MOUTHWATERING, MYSTERIOUS, AND MARVELOUS – the letter "M" holds the key to unlocking a world of delectable culinary delights. From hearty, savory dishes to indulgent desserts, this list of 25 foods that start with M will surely broaden your culinary horizons. So, let's dive right in and savor the stories behind these fantastic M-inspired foods!
M drooling over the first one already. Kiss that tough, dry, or chewy meatloaf goodbye and say hello to the juicy and moist one. Unlike other recipes that call for a loaf pan, this one bakes the meatloaf on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper, and you’ll witness the difference for yourself. And when topped with ketchup, even the largest batches disappear off the table in a flash!
It is a delectable Italian delicacy with a flavor profile like lasagna. Manicotti pasta tubes are filled to the brim with a delectable trio of cheeses, which meld together in linguistic harmony. It is then baked to perfection in a sumptuous pasta sauce, resulting in a super cheesy and saucy meatless dish. Although this indulgence may not be the most calorie-conscious option, its mouthwatering taste makes it worth cheating on your diet plans.
Moussaka is a classic Greek dish known as "Greek Eggplant Lasagna." This hidden gem of Mediterranean cuisine features a rich tomato meat sauce filling at the base with layers of eggplant and topped with a creamy Bechamel Sauce. It may take some time to prepare moussaka, but the indulgence is worth your time and sweat.
This muesli recipe is a dream come true for anyone looking for a Kickstarter breakfast that doesn't weigh down. It's a cold version of oatmeal, which also makes it a revitalizing summer snack. Nothing fancy, just rolled oats, nuts, and your favorite dried fruits are the main ingredients. And why not give it a double dose of energy by serving it in a bowl of milk?
5. Monkey Bread
Don't worry there are no monkeys involved in this finger food recipe. Monkey Bread is a delicious dessert consisting of small biscuit pieces coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. The bite-sized pieces are baked to perfection and then drizzled with a caramelized mixture of brown sugar and butter, making it a show-stopping addition to your picnics, potlucks, or tea parties.
Feeling under the weather? Seek refuge in the warm and comforting embrace of miso soup. A Japanese breakfast staple made from miso paste, tofu, green onion, and greens. In just 15 minutes, you can enjoy the mouthwatering combination of salty and tangy flavors that this soup is known for.
Translated to "mushroom chicken slices," Moo Goo Gai Pan is a popular Chinese stir fry. Thinly sliced chicken, crunchy water chestnuts, fresh snow peas, and juicy mushrooms are the highlights of this mouthwatering dish. Everything is bathed in a savory oyster sauce that adds a rich umami flavor while melding perfectly with chicken and crisp vegetables. Serve this delectable dish over a generous serving of fluffy rice that soaks up the flavorful sauce.
The recipe for Maple Pulled Pork Buns is a delicious combination of smoky pulled pork with a hint of maple sweetness, all wrapped up in soft, freshly baked bread. It's an innovative twist on classic BBQ. The buns are made from scratch, ensuring a soft and pillowy texture that perfectly cradles the hearty pork filling.
When life gives you Mandarins, make marmalade! Sticky and tarty marmalade and toast is an old-fashioned breakfast both kids and adults love! This marmalade is an excellent way to preserve the citrus-infused flavor of mandarin oranges and enjoy it year-round. Spread it over your morning pancakes, waffles or use it as a glaze for roasted meats to celebrate the flavors of citrus fruits in full swing.
10. Macaroni Salad
No American BBQ is an authentic one without a chilled bowl of Macaroni salad. Al dente cooked macaroni blended with crisp vegetables and tossed in a tangy, mayo-based dressing. The creamy texture of the salad pairs perfectly with the crunch of veggies. You won’t even miss those overly sweet fruit salads. Enjoy it with a classic BLT sandwich for a satisfying lunch.
11. Marinara Sauce
Marinara is a classic Italian sauce that is a staple in many kitchens around the world and for obvious reasons. Slow caramelization of onions, garlic, and tomatoes, along with aromatic herbs, develops a deep and complex flavor profile that is irresistible. It's an ideal match for Italian classics like spaghetti and lasagna or as a dipping sauce for garlic bread.
This homemade macadamia nut butter is a healthier alternative to peanut butter. Even with just 4 ingredients, including macadamia nuts, salt, maple syrup, and oil, it packs a flavor punch and just the right amount of sweetness. Enriched with vitamins and minerals, roasted macadamia nuts give it a creamy texture that's nearly impossible to resist. Spread this nut butter on your morning toast, use it as a smoothie topping, or eat it straight out of the jar.
13. Mint Sauce
Only a few things can elevate your culinary creations to delicious heights, like this mint sauce recipe. This condiment adds fresh, herbal flavor to your dishes. With a zesty blend of mint, sugar, salt, and cider vinegar, it's easy to make and enjoy. Whether you're grilling lamb or serving a succulent roast, mint sauce is an excellent accompaniment to balance the heat of spices.
14. Maple Syrup Bars
Indulge in the rich, sweet flavor, and nutty goodness of Maple Syrup Bars. This easy-to-follow recipe combines a buttery base with a luscious maple syrup and walnut topping, creating a shareable finger snack for gatherings and parties. Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream. You won't be able to resist this sweet temptation!
Mozzarella sticks, with their crispy exterior and cheesy interior, appeal to both children and adults. The crispiness of the hand-breaded outer layer, combined with the creamy mozzarella inside is a sensory delight. Serve this cheesy finger snack as an appetizer at parties as a side dish with pizzas.
16. Melon Salad
Nothing beats the summer heat quite like a refreshing serving of Melon Salad. The combination of juicy melons, zesty lime, and a hint of honey creates a flavor explosion, while its colorful appearance is eye-catching. It's a must-have side dish for summer gatherings, BBQs, and potlucks that always impresses and refreshes.
This mustard seed pickle is a perfect blend of cucumber crispness and mustard seeds zing. It strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory with a hint of spice. You can use it to spice up your sandwiches and burgers or serve it as a side dish with almost all meat dishes.
18. Mushroom Pasta
With a perfect combination of fiber-rich, earthy mushrooms sauteed in a rich garlic butter sauce, this Mushroom Pasta is a must-try for vegetarians and mushroom enthusiasts. You will be surprised to see how juicy and delicious every bite is, despite the absence of traditional tomato or cream sauce. And the most exciting part? You only need six simple ingredients to create this culinary masterpiece.
19. Mung Bean Soup
Prepare to be blown away by the bright and bold flavors of this Mung Bean Soup recipe. Packed with protein-rich mung beans, sweet leeks, lemon juice, and dill, this healthy vegan soup is a comforting winter indulgence. It's super brothy and filled with tender vegetable chunks, simmered to perfection on the stovetop.
This Monterey Jack Queso Dip will be a show-stopping appetizer addition to your next BBQ gathering. This Tex-Mex classic combines melted Monterey Jack cheese with a subtle kick of cayenne pepper and chunky Rotel tomatoes. Whether hosting a game day gathering or just satisfying your cheese cravings, this easy-to-make queso dip is a crowd-pleaser when served warm alongside tortilla chips.
21. Meatball Recipe
This meatball recipe is for Italian-inspired cuisine enthusiasts, that’s super easy to make, storage-friendly, and perfect for meal prep. The addition of parmesan cheese, garlic, and parsley takes them to the next level of deliciousness. Serve them as tempting appetizers, skewered on a toothpick with your preferred dipping sauce, or pair them with spaghetti for a classic Italian meal.
22. Meringue Recipe
Meringue is a beloved dessert showcasing the delicious flavors of French and Swiss cuisine. It is a fascinating mixture of whipped egg whites and sugar. Despite being a simple 2-ingredient dessert, it has a distinct flavor profile, with a pronounced sweetness and a light yet crispy texture that melts in your mouth. Use it as a topping for pies and puddings or serve it as a delightful tea snack.
23. Mai Tai
Mai Tai is a refreshing cocktail made with white rum, freshly squeezed lime juice, sweet orange curacao, and a dash of sugar syrup to balance the flavors. This tropical drink is a delicious blend of sweet, sour, and tangy notes. To enhance aesthetic appeal, Mai Tai is typically garnished with lime peels or pineapple slices.
These Margarine Chocolate Chip Cookies offer a dairy-free twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie, offering a rich buttery flavor while remaining surprisingly light. Substitute margarine for butter and see the magic for yourself. Just mix all the ingredients, drop them onto cookie sheets, bake, and enjoy warm, gooey cookies fresh from the oven. Perfect for satisfying sweet tooth cravings.
This Minestrone soup is the epitome of comfort in a bowl. It’s a delicious medley of fresh vegetables, beans, and pasta simmered in a tomato-y broth. Whether craving a nourishing meal on a chilly winter night or a veggie-packed dish in the summer, this classic Italian comfort food will hit the spot.