in airtight container or Ziploc bags once cooked.
Lydia Shire, the esteemed Boston-based chef whose Scampo and Towne Stove & Spirits are two of Beantown's best and most original restaurants, loves NFL football as much as she loves full-flavored food. "Yesterday was the start of NFL Wild Card Weekend," she wrote to me in early January. "You know what a fan I am. I took yesterday off to watch and cooked something I probably have not cooked in 25 years — MEATLOAF!!! Yes, I was craving meatloaf (no fancy restaurant food here). It was so damn good. I wrote out the recipe for friends who came over." With little prodding, Shire agreed to share it with us. If you're looking for something a little more complex (and unexpected) than chili and wings for your Super Bowl viewing party — or if you just like good meatloaf, any time at all — you'll love Shire's take on this American classic.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned hamburger — so juicy and full of flavor that you don’t even need to add cheese. If you’re a fan of this classic cookout fare, this recipe is for you. It’s simple and delicious.