30 Delicious Things To Cook In April

Time to ramp things up.

WHAT’S IN SEASON:

(This will vary depending on the time of the month and where you live).

Artichokes
Asparagus
Beans
Beets
Chicory
Chives
Dandelion greens
Fava Beans
Fennel
Fiddlehead Fern
Horseradish
Leeks
Lettuce
Limes
Morel Mushrooms
Oranges
Papayas
Peas
Radishes
Ramps
Rhubarb
Shallots
Strawberries
Sunchokes (Jerusalem Artichokes)
Sweet Onions
Watercress

1. Chocolate Cupcakes with Fresh Mint Buttercream

Ashley Rodriguez / notwithoutsalt.com

Recipe here.

2. Pea, Asparagus, and Fava Bean Salad

Hirsheimer Hamilton / bonappetit.com

Fava beans are worth the work, trust me. Recipe here.

3. Shrimp in Achiote Oil

Matt Duckor / bonappetit.com

Word to the wise: add shrimp to your weeknight dinner rotation. It’s quick, versatile, and tough to screw up. Recipe here.

4. Banana, Pecan, Coconut and Chocolate Chip Blondies

Izy Hossack / topwithcinnamon.com

Recipe here.

5. Braised Leeks and Muscovado Lentils

Hugh Forte / sproutedkitchen.com

Recipe here.

6. Morel and Asparagus Spaghetti

Yossy Arefi / saveur.com

If you’re lucky enough to find morels at the farmer’s market, brace yourself for a little bit of sticker shock. Then, take a deep breath, remind yourself that a little goes a long way, and go for it. Recipe here.

7. Pea Tendril and Pistachio Pesto

Jeanine Donofrio / loveandlemons.com

It sounds fussy, but really all you need to do is throw everything in a food processor. Recipe here.

8. Beer Battered Fish Tacos with Margarita Mango Salsa with Jalepeño Crema

Jessica Merchant / howsweeteats.com

Recipe here.

9. Pizza with Za’atar, Preserved Lemons and Ricotta

Alexandra Stafford / alexandracooks.com

If you remembered to make preserved lemons this winter, your foresight is about to really pay off. Recipe here.

10. Citrus Fennel Salad

Marta Potoczek / lazysundaycooking.com

Recipe here.

11. Roasted Potato Galette with Cheddar and Chives

Joy Wilson / joythebaker.com

Recipe here.

12. Ramp Butter

Matt Duckor / bonappetit.com

If you’ve never tasted a ramp, that’s probably because they’re only in season for few elusive weeks each spring, and chefs tend to snatch them up before they get to market. If you do get your hands on some, this is a great way to preserve them and make their sharp, sweet, garlicky flavor last a little bit longer. Recipe here.

13. Snickers Semifreddo Cake

Naomi Robinson /bakersroyale.com

Naomi Robinson / bakersroyale.com

 

Recipe here.

14. Giant Lemon Fennel Beans

Heidi Swanson / 101cookbooks.com

Recipe here.

15. Jerusalem Artichoke Gnocchi with Sautéed Kale

Elizabeth Stark / brooklynsupper.net

Recipe here.

16. Mini Strawberry Shortcakes with Whipped Cream

Recipe here.

17. Spring Ham Steaks with Sweet Pea Leek Pan Sauce

Christina Holmes / foodandwine.com

Easter dinner, anyone? Recipe here.

18. Artichoke Gratinata

Recipe here.

19. Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Todd Coleman / saveur.com

Upside down cake = what to bake if you hate baking. Recipe here.

20. Pretzel-Crusted Pork Schnitzel

Marcus Nilsson / bonappetit.com

Because, it isn’t bathing suit season yet. Recipe here.

21. Open Omelet with Morcilla Sausage, Pancetta, and Fennel-Apple Salad

Emily Bartlett / heytucker.com

Recipe here.

22. Greek Steak Salad French Bread with Soft-Boiled Eggs and Feta

There are two really great things about this salad. 1) Steak. 2) It’s actually a sandwich. Recipe here.

23. Vegan Green Chili Mac & Cheese

Vegans: this cashew sauce will make your dreams come true. Recipe here.

24. Salade Niçoise

Todd Coleman / saveur.com

Recipe here.

25. Papaya Bars

Adrianna Adarme / acozykitchen.com

Sometimes, life doesn’t give you lemons. Recipe here.

26. Rhubarb Fennel Fizz

Kimberly Hasselbrink / theyearinfood.com

Don’t overthink it. Recipe here.

27. Ramp Pizza

Deb Perelman / smittenkitchen.com

Recipe here.

28. Spring Pea and Fava Bean Guacamole with Root Chips

Recipe here.

29. Strawberry Basil Hand Pies

Elizabeth Stark / brooklynsupper.net

Perfection is for fools. Recipe here.

30. Chartreuse Smash

Maime Iatonni / saveur.com

Bottoms up. Recipe here.

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