Michael’s Tastiest From-Scratch Recipes

Skip the store-bought stuff and make these from-scratch dishes featured on Symon's Dinners Cooking Out!

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Homemade Bagels

Making bagels at home is a labor of love, but the result is SO worth it. You can also freeze the bagels the day they are made and store for up to one month.

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Homemade Cream Cheese

You only need three ingredients to make smooth, delicious cream cheese at home! Customize it with your favorite mix-ins.

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Mason Jar Ice Cream

Making ice cream at home is easier than you think. Michael adds his ingredients to a mason jar, shakes it for 3-5 minutes and puts it in the freezer. You'll never want store-bought ice cream again!

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Buttermilk and Herb Dipping Sauce

This herby sauce comes together in ten minutes and is perfect for dipping veggies!

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Homemade Pita Bread

Using bread flour gives you some extra chew, but all-purpose flour will work in a pinch.

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Add this creamy, tangy, and garlicky sauce on top of Michael's Chicken and Pork Souvlaki for the ultimate burst of Greek flavors.

Get the Recipe: Tzatziki

Grilled White Pizza

No grill? No problem! Slide this pizza onto an upside-down sheet tray in the oven and cook for 15 minutes.

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Cast-Iron Chicken and Dumplings

Pillowy homemade dumplings cook in a homemade chicken and vegetable broth to create this comfort food dish.

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with Soft Polenta

This dish is comfort food on a plate. Michael makes EVERYTHING in this dish from scratch, including the tomato sauce!

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Three-Cheese Calzones

Add your favorite fillings to these extra cheesy calzones for the ultimate homemade treat!

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Ricotta Cavatelli

Ricotta cheese takes this fresh pasta recipe to a whole new level.

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Turkey Gravy

Skip the store-bought gravy packet and make an even better version using the turkey drippings.

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Hazelnut Frappe

You won't need fancy coffee shop equipment to make this beverage at home. All you need is a mason jar!

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Baba Ganoush

This Greek dish blends eggplant, garlic, lemon, and tahini together to create a creamy appetizer. Serve with pita or your favorite veggies!

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Smoky Mac and Cheese

The boxed stuff doesn't compate to Michael's mac and cheese. It features three types of cheese, smoky paprika, and cubed ham.

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Lemon Upside-Down Cake

Skip the store bought cake and make this one instead! Michael uses olive oil in the batter to make it extra moist.

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Tomatillo Salsa

Making delicious salsa at home only takes 20 minutes and is the perfect addition to your backyard barbecue party. Serve with chips or on top of Michael's BBQ Shrimp.

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Cherry Polenta Cake

Fresh cherries and almond extract make this cake irresistible.

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Rye Spaetzle

These pillowy dumplings are made with toasted caraway seeds, Dijon mustard, and sour cream and finished with a pinch of nutmeg.

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Yorkshire Pudding

Instead of buying dinner rolls at the supermarket, make Michael's version of this classic English dish at home!

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Pine Nut Tart

A honey and pine nuts mixture bakes atop Michael's flaky tart crust for the ultimate homemade dessert.

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Beef Bolognese

Mix this traditional sauce with pasta or serve on top of creamy polenta.

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Greek Donuts with Honey

Treat yourself to these homemade donuts that are covered with a honey, orange, and cinnamon syrup.

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Strawberry Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

A salty pretzel crust balances the sweet flavors of the strawberry preserves atop this decadent dessert.

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Mom's Baklava

Crispy phyllo dough is layered with a sweet pistachio and walnut mixture and then coated with a honey-citrus simple syrup.

Get the Recipe: Mom's Baklava