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How to Make Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

How to Make Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

Forget about the saying “Flat as a pancake”. The Japanese have a pancake recipe that is incredibly light and fluffy and, most importantly, very easy to make – soufflé pancakes.

 

These hotcakes have been popularized by the Gram Café in Tokyo, a venue known for creating the famous raindrop cake and other Instagram-worthy delicacies.

It should be noted that these fluffy pancakes do take a bit more effort to make than the classic American flapjacks but they are certainly worth it!

So, what is the secret ingredient that makes them so incredibly tall and fluffy? The answer is – meringue.

There are two ways to make these pancakes – with and without the use of baking powder.

 

Making Soufflé Pancakes with Baking Powder

 

As you might know, baking powder is the ingredient that makes the batter rise and stabilizes its structure. That is why the recipe that involves baking powder is easier to make.

However, the use of baking powder produces pancakes that taste and look more like cakes and less like the original Japanese recipe. The original ones are so airy, that they literally wiggle. And that is actually one of their most interesting features. People actually make videos of these wiggly pancakes and post them on Instagram!

Making Soufflé Pancakes without Baking Powder

 

Soufflé recipes don’t call for any baking powder and that’s why the final product is much lighter. So will your soufflé flapjacks be if you discard baking powder.

In that case, the flapjacks will be somewhat eggier in taste, which is another characteristic that makes them closer to soufflés. However, once you add whipped cream and syrup on top, the egginess will be camouflaged. The original recipe is not so sweet, but feel free to add more sugar if you like.

 

Tips and Tricks to Making Perfect Soufflé Pancakes

 

Don’t start making this recipe if you hadn’t made meringues or soufflés before. It requires some experience to pull these pancakes off.

Flour. Make sure to sift the flour into the batter in order to avoid making the batter too heavy. Cake flour is the best option to use.

Eggs. Use cold egg whites to obtain a more stable meringue.

Water. Add just a bit of water to ‘steam’ the pancakes. This will help them rise better.

Make sure your electric mixer’s mixing bowl and whisk attachment are completely clean and dry. If there is any water or oil, the egg whites won’t turn into meringue.

Timing is crucial when flipping. If you flip them too soon, the pancakes will deflate.

To obtain more uniform, round shape and better height, use muffin rings to pour the batter in during cooking. Otherwise, the batter will spread. If you do decide to cook without rings, make the flapjacks smaller in diameter.

Consume the soufflé pancakes immediately after cooking. If they get cold, the texture will change and they won’t be so fluffy.

 

 

Japanese Soufflé Pancake Recipe

We offer the recipe that yields soufflé pancakes closest to the original, i.e. without the use of baking powder.

Ingredients:

  • 5 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 large eggs, egg whites and egg yolks separated
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

 

Instructions:

Mixing

In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks, milk, butter, and vanilla. Sift in the flour, then whisk everything together until the batter is smooth.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the egg whites, sugar, and cream of tartar (Cream of tartar is the secret ingredient that stabilizes the egg whites and makes sure the soufflé doesn’t deflate).

Whip on the highest speed for about 2-3 minutes until stiff peaks form. To check if the meringue is good, turn the mixing bowl upside down. If the mixture doesn’t slide out, you’re good to go.

Scoop out one third of the meringue with a spatula and transfer to the egg yolk batter. Gently fold the meringue into the batter, starting from the bottom, until there are no white streaks. Make sure you don’t mix too hard because the meringue will lose its structure.

Add in another third of the meringue and fold in. Repeat with the last third.

 

Cooking

Place two muffin ring molds onto a large skillet. Spray their insides with cooking spray.

Heat the skillet at low heat. Once the oil and skillet are hot, fill each ring with batter. The rings should be halfway full because the batter will rise.

Add 1/2 tablespoon of water to each side of the skillet. Close the lid and cook for about 4 minutes.

 

Flipping

When the surface looks completely cooked, your flapjacks are ready to flip. If properly made, they will rise very high but will slightly collapse after you remove the lid.

Use a spatula to flip the hotcakes while still in the rings. If you see batter spilling out, they’re not ready to turn. Let them cook for one more minute and try again.

After you’ve flipped the hotcakes, cover and cook for another 3 minutes, until golden brown. Transfer the pancakes onto a plate and gently remove the ring molds.

Serve warm with syrup, whipped cream, powdered sugar, fruit, or whatever your heart desires!

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

Step by Step Guide for Making the Most Iconic Homemade Pizza

Step by Step Guide for Making the Most Iconic Homemade Pizza

Cooking every single day can be tiring. You have to plan ahead of time, you are busy, but there are hungry mouths at home that have to be fed. So, going for pizza from time to time can be a life-saver. 

If you ask me, when it comes to favorite things to eat, pizza is definitely in the top 5. Who doesn’t love a nice crust and some melted cheese all over? I know I do. Another thing I know for sure is that, no matter how full I am, I can always make room for a slice of homemade pizza.

As one of the most popular recipes in the world, pizza dates way back. Its history is filled with endless stories, legends and anecdotes. Greeks and Romans created vast variety of pizza prototypes, but it was Neapolitans who are responsible for the modern pizza we know today.

Can you guess which type of pizza was created first? It was a variant of Margherita. The tale says that Queen Margherita of Savoy asked chefs to come up with a dish for the people. It was pizzaiolo Raffaele Esposito who came up with the idea first. Way to go chef!

That classic Italian pizza recipe with green basil, white mozzarella and red tomato sauce even represents the colors of the Italian flag. If that is not Italian enough, I don’t know what is. Now let’s roll that dough, top it and put it in the oven. I can smell the pizza already.

 

Homemade Dough

The ideal homemade pizza dough would be a thin circle with a raised edge around 12 inches in diameter. But don’t worry, any other kite shaped or diamond shaped dough would taste just as tasty. Stretching the dough requires certain skills, so until you acquire those skills, just use a rolling pin.

Everyone should have a favorite dough recipe. I will share one with you which takes around 15 minutes to rise and it’s basically impossible to mess up.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

 

Method of preparation

First mix the warm water and the yeast and let it rest for 5 minutes for the yeast to proof. Add half of the flour (2½ cups) into the proofed yeast and mix well. After that is done, add the additional flour and the salt, and knead until smooth. Cover the dough with a wrap or a towel and let it rest for up to 20 minutes.

Use the olive oil to coat the bottom of the baking sheet or the pizza pan. That being done, take the dough out of the bowl and add additional flour to remove the stickiness. The dough is now ready for stretching.

Split the dough into two equal halves, roll each very thin and place it on the baking sheet which was previously greased. Preheat the oven to 400 F and enjoy topping your dough. Each pizza should take 15-20 minutes. Most importantly, don’t forget to leave space near the edges for the crispy crust to form.

The Perfect Pizza Dough Recipe

 

Toppings

You’ve done the hard part. Now it’s time for the fun part – topping your pizza. I am sure millions of ideas and combos come to mind. What to use as a spread? What herbs should you use? What type of meat? And last but not least, what type of cheese? Cause pizza and stretching cheese are basically synonyms. Oh well, you know what I mean.

Sauce

First thing you put on a pizza dough is sauce. Tomato sauce is the most commonly used spread. There are tons of different types you can find at the store, but why not make it yourself? SImply put some canned tomatoes in a food processor, add some oil and salt, and voilà…your sauce is ready.

If you are going for a healthier option, you can use pesto. Pesto is made out of basil leaves, crushed garlic, grated parmesan cheese, nuts, salt, and olive oil. Spread it all over the dough with the back of a spoon and you are ready to continue with the other toppings.

 

Cheese

 

The star of the show is, without a doubt, the cheese. Make sure you choose the correct one. Think of the type of pie you are preparing, who is going to eat the pizza, what’s the occasion, what the people are drinking etc. The only thing to keep in mind is, make sure your cheese melts really well. Other than that, you can hardly go wrong.

The basic type is mozzarella. Used for as long as pizza is around, it can be put fresh and teared up on top of your pizza. Next, you can try gorgonzola cheese. It is very rich in flavor, so you can use way less, but get the same effect. Also, it goes great with fruit.

Ricotta is another great option since it’s low in fat but very creamy and delicious. Grated parmesan, gouda, and cheddar cheese are ideal for getting the melting effect, just to name a few. There are tons of alternatives. Just go with the flow.

 

Meat

Even though some people like their pizza without any protein on it, there are some great variations to choose from for those who want it all. Certain toppings, like sausages and meatballs, should be cooked beforehand. Others, like ham, pepperoni, or other cured meat, don’t require cooking ahead of time.

Try pastrami, bacon, prosciutto, Italian salami, or even grilled chicken. If you decide to go with the grilled chicken, make sure you use barbeque sauce on top. The two ingredients are a match made in food heaven. To give you some more ideas, I have to add seafood: smoked salmon, shrimps, anchovies, tuna… The list goes on and on. Sometimes too many options is not a good idea. I hope you managed to make up your mind.

 

Herbs, veggies, and fruit

Imagine you are having lunch. You also have salad because it’s just not the same without it. Same goes for pizza. It’s the perfect finishing touch. Fresh ingredients like these go under the cheese before baking or fresh on top after baking. There are certain combinations of protein and greens that go perfect together. Use them.

Fruit with any salty combination can be strange for someone who is not used to it. On my trip to the USA, I stayed with a Brazilian family. Once, we had sausages with pineapple for lunch. They just loved it together, but I didn’t. I just finished my lunch and helped myself with the pineapple as a dessert. But, if you are willing to try fruit on your pizza, my suggestions would be figs, apples, pears, or pineapples.

Veggies and herbs give a unique freshness to the pizza. You can go for onion rings, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, peppers, garlic, and much more. Herbs can easily be added on top of the pizza after you take it out of the oven. Add thyme, rosemary, fresh basil, or rucola. If some of the fresh ingredients take more time to cook, precook them ahead of time. You want that pizza as quick as possible.

 

This is one of my all time favorite food topics and I really hope you will find it useful and inspiring. Feel free to share what type was a winner for you. I would love to hear all about it.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

Top 5 Hot Chocolate Recipes

Top 5 Hot Chocolate Recipes

Winter is ideal for the delicious treat we have for you today. As cold days approach and the temperatures drop, nothing can brighten your day like hot chocolate.

For some, chocolate may just be a simple ingredient. For me, it’s a way of life. There is an immense number of ways to enjoy this delight, but when it comes to chilly days, I always choose a steaming mug of thick and creamy hot chocolate.

I’m sure you will agree chocolate and holidays were made for each other, they are the perfect pair. This magical beverage has many different names. It is called drinking chocolate, hot cocoa, even chocolate tea in Nigeria. Today, you can find countless recipes for hot chocolate that will inspire you to make your special version at home. Here is my special selection:

1.   Traditional hot chocolate

We have to begin with the old-fashioned hot chocolate. Before we start savoring the endless list of hot chocolate recipes, let’s not forget where it all started.

In order to make the classic hot chocolate you will need some cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, coconut palm sugar, almond milk, and pure vanilla extract. If you feel like it, you can use cinnamon sticks to stir it. Yummy!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup coconut palm sugar
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Recipe details: Classic Hot Chocolate


2.  
Peppermint white hot chocolate

They say hot chocolate is like a hug from the inside. Let’s kick it up a notch and add some fire to it. You can use peppermint schnapps. Instead of using the old-fashioned dark chocolate, make this one special and use white chocolate. Stir the milk and the chopped white chocolate together and cook over medium heat. Do not bring it to a boil.

After the mixture is ready, add some vanilla and peppermint extract to enhance the peppermint flavour. To prepare others for what’s inside, use some peppermint crumbs on top of the hot chocolate. People will be pleasantly surprised by this magnificent combo.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk of your choice
  • 8 oz. white chocolate, chopped into small pieces (you can also use white chocolate chips)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract
  • (optional) whipped cream, crushed peppermints or marshmallows on top

Recipe Details: Peppermint White Hot Chocolate


3.  
Hazelnut hot chocolate

The best thing about regular hot chocolate is that you can add a lot of twists to it and make your own signature. A dollop of chocolate hazelnut spread will make your taste buds dance. It basically tastes like drinking nutella.

After having prepared the hot chocolate itself, add the hazelnut spread, but only stir once or twice. You want to have that contrasty marble effect. If you are in the mood for more hazelnut crunchiness, you can add toasted hazelnuts on top of your homemade hot chocolate.

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup hazelnut flavored syrup
  • 3 ⅔ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • (optional) tiny marshmallows and finely chopped chocolate on top

Recipe details: Dreamy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate


4.  
Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate

If you feel like you are better suited for sunny days, I recommend you find some comfort food and drinks that will make you warm on the inside. Just like this Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate.

If you are a fan of pumpkin pie, you already know how much you’ll enjoy it. But if you’re not, I dare you to try it! It’s so smooth and creamy. Inspired by the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte, this is an amazing kids version, but can easily become adult-friendly if you add a shot of espresso. Enjoy.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • ⅓ cup hot cocoa mix
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • (optional) whipped cream or marshmallows

Recipe Details: Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate


5.  
S’mores Hot Chocolate

Oh come on…. Look at that! Who would resist this? If I enter a coffee shop and see this on a poster, I am buying it! It’s just irresistible. Everything you want is in that cup…or you can even use a bowl (like we do in Europe).

If you feel like it, you can make some graham cracker crumbs and dip the rim of the cup in the crumbs. Pour that deliciousness in the cup and top it with some marshmallows. Toast the marshmallows so they melt in the mouth and drizzle melted chocolate to get that s’more effect. And yes…now I have to make one at home!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup water (or sub more milk)
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp light chocolate syrup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp non-bitter stevia (or 1-2 tbsp more sugar)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Graham crackers (crushed // for lining rim)
  • ½ cup marshmallows


Recipe Details: 
S’mores Hot Chocolate

If you too, like me, cannot resist these easy-to-make hot beverages, choose your favorite and fill the house with that irresistible chocolate aroma.

 

Some fun facts about hot chocolate

  • This soothing drink was first created more than 2,500 years ago.
  • It was created by the Mayans.
  • It can be reheated.
  • Can be made with dark, semisweet, or bittersweet chocolate.
  • It has several health benefits.
  • It contains a large amount of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer.
  • People visiting Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s plantation) can sample hot chocolate made the way Jefferson preferred it.

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

10 Easy and Delicious Pancake Toppings (That Are Much Better Than Pancake Syrup)

10 Easy and Delicious Pancake Toppings (That Are Much Better Than Pancake Syrup)

Over the period of my pancake obsession (which has lasted for almost a year) I’ve learned that pancakes are one of the most versatile dishes. Don’t get me wrong, classic American buttermilk pancakes are amazing, but why not use your creativity and make chocolate, pumpkin, or even lavender flapjacks?

Next step – toppings. Standard toppings include maple syrup, pancake syrup, and a pat of butter, with occasional fruit slices and maybe chocolate chips. Well, it’s time to put that behind us and think big. I offer you a bunch of quick and easy delish pancake toppings you can throw together in no time.

Prepare your favorite pancake stack and get ready to rock your pancake world!

 

#1 Lemon Curd, Mascarpone, and Almond Topping

Sweet and slightly tart combo that will wake you up instantly. These creamy griddlecakes are perfect to pair with a warm cup of coffee! Note: You can replace mascarpone with cottage cheese or ricotta.

Ingredients:

  • 3¼oz mascarpone
  • 1oz. toasted flaked almonds
  • 6 tablespoons lemon curd
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar

Preparation:

Beat the cheese and icing sugar, adding the sugar gradually, until smooth and uniform. If this is not sweet enough, add some more sugar to taste.

Spread the lemon curd over the flapjacks. Top with a dollop of the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle the almonds.

 

#2 Peach Syrup

This is the perfect summer topping! The best part about this topping is that it can be varied by just changing or adjusting the spice – you can replace cinnamon with ginger, clove, nutmeg, allspice, or make a combination of your own! Don’t have fresh peaches? Frozen ones will do just fine.

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup water
  • 4 peaches
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 pinch cinnamon

Preparation:

Peel the peaches, then immerse them in boiling water for about half a minute. After that, place the bowl in cold water. Leave the peaches cool off, then remove their skins. Halve, pit, and chop the peaches (if you want a smooth sauce, puree them with a blender).

Combine the water, peaches, sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 7 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and serve with your pancakes.

 

#3 Chocolate Sauce

You’re probably wondering why everyone’s favorite pancake topping is no.3 on the list. That’s what I was wondering too, especially since this recipe is not only super-easy but also extra tasty!

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup hot water
  • 2oz. caster sugar
  • 1¼oz. cocoa powder

Preparation:

Whisk the water, sugar, and cocoa together in a small pan set over low heat. Adjust the amount of water depending on how thick you want your sauce to be. I like it dense and creamy so I use only a little water. Drizzle over your pancakes. Better yet, SPLASH!

#4 Boozy Vanilla Pancake Sauce

This is a sauce that will turn your stack of pancakes into a real dessert! You can use vanilla bean, vanilla extract, or vanilla paste in this bourbon-based recipe. And don’t worry about the alcohol content; it is quite low and most of it will evaporate so your little ones can still enjoy this delight.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon

Preparation:

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Let the mixture simmer until the sugar dissolves, then cook over medium heat for about 20 minutes (it is done when the color turns amber).

Add the heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat until the sauce is completely smooth & silky. Add the butter, vanilla, and bourbon and stir until fully incorporated. Let the sauce cool before serving.

 

 #5 Peanut & Butter Sauce

What pairs best with chocolate pancakes? Peanut butter! Actually, scratch that; peanut butter tastes great with any kind of pancakes! For this simple but incredibly rich sauce, all you need is some peanut butter and honey. Your microwave will do the job in no time! Note: if you have no honey, feel free to use maple syrup.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup honey

Preparation:

Combine honey and peanut butter in a bowl (make sure it is microwave-safe). Heat for half a minute, then remove and stir. Return and heat for half a minute more, then stir again and serve.

 

#6 Crepe Suzette Sauce

Crepes Suzette is a French classic we can’t get enough of. However, the sauce pairs beautifully with fluffy American pancakes as well!

Ingredients:

  • Juice from 3 oranges (4 if they’re smaller)
  • Zest from 1 medium orange
  • Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 3 tablespoon brandy
  • 2oz. unsalted butter

 

Combine all the ingredients, except the butter in a medium bowl. Melt the butter in the pan, pour in the sauce and heat at low heat. Pour the Suzette sauce over your pancakes.

The original recipe requires flaming at this point but I think you can skip this step unless you’re skilled and confident enough you won’t set yourself or the entire house on fire!

 

#7 Apple Topping

We haven’t forgotten about fruity toppings. We love them because they are super-tasty but somehow manage to remain healthy. Apple is especially comforting and perfect for early fall days.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large apples (peeled and sliced)
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup plus apple cider
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

In a large saucepan, combine 1 cup of the apple cider and brown sugar. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Add the apples and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes, until tender. Combine 2 more tablespoons apple cider with cornstarch in a small bowl. Add this mixture to the apples and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened. Remove from heat, add the vanilla and serve.

#8 Sugar & Cinnamon Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce made with brown sugar and complemented with cinnamon? This is exactly it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • a splash of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

Preparation:

In a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar and set over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Add the lemon juice and cinnamon. Serve warm.

 

#9 Blueberry Sauce

For this sauce, you can use both fresh or frozen blueberries but I think frozen ones are more flavorful!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ tablespoons cornstarch

Preparation:

In a small saucepan, place 1½ cups blueberries. Add sugar and water and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and cook until the blueberries break down.

Add the cornstarch mixed with three tablespoons of water to the pan, stirring frequently. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat, and simmer for about 3 minutes, until the sauce thickens. If you want to make it thinner, just add a bit of water. Remove the pan from heat, then stir in the remaining blueberries. You can serve this sauce warm or chilled.

 

#10 Sweet-Savory Feta & Honey Topping

Add a Greek twist to your pancakes with this sweet and savory topping. If you want it more on the sweet side, add an extra tablespoon of honey. If you don’t have thyme at hand, replace it with dill.

Ingredients:

  • 3½oz. feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme

Preparation:

Crumble the feta cheese over the flapjacks, drizzle with honey and scatter the picked thyme leaves over the top. That’s it!

I believe that food should not only taste good, but make you feel good as well and that is why I am so interested in exploring ingredients, preparing meals, and finding ways to make the whole cooking experience fun and exciting! Being a blogger for MyGreatRecipes unites my two passions – food and writing, and I am enjoying every second of it!

13+ Best Thanksgiving Recipes for 2018

13+ Best Thanksgiving Recipes for 2018

Celebrate Thanksgiving with our Best Thanksgiving Recipes for 2018

Looking for the best Thanksgiving recipes for 2018? The holiday season has officially begun and we’re super-excited. There’s so much we want to share with you!

After Halloween and all those amazing (and scary!) food decorations, it’s time to get a bit more formal and start compiling a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner menu with the following best Thanksgiving recipes!

Thanksgiving allows plenty of space to show the craftiness and creativity in the kitchen. Delicious food that also looks good can also serve as a table decoration. Start your holiday marathon with the best Thanksgiving recipes!

 

Best Thanksgiving Recipes | Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner is the largest annual eating event in the United States. Statistics say that people eat more on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year!

Once a year, on the third Thursday of November, families gather to give thanks for all good things in life. The celebration is in the form of a lavish dinner centered around a large roasted turkey.

Most of the other dishes are usually made from foods native to the New World to honor the very first Thanksgiving feast when the Pilgrims received these foods from the Native Americans and were thus saved from starvation.

DISCOVER GREAT RECIPES, TIPS & IDEAS!

Turkey Thanksgiving Recipe

No Thanksgiving dinner can go without turkey. In fact, the holiday season (the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas) is when one-third of the total turkey consumption in the US takes place. No wonder Thanksgiving is called ‘Turkey Day’! The consumption of turkey on Thanksgiving is such an integral part of our culture, that the National Turkey Federation presents a live turkey to the President of the USA before the holiday to receive a ‘pardon’.

Traditionally, Thanksgiving turkeys are stuffed with a mixture based on bread, combined with celery, carrots, and onions, complemented with sage, and then roasted. Other ingredients, like chopped nuts, crumbled sausage or bacon, apples, raisins, or cranberries can also be added. Alternatively, this mixture can be served outside the turkey as a dressing.

Holiday Stuffed Turkey

Crisp skin and tender drumsticks are the best parts of this delectable Thanksgiving recipe and recipes with turkey are one of the best Thanksgiving recipes! If you are hosting a smaller feast and a whole turkey is too big, consider using a bone-in turkey breast instead. It cooks more quickly and also has only white meat, which is less fatty. The turkey breast produces about 5 pounds of meat, enough for plenty of leftovers for sandwiches and casseroles.

More of the Best Thanksgiving Recipes

Besides turkey, which is the star of the best Thanksgiving recipes show, there are other dishes traditionally offered on the festive table. In fact, the Thanksgiving dinner is so grand that requires preparation of the food to begin days ahead. The dinner is sometimes served in the afternoon so that there’s enough time to finish eating all that food!

To Americans, Thanksgiving would not be complete mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and gravy.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

 

Mashed potatoes, flavored with roasted garlic, is comfort food at its best. The addition of rich sour cream gives this homey dish a creamy twist. For extra flavor, stir some finely chopped green onions into the mixture as well.

Ham with Cranberry Sauce

Ham steaks are always handy for making dinner in a hurry (in case you are a first-time Thanksgiving dinner host and burn the turkey!) Fresh cranberries, orange juice, and mustard create the perfect sauce.

Hamburger Gravy

Mushroom soup to the rescue. Here is a pantry-friendly recipe that can be made quickly with a handful of ingredients and enjoyed just as fast! In its role as comfort food, hamburger gravy is also terrific spooned over buttered, toasted bread or biscuits.

Seasonal produce like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and corn also find their way to the holiday table, as do green beans, served in the form of a casserole since the 1950s.

Praline Sweet Potatoes

Mashed sweet potatoes are even sweeter when baked with a crunchy golden topping of pecans, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Look for sweet potatoes with smooth, unblemished skins. Sweet potatoes have skins that bruise more easily than other potatoes, and they do not keep as long, either. Sweet potatoes should be stored in a cool, dry place (not the refrigerator) and used within a week of purchase.

Cheesy Green Beans Bake

Everybody’s favorite green bean casserole gets an update with a double Cheddar topping of melted cheese and crunchy crackers. You can use different crackers in this yummy casserole. Substitute your favorite Cheddar cheese crackers for the fish-shaped crackers. For a different look and taste, try white Cheddar crackers. If you use larger crackers, be sure to use 8 ounces total, or measure them by breaking them into pieces about the same size as the fish-shaped crackers, and then crushing

Fresh salads may also be included, as well as cornbread & biscuits.

Cranberry Spinach Salad

A delightful contrast in tastes and textures—crisp spinach, crunchy walnuts, and dried cranberries all in a zesty, sweet and sour dressing. This salad is absolutely delicious as a light lunch when topped with grilled chicken strips or tossed with 4 slices crumbled, cooked bacon.

Chili Cornbread Bake

Delicious Cheddar-buttermilk cornbread is baked atop chili and beans for a spicy and sweet casserole that serves it all up together. Try this sauce over the casserole. Combine 1 cup sour cream, ¾ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon each salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix well. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Add a dollop of the sauce to each serving of the chili cornbread

Cheddar Breakfast Biscuits

Flaky buttermilk biscuits, baked with Cheddar cheese, are quick and easy to make—perfect to serve with breakfast or brunch. For a flavor change, replace the Cheddar cheese with Swiss and add some chopped fresh dill to the dough in Step 2.

Best Thanksgiving Recipes | Sweets

Pies take the center stage when it comes to best Thanksgiving recipes, with pumpkin pie, apple pie, sweet potato pie, mincemeat pie, and pecan pie being the most popular choices.

Holiday Pumpkin Pie

This Thanksgiving recipe is so good you’ll need to make a double batch in order to avoid fighting over that last irresistible piece. For the best old-fashioned flavor, use your own frozen pie dough. Make a batch or two of your favorite pastry dough. Wrap it well in plastic wrap and freeze it. To use, simply thaw the dough before using.

Homestyle Apple Pie

This classic pie is bursting with juicy apples topped with a flaky crust! To make a variation of this home-baked apple pie, add 1/4 cup raisins, dried currants or cranberries to the mixture in Step 1. If apple-pie spice isn’t available, you can make your own for this recipe: 1|1/2 Tsp. ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. ground nutmeg and 3/8 tsp. ground cardamom.

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No-Bake Pecan Pie

When she didn’t have time to fix lunch, Grandma served leftover bean pie and hot cocoa. Sometimes Grandma used kidney beans instead of pinto beans in this recipe. She selected light red kidney beans instead of dark red because the dark red beans turned the pie a surprising color. When she wanted a little something sweet and had no beans on hand, Grandma substituted a pound of mashed cooked sweet potatoes for the beans.

Sweet Potato Pie

The center of a sweet potato pie should be slightly underdone even when the rest of the pie is done; it will finish setting during cooling. That’s why a sweet potato pie should be tested for doneness near the center, not in the center.

If these sweet Thanksgiving recipes don’t satisfy your carvings, we encourage you to check these Thanksgiving recipes ideas!

Best Thanksgiving Recipes for Beverages

And of course, to complete the pictures, we need best Thanksgiving recipes drinks. Cocktails and spirits are usually offered before the main meal, whereas apple cider is served during. Wine is not uncommon too, as well as sweet tea, especially for the little ones.

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The Best Sweet and Savory Indian Pancakes to Try

The Best Sweet and Savory Indian Pancakes to Try

Maybe you have heard of the most popular Indian pancake variety, dosa, but that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to bread-like delights originating in the sub-continent. We wondered how different they are from the classic American pancake recipes we cover in rich syrups and sauces so we made a research.

Savory Indian Pancakes

 

  1. Dosa is a thin and crispy pancake originating in Southern India but is well-loved throughout the whole country. It is made by combining black gram and rice and then letting the batter ferment overnight. Dosa is served hot, with coconut chutney or sambhar on the side.

 

  1. Uttapam is very similar to dosa and also originates in South India. It is made from the same batter that is used to make dosa but is usually topped with tomatoes, onions, cabbage, capsicum, chilies.

 

  1. Besan Chilla is a crispy and healthy snack popular in the Northern parts of the country. It is very easy to make, rich in protein, and low in calories. Besan Chilla is made of chickpea flour (known as ‘besan’) and flavored with mild spices. Some varieties of the recipe also contain seasonal vegetables and are served with sweet chutneys.

 

  1. Appam is a white, flavorful flapjack made with coconut milk and fermented rice. It is crispy on the outside but soft and fluffy in the center. Appam is often served with chicken or veggie stew on the side.

 

  1. Sarvapindi is a crispy flapjacks made with rice flour and peanuts. The batter is often complemented with onions, chili powder, ginger, and sesame seeds.

 

  1. Thalipeeth is a healthy multigrain pancake made from roasted rice, tapioca, amaranth, wheat, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, as well as lots of spices. Thalipeeth is usually topped with ghee and served with pickles.

 

  1. Kholasapori Pitha is a flapjack from the Northeast of India, made with rice flour, carrots, onions, mustard oil, and water. This pancake is generally served at festivals.

 

  1. Pathiri is a recipe originating in Kerala. It is made with a dough based on crushed rice and then baked on special pans called ‘oadu’. After the pancake is prepared, it is soaked in coconut milk to maintain soft and become more flavorful. Pathiri is usually served with fish or various types of meat.

 

  1. Pesarattu is very similar to French crepes in texture. Its batter contains green gram and it is usually served with tamarind chutney and ginger. This pancake is usually complemented with onions, ginger, and chili.

Sweet Indian Pancakes

 

  1. Malpua is probably the most popular sweet Indian pancake. The batter is prepared differently depending on the region. In the Northern regions, malpua batter is made with Indian wheat flour called ‘maida’, semolina, yogurt, and milk. Other regions add mashed bananas into the batter.

 

  1. Meetha Pooda is a pancake recipe that makes use of wheat, fennel seeds, sugar, and water. It is generally very quick and simple to make and people in India usually enjoy it during rainy days, served with kheer pudding. This pudding is made with rice, tapioca, broken wheat, milk, and sugar, and then flavored with raisins, cardamom, saffron, pistachios, cashews, or almonds.

 

  1. Ale-Bele is a soft pancake originating in Goa. It is made with eggs and maida, then stuffed with coconut and palm jaggery. Ale-Bele is often served at teatime.

 

  1. Pati-Shapta is a sweet recipe originating in Bengal. It is usually served during festivals like Pati Shapta, the day that celebrates the rice harvest. Pati-Shapta pancakes are stuffed with jaggery and date palm and often topped with coconut.

 

  1. Bobbatlu is a sweet flapjacks filled with plain flour, yellow gram, ghee, sugar or jaggery, and cardamom powder.

 

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