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Parmesan and Smoky Paprika Frico

Parmesan and Smoky Paprika Frico


  • 5 cups (about 14 ounces) finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 teaspoons smoked paprika*
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Recipe Preparation

  • Toss cheese and paprika in large bowl.

  • Spray small nonstick skillet with nonstick spray. Place over medium-low heat. Drop 1/4 cup cheese mixture in mound in center of skillet. Spread to 3- to 4-inch round. Cook until completely melted, bubbling all over, and browning at edges, about 1 1/2 minutes. Remove pan from heat; let stand until bubbling stops. Loosen edges and turn frico over. Return pan to medium-low heat and cook frico until golden on bottom, about 1 minute. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Repeat with remaining cheese mixture. DO AHEAD: Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.

  • *Sometimes labeled Pimentón Dulce or Pimentón de La Vera Dulce; available at some supermarkets, at specialty foods stores, and from

  • WHAT TO DRINK: Salty, smoky flavors need a crisp Pinot Grigio like the 2005 Blason (Italy, $9).

Recipe by Michael Chiarello,Reviews Section

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Paprika Potato Chips

These paprika chips are made with store-bought chips and just a few ingredients. These chips will spice up your next cocktail party and make you feel like you took a little trip to Spain!

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In Barcelona a couple of years ago we had dinner at Bodega 1900, one of Albert Adrià's many restaurants there. The concept takes you back 100 years, to a neighborhood vermutería, serving up small dishes (including the famous elBulli "olives") and house-made vermouth amid white tiled walls and mosaic floors, with Iberico ham hanging from the rafters.

One of the first dishes they brought to the table were these paprika chips. They were tangy, salty and smoky - the perfect bite to go with our cocktails.

The flavor of the paprika was a revelation. I just couldn't get over it. And thankfully, they sold bottles of this stuff to go. So I came back with my small-enough-that-I'm-not-worried-about-it-exploding-on-my-clothes-in-my-checked-baggage bottle, determined to recreate it.

When we first got home I yelled at my husband more than once for dousing the precious liquid too liberally onto plates of chips. "You can't use all of that up before I learn how to make it!"

But, what was it CALLED? I really struggled with the title of this post, because I literally do not know what this stuff is. I just know it's delicious. The bottle simply says 'aliño para apertivo', which means a seasoning or dressing for appetizers.

Soo. dressing. I can't call it dressing. I went with paprika chips because, really, that's what you're tasting - paprika and chips.

So, thank you, ingredient label - it's literally just red wine vinegar, smoked sweet and hot paprika and black pepper. I just fiddled around with the ratios, comparing my mixture to the taste of the bottle I bought.

The thing is, you have to use the good Spanish paprika. The average stuff in the spice aisle just will not do.

I don't know. Maybe everyone doesn't freak out over the taste of paprika like I do. But who doesn't like vinegar on chips?

Parmesan and Smoky Paprika Frico - Recipes

These delicious little appetizer treats are so ridiculously easy to make that they barely warrant the title of ‘recipe’.

Frico are no more than oven baked crisps of finely grated hard cheese such as Parmigiano Regianno, Grana Padano or Percorino Romano I used a combination of Parmesan and Percorino here and I like to spike them with a little cayenne for extra bite.

You can mix the grated cheese with a variety of tasty things such as finely minced fresh rosemary, freshly ground black pepper, ground cumin, smoked paprika or whatever else takes your fancy that’s compatible with cheese and doesn’t add any moisture.

They take exactly six and half minutes to cook to perfection in my oven but ovens vary, so watch them like a hawk and check their progress after 4-5 minutes as you don’t want them to brown/burn they should be a lovely deep golden color.

Frico will keep very well at room temperature in an airtight container for about a week – there’s no need to refrigerate them.

You’ll need baking parchment or one of those silicone baking mats.

Frico – Parmigiano Reggiano

16 heaped tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan, Grana Padano or Percorino Romano cheese (the good stuff)

Cayenne pepper mixed into the cheese, to taste

Preheat the oven to 375F (190C).

Line a large baking sheet/tray with baking parchment and working in two batches, pile 8 heaped tablespoons of cheese onto the tray, flattening the cheese into about 3 inch (7-8cm) rounds, keeping them about an inch (2-3cm) apart. You want the Frico to be crisp rather than chewy, so be sure to flatten them well.

Bake them in the preheated oven for 5-6 minutes or until they’re melted and golden.

Cool the Frico completely on the baking tray (this only takes a few minutes), then carefully remove them with a thin metal spatula.

Serve them with cocktails and other nibbly-bits – or they’ll keep for up to a week at room temp in an airtight container.

Note: if you’re making a large batch, store them in an airtight container in single layers separated by sheets of baking parchment.


Bagels and Lox anyone? Gravlax is a Scandinavian specialty. Just to clarify, it is not smoked salmon, and I will explain why. Salmon gravlax are cold-cured in sugar, salt and plenty of dill. I like to add about two shots of vodka, for good measure you know! [feast_advanced_jump_to] The name gravlax comes from two Scandinavian.

Keto Nacho Cheese Crisps

Keto Nacho Cheese Crisps are low carb, gluten-free, crunchy crisp with nacho cheese seasonings that are fast and easy to make.

These crisp, chip-like snacks are a yummy, keto-friendly chip alternative that only takes about 8 minutes to bake, and they are also perfect for dipping in salsa, or guacamole.

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A much healthier nacho cheese snack than "Doritos" made with simple real food ingredients. Unlike "Doritos". These crisps contain no corn, GMO, sugar, weird chemicals, preservatives, MSG, flavor enhancers, or mystery ingredients added.

Most of those commercial nacho cheese chips almost always contain sugar, MSG, and high carb content which makes them very addictive.

Keto Nacho Cheese Crisps are homemade with only cheeses and natural spices. Low carb and sugar-free, you can happily snack on these and with no MSG headache afterward.

Using a silicone muffin pan for baking these makes it super easy to remove the crisps from the pan.

Keto Nacho Cheese Crisps-


Cheese Crisps Ingredients:

Nacho Spice Mix Ingredients :

  • 1 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese (the powdered kind)
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp fine ground sea salt
  • ½ tsp tomato powder * optional but adds much flavor (how to make your own homemade tomato powder)

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  1. Preheat Oven 400 F (204 C).
  2. In a small combine: parmesan cheese, chili powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, sea salt, and tomato powder. Mix together to combine and set aside.
  3. Place about 2 tbsp of the shredded cheese into the bottom of each cup of the silicon muffin pan (can also use a lightly greased muffin tin).
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted, bubbling and just starting to brown on the very edges.
  5. Remove pan from oven and while the crisps are cooling, sprinkle each with the spice mixture but don’t remove crisps from muffin pan. Let cool until cheese crisps are solid and hardened (about 10 to 12 minutes).
  6. Remove crisps from silicon pan by pushing underneath the bottom of each cup up to release the crisp. If using a regular muffin tin use a butter knife to gently loosen and lift each crisp out of the cup. Serve.

Nutritional Data: Yield: 12 crips, Serving size: 2 crisps, Amounts per serving (2 crisps)- Cal: 99, Carbs: 1.3g, Net Carbs: 1.3g, Fiber: 0g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Protein: 6g, Sugars: 0g, Sodium: 304mg,

Eggplant, tomato, and smoked cheese pie

Winter is packing its final clouds and spring is almost here. Wherever you look there is fresh green grass, beautiful flowers and trees coming back to life. Spring always inspires me. Not because of its beauty which I do love but because everything in life seems to reinvent itself without even the slightest glance back at what was before. Trees bloom again without worrying about how many of their blossoms will make into fruits. You’ll never find a tree that says..Oh last years most of my blossoms were blown off by that rain that came unexpectedly so I’m worried and scared to try again. Flowers bloom with the colours of the rainbow without hesitating for a heartbeat. They don’t stop to think that maybe this year the heat will come early and their lives will be cut short by the rising temperatures. No matter how hard, cold or long winter was, life starts over, pure, fresh and strong never saying that this winter was too harsh and I just can’t go on…or I can’t keep doing this..reinventing myself every year….

Spring to me is a wonderful inspiration. We all have our winters. Times in our lives when things are tough. When you long for warmth and comfort. When things are so dark and gloomy that you wonder if you will ever see the light again. But the lesson in spring is that.. change is one of the rules of life. Things never stay the same for long. And if we only could hold on a little longer spring will come and we can start over..

But the question is…When your spring comes..Can you start over fresh and new? Or do fears and worries keep holding you back ?

Today’s recipe is a wonderful change from regular pie…it is light and LOADED with layers of flavour..When you bite into it you’ll enjoy the smoky taste of the cheese, the hint of herbs and garlic, the delicious eggplant and tomatoes and the absolutely yummy crust.

The recipe s originally from myrecipes a great site for light recipes but I changed it a bet.

I added herbs and paprika to the crust,used smoked frico cheese instead of smoked mozzarella, cut down on the garlic and the parmesan a bet because I didn’t want them to overwhelm the flavor

The recipe might have multiple steps but believe me it is easy and so worth it.

Eggplant, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoons dried oregano

Plum tomatoes, thinly sliced

1 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan

To prepare crust, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup level with a knife.

Combine flour and the herbs, salt and baking powder in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk make a well in center of mixture.

Add water and 1 tablespoon oil, stirring to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface knead lightly 4 times. Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap cover and chill 15 minutes.

Roll the dough on a slightly floured surface, into circle slightly larger than your pie dish. Fit the dough into the pie dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Press dough against bottom and sides of pan. Pierce bottom and sides of dough with a fork

bake at 200 C till the bottom is slightly golden (about 10-15 minutes), put under the broiler for a couple of minutes to ensure that it dries up a little so that it wont get soggy when you add the filling . Allow the crust to cool

To prepare filling, arrange eggplant on several layers of heavy-duty paper towels. Sprinkle eggplant with 1/2 teaspoon salt let stand 15 minutes.

Pat dry with paper towels brush eggplant with oil. Arrange eggplant in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Place them under the broiler till they are golden brown then take them out and flip them and brown the other side. Stack eggplant slices on a plate cover with plastic wrap. Let eggplant stand 7 minutes to steam.

Place a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add garlic cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt, basil, oregano, mint, and tomatoes.

Arrange the smoked cheese on the bottom of baked crust.

Layer eggplant and tomato mixture in crust drizzle with the oil you cooked the garlic in.

55 Romantic Dinner Ideas For Two

1. Creamy Parmesan risotto with roasted shrimp

It contains creamy risotto, salty Parmesan, and sweet, juicy roasted shrimp, making it a flavorful yet comforting dish. Since many of us order risotto at a restaurant and do not cook much at home, it adds a restaurant-like flair to the meal. Moreover, it involves slow cooking, giving you enough time to open a bottle of wine and enjoy a drink while cooking.

2. White wine coq au vin

It is not as complicated as its name but an easy one-pot dish for a romantic night. It is a classic French country-style chicken stew cooked in wine and immersed in a delectable sauce. In this dish, chicken is braised in a smooth wine sauce and topped with butter to make the perfect sauce.

3. Smoked salmon potato cakes with herbed crème fraîche

This dish comes with a twist for seafood lovers—smoked salmon trout. The potato cakes made with oil-rich smoked fish do not need additional seasoning and are yet creamy and moist. The crispiness of fried panko and herb-flavored crème fraîche adds an extra zing to this simple dish.

4. Mexican beef tacos

Fancy a Mexican delight for your date night? These smoky beef tacos are loaded with sliced radish, pineapple, cabbage, and pickled jalapeños. You can spice these playful tacos with sour cream, lemon wedges, and cilantro.

5. Hoisin chicken with charred peas

If you and your partner are fans of Asian food and like a nice charred flavor in your food, then this dish is perfect for you. Garnished with charred snow peas and cilantro, the sweet and salty chicken dish can be served with rice. Besides, this meal for two is simple and quick to cook.

6. Mango and grilled scallop salad

This tropical-flavor inspired salad will bring the freshness to your table on busy nights. This quick recipe is made of fresh, charred scallops and mango, avocado, and lettuce and drizzled with a delectable dressing, making it a great meal to transport you to the beaches.

7. Pomegranate-citrus glazed duck breast

Although duck breast may sound like a fancy restaurant meal, it is special and different. It has a juicy richness like a steak but is light. The tangy glaze of pomegranate molasses, fresh citrus, and spices adds a characteristic flavor to the dish, making it perfect for a celebratory meal for two.

8. Cajun chicken pasta

This pasta packs quite a punch with bold flavors from the seasoned chicken and cajun seasoning. The creamy white sauce, with bell peppers, green onions, and mushrooms, brings balance to this dish. This hearty dish goes best with crispy garlic bread.

9. Mediterrinean veggie pizza

One can never go wrong with this pizza—it is a fun yet filling meal. This homemade pizza for veggie lovers is also quick to make. The combination of artichokes, red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives is a classic one, but you can get creative and add seasonings of your choice.

10. Rib-eye steak with crispy potatoes

A pan-seared rib-eye steak is a classic yet special meal for two. After your steak is cooked to perfection, you can use the rich leftover beef fat to prepare paprika-seasoned, smashed, crispy potatoes. This savory golden dish goes well with a green sauce.

11. Coconut curry with basmati rice

This dish is loaded with chickpeas and vegetables, including carrots, sweet potato, broccoli, and spring onions. The luxurious vegan curry blends Indian and Thai flavors with the addition of lemongrass, curry powder, and coconut milk. You can serve it with fragrant basmati rice.

12. Greek stuffed peppers

This dish is not only delicious but also enjoyable to make as you can add your additional ingredients. You can use cauliflower rice or long white rice, grounded turkey or beef, zucchini, and other vegetables to make this fragrant and colorful Greek dish.

13. Lamb shoulder with citrus-fennel salad

You may think that this dish involves a lot of work, but it’s not. You can roast the lamb one day in advance and gently reheat an hour before serving. The bold flavors of garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes, and grated zest are complemented by the accompanying simple citrus-fennel salad.

14. Pork Chops with port wine sauce

The main ingredient of this recipe is the delectable port wine sauce. This dish is best served over rice or polenta that helps absorb all flavors of this sauce. The spice-rubbed pork and the sweet sauce complement each other very well. You can also serve baked potatoes on the side.

15. Winter squash lasagna

This family-style meal is perfect for a cozy night. It is quite different from your regular lasagna. It is loaded with three kinds of cheese—mozzarella, Parmesan, and ricotta—squash puree, no-boil noodles, and flavorful nutmeg, making this dish unique yet easy to cook. You may pair it with a green salad.

16. Herbes de Provence shrimp with couscous

Shrimp is one of the best options for a dinner date as it is not only easy and quick to cook, but also yummy and sophisticated. This dish is packed with flavors of Herbes de Provence—marjoram, oregano, savory, lavender, and tarragon. It is best served with peas and basil couscous with a sprinkle of lemon zest.

17. Seared salmon with gingery snap pea slaw

Who said a date night dinner cannot be lean and healthy? This dish is a healthy and delectable option for your date night. You can serve the seared salmon with a gingery bowl of snap peas, scallions, red jalapeño, and fresh cilantro to add the zing to this simple dish.

18. Creamy zucchini casserole

This dish is not only healthy but also delicious. A simple zucchini gratin recipe, it is a low-carb, baked cheesy zucchini casserole that will tantalize your taste buds.

19. Asian tuna stack

This flavorful Asian dinner dish comes packed with hot chili sesame oil, Sriracha, and rice wine vinegar. Once the baked tuna is decked with fresh veggies and sweet mango, the low-carb tuna stacks are transformed into an elegant dish. Moreover, this is much simpler than making sushi.

20. Stuffed eggplant Parmesan

A rendition of the classic Italian dish, this eggplant Parmesan can be easily cooked at home while retaining its authenticity. Basil, thyme, chopped onions, and tomatoes bring fresh and rich flavor to this dish, and it is best served with crusty garlic bread. You can even use bottled pasta sauce to reduce the cooking time.

21. Beef bourguignon

It is a classic French beef stew that is cooked slowly until the beef is soft and tender. The rich aroma and layer of flavors from pearl onions, slow-cooked beef, mushrooms, and red wine elevate this dish for a romantic dinner on a cold night. It is best served with pasta or mashed potatoes.

22. Cheesy stuffed shells

This Italian-baked comfort food is a perfect meal for two. It is topped with the freshness of broccoli and spinach and creaminess of mozzarella, Parmesan, and ricotta. You can’t go wrong with these cheesy shells and homemade marinara sauce.

23. Chicken tagine with apricots, almonds, and chickpeas

A Moroccan dish, it is not only aromatic (your house will surely get fragrant!), but also brims with flavors of the spiced sauce, jammy apricots, chickpeas, ginger, and crunchy almonds. While serving, the chicken pieces are spread over cooked couscous for a perfect meal.

24. Pan-seared cod in white wine, basil, and tomato sauce

If you both enjoy a lovely cod-fish dish, this recipe is perfect for a romantic dinner at home. The dry white wine, basil, and cherry tomato sauce add an extra zing to the seared cod. Rice or zucchini noodles complement the flavors well. Moreover, it is quick to cook.

25. Cowboy steak

One can never say no to a well-cooked, restaurant-style steak. You may think that it may be quite difficult to cook steak at home. However, with a cast-iron skillet, you can bring that sear and crust. A dash of herbs like rosemary, oregano, and thyme and flavorful garlic further elevates the steak’s flavors.

26. Crumbed asparagus with saffron yogurt

What makes this dish special is that the asparagus is crumbed instead of battered, keeping the flavor intact. Moreover, the saffron yogurt, a rendition of an aïoli, brings alive the Middle Eastern flavors and aromas.

27. Dijon herb crusted lamb

This show-stopping rack of lamb is juicy and tender. If you have been a big fan of cooking steak at home, you should give this recipe a try. Herbed breadcrumbs and tangy Dijon mustard balances the flavor of this elegant rack of lamb.

28. Teriyaki salmon bowl

It is a colorful one-bowl meal for two. In this dish, a tender salmon fillet is poached slowly. It is then served in a bowl with brown rice, crispy Brussels sprouts, and shitake mushrooms for a delectable and hearty dinner.

29. Scallops with brown butter and lemon sauce

This dish can be cooked easily and quickly in a pan. The seared scallops pair very well with brown butter and lemon pan sauce. You can garnish the dish with capers and chives to give it an irresistible appeal for a romantic dinner date.

30. Lamb meatballs with raisin pesto

One cannot miss aromatic, spiced meatballs for a cozy dinner date at home. For this recipe, you can prepare pesto and meatballs beforehand to avoid last-minute hassles. A tempting dish is created when lamb meatballs are paired with cool yogurt and a dash of mint raisin pesto.

31. Roasted chicken with fennel and tomatoes

This roasted chicken on a bed of vegetables is flavorful and yet easy to prepare. Rub the spice mix made of fennel seed, coriander, and lemon zest on the chicken to gives it an alluring flavor. It is best served with crusty sourdough bread on a bed of vegetables, including grape tomato, olive, and baby spinach.

32. Hoisin-glazed pork tenderloin with rice salad

The sweet and spicy flavor of the pork tenderloin from the hoisin sauce in this Asian-inspired dinner meal is irresistible. The juicy roasted pork is best paired with delectable rice salad adorned with cucumber, beans, peanuts, cilantro, and sesame seeds.

33. Grilled clams with herbs and white wine

If you both are seafood aficionados, then this recipe is perfect for an al fresco dinner date. Flavorful grilled clams, when served with a salad bowl, grilled bread, and white wine, make for a sumptuous meal for two.

34. Pasta with eggplant, burrata, and mint

This unique and surprisingly flavorful dish can transport you to an Italian castle. Although the dish may look simple, when paired with chilled wine, it makes for a delightful dinner. Burrata cheese with a dash of cream, sautéed sweet eggplant, red pepper, garlic, lemon juice, and fresh mint balance the bold flavors and bring this dish together.

35. Roasted salmon with harissa

Slow-roasting is a tried and tested technique that assures tender and flaky salmon almost always. The low heat and olive oil make it almost impossible to overcook the seasoned salmon. When rubbed with harissa paste and lemon juice and garnished with herbs, the flavorful salmon just melts in your mouth.

36. French onion soup with toasty bread

Who said classic French onion soup cannot be a complete meal for a dinner date? Easy-to-make as a one-pot meal, it can be served with toasty baguette bread. The caramelized onions, gruyere or fontina melting cheese, two types of wines, beef broth, and spices take this comfort food to a whole other level.

37. Butter chicken with flatbread or basmati rice

A very popular Indian cuisine, butter chicken is packed with rich flavors. The spices, aroma, and bright color of this dish make you feel like you are getting a warm hug. The buttery and creamy gravy is silky smooth and can be made less or more spicy, depending on your preference. You can pair it with garlic or plain naan or fragrant basmati rice.

38. Filet mignon with rosemary potatoes and creamed spinach

This dish is a steakhouse dinner for two at home and will take around half an hour for perfect execution. Roasted rosemary potatoes, creamy spinach with blue cheese, and seared filet mignon will surely deliver the best flavors for a romantic dinner date.

39. Gnocchi with chicken sausage and tomatoes

You can never go wrong with gnocchi as a summertime meal. The fresh and vibrant tomatoes and herbs deliver a blast of summery flavors. Gnocchi on a skillet with blistered cherry tomatoes, chicken sausages, and a sprinkle of basil completes this Italian-inspired dish.

40. Turkey taco bowls

You can enjoy this taco bowl with a glass of wine for a perfect date night. This delicious dish is crafted with taco-seasoned ground turkey and loaded with radish, corn, and onion. Simple to prepare, these taco bowls can be topped with avocado cilantro crema and cilantro leaves for an enhanced, fresh flavor. With the spare time left after preparation, you can enjoy the rest of the evening eating and enjoying a dessert.

41. Cacio e pepe

Pasta is one of the best dishes for a romantic dinner. This Italian dish is a classic and elevates the simple flavors of cheese and pepper. The elegant bucatini recipe is rich in flavors of Pecorino Romano, and Parmesan cheese. You can make it more exciting by adding Parmesan frico, a crispy cheese cracker.

42. Red wine-braised short ribs

This short-ribs dish is both rich and flavorful for your planned dinner date at home. With aromatic flavors of red wine, beef broth, bay leaf, tomatoes, and thyme, these ribs are drenched with juicy tenderness. These are best paired with vegetables on top of egg noodles.

43. Crispy-skinned fish topped with green sauce

It is not as difficult as it sounds to cook a crispy-skinned fish—when done right, this will be as crunchy as a chip. This elegant dish is a great choice for a romantic date and needs no special culinary skills. Green herb sauce made with anchovies, garlic, herbs, pickles, and lemon juice complements the flavor of crispy and soft fish.

44. Shrimp pad Thai

This Thai-inspired dish comes with exotic flavors and is stir-fried in a single pan. It features some of the authentic Thai ingredients, including tamarind paste, Asian fish sauce, dry-roasted peanuts, and flat rice noodles. This dish is served hot with bean sprouts and small bowls of fish sauce, sugar, and crushed red pepper for additional flavors.

45. Pot roast

A perfect pot roast is a homely, warm dish for a cozy dinner night. The bold and fragrant flavors of fennel, thyme, rosemary, and bay leaf with tender seared roast make it a lovely reminder of family meals. You can create your preferred variation of pot roast using any of these alcoholic beverages—red wine, hard cider, or a heavy beer.

46. Black bean and sweet potato enchiladas

This dish is a no-roll veggie enchilada casserole packed with flavors of sweet potatoes, black beans, corn, tortillas, cheese, and homemade smoky enchilada sauce. Sweet, savory, and spicy, this recipe is perfect for a romantic dinner night.

47. Lobster fra diavolo

Lobster recipes can be daunting for some, but this dish is simply perfection and worth the time. The succulent, sweet, and smoky lobster is placed over pasta and drizzled with spicy fra diavolo sauce to make an elegant, restaurant-style meal for two.

48. Hot honey chicken and rice

This is a winning dish for a candle-lit date night at home. A one-pot meal, it is a hot and sweet combination with a burst of flavors on the palette. The spicy, golden brown, and crisp chicken thighs dressed with honey-chili sauce are served on a bed of rice and aromatic vegetables.

49. Garlic orzo Tuscan shrimp

This light and creamy shrimp dish is drenched in Parmesan cheese sauce filled with garlic, onion, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby bella mushrooms. The impressive meal for two is cooked in a single pan and is easy and quick to prepare.

50. Rigatoni with chicken and broccoli Bolognese

This pasta recipe gets a twist with chicken and broccoli cooked in a delectable, rich sauce. With a dash of lemon zest, Parmesan, and herbs, this simple dish is lusciously flavorful and perfect for a relaxed dinner date at home.

51. Potato, goat cheese, and spring onion pies

These veggie potato pies are small yet packed with the bold flavor of soft goat cheese. You can use puff pastry sheets to make this delicious recipe in a short time. These pies pair well with sweet, savory mango chutney.

52. Hanger steak with charred scallion sauce

Pan-seared steak with charred scallions, toasted walnuts, garlic, and a drizzle of olive oil is a perfect rendition of the classic French dish, leeks vinaigrette. The flavorful condiments on the steak balance well with the charred scallion sauce in this quick dinner meal for two.

53. Spicy maple glazed salmon

It is a great option for seafood lovers on a weekend dinner night. Salmon seasoned with maple syrup, soy sauce, tangy dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, and garlic brings out a spicy flavor. It pairs best with sweet potato fries and veggies or kale and Brussels sprouts salad.

54. Roasted squash with goat cheese and poached cranberries

This comforting dish is always welcomed as a side dish. However, with handpicked ingredients, this can become a perfect meal for two on a date night. You may think it’s a standard roasted squash, but with the addition of goat cheese, poached cranberries, and pepitas, the dish is elevated to a higher level.

55. Stuffed pork chops

These Italian-inspired stuffed pork chops are succulent. Filled with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese and seared till golden brown, this dish is an easy yet delectable dish. You can pair this dish with mashed potatoes or roasted broccoli for a perfect plating.

You do not need to be a culinary expert to prepare these elegant yet delectable meals for your loved ones. A night at home with warm lights, a hearty meal, and the right amount of wine will surely make your partner feel special and appreciate your love and care.

Homemade Soft Pretzels


  • ▢ 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading
  • ▢ One (1/4-ounce package or 2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
  • ▢ 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ▢ 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • ▢ 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • ▢ 4 tablespoons (2 oz) unsalted butter melted
  • ▢ 1 large egg yolk lightly beaten
  • ▢ 1 large egg white well beaten with 1 tablespoon water
  • ▢ Pretzel (coarse) salt as needed


Prepare the oven

Make the pretzel dough in a mixer

Make the pretzel dough by hand

Make the pretzel dough in a food processor

Shape the pretzels


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Recipe Testers' Reviews

Joan Osborne

Even though the pretzels were best slightly warm, they were still quite good the next day— still soft but a bit chewier. They took a little coaxing to roll them into ropes but once that was accomplished, by using a little more flour on our hands and working the surface, they were very easily shaped, even by our 10-year-old helper. The baking time was right on the money with this recipe, and the pretzels were nicely browned at exactly 14 minutes.

Davneet Minhas

These fresh-baked pretzels are delicious and fun to make. When following the instructions, the resulting dough is so soft—the phrase “like a baby’s bottom” may be appropriate. It’s not at all sticky and therefore highly pliable, able to conform to any shape.

Once baked, the pretzels maintain their softness and are wonderfully chewy, even fluffy. A little salt makes them delectable, though they’re improved by any of the recommended variation ingredients, especially bacon. After all, bacon makes everything better. I highly recommend this recipe if you’re craving soft pretzels.

Tabatha Larson

This is a great, simple recipe. Most at-home cooks are likely to have all ingredients on hand. The dough is very easy to work with, measurements were exact, and the end result was just as pictured. These make a great school lunch item.

Laura H.

Sunday afternoon is football time at our house and the boys are always looking for something to snack on while watching the game, so I decided to give these a try. The recipe is simple and, with the exception of the yeast, uses ingredients most cooks probably have on hand.

The dough came together easily and the rising time was spot on. I used my oven on the proofing setting to let the dough rise and it doubled in an hour. Rolling out the 12 strands of dough evenly was a little tricky and took a bit of trial and error. I found the best method was holding the dough between my palms, perpendicular floor. I rubbed my palms together and let gravity help to stretch the dough into a long strand.

I made 12 large salted pretzels. The aroma while baking was very nice and the pretzels were delicious warm, just the right amount of chewiness inside and crunch outside. They were a bit salty for me but the salt is easily brushed off to individual taste.

I didn't try any of the variations but definitely will next time. Pretzels can be successfully reheated for 10 seconds in the microwave.

Craig Relyea

This was a tough call, as I have fond memories of sitting in traffic outside of the Lincoln Tunnel and hitting up the street vendor for a pretzel and soda. This recipe comes close to the taste like a NY or even a Philly pretzel. As this recipe lacks the boiling step, the exterior is not crusty enough, however, the salt in combination with the soft and chewy inside is reminiscent of a pretzel.

While the tops brown up similar to a typical pretzel, the bottoms don't take on the same color. For someone not familiar with this style of pretzel, it would make a nice game day snack. Mine were thick enough to turn into pretzel slider buns, which I used the next morning for breakfast by adding an LC chicken breakfast sausage patty, a bit of cheese, and a scrambled egg!

Jenny Latreille

Soft pretzels aren't something I've eaten often I would say, in my lifetime, I've had 2. They're just not that common in northern Canada. So, I couldn't wait to try these and they were definitely worth the 45-year wait.

The dough came together very easily. I used a stand mixer but finished the kneading by hand. I prefer working dough this way, just to get a feeling for it. After 6 minutes in the mixer, I did another 2 minutes by hand. By then, the dough was silky and very elastic. After an hour, it was at least doubled and handled really well. I cut it into 12 pieces but found that rolling it out was difficult the dough needed another 10-minute rest before I could easily shape it.

I brushed them with the egg white and sprinkled them with salt. On 4 of them, I used blue cheese-flavored sea salt and they were by far the best ones. After 14 minutes in the oven, the pretzels were golden and very puffy. And smelled incredible.

I think that my pretzels could have been rolled out longer and thinner but I found the dough was very puffy and elastic. I let it rest before trying to roll again but it probably needed more time. My pretzels came out of the oven quite puffed up—they don't have that quintessential pretzel look.

I really liked this recipe the dough is dense, chewy, and has a fantastic taste. And it's really easy to work with. I'll definitely be making these again.

Melissa D.

I've made pretzels before but always with the boil/bake method. This is a bake-only recipe and I felt the flavor and texture were fantastic. I didn't add any additional flavors, I followed the recipe as written. These were soft and a little chewy, they pulled apart nicely. The texture was also a bit like a buttery bread roll. If shaped differently, this same recipe would make a great pretzel bun. Loved the ease of this recipe, amateur bakers could make these.

Sheara G.

These pretzels (besides making me thirsty) are a great quick bread variation to whip up to watch the big game or if you're just in the mood for some soft pretzels but can't get to the mall cause you're stuck in lockdown.

They come together extremely easy, with ingredients you most likely have on hand, and you get the payout of a harder browned outside and pillowy-soft inside. These are a great way to keep your (or your kid's. or husband's) hands busy. They lend themselves to variation in both size and flavours and are definitely a big hit.

TIP: if the dough is dry when rolling out into ropes, LIGHTLY water hands (like just barely) so that you can get some grip on the dough while rolling. Since the dough isn't covered while you're rolling out, the edges may get dry and it can be frustrating to roll out. Also, don't forget to be patient!

Lisa Ward

This recipe is wonderful. Everyone in the house liked them for different reasons. We ate them plain, they went into lunches as mini sandwiches, some were cut in half and toasted with butter, and were served with dinner in place of rolls.

I made the Parmesan version, and they were amazing. It seems like too much cheese, but is there really such a thing? Just keep sprinkling that cheese because what doesn’t stick to the pretzels creates a lovely frico layer at the bottom of the pretzel. So tasty.

Ellen Fuss

I have a serious problem. I can't be near a bag of pretzels. I can't be left alone with a warm soft pretzel. You can imagine my excitement when I saw that a pretzel recipe needed a test. It was my obligation to help society determine if this was a recipe to keep or toss.

Armed with the recipe and the ingredients I must admit that I was perplexed. With no introduction, I assumed I was looking at a picture of hard pretzels. I assumed that despite my problem with eating them, hard pretzels could be stored in an airtight container and hidden out of sight. Perhaps they could be saved for my Super Bowl party for 2. And so I set out to bake them.

The recipe came together easily, the dough rose beautifully. No need for boiling so I continued to expect hard pretzels as the outcome. I made it in a stand mixer, I didn't need to add extra flour for kneading, it doubled in an hour. The dough was easy to work with.
I made small pretzels. I used flaked salt as that was all I had on hand. And they were browned in 16 minutes. To my surprise, they continued to puff up and it was clear they were not going to be hard pretzels. The only problem was the need to eat 24 soft pretzels before they get stale.

They were yummy, easy to prepare, and stored well in the freezer. There is a part of me that was a little disappointed that they weren't hard pretzels. Ah, the importance of headnotes to let you know what to expect from a recipe.


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Just tried this recipe. Did a couple of tweaks: I gave them a 30second bath in a boiling water & baking soda solution before egg washing and baking. I baked them in my gas oven for 16 minutes then let it rest for five on the hot pan before cooling. I did half the dough regular salt and the other half cheesy with grated manchego & smoky paprika. They look good and taste good. However, the one hour rest time is too long, in my opinion. Shaping these into long ropes was a nightmare-they were so puffy and springy. I gave up on half the batch and just made rolls instead of the traditional pretzel shape. The taste was good but it was more like a bread roll in the light and fluffy texture than a chewy dense pretzel.

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Just looking at it I feel very hungry It is definitely appetizing The way to prepare is also very quick and easy We only use spices available in our daily kitchen.thank you for willing to share a delicious recipe

Just to clarify – add no salt to the chicken?

Sorry I just noticed , the sauce does not take salt – but you season it first with salt and pepper- of course! Sorry about that !

I do something very similar but I marinate the chicken over-night or at least for a few hours. And drying the skin manually or leaving it uncovered in the fridge for awhile also produces a better result prior to marinating. In my mustard/garlic/honey mix I also add lemon juice and olive oil and then whisk to combine. I also add S&P. And, for a special taste experience sumac, which adds a lovely flavour and colour to the mix.

Think I will try this recipe this week my son will love it and so will I ?

Would you recommend overnight or a couple hours of marinating with this recipe?

hi cristalle,
i would just do a couple hours!

Very tasty chicken thighs! Recommend to try it out! It really leaves your chicken nice and juicy! If you want you can see some recipes on my blog as well.

Sound wonderful trying the receipt to day

Just made this–I added a Tb. of Orange marmalade—super good!!

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