My 5 Favorite Meals To Make: Recipes In The Links

Ashley Lynne

One thing I do enjoy about being at home, is that I have dominion of the kitchen. I love to cook. Ever since my father taught me when I was 10. He even taught me the art of smoking venison overnight.

Now that I’m an adult that lives with a partner. I tend to cook with a sense of duty. It’s not as fun as cooking for yourself but I love my boyfriend and I still get to cook very interesting meals.

The other night, I wrapped cheese in flank steak, then wrapped the steak in bacon and baked it for an hour. I will note the recipe called for ribeye, so it wasn’t the best thing in the world but it wasn’t terrible. I don’t usually cook wrapped meat, so it was a challenge.

However, cooking isn’t always a chore to me. I get to make some of my favorite dishes. Growing up near the Tennessee River, I am very fond of seafood dishes. With my Instant Pot and Air Fryer ready to go, I have pushed myself to try new things.

My boyfriend, on the other hand, hails from Chicago, which has food from many different cultures. Some of the things he asks me to make are Italian, Russian, or Mexican recipes that I never heard about.

Pergolies is a new one for me. Basically dumplings made from potatoes and filled with yummy things. I like them but would rather buy them as I don’t have the time nor desire to make potato dough.

I have found some recipes that I love to make all the time. They are so yummy and really put a smile on your face when you’re done.

Here are my top five favorite dishes to make with the recipes in the links.

1. Instant Pot Crab Boil. Like I said, the Instant Pot has been an ally in the kitchen. When I was younger, I used to have my crab legs steamed at the market. I enjoyed them but it wasn’t enough to make it a meal. In 2018 when I got my Instant Pot, the first thing I wanted to do was make a crab boil. Like they do in the South.

So, I fill my Instant Pot with sausage, shrimp, corn, potatoes, and crab legs of course. Then I add some chicken broth to infuse flavor into everything. Sprinkle Old Bay seasoning and close the lid.

I put the pressure on for 10-15 minutes while I get everything ready (butter and lemon), and when it’s done everyone can dig in.

I usually keep this recipe for Friday night or the weekend.

2. Air Fryer Fried Chicken. I love this recipe because it takes the guilt out of eating greasy foods but I’m still able to enjoy this southern classic. And a word to the wise, any fried chicken recipe that involves buttermilk is the best one to go with.

Buttermilk tenderizes the chicken and makes it easier to coat with flour. NEVER put anything with a wet coating into an air fryer. It can make a big mess and the gooey coating can cause the fryer to burn. Always coat the chicken in flour before putting it in an air fryer.

This chicken is full of flavor and tastes just like how grandma used to make. Pair it classic sides like green beans and macaroni and cheese and it’s heaven.

3. Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff. This is a favorite of mine and my boyfriend’s. Sometimes, I make it in a regular pot but doing it with the instant pot ensures the beef is soft and tender.

I took a few creative liberties with this recipe. I add cream cheese along with the sour cream to make it thicker. I like it more as a gravy rather than a soupy consistency. I also leave out the mushrooms since I’m not a fan of them. I cook the egg noodles separately but they can be cooked in the stroganoff too.

4. Jamacian Oxtails. This was a new one for me since oxtail wasn’t a common food in my home. But I do have lots of fun making this dish. You have to start early in the morning to make sure it marinades.

You mix ginger, bell peppers, onion, garlic, allspice and a plethora of ingredients in a bowl with the oxtails. Then you let it marinate in the fridge all day. I usually cook them on the stove for 3 hours. But you can try the Instant Pot for a quicker time.

I add flat peas and some rice and it really hits the spot. This is usually a Sunday meal for me and the house smells so good afterwards.

5. Lemon Butter Chicken. This is a simple but delicious recipe. I would beat the chicken breast until it was flat. Kind of like schnitzel, then dip it in flour and fry it on each side. Then I remove the chicken breast and add some flour, garlic, salt, lemon and plenty of butter.

You can add a little chicken broth to make a sauce. You can even add heavy cream to give it a richer taste. Make some linguine or spaghetti and sprinkle the pasta with some parmesan cheese.

So, those are my favorite dishes to make so far. I may come back with a list of my favorite soups and stews. I hope everyone is staying safe and comment below.

What are your favorite foods to cook?

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