Gourmet Main Dish Recipes

Whether you need something for date night or want to impress a group of friends, here's where you start.

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Gourmet Pub Burgers

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8
I made burgers similar to these in my college training, and tweaked them a little to satisfy picky eaters at home! Moist and juicy burgers guaranteed every time. Garnish the burger with a slice of pancetta, ancient grainy mustard, red onion slices, iceberg lettuce, and Swiss or blue cheese.

Cajun Seafood Pasta

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896
This recipe is a hot one, but delicious! If you are weak of tongue, then divide the amounts of peppers in half. Better to add more than spoil your creation! Bay scallops are preferred, but the larger sea scallops can be used if they are cut in half. This dish can also be placed in a casserole dish and placed under the broiler until top turns golden brown!

Pork Chops with Raspberry Sauce

Rating: Unrated
750
Succulent herbed boneless pork loin chops paired with a tangy raspberry sauce ... heaven on a plate! This is a special family dish or perfect for company. I accompanied it with mashed potatoes and julienned steamed carrots. My husband can't wait to have it again.

Creme Brulee French Toast

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815
Very rich French toast - can be made ahead of time.

Bourbon Pecan Chicken

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523
Chicken breasts are coated in a pecan breading, and fried in a skillet. Then a rich bourbon sauce is poured over them before serving. This is a fabulous recipe that my Mother gave me from a upscale restaurant in New York. It is to die for. ENJOY!!

Crab-Stuffed Lobster Tail

Rating: Unrated
56
Lobster tail with a New England-style cracker and crabmeat stuffing. Serve with fresh lemon wedges and homemade dinner rolls for an exquisite but surprisingly simple meal.

Chicken Makhani (Indian Butter Chicken)

Rating: Unrated
962
Chicken Makhani is one of my favorite Indian dishes. It is a full flavored dish that complements the chicken well. It can be made as mild or spicy as you wish by adjusting the cayenne. Serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

Gnocchi with Sage-Butter Sauce

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229
A delicious sage, butter, garlic and cheese sauce makes a delicious side dish or complete meal!

Gnocchi I

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460
This simple potato, flour, and egg recipe is one my family has used for generations.

Chicken Cordon Bleu I

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1830
This entree is easy and delicious! It's one of my husband's favorites! Try to use the largest chicken breasts you can find so you'll be able to roll them easier.

Authentic Louisiana Red Beans and Rice

Rating: Unrated
947
Authentic Cajun flavor! I grew up in Louisiana and love red beans and rice; these are just like I remember. Serve with Tabasco sauce for a little kick. My family loved to splash a little cider vinegar in each bowl.

Roasted Rack of Lamb

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923
I have had this recipe for a long time, and always enjoy making it. You can also do the same thing with beef or pork.

Inspiration and Ideas

Gourmet Chicken Recipes

What makes a meal "gourmet?" It could be the cooking technique, a special ingredient—or just that fact that it tastes so good!

Lamb Chops with Balsamic Reduction

"Happiness on a plate! I was worried about the reduction sauce at first, because it seemed thin. But by letting it cook a little longer, the magic happened." – mesohungry

Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks

Rating: Unrated
372

Lamb shanks are slowly simmered with fresh rosemary, garlic, tomatoes, and red wine. Great served with polenta, or my family's favorite--roasted garlic mashed potatoes--as you need something to soak up the wonderful sauce. A fantastic dish for company, as all the prep work is done at the beginning, and then you just have to wait.