11 Recipes From the November 2020 Issue of Real Simple

Recipes from this month’s issue.

Mash Notes

Garlicky Herb-Butter Layered Potatoes served in a cast iron dish and displayed on a table with other holiday dishes.
Victor Protasio

Garlicky Herb-Butter Layered Potatoes

An all-star lineup of ingredients in this simple potato side dish makes it clear that this dish is a winner. A mandoline is the key to the chip-thin slices of potatoes, which you'll build up into a dense potato cake that is irresistibly tender and creamy in the center and crispy on the outside.

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Cheesy potato and pancetta bake on tabletop with serving spoon.
Victor Protasio

Cheesy Potato and Pancetta Bake

If this recipe understands one thing, it's that there's no sense pulling any punches with a potato bake. Here, you'll blanket waxy potatoes—like red new potatoes or gold fingerlings—with layers of melted fontina cheese and a cream-infused, pancetta-onion mixture that redefines decadence.

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Maple Sweet Potatoes With Spicy Pecan Praline Recipe
Victor Protasio

Maple Sweet Potatoes With Spicy Pecan Praline

There are two kinds of people: people who want their sweet potatoes, well, sweet, and those who want them savory. Miraculously, this recipe manages to satisfy both camps. A pepper-infused, buttery maple glaze coats fat wedges of sweet potato and petals of caramelized shallot.

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Creamy Mascarpone-Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Victor Protasio

Creamy Mascarpone-Mashed Potatoes

Hello, it's mashed potatoes calling, wondering where mascarpone has been their entire lives. After trying this luscious whipped rendition of the standard side dish, you might be wondering the same thing, too.

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Vanilla Sweet Potato Cheesecake Recipe
Victor Protasio

Vanilla Sweet Potato Cheesecake

Meet your new favorite dessert recipe: An easy cheesecake that looks gorgeously fancy. It's deliciously decadent, too, thanks to the clever combination of just-enough sweet potato, ample cream cheese, and a brown butter-based graham cracker crust.

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The Staple: Walnuts

Walnut Gremolata Recipe
Jennifer Causey

Walnut Gremolata

Gremolata is one of those toppings that enhances nearly anything it touches. The standard combination is parsley, lemon, and garlic, but in this walnut-based rendition, a dash of mint brings a bold freshness to play off the earthy nut.

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Walnut Energy Bars Recipe
Jennifer Causey

Walnut Energy Bars

Make energy bars over the weekend, and you'll thank yourself all week for throwing together this easy, tasty snack. A rich mixture of dates and tahini surrounds the crunchy bits—a combination of walnuts, coconut, and crystalized ginger—and the result is a delicious bar that can double as dessert.

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Walnut Pasta Sauce Recipe
Jennifer Causey

Creamy Walnut Pasta

This dish brings restaurant-worthy elegance to your stovetop, thanks to a luscious walnut sauce and smart cooking strategy. Soaking bread in milk until soft adds surprising body to the sauce, which includes toasted walnuts, salty Parmesan, and just enough tart lemon juice to balance out the richness.

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Easy Dinners

Fajita Burgers Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Fajita Burgers

Two classic dishes come together in this epic dinner. Chili powder and cumin—aka, classic Tex-Mex spices—flavor the patties, which are then topped with sautéed bell peppers and onions.

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Farro Salad With Tuna Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Farro Salad With Tuna

Some ingredients don't get their due as stars of pantry-friendly cooking. Farro—a nutty, whole-grain variety of wheat—and tight whorls of bitter radicchio are long lasting ingredients that bring a lot of flavor to whatever they touch, including this fresh take on a fall salad.

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Plant Powered

Coconut-Creamed Greens Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Coconut-Creamed Greens

Coconut milk is one of the most luscious ingredients in any plant-based kitchen, and in this rich dish, it creates a delicious base of creamed greens rather than the standard cream-based versions. Kale, chard, and spinach are bathed in a fragrant sauce, which gets flavor from shallot and garlic, as well as a pinch of nutmeg.

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