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Best "Impressive But Easy" Recipes by Erin

by Erin, posted to Food & Drink

You know when you have found one of these. A great recipe that you can whip up quickly and easily, yet never fails to please. You get tons of compliments on the item and maybe even feel a little guilty because it was so easy. Might be a salad, soup, main, dessert, anything... What are yours?


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Peach and Raspberry Parfait

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Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 05m| Total Time: 25m

Suggested by LeslieJ

It doesn't get easier than this - just 5 minutes of prep time!

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DESSERT: Peach Crisp Recipe

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Serves 8| Hands-On Time: 20m| Total Time: 1hr 15m

Suggested by LeslieJ

Love that you can make a batch of this and it will taste just as good (maybe better?!) the next morning. You can do peach, apple, or other fruit.

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The Best (Texas) Chocolate Sheet Cake

nancycreative.com

A few posts ago, I told you about a recipe for Cheesy Hash Brown...more

The picture is worth 1000 words. YUM.

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MAIN: Beef with Broccoli

onefamilyonemeal.com

this was DELISH! thanks for another yummy dish! Julee

Suggested by Amanda Haas

This recipe comes together in 15 minutes. It is a fantastic one dish meal! Also, I love that it's gluten free.

Eden Godsoe: This is one of my go-to orders for Chinese take-out. So happy to see a simple recipe for it.

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Grilled Marinated Shrimp

3 lg cloves garlic - minced...more

Suggested by Yi-Ling Chen

This is from an old Williams Sonoma Grilling cookbook. It's so easy and delicious. And if you don't feel like opening a can/jar of tomato sauce for 1/4 cup, you can use ketchup (and then omit the red wine vinegar).

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Roasted Cauliflower

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Suggested by Yi-Ling Chen

Roasting makes the cauliflower sweet. My family loves this so much I have to buy two heads of cauliflower! Roasting works with so many vegetables - you can also do it with brussel sprouts, potatoes, asparagus, etc.

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SALAD: Escarole, Fennel, and Oak-Leaf Salad Recipe at Epicurious.com

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Suggested by Christy Swildens

The salad dressing for this is easy and unique. I always get asked for the recipe. I am a salad expert and this is one of my go to salads when I want to impress company.

Erin: Got this recipe from you and people LOVE it. delish!

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SALAD: Arugula Salad with Oranges and Caramelized Fennel Recipe at Epicurious.com

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Suggested by Christy Swildens

The combination of the sweet caramelized fennel and spicy arugula make this is a real winner.

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APPETIZER: Fig and Goat Cheese Pitas

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"I live on this recipe all summer," says Sonya Bavvai. She prefers...more

Suggested by Jennifer Johnson

This is a perfect sweet and savory blend....the best when figs are in season.

Claudia: Sounds delicious!

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HORS-D'OEUVRE: Mozzarella, Baby Heirloom Tomato and Basil Skewers

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Buy Bamboo skewers from BevMo and assemble the following: Marinated...more

Suggested by Larissa

This one isn't necessarily 'impressive' but boy is it tasty and EASY, looks nice on a platter too -- I get compliments all the time :).

Larissa: This a good one for little kids to make and help out in the kitchen, my little cousin enjoyed assembling them.

Eden Godsoe: Our au pair just did this for us the other day (yes...we are very lucky & very spoiled!) Even my "meat and potatoes" husband loved it.

Claudia: This will always be one of my Italian favorites that I used to make in Rome

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SIDE DISH: Thyme Roasted Potatoes

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Suggested by Eden Godsoe

People will laugh that I am adding to this list but I do cook occasionally though only if it's simple. I love doing roasted potatoes. You can do these with thyme or other things like rosemary, salt & pepper, Dijon mustard, etc.

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SIDE DISH: Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Suggested by Eden Godsoe

These only take 5 minutes of prep time & then into the over for 20. So easy to do and loved by kids as well as adults. Fancy them up by putting them in a separate container.

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MAIN: Engagement Chicken Recipe - Food.com

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A chicken with ultracrisp skin and a subtle lemon flavor. Rumor has it...more

Suggested by Betsy Berman

Easy, delicious, and plenty of leftovers.

Eden Godsoe: I could have used this recipe 12 years ago when I had to twist my now-husband's arm to move us down the engagement process (in a good way!)

Erin: Love the backstory. And i guess everyone should know how ot make a good EASY chicken

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MAIN: Pasta with Roasted Vegetables

Suggested by Alex

This dish is super easy, healthy and delicious!

Larissa: Yay,, my brother's first time using my product...first impressions: "it was super easy." I'M GUSHING!!

Claudia: This pasta looks great! I want some for dinner now! I'm such an Italian at heart

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MAIN: Souperior Meatloaf Recipe - Food.com

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This is usually one of the 2 meat loaves that I make. You can use...more

Suggested by Gena Hocevar

I substitute ground turkey for ground beef. Quick and easy sandwiches for tomorrows lunch...yummy!

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MAIN: Balsamic Chicken

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I will admit--I make this recipe a lot. It's so easy, so tasty, and...more

Suggested by Kristen Podulka

Delicious, healthy and easy to make!

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MAIN: salmon en croute - Google Images

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Buffet Salmon en Croute. Buffet Salmon en Croute. Serves: 16 with 2...more

Suggested by Christina Hall

A slightly 80's option - but flawless everytime....pettridge farm frozen puff pastry, a big piece of salmon, frozen spinach sauteed with some green onions with some goat cheese mixed it - slap it all together, bake and "voila" you're June Cleaver!

Larissa: I've made this before with dill - I'll try with spinach, and goat cheese for an extra kick next time. What sides do you serve it with?

Erin: I wouldn't have thought this would be easy... but I know you wouldn't steer me wrong. can't wait to try it!

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MAIN: Masalewala Murgh- Spicy Grilled Chicken - India

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Suggested by Christy Swildens

Madhur Jaffrey's recipes are easy and delicious. I recommend her Quick and Easy Indian Cookery to impress anyone. Once you have the basic spices, the recipes are simple.

Yi-Ling: This is so delicious and easy. If you have time, marinate the chicken during the day and then just stick it on the grill.

Erin: Sounds delish.

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Grilled Herb Shrimp Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

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Suggested by Christy Swildens

These shrimp are easy and delicious. I literally throw the shrimp and all of the ingredients in a bag, shake it up and put it in the fridge.

Larissa: Tryinng your recipe this week, thanks for adding it!

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MAIN: Indonesian Ginger Chicken Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

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Suggested by Christy Swildens

Ina's recipes are simple and flavorful.

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MAIN: Grilled Maple-Brined Pork Chops Recipe at Epicurious.com

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Suggested by Christy Swildens

A good pork chop is hard to make and this one is divine!!

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MAIN: Garlic Prime Rib

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Quick and easy marinade and so tasty, I was trusted with this recipe...more

Suggested by Larissa

I was REALLY nervous making my first prime rib, but this recipe was super easy, tasty and a crowd-pleaser - how can you go wrong with a 5-stars, over 900 votes!

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MAIN: Chicken Marsala Recipe : Tyler Florence : Food Network

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Food Network invites you to try this Chicken Marsala recipe from Tyler...more

Suggested by Meg Temple

easy easy easy - but double the sauce (butter, chx stock and marsala)

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DESSERT: Palmiers

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Suggested by Laura Reynolds

These little bite sized pastries will make you look like the pastry chef of your block. They are easy to make just a bit time consuming. I made a batch of dough in about 2 hours (you can email me for recipe). Bake time after that is 15 mins.

Jackie: Yummmm I LOVE these pastries!!

Claudia: I agree! You can even use them as party favors, guests love them :)

Erin: Love the party favor idea, that would make it worth the time!

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DESSERT: Molten Chocolate Cakes

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I had a recipe for these little yammies that had 20 ingredients and took forever. Then I found this one. The hardest part is unwrapping the little dove bars. It takes about 10 minutes to get it all done before hand, then you just pop them in the oven after dinner. Let the cool about 4 minutes before flipping them over onto a dessert plate. Garnish with whipped cream (on the side or it will melt), sifted powdered sugar, some raspberries, and a bit of mint. Divine.

Jackie: I hope this is as easy as you say because these cakes are SO delicious!

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APPETIZER: Kale (or Swiss Chard) Chips

Suggested by Yi-Ling Chen

Break up Dino (or Lacinato) Kale into pieces, removing the stem. Toss with a little olive oil, sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt, and bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. My kids LOVE these and since kale is a superfood, I make these often!

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APPETIZER: 10 Appetizers Ready in 5 Steps or Less

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While it's always nice to plan ahead, some nights just call for an...more

Suggested by Jackie

Just came across these yummy appetizers that are also very healthy and easy. Not to mention they look pretty impressive.

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Easy To Prepare Bite-Sized Snacks | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn

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No-Bake Coconut Candies, Coconut Recipes

Suggested by Jackie

There are some delicious looking appetizers in this article. The recipes look simple enough as well, and I am mighty impressed with the ideas. I think I am going to have to try these.

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Mâche and Green Apple Salad with Pancetta and Almonds Recipe at Epicurious.com

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Mache and Granny Smith Apple Salad with Pancetta and Almonds

Suggested by Yi-Ling Chen

This is so easy and so much of it can be done ahead of time. You can also make it without the Pancetta (or put it on the side) for vegetarians.

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Chicken Marbella - Silver Palate Cookbook Recipe - Food.com - 395629

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This is from the Silver Palate Cookbook, and I love their food. I have...more

Suggested by Christy Swildens

This is my go to food when we are going somewhere that I want a delicious dinner to just pop in the oven. It gets rave reviews from all.

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Lemon Chicken with Croutons Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

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Suggested by Christy Swildens

The croutons are divine!!!

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SALAD: Summer Tomato Salad

chinesegrandma.com

Nature blesses perfectly ripe summer tomatoes with their own ideal...more

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

From http://www.chinesegrandma.com - this is as simple as they come yet so tasty and visually pleasing.

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50 Superfast Dishes | Food & Wine

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When guests are knocking and you haven't begun to cook, you can...more

Suggested by Eden Godsoe

Great list of SUPER easy & fast recipes for all occasions from Food & Wine.

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