While we can’t all be Julia Child, we should all know how to make basic recipes for when we are tired of constantly ordering food and ready to throw our aprons on and get cooking. You don’t have to be a master chef in order to make great dishes. Here is a list of 10 basic essential recipes we think you should know.
Grilled Cheese is one of the easiest and tastiest things to make. Just butter the outsides of each piece of bread and place whatever cheese you’d like in between the two buttered slices and sear it on a pan over the stove! After one or two flips with your spatula, you have a tasty and quick meal that will pair well with tomato soup.
Roasted chicken is truly a staple meal and everyone should know how to make it. You only need three ingredients – chicken, salt and pepper. Let your chicken warm to room temperature, turn on your oven to 450 degrees, salt and pepper it both inside and out, tuss it and then place it on a rack over a roasting pan and put it in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Once the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees, it is ready to take out of the oven!
Set your oven to 450 degrees, toss the veggies in oil and kosher salt, spread the veggies out on a baking sheet so they are not too close together and roast them to your liking. The only tricky part is knowing which veggies will take longer to roast. Harder veggies typically take more time, so cut those into smaller pieces.
They say steak tastes better when you make it yourself, and we have to agree. All you have to do to make the perfect seared steak is pat it dry, season it with salt, pepper and steak seasoning, cook it over very high heat after lining the pan with butter, and then letting it rest after it has been seared to your liking. To make sure it is done, use a thermometer to measure the internal temperature of the steak.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chips Cookies is an essential recipe to know. All you need for this recipe is flour, baking soda, unsalted butter, packed light brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and semisweet chocolate chips. You can find the full recipe at Food Network.
Simple Scrambled Eggs
There is no such thing as a hearty breakfast without eggs. All you need to do is crack however many eggs you want into a bowl, add some milk and then use a fork or whisk to create a mix. Pour the mix into a pan that is lined with melted butter on low heat and use your spatula to move the mixture back and forth until it is solid and scrambled. Add a ½ cup of your favorite cheese to give it some extra flavor.
Mashed potatoes are easy and are one of the easiest things to make. Start by washing and peeling potatoes, cutting them into large chunks and placing them into a large pot with water and salt. Once the water has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes can be pierced easily with a knife, usually around 20 minutes. Let the potatoes rest in the sink after you have drained the water. Combine butter and cream in a pot, cook over low heat and stir until the butter melts and the cream is hot. Turn off the heat, add in the potatoes and use a potato masher to mix everything together until it is fluffy. Season with salt and pepper. See the full recipe here.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Knowing how to make Chicken Noodle Soup on days when you are sick is a true blessing. The soup can be ready in 30 minutes and has all of the comforting qualities you want in classic chicken noodle soup. To save some time, use leftover chicken or ready-made rotisserie chicken from the store.
- Olive oil
- Yellow onion
- Minced garlic cloves
- Low-sodium chicken broth
- Bay leaves
- Fresh thyme
- Dried oregano
- Egg noodles
- Shredded cooked chicken
- Flat-leaf parsley leaves
- Lemon juice
See the full recipe here.
These are just a few of the basic recipes we think you should know to get a kick start on becoming an excellent cook. Still not confident on your baking skills? Contact Meg to help with your next event.