Beginner-Friendly Recipes to Try at Home

Beginner-Friendly Recipes to Try at Home

Cooking is a basic human survival skill that everyone should have. There are different benefits that you can gain from it. You will learn useful healthy eating, financial planning, and cleaning skills. People cook for various reasons, whether they want to save money, live alone for the first time, or just try out new things.

Food has the power to connect people. Food will always be involved when you spend time with your family and friends. Learning how to cook also can connect you with your loved ones because when you cook for others, it will make them feel loved and special.

It is never too late for you to learn how to cook. You can learn different recipes from the internet nowadays. They can be overwhelming sometimes for beginners, so you need to know where to begin and what to cook. The key is to cook only what you like because you will enjoy the cooking process more likely.

Apart from that, it is not recommended for a beginner to try a professional recipe. It can be hard, and you may not want to cook anymore. On the other hand, trying basic recipes will give you the knowledge and skills needed to cook to improve from time to time. Also, do not be afraid to make mistakes because there is always a way to fix them. Next thing you know, you might be a chef!

Below are the basic recipes that we think you should try as a beginner. You can prepare the food for yourself and your loved ones. Enjoy!

1. Classic Cheese Omelet

Nothing can go wrong with cooking an egg. This omelet recipe is very easy to make, and you will surely love it. The exterior of a classic French omelet is smooth and silky, with very little browning, and it cradles a tender and soft-scrambled interior.

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground white or black pepper
  • Chopped chives and sliced tomato (for serving)

Directions

  1. Crack the eggs in a medium-sized bowl and beat them until the yolks and whites are fully incorporated. Season the egg with kosher salt and some pepper.
  2. On the stove, heat the unsalted butter in a nonstick skillet over medium-high until it fully melts and becomes foamy. Pour the eggs into the center of the skillet. For about 10 to 15 seconds, stir it rapidly in a circular motion and shake the skillet with the other hand.
  3. Gather the outer set eggs toward the middle of the skillet as you work your way around it, then tilt the skillet, so runny eggs spread to the outside edges. Wait for about 1 minute before you spread the remaining and cook until it is creamy but not wet.
  4. On the edge of the omelet, add the cheddar cheese and remove the skillet from the heat. Gently slide a spatula under one side of the omelet and fold it to the other side over the cheese.
  5. Serve it on a plate with chopped chives and sliced tomato on top.

2. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

This all-time-favorite classic homemade mashed potato will make you no longer want to try it somewhere else. You will love the rich, creamy taste and great flavor that it offers. It is also a meal that you can prep ahead of time and can be reheated in the microwave. You can use any potato that you like for this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of potatoes; peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Salt
  • Ground white or black pepper

Directions

  1. Fill a pot from any cookware sets with water and add a pinch of salt into it. Put a steamer basket into it and make sure that the water does not seep through the holes. Wait until the water boils and then reduce to let it simmer rapidly.
  2. Add the potatoes to the steamer basket. For about 25 to 30 minutes, steam the potatoes until soft and tender enough. You can check this by piercing the potatoes using a knife or fork tip. Remove the potatoes from the steamer basket.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat the butter until it melts and then pour in the milk. Rice the hot potatoes using a potato ricer into a bowl. Then, mix them with the milk mixture and season with salt and pepper. Combine them with a spatula, and you can serve them immediately.

3. Roasted Garlic Spatchcock Chicken 

It is not a complete list without chicken in it. Spatchcock chicken is a whole chicken cooked while flattened out. You will fall in love with this easy roasted garlic spatchcock chicken because it is incredibly juicy and tender, with crispiness and rich in flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Thyme
  • Butter

Directions

Roasted Garlic Spatchcock Chicken

How to Spatchcock a Chicken

  1. Place the chicken (breast-side down) on a dry and clean cutting board.
  2. Use the kitchen scissor to cut along the backbone in the center and remove the backbone.
  3. Flip the chicken over and cut along the backbone on the opposite side. The backbone can be discarded or kept and used to make homemade stock. Turn the chicken so the skin is facing up and use your palms and press down to flatten the chicken.
  4. Pat dry the chicken using a paper towel to remove any excess liquid.

Preparing the Roasted Garlic Spatchcock Chicken

  1. Preheat the oven at 425ºF.
  2. Prepare the seasoning by mixing the olive oil, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
  3. Place the chicken on a dry and clean tray. Gently separate the chicken skin and the chicken meat (be careful not to tear it!) to slip the butter under the skin. Rub the skin of the chicken with the seasoning prepared earlier and let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Heat a cast-iron skillet over the stove on medium heat. When the skillet is heated, sear the chicken by laying it breast side down in the hot pan for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the skin starts to crisp up.
  5. Place the skillet into the preheated oven for 30 minutes until the chicken skin turns golden brown. Take the skillet out and flip the chicken to put thyme’s sprigs to add flavor.
  6. Put the skillet back into the oven and roast for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let the chicken rest for about 10 minutes.

Here are some extra tips and tricks for you:

  1. Keep the backbone and the remainder of the bones to make homemade stock, which is cheaper and simpler than buying at the store.
  2. The butter is unnecessary, but it helps make the skin extra crispy.
  3. Make sure not to skip patting dry the chicken before seasoning and roasting it as it helps to get the crispy skin.

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