Easy Comfort Food Recipes

Dig into easy-to-make comfort food recipes like Giada's chicken Parmesan and Ina's skillet-roasted lemon chicken.

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Scalloped Potatoes

For the most-comforting side dish ever, layer some sliced potatoes, butter and half-and-half — with a hint of nutmeg for warmth — and bake until bubbling and golden brown.

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Cheese-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Try this easy four-ingredient side: baked russet potatoes fully loaded with butter, sour cream and extra-sharp cheddar cheese.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Baked Mac and Cheese

This incredible and substantial side dish has traditional buffalo-wing flavor, but without any meat. Serve with extra hot sauce on the side for your friends and family who love heat.

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Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken

Ina's juicy skillet-roasted chicken tastes even better thanks to the rich and earthy pan juices, a byproduct of dry white wine, onions, garlic, lemons and herbs that penetrate the chicken as it cooks. After roasting, the lemons turn from bitter to sweet — almost candied — so that you can bite right into them.

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Trisha's Pimento Cheese Spread

This simple, three-ingredient spread is perfect as an appetizer or a light lunch. Spread on slices of white sandwich bread while the mixture is room temperature. Trim the bread crusts and cut the sandwiches into triangles.

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Melissa's Brunch Cornbread

Best served with Melissa d'Arabian's special Maple Lime Butter, this cornbread recipe stays moist thanks to the applesauce in the batter.

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Lemon Chicken Breasts

This quick-fix baked chicken will become an instant family favorite with its crispy golden-brown skin and white wine lemon sauce.

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Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Classic and easy to make, this version of Alfredo doesn't require flour to thicken the sauce. Instead, it relies on a slight simmer and a heavy dose of cheese.

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Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

This take on a classic Italian-American recipe is super-easy to make. Slightly reducing the cream and adding a hefty dose of cheese means you don't have to use flour to thicken the sauce.

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Penne alla Vodka

Ree Drummond's easy pasta topped with a creamy tomato sauce is ready in just 25 minutes.

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Spicy Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti

Stuffed with sweet Italian sausage and prosciutto, Ina's jumbo meatballs deliver so much flavor that you'd never guess they were built with a base of lean ground turkey.

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The Ultimate Sloppy Joes

For his take on this family favorite, Tyler makes his own savory sauce from pantry staples like ketchup, mustard and red wine vinegar, and he tops the sloppy joes with homemade pickles for a cooling bite.

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Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce

Giada reinvents this classic childhood casserole for adult palates with a hearty, artichoke-studded ricotta filling and spicy red sauce.

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Company Pot Roast

Easy enough for everyday and delicious enough for company, Ina's recipe for the old-fashioned classic comes together with chunky vegetables, a can of whole plum tomatoes and lots of red wine.

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Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce

Top fettuccine with juicy chicken breasts and hearty cremini mushrooms cooked in Giada's mascarpone-mustard sauce. Giada's advice: Use dry Marsala wine to add a little sweetness that's not overpowering.

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Bolognese Bianco

It may sound odd to make a Bolognese sauce without tomatoes, but this white version is deep with flavor from aromatics, herbs and white wine. Cream adds body and richness.

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Two-Ingredient Pizza Dough

This beyond-simple dough requires no yeast and no rising time. Just measure, mix, knead and roll out.

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Tyler's Beef Stroganoff with Buttered Noodles

Tyler's meaty, buttery beef Stroganoff requires minimal prep work, and best of all, it practically cooks itself. The short ribs are roasted on low heat until the meat is fall-apart, melt-in-your-mouth tender.

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Oven-Fried Potatoes

Skip the fryer and try these oven-fried potatoes instead. All you need is a little olive oil, salt and a piping-hot 450-degree oven.

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Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Put leftover white wine to good use in the white clam sauce for this comforting pasta dish. You can also use clam juice in its place for an extra-briny taste.

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Jalapeno Popper-Stuffed Chicken

A jalapeno popper (with a smear of cream cheese) turns a chicken cutlet into a crunchy, creamy and spicy roll-up. Serve with a side of ranch dressing to complete the dish.

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Rotini with Chicken Marsala Ragout

Shredded chicken thighs are the secret to making Trisha’s chicken marsala for a crowd.

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Roast Chicken with Radishes

Before roasting, Ina stuffs the cavity of chicken with aromatics like thyme and lemons to infuse flavor while it cooks. Pro tip: roasting radishes mellows out their normally peppery bite.

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Crusty Baked Shells & Cauliflower

Ina elevates mac and cheese with this pasta and cauliflower bake that’s quick enough for a weeknight meal.

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Cider-Roasted Pork Tenderloins

A maple syrup and hard cider marinade makes for moist and tender pork tenderloins, an easy main dish that only takes about 30 minutes to go from the marinade to the table. 

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Giada's Chicken Parmesan

Giada's version of this Italian-American classic couldn't be easier. She tops her cutlets with a simple, homemade tomato sauce, but your favorite jarred marinara will work just as well.

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Oven-Fried Chicken

This juicy, panko-crusted chicken is a great alternative to the traditional deep-fried versions. For spicy, Tennessee-style flavor, use paprika and cayenne in the breading and hot sauce in the wet dredging mixture.

Get the Recipe: Pat and Gina's Oven Fried Chicken

Tuna Melt

This tuna melt is melt-in-your-mouth good and ready in minutes. Using a bread of your choice, spread the slices on a baking sheet and broil for a toasty, crunchy finish.

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Fried Rice

Comfort food doesn't always have to be about cheesy, creamy sauces. This fried rice recipe from Food Network Kitchen combines tender cubes of meat with egg and veggies that are cooked in peanut oil for a result that is satisfying and savory.

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Buffalo-Style Chicken Wings

Buffalo chicken wings just aren't complete without a cool, creamy dipping sauce to offset the heat. This recipe offers a tangy blue cheese dressing that will complement your wings perfectly.

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Meatloaf Muffins with Barbecue Sauce

Rachael revamps a comfort food classic with a fun presentation. The individual muffin-size portions cook faster in the oven than the traditional loaf — plus, they're the perfect size for kids.

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Chicken Enchiladas

These super-convenient enchiladas are all about layering: Start by pouring your favorite jarred salsa in the bottom of your baking dish. Line up your rolled tortillas before piling on more salsa and cheese.

Get the Recipe: Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas

Ree Drummond's Meatloaf

Ree avoids the dried-out meatloaf that everyone dreads by combining her ground beef with bread soaked in milk. Topping the loaf with layers of thin-cut bacon also ensures flavorful, decadent results.

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Giada's Fettuccine Alfredo

Giada suggests using homemade fettuccine — it's fresher and cooks faster than dried pasta. Finish cooking the pasta in the cream sauce — that way, the noodles will absorb the sauce's buttery flavor.

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Chicken Pot Pie Sandwich

Jeff makes a quick and simple roux to thicken the sauce for his creamy pot pie filling. Then he combines toasted pine nuts with frozen and thawed peas in the food processor for an easy pesto topping that's bright and flavorful.

Pasta with Pecorino and Pepper

Ina Garten uses melted pecorino and heavy cream in this pasta dish for a rich meal that is stick-to-your-ribs good.

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Ree's Roast Chicken

Ree prepares an easy butter spread using rosemary and lemon zest. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves — Ree says the most effective way to coat the chicken is to use your hands.

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Chicken Tetrazzini

A white bechamel sauce base makes Giada's dish ultracreamy. Combined with garlicky mushrooms, sauteed chicken and pasta then topped with breadcrumbs, this baked dish is a crowd-pleaser.

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Simple, Perfect Enchiladas

In a pinch, you can use canned Mexican red sauce from the grocery store and make Ree's enchiladas in minutes.

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Detroit-Style Pizza

The tangy blend of cheese that crisps around the edges of the pan, the spongy dough and the sauce that is spooned on after you bake it are unmistakable signs that you've bitten into a slice of Detroit's squared-off take on the ever-popular pizza.

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Easy Calzones

Ree uses breakfast sausage in her calzone filling, but you can tailor the recipe to your liking by using your favorite add-ins. After all, "the great thing about a calzone is that you can customize what you put inside," Ree says.

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Angel Hair Pasta with Pesto

With an ingredient list of only seven items — a few of which you might already have in your pantry — you'll have a comforting pasta dinner on the table in no time.

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Eggplant Parmesan Hero

Food Network Kitchen's quick marinara sauce lends this hero a wonderfully rustic, chunky texture. Best of all, the sauce will require very little shopping, as you're likely to have most of the ingredients stocked away in your pantry.

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Pasta Ponza

If you're short on time and in need of a cheesy, salty fix, try Giada's Pasta Ponza.

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BBQ Turkey Meatloaf

Patrick and Gina Neely created this meatloaf by baking the ground turkey mixed with different flavor-filled seasonings, then topping it all off with their famous BBQ seasoning.

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Herbed Garlic Bread

This quick and easy garlic bread has a perfect blend of buttery flavor and crunchy texture. Serve it alongside your favorite cold-weather soups or stews.

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Giada's Chicken Carbonara

The best part about this ultra-creamy comfort food is that you can whip it up in no time at home. But because the sauce requires a lot of egg yolk, Giada suggests eating it right after making it. Otherwise, "it's like making your scrambled eggs the morning before you're going to eat them," she says.

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Ree's Patty Melts

These hearty grilled sandwiches are loaded with caramelized onions, ground beef and Swiss cheese, which oozes out like creamy lava.

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Penne with Mozzarella, Tomatoes & Herbs

This dish requires very little cooking. Simply toss the cooked pasta with the tomatoes, kalamata olives and other fresh ingredients. Food Network Kitchen recommends using bocconcini — or "baby mozzarella" — to ensure a bit of creamy cheese in every forkful.

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Pan-Fried Pork Chops

If you're cooking for a crowd, Ree recommends using a large enough skillet so you can cook your pork chops three at a time. Serve the chops with mashed potatoes for a simple yet satisfying meal.

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Super Sloppy Joes

Sloppy joes may be a classic kids' favorite, but Rachael's recipe is so comforting and savory, adults will be happy to dig in as well.

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Beef Stroganoff

When cold weather sets in, treat yourself to a generous helping of this buttery beef Stroganoff. The tender slices of beef and mushroom with noodles are sure to warm you up.

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Eggplant Parmesan Meatloaf

Topped with zesty marinara sauce and slices of pan-fried eggplant, this comfort food mashup hits the spot. Giada says the key is to "mix all the seasoning before you add the ground beef for a nice, light meatloaf."

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Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

These pork chops are quick and easy to make once you assemble the Parmesan breadcrumb coating. The key to achieving the perfect crunch is to dip the pork chops first in the breadcrumbs, then in the whisked eggs, then back into the breadcrumbs before pan-frying.

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Spaghetti Carbonara

From the chunks of thick-cut bacon to the melted pecorino and Parmesan cheeses, this carbonara recipe leaves little to be desired.

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Ree's Chicken-Fried Steak with Gravy

To achieve just the right flavor, Ree dredges her steak in a flour mixture that's been enhanced with paprika and cayenne. Topped with cream gravy, this is a cowboy classic on a whole new level.

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Shrimp and Grits

This Southern classic combines three of the most-satisfying comfort food ingredients around: bacon, cheddar and grits.

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Chicken-Fried Steak with Cream

Chicken-fried steak just isn't complete without a generous spoonful of thick, creamy gravy. Luckily, this version from Food Network Magazine comes with a gravy recipe that's rich, satisfying and incredibly easy to make.

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Patty Melts

Serve these sandwiches fresh off the griddle. That way, guests can bite into layers of warm, melted Swiss.

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Claire Robinson's Beef Stroganoff

When it comes to comfort food, the richer, the better. If you want to avoid heavy cream, though, try this beef stroganoff. You'll still feel like you're indulging thanks to the creamy texture of sour cream.

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Chicken Parmesan

This version of chicken Parmesan from Food Network Magazine is ready in a snap. Top your golden, breaded cutlets with a thick slice of mozzarella and let the broiler work its magic.

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Ina's 1770 House Meatloaf

Ina's meatloaf combines a variety of ingredients that are savory, sweet, pungent and aromatic. The key to success is to mix thoroughly: You want all of the flavors distributed throughout.

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Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Guy Fieri stuffs his peppers with ground turkey, red quinoa and kale before topping them with a panko-Parmesan mixture and a drizzle of Roasted Tomatillo Avocado Sauce. These just may be the most-satisfying stuffed peppers around.

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"Everything" Pigs in Blankets

Everything bagels meet pigs in blankets in this creative recipe from Food Network Kitchen. Perfect as a quirky appetizer or for a quick breakfast, these baby sausages are enveloped in buttery, oniony pastry heaven.

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Classic Banana Bread

Got one or two overripe bananas? Throw them into a resealable plastic bag and freeze them. (They'll keep for a month.) When you have enough, use them to make this easy banana bread. Just bring them to room temperature, then peel and mash.

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Classic French Toast

How to make great French toast: Use stale bread, making sure to slice it at least 3/4 inch thick (which helps to maximize soaking for a custardy interior), and watch your soaking time (a shorter time leads to a slightly drier toast, whereas a longer time yields a more custardy one).

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Aged Cheddar Fondue with Grilled Tomatoes, Bacon and Onions

Host a fondue party: Amy Theilen jazzes up her cheese pot with aged cheddar and Gruyère with a melange of gourmet skewers for dipping: grilled tomatoes, onions, bacon and ciabatta.

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Fried Onion Dip

Amy fries fresh onions in clarified butter to make this caramelized onion dip. Clarifying the butter, or removing some of the water and milk solids from the butterfat, ensures that the onions don't burn.

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Peppered Pork and Parmesan Flatbread Sandwiches

Amy oven-roasts a gorgeous pepper-crusted pork loin for sandwiches, skipping right to the leftovers. Homemade flatbread, fresh Parmesan and a garlic-lemon aioli meld beautifully with the roast meat.

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Oven-Baked Short Ribs with Porter Beer Mop

Amy's beef short ribs couldn't be easier: Just roast them in the oven and finish with a dark, treacly porter beer glaze. Where the glaze adds deep, almost chocolatey flavor, cilantro and lime provide balance with their high notes.

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Roast Chicken with Green Herb Stuffing

Amy uses coarse country bread, sausage and fresh sage to make stuffing for an impressive roast chicken dinner for family and friends.

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Ina's French Toast Bread Pudding

Take Sunday brunch to the next level with this fabulous bread pudding recipe, loaded with the familiar tastes of French toast. Thick challah bread provides heft, while honey, orange zest and maple syrup add subtleties of flavor.

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Meatloaf Lasagna

Two comfort food favorites, meatloaf and lasagna, come together in this fun, crowd-pleasing new dish. To save time, use a cup of your favorite prepared red sauce.

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Spicy Spaghetti with Mega Meatballs

This spaghetti recipe is anything but ordinary: Huge hunks of beef and pork meatballs topple over a hefty tangle of noodles and spicy tomato sauce. The spiky spice comes twofold from cayenne pepper and hot sauce.

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Ree's Penne alla Betsy

The Drummond family's favorite penne dish is a time-tested 20-minute meal. Loaded with chunks of shrimp, this pasta sits in a blushed, creamy tomato sauce with fresh parsley and basil.

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Meatloaf with Spicy Ketchup

Feed a crowd with this hearty meatloaf recipe. Sriracha and apple cider vinegar add kick to Sunny Anderson's special, spicy ketchup sauce.

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Sunny-Side Up Burger

How to stack this tasty open-faced sandwich: Nestle a single fried egg (sunny-side up) over a juicy, smoky beef patty, a quick garlic-lemon mayo and finally, a thick slice of buttery Texas toast.

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Roasted New Potatoes with Garlic

The key to perfect, crispy roasted potatoes lies in the cooking fat. For this recipe, Food Network Kitchen uses butter and, for flavor, garlic and parsley.

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Boiled Potatoes with Butter

These potatoes are simple but effective. Boiled in a flavorful water bath of garlic, bay and black peppercorns, these golden nuggets are finished with a knob of butter and a generous sprinkle of salt.

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Mashed Potatoes with Olive Oil and Herbs

Though lighter and healthier, these mashed potatoes are not without flavor and comfort-food appeal. Olive oil replaces butter, and a melange of fresh herbs provides springy freshness.

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Roasted Yukon Potatoes with Rosemary

These Yukon potatoes are amber gold and packed with garlicky resonance. Finish with fresh rosemary for warmth and aromatic woodsiness.

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Mashed Potatoes with Buttermilk and Dill

Transform your mashed potatoes with buttermilk and dill. Where buttermilk adds tangy richness, dill provides an almost sour freshness — the perfect balance of high and low.

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Baby Potatoes with Creamy Goat Cheese and Fine Herbs

Serve this elegant, low-effort appetizer at your next dinner party: Just fill some cooked baby potatoes with a savory mixture of goat cheese, sour cream, and fresh herbs like parsley, tarragon and chives.

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Baked Potatoes

Load her up: These baked potatoes are packed with sour cream, crispy bacon and a fresh sprinkling of chives.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are fine and delicious, but mashed sweet potatoes are even better. Add orange juice and maple syrup for flavor, and add butter for a touch of creaminess.

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Bacon-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Take mashed potatoes to the next level: Add bacon for smoke and crunch, cheddar cheese for sharpness and scallions for an onion-flavored finish.

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