With the rise of meal kits, meal delivery, and the overall ease of ordering takeout, it’s easy to forget about the joy of home cooking. But there’s something about a home cooked meal that just can’t be replicated. It’s a special kind of comfort that comes with the satisfaction of a delicious meal. It’s time to get out your recipe books and revive those recipes that you can’t help but come back to time and time again. Here are some recipes worth repeating in 2023.
Simple Potato Salad
If you’re looking for a classic, you can’t go wrong with a simple potato salad. This dish is a crowd pleaser that never fails to please. All you need is potatoes, mayonnaise, and a few other ingredients and you’re good to go. This is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or BBQ.
For this recipe, you’ll need 4 large potatoes, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, chives, and dill are all great options), 1/4 cup diced red onion, 1/4 cup diced celery, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, salt, and pepper to taste.
Start by washing the potatoes and boiling them in salted water until they are just tender. Once cooked, let them cool before dicing them into cubes. Add the diced potatoes to a large bowl, followed by the mayonnaise, herbs, onion, celery, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper. Stir everything together until combined, and then refrigerate for 1-2 hours before serving.
Crispy Fried Chicken
Another classic that’s worth repeating is crispy fried chicken. It’s always a crowd pleaser, and it’s surprisingly easy to make. All you need is chicken, a few basic ingredients, and some oil for frying.
For this recipe, you’ll need 4 chicken breasts, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, and vegetable oil for frying.
Start by washing the chicken and patting it dry. In a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, garlic powder, paprika, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper until combined. Add the chicken to the bowl, and then cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Once the chicken is done marinating, remove it from the bowl and transfer it to a plate. Add the flour to the bowl with the marinade and stir until everything is combined. Take each piece of chicken and dip it in the flour mixture, making sure to coat it on all sides.
Heat some oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, add the chicken and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until golden brown and crispy. Once cooked, let the chicken cool for a few minutes before serving.
Cheesy Baked Macaroni and Cheese
There’s nothing quite like a good macaroni and cheese. This cheesy comfort food is sure to please the whole family. This recipe is simple and will become a regular in your meal rotation.
For this recipe, you’ll need 1 pound elbow macaroni, 4 tablespoons butter, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 3 cups milk, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese, and 1 cup breadcrumbs.
Start by preheating your oven to 375°F. Cook the macaroni according to the package instructions and set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the flour is lightly toasted.
Slowly whisk in the milk, and then add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Whisk until everything is combined and the sauce is thickened. Add the cheeses and stir until melted.
Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until combined. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and sprinkle with the breadcrumbs. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Let the macaroni cool for a few minutes before serving.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
No list of recipes worth repeating would be complete without a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s a classic that never gets old. Plus, you can customize it with different types of chips, nuts, or even dried fruits.
For this recipe, you’ll need 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, and 1 cup chopped nuts (optional).
Start by preheating your oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts (if using). Drop the cookie dough by the tablespoonful onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before serving.
These are just a few of the recipes worth repeating in 2023. There are so many more out there, so take some time to explore and find the ones that you and your family love the most. Nothing beats a delicious home cooked meal, so don’t forget to break out those recipe books and get cooking! May the force be with you (and your delicious meals).