Turn up the volume on some classic recipes with these delicious and updated versions of your favorite dishes!
When it comes to making dinner, there are so many different food recipes out there, which isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes it makes it hard to choose what to eat! Do I want comfort food? Or maybe something a little more outside the box? Then again, maybe traditional food? Maybe I want to try something really fancy and artsy looking for dinner? All of these choices can be overwhelming, which is why today I’ve got a few recipe ideas for you that I think you’ll really like!
I have a soft spot for more classic dinners like salads, mac and cheese, and sandwiches. Gotta love the classic recipes! It's the simple foods, right? I practically live off of these three foods! But sometimes, even my most favorite dishes start to seem bland. That's why I found recipes for some of my all-time favorite classic dishes with an added twist!
Grilled Caesar Salad
Caesar salad is just about everyone’s go-to salad choice. (Italian dishes are definitely my comfort food.) Creamy, tangy dressing and crisp greens. Perfection. Try it grilled and add a whole new dimension to its already complex flavor!
Via The Year in Food
*Recipe serves 4 and was adapted from The Year in Food*
- 6 anchovy fillets, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 5 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 large clove garlic, minced or pressed
- sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
- 2 hearts of romaine
- parmesan cheese, shaved
1. Heat grill to medium-high.
2. Mash anchovies into a paste.
3. Combine anchovies with mayonnaise, dijon mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper, and whisk thoroughly.
4. Slice hearts of romaine in half (lengthwise), keeping the core intact.
5. Brush each half generously with the dressing, reserving a little dressing for serving.
6. Grill hearts of romaine (cut sides down) until soft and golden brown for about 6 to 8 minutes.
7. Remove from heat and drizzle remaining dressing, finishing with the parmesan.
8. Serve and enjoy!
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Bacon Jalapeno Macaroni & Cheese
Anyone who knows me at all knows that the way to my heart is through a whopping bowl of gourmet mac-and-cheese. It’s just one of those awesome comfort food recipes that can only be perfected! This recipe takes the goodness to a whole new level. Bacon just makes everything better, doesn’t it?
- 1 pound bacon
- 1 pound macaroni
- 1 pound pepper jack
- 1 pound extra sharp cheddar
- 1/2 pound gouda
- 5-7 ounces fontina
- 1 jalapeno, minced
- 1 cup sweet onion, diced
- 1/4 cup bacon grease
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 5 cups whole milk
- 12 ounces evaporated milk
- 1 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
*Recipe serves 6-8 and was adapted from The Owl with the Goblet*
*NOTE: Don’t use pre-shredded cheese; the flour used in production to keep the pieces separate will make your sauce grainy
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan.
2. Place large skillet over medium heat.
3. Chop bacon into small pieces and cook in skillet until brown and crispy.
4. Remove from skillet and drain on a paper towel lined plate and set aside excess bacon grease.
5. Bring large pot of water to boil and add pasta, cooking for 5-6 minutes until al dente; drain and place in a large mixing bowl.
6. Grate (a food processor will expedite the process) all cheese and place in another bowl.
7. Add bacon grease and butter to large pot used for pasta and cook until butter is melted.
8. Add onion and jalapeno and cook for 5 minutes until softened.
9. Add flour and continue to cook for 2 minutes, then whisk in milk and evaporated milk.
10. Cook over medium-high heat until sauce thickens.
11. Add hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper.
12. Lower heat and add about half of the shredded cheese mixture, whisking until smooth.
13. Add crumbled bacon and remove from heat.
14. Pour sauce over cooked pasta and gently fold to coat thoroughly.
15. Add the rest of the shredded cheese, reserving 1/4 cup for topping, and stir to combine.
16. Pour macaroni mixture into pan.
17. Add crushed crackers and butter to the remaining ¼ cup of cheese and stir to coat.
18. Top the macaroni and cheese with the cracker topping.
19. Place pan in oven to bake for 25-30 minutes until brown and bubbly.
20. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 15 minutes and enjoy!
Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich
Being a recent college grad, I practically LIVE off of sandwiches. They’re casual dishes, yummy, and easy to make. My go-to is a classic ham and cheese. However, one of my favorite things to do to make it even more tasty is to grill it! Of course, you can do this with any sandwich, which I love, but I’m going to go over how I make my grilled ham and cheese, and you can adapt it for your favorite sandwiches from there! Note: I add all of my cooler ingredients after I grill my sandwich because I don’t like warm pickles, but you are welcome to grill your sandwich how you choose!
Via The Boomer Brief
- 2 slices of bread (any kind)
- 2-3 slices Black Forest ham (I use Boar's Head)
- shredded lettuce (about a handful)
- mayo (about a teaspoon)
- 2 thin slices of Colby Jack or Cheddar cheese (sometimes I mix them!)
- pickles (optional)
- spinach (optional)
- butter, for grilling
*Recipe serves 1 and is my creation*
- Place skillet over medium heat.
- Butter one side of one slice of bread, place in skillet butter side down. Then spread mayo on side facing up.
- On the slice of bread in the skillet, layer cheese, ham, then cheese again.
- On the other slice of bread, spread mayo on one side. Then spread butter on the other side (this will be the side facing up) and place slice of bread on top of second layer of cheese.
- Cook slowly until cheese begins to melt and bread begins to crisp up and brown.
- Flip carefully and cook on other side until cheese is completely melted and bread is crisp and browned.
- Remove from skillet.
- Separate the sandwich at about the middle and add lettuce, spinach, pickles or any other delicious ingredients you like.
- Rejoin the halves of your sandwich and enjoy with chips, fresh fruit, or veggies!
I'm sorry if you're drooling all over your keyboard now, but thanks for reading! I hope you can use these recipes in your daily lives and find a new love for some of the classics. I know I sure have!! Share this deliciousness with anyone you know who is a fan of the classics. What's your favorite classic dish, and what do you do to "spice" it up? Comment below and let us know!