Four Recipes to Inspire Your Inner Chef

Published: May 13, 2021

Homes at The Canyons outfit your family with enviable features and amenities throughout— but especially in your kitchen. Is there a particular dish you have been meaning to make but didn’t have the right space or equipment? Discover four meals to inspire your inner chef in your new Canyons kitchen — and learn how you can prepare them with ease. From recipes that involve hands-on attention to a set-it-and-forget-it approach, The Canyons knows how to make your next family meal special.

Seared Scallops

Whether you’re trying to impress your in-laws or simply want a new culinary challenge, scallops are a classy entrée that taste as sophisticated as they look. With the right spices and techniques, you can serve a dish that pleases in presentation and flavor. For pan-seared scallops, sauté butter in a non-stick pan and gently add your prepared seafood. Allow them to cook until golden and then flip and repeat on the other side. Pair them with a refreshing salad and enjoy them immediately in your gorgeous kitchen.

BBQ Cheeseburger Nachos

When you don’t feel like cooking an involved dish, let your oven do all the work and make nachos into a meal — or your new book club snack! These BBQ cheeseburger nachos require only a bag of tortilla chips, a package of ground beef (or alternative), and all your favorite toppings. After cooking the beef, arrange a generous layer of chips on a baking pan. Add your toppings — meat, cheese, pickled jalapenos, whatever! — and bake for about 15 minutes in your pre-heated oven. Serve with chopped tomato, diced onion, and fresh cilantro. Enjoy at your sprawling kitchen island or take your nachos to your family room for movie night!

Classic Caprese Salad

For those especially hot summer days when you don’t feel like using your oven, creative salads are the way to go. Caprese salad is simple, eye-catching, and certain to have guests coming back for seconds. The classic recipe uses sliced heirloom tomatoes, thick pieces of buffalo mozzarella, and fresh leaves of basil. Drizzle on a homemade balsamic reduction to amplify the Mediterranean flavors and top with some Genovese basil you’ve been growing in your light-filled kitchen window.

Strawberry Shortcake

If you’re looking for a recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth, try strawberry shortcake. The shortcake itself is the only part of this dessert that requires any baking in your Canyons kitchen — the rest of the recipe just involves assembling and perfecting your presentation. For the dough, mix flour, eggs, and baking powder with salt and sugar to your taste. Gradually add butter to create a pebble-like consistency, then gently combine with heavy cream for a smooth texture. Bake your shortcakes and slice each into horizontal halves. Place the bottom half onto a dessert plate, top with whipped cream — homemade or store-bought — and sliced strawberries, then finish with the top of the cake for a stunning dessert that is sure to delight the palate.

Finding the right ingredients for your next gathering shouldn’t be a challenge, but finding your next home can be difficult. Luckily, our team at The Canyons is here to help you through the journey. Reach out to take the next steps into your future.