Chef John's Best Recipes for Pork Shoulder

Pork shoulder isn't in any particular hurry. It loves a low and slow, moist cooking. Braise it, roast it, pop it in the slow cooker: as long as you give it enough time, pork shoulder always comes out super tender and ever so succulent.

Fall Squash Soup

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A delicious, warming squash soup with other fall vegetables and spices is perfect for a cold day. Light enough to serve as an appetizer, but delicious enough to make a main dish. Serve hot with a hearty slice of toast.

Double Cheddar Rotisserie Chicken Lasagna

I decided to combine my love of broccoli cheese soup with rotisserie chicken for a unique lasagna.

Beef Stifado

Rating: Unrated
25
This gorgeous casserole with beef and onions is best made the day before. Store the leftovers in the fridge, covered; it also freezes well.

Easy Turkey Taco Soup

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Easy soup to make using ingredients that I always have on hand. My husband loves this stuff. He likes to put a big spoonful of leftover mashed potatoes in the bowl and cover it with the soup. I like it served with corn chips and grated cheese. For a spicier soup, add a few diced jalapenos.

Dianne's Pumpkin Cookie Cups

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10
These sugar cookie cups filled with a sweet and creamy pumpkin filling will be the cutest addition to your Halloween or Thanksgiving dessert table! Sprinkle with additional cinnamon or chopped nuts for decoration if desired.

Easy Crab Tortellini

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3
Here's a super easy, super simple method for making stuffed pasta using wonton wrappers. If you'd rather call these crab wontons or crab dumplings (or even cheater tortellini!), go ahead. No matter what you call them, this is definitely something you want in your bag of culinary tricks. They're loaded with crab and the tortellini shape does a great job of catching and holding on to all the delicious sauce.

Green Chile Beef Tacos

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This recipe can be done in the slow cooker or the oven (at 325 degrees F). It is pulled beef taco meat. The leftovers makes superb enchiladas. Spicy and full-bodied flavor without overdone heat.

Halloween Candy Blondies

Transform your leftover Halloween candy into gooey blondie bars. These bars pair perfectly with ice cream or a hot or cold beverage of your choice.

Greek Pumpkin Pie

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2
In Greece we make two types of pumpkin pie: sweet and savory. This is a sweet pumpkin pie. If you happen to have a can of pumpkin puree lingering in your pantry perhaps you can give it a try!

Paleo Pecan-Maple Salmon

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This recipe is not only easy but healthy and tasty! Paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free!
Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

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Slow cooked, Texas-style pulled pork that is served on a buttered and toasted roll. My family's favorite.
Alfredo Pasta Sauce

Alfredo Sauce

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Rich and creamy! I have found that Parmesan cheese doesn't melt well, and often substitute Gruyere cheese.
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Coleslaw Dressing

Easy Coleslaw Dressing

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A creamy coleslaw dressing that can be made with ingredients you already have! You can pour it immediately over a 14-ounce package of coleslaw mix or refrigerate until needed.
Mashed Potatoes

Basic Mashed Potatoes

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If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe. Simple and delicious.
Beef Chili

Best Damn Chili

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After years of adjustments I have found a recipe for all to enjoy. Previous ones were either too hot or too mild, this one even was to the liking of my finance who hates chili.
Italian Recipes

Chicken Penne Italiano

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139
An Italian version of stir-fry, this tasty dish mixes cubed, boneless chicken and penne pasta with red and green peppers, garlic, tomatoes, oregano, and basil for an easy weeknight supper.
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Perfect Pumpkin Pie

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Buttercream Frosting

Quick and Almost-Professional Buttercream Icing

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After failing to find the perfect recipe for buttercream icing, I found one that worked for me and then added my own two cents.
Chicken Breasts

Chicken Pot Pie IX

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A delicious chicken pie made from scratch with carrots, peas and celery.
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Waffles

Waffles I

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You can keep the batter covered in the fridge for up to a week. Just be sure to whisk well before using again. You may also use whole wheat flour for this recipe.
Squash Recipes

Homemade Fresh Pumpkin Pie

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This recipe is made from fresh pumpkin, not canned. Hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. Happy Thanksgiving.
Sweet Crepes

Basic Crepes

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Here is a simple but delicious crepe batter which can be made in minutes. It's made from ingredients that everyone has on hand.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Mac and Cheese

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This is a nice rich mac and cheese. Serve with a salad for a great meatless dinner. Hope you enjoy it.
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Italian Recipes

Chicken Parmesan

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My version of chicken parmesan is a little different than what they do in the restaurants, with less sauce and a crispier crust.
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Breakfast Bread

Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

Rating: Unrated
7536
This is a great old Maine recipe, moist and spicy. The bread actually tastes even better the day after it is baked. Great for holiday gift giving!
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Recipes

Mini Meatloaf Ghosts

Rating: Unrated
3
For a delicious crowd pleaser that will have your family cheering, who ya gonna call? Ghost meatloaf! Turn your favorite meatloaf recipe into these absolutely adorable, yet still incredibly terrifying, edible apparitions. They're easy and fun to make and the leftovers make great "ghost on toast" sandwiches.
Sauces

Comeback Sauce

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1
Creamy, savory, tangy, and sweet Southern-style sauce and dip that originated in a Greek restaurant in Mississippi. It's delicious on french fries, chicken tenders, onion rings, shrimp, crab, fish tacos, etc., or also as a salad dressing. Similar to a Louisiana remoulade, it's good on just about anything fried and is popular throughout the South. Keep stored in the refrigerator for about 1 week.
Jimmy Dean

Easy Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

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585
Hot jumbo buttermilk biscuits with creamy sausage gravy are ready in just 15 minutes for a hearty, family-favorite breakfast.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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3650
This tangy, creamy dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings. It's best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Everyone loves the results!
Cornbread

Golden Sweet Cornbread

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2857
If you like sweet cornbread, this is the recipe for you! My mom made this for me as a child, and now it's my family's favorite.
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Pizza Dough and Crusts

Quick and Easy Pizza Crust

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This is a great recipe when you don't want to wait for the dough to rise. You just mix it and allow it to rest for 5 minutes and then it's ready to go!! It yields a soft, chewy crust. For a real treat, I recommend you use bread flour and bake it on a pizza stone, but all-purpose flour works well too. Enjoy!
Broccoli Soup

Copycat Panera® Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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My husband loves Panera® broccoli cheddar soup but it went up in price and therefore we set out on a hunt to create the perfect broccoli cheddar soup. Here is what we came up with. There are tons of variations and options to make this soup your own. You can add extra veggies, different cheeses, garlic to your onions, a little nutmeg to the finished soup, green onions, sour cream, etc. The list goes on and on. Make it your own! Serve topped with cheese!
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Chicken Chili

Picante Chicken Chili

Rating: Unrated
5
A delicious low-fat chili with a kick! We make it every year for our Halloween block party. You can adjust any of the flavors to your liking and it always turns out fantastic. Top with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro. Great when made ahead to let the flavors meld. Freezes well too!
Nestle® Toll House®

Original Nestle® Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

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291
This famous classic American cookie is a treat no matter what the age or occasion. Enjoy it with a glass of cold milk.
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Pumpkin Seeds

Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

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These pumpkin seeds make a great tasting and healthy snack.
Alfredo Pasta Sauce

Quick and Easy Alfredo Sauce

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I experimented with this until I found a quick, cheap, and easy Alfredo sauce combination -- the secret is cream cheese!
Applesauce

Sarah's Applesauce

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This applesauce is delicious! I make it for my younger brother all the time and he loves it - and he hates canned applesauce!
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Potato Casseroles

Grandma's Meat and Tater Hotdish

Rating: Unrated
4
Very good hotdish recipe from my late grandmother that can also be eaten as a meal with a salad.
Waffles

Classic Waffles

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2657
A lovely, crispy waffle perfect for the morning.
Apple Desserts

Apple Crisp with Oat Topping

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This is the best dessert for the early fall when the sweet and firm apples are just in season. Use the best quality cinnamon you can get and get it from a spice merchant or even a store where you can get it bulk; it does make a difference. Within ten minutes of going in the oven the scent will fill the house and neighbors you loaned things to years ago will return them just to invite themselves in and wonder aloud if there is any left (Note: there isn't). Optional accompaniments would be caramel sauce, ice cream, and whipped cream.
French Toast

Overnight Apple Cinnamon French Toast

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This is a great brunch recipe, it's perfect for large gatherings. A yummy bread casserole baked with sweet apple filling.
Potato Soup

Absolutely Ultimate Potato Soup

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I have made this for many whom have given it the title. This takes a bit of effort but is well worth it. Please note: for those who do not wish to use bacon, substitute 1/4 cup melted butter for the bacon grease and continue with the recipe. (I generally serve this soup as a special treat as it is not recommended for people counting calories.)
Breakfast Quiche

Spinach and Mushroom Quiche with Shiitake Mushrooms

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31
After trying multiple spinach recipes throughout the years, this one is my conglomeration with personal taste additions. Savory and delicious using primarily fresh ingredients. A new family favorite. Shiitake mushrooms can be substituted for other varieties. Broccoli can be omitted per personal taste.
Breakfast Bread

Joy's Easy Banana Bread

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This easy banana bread recipe is quick to prepare, and everyone always comes back for seconds!
Chicken Breasts

Artichoke Chicken Casserole

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122
My husband and 4-year-old son love this recipe. We have it for dinner at least twice a month. This dish is great over orzo pasta with steamed broccoli or asparagus on the side.

Chocolate Cake

Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

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1235
This is my own version of the chocolate microwave mug cake. This chocolaty fudgy treat is truly decadent and great for nights when I need a yummy dessert that is ready in less than 10 minutes! Chocolate chips make this recipe even better.
Noodle Soup

Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Rating: Unrated
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When you don't have time to make your soup totally from scratch, this is a very easy, very good substitute.
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Tomato Salad

Marinated Cucumber, Onion, and Tomato Salad

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395
This is an easy salad that is perfect for a warm summer day.
Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Simple Macaroni and Cheese

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591
A very quick and easy fix to a tasty side-dish. Fancy, designer mac and cheese often costs forty or fifty dollars to prepare when you have so many exotic and expensive cheeses, but they aren't always the best tasting. This recipe is cheap and tasty.
Oatmeal Cookies

Soft Oatmeal Cookies

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These oatmeal cookies are very moist with a good flavor. Add a cup of raisins or nuts if you desire.
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Breakfast Bread

Mom's Zucchini Bread

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Really, really good and moist- my kids eat it as quickly as I can make it. Bread will freeze well, and keep in refrigerator for weeks.
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Casseroles

Tatertot Casserole

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259
Quick and easy casserole everyone will love.
Fried Green Tomatoes

Best Fried Green Tomatoes

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751
You can also fry up red tomatoes with this recipe but make sure they are not over ripe or they will be mushy. Serve these tomatoes outside with a glass of iced tea one summer night and enjoy the sunset with someone you love.
French Toast

French Toast I

Rating: Unrated
1322
There are many, fancy variations on this basic recipe. This recipe works with many types of bread - white, whole wheat, cinnamon-raisin, Italian or French. Serve hot with butter or margarine and maple syrup.
Marinades

Best Steak Marinade in Existence

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3110
This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it's made me famous in our close circle, but until now I've never shared it with anyone.
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French Onion Soup

Rich and Simple French Onion Soup

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We have been trying French onion soup in restaurants for years and my family and friends agree none can compare to my recipe for taste and simplicity of preparation.
Cream Cheese Frosting

Basic Cream Cheese Frosting

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1231
This recipe delivers a basic cream cheese frosting using just butter, cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla.
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