Recipes That Are Basically Made for Instagram – and Taste Amazing, Too

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Cloud Eggs

Try a twist on your morning routine with these nests of puffy whipped egg whites with a sunshine yolk center. Eat them on toast for a whimsical start to your day.

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Fluffy Japanese Pancakes

These thick pancakes are like little souffles: custardy on the inside, and golden and crispy on the outside. And when you stack ’em up, they make the perfect brunch photo.

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Mozzarella Stick Stuffed Crust Pizza

We took Detroit’s square deep-dish style pizza to a whole new level by stuffing the crispy crust with cheese and pepperoni. And the whole thing is loaded with a hearty meat sauce that you can make while the pizza bakes.

Get the Recipe:Mozzarella Stick Stuffed Crust Pizza

Chocolate-Raspberry Waffle Cake

Chocolate cake batter gets waffled in this super-impressive layer cake filled with a pink raspberry cream and chocolate ganache. And it doesn’t take as long to make as you’d think, so you can even serve the cake for a special breakfast.

Get the Recipe:Chocolate-Raspberry Waffle Cake

California BLT Egg-in-a-Hole

Overstuffed bagels and avocado toast are all-the-rage on Instagram. Consider this a combination of the two. Snap a pic when you slice it in half to capitalize on the runny yolk and colorful layers.

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Churros French Toast with White Chocolate-Orange Ganache

Bobby Flay is an expert at amping up the flavor on classic recipes and these French toast sticks are no exception. They’re the perfect way to introduce your friends to the churro trend that’s taking hold in cities across the country.

Get the Recipe:Churros French Toast with White Chocolate-Orange Ganache

Buffalo Chicken Dumplings

Mash-up some crowd-pleasing flavors in an app your friends will love. Have your wanna-be-hand-model bestie hold one up with chopsticks for a cute photo.

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Avocado Noodles

Thanks to a couple of avocados, this fresh pasta isn’t just naturally green — it’s also eggless! Healthy fats from avocado help tenderize the dough, so there’s no need for eggs.

Get the Recipe:Avocado Noodles

Cauliflower Hot Wings

Ayesha Curry serves her healthier hot “wings” with a homemade ranch buttermilk dipping sauce. Arrange them on a platter with colorful veggies for the best snap.

Get the Recipe:Cauliflower Hot Wings with Buttermilk Ranch Dipping Sauce

Nutella-Stuffed Pancakes

Who can resist this chocolaty spread, especially when it’s stuffed into a warm pancake? Your followers will have no idea how simple they are to make — freezing discs of Nutella before placing them on top of pancake batter makes it easy.

Get the Recipe:Nutella-Stuffed Pancakes

Detroit-Style Pizza

The tangy blend of cheese that crisps around the edges of the pan, the spongy dough and spooned-on sauce are unmistakable signs that you’ve bitten into a slice of Detroit’s squared-off take on pizza.

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Pretzel Pot Pie

Turn classic pot pie into a dish that’s even more wow-worthy. Soft pretzels made from pizza dough are easy to make and add a unique look.

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Cheeseburger Empanadas

These hand-held pockets have all the flavors of a cheeseburger and are dipped in a “special sauce.” Make them for your next potluck.

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Giant Taco Roll

Stuffed to the gills with delicious taco meat and nacho toppings, this giant burrito is sure to satisfy those munchies and keep your friends satisfied.

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Breakfast Nachos

Now you can have nachos for any meal of the day. Try this recipe for your next brunch with friends as an easier alternative to classic huevos rancheros.

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Muffuletta Garbage Bread

We love a good muffuletta stuffed with Italian deli meats, cheese and olive salad. Wrap all the good stuff up in pizza dough and bake it and it’s even better.

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Puff Pastry-Wrapped Angel Hair Pasta Pie

There’s a savory surprise in this deep-dish pie — pasta — which mingles with links of Italian sausage, red sauce, spinach and cheese. The whole thing is encased in puff pastry, so no need to make garlic bread.

Get the Recipe:Puff Pastry-Wrapped Angel Hair Pasta Pie

Cheeseburger Monkey Bread

Forget sticky and sweet. This savory pull-apart snack is filled with a cheesy burger mixture. A homemade special sauce is perfect for dipping.

Get the Recipe:Cheeseburger Monkey Bread

4-Flavor Diner Sandwich-Dilla

This giant pressed sheet pan sandwich packs a Reuben, a patty melt, a bacon-tomato grilled cheese and a Cuban into one super-cheesy package.

Get the Recipe:Four-Flavor Diner Sandwich-Dilla

Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

This mashup of breakfast classics will make you feel like a kid again. Ice the cinnamon-swirled pancakes right away for a melty topping that’s so good you won’t even care that your fingers are too sticky to snap a pic.

Get the Recipe:Cinnamon Bun Pancakes

Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Garlic Bread

Combine the best qualities of a chicken Parmesan sandwich with the best qualities of Buffalo chicken for one deliciously toasty, garlicky and crusty mashup.

Get the Recipe:Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Garlic Bread

Giant Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel

Refrigerated pizza dough is the short-cut base for this ultimate party snack. Brushing the twist with a baking soda wash at the end of baking gives it the classic pretzel tang.

Get the Recipe:Giant Cheese-Stuffed Pretzel

Wafflemaker Hash Browns

According to the Internet, there’s no shortage of foods that can be made in a wafflemaker and Ree proves that hash browns are no exception.

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Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Pancetta and Peas

Pasta-free “noodles” can be just as satisfying as the real thing. This decadent dish looks so pretty your followers will be shocked that they’re envious of a pile of veggies.

Get the Recipe:Spaghetti Squash Alfredo with Pancetta and Peas

Cheesy Pretzel Dumplings

These cheese-stuffed bites come together in only 40 minutes, which means you can make them for a party, but you can also pop them into your mouth any night of the week.

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Giant Super Fluffy Pancakes

If you’re in need of impressive pancakes for a crowd, you can’t go wrong with this tower of extra-fluffy, delicate pancakes. Pop them in the oven to cook and you won’t spend your morning flipping flapjacks on the griddle.

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Rainbow Bundt Cake

This whimsical rainbow cake doesn’t require any special equipment — just a simple Bundt pan. Use dyed shredded coconut to achieve those beautiful blocks of color.

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Tater Tot Arancini

Arancini is typically made with rice and cheese, but in this case, frozen Tater Tots stand-in as the carb to achieve the starchy texture. Because why not, right?

Get the Recipe:Tater Tot Arancini

Turmeric Latte

You’ve likely seen Golden Milk all over Instagram, especially from wellness influencers. Turmeric is the not-so-secret ingredient contributing to the bright yellow color of the drink. Show off to your social media-savvy friends and make our version, a Turmeric Latte, at home.

Get the Recipe:Turmeric Coconut Milk

Ginormous Toaster Pastry

This flaky, doughy breakfast treat takes only a few minutes to put together — the oven does the rest. It’s perfect for making brunch guests smile.

Get the Recipe:Ginormous Toaster Pastry

Giant Crunchy Taco Wrap

Invite your friends. This taco wrap is stuffed with delicious layers of beef, cheese, tostadas and sour cream, which means it’s large enough to share (even if you’re tempted not to).

Get the Recipe:Giant Crunchy Taco Wrap

Supreme Ravioli Pizza Bake

Cheese ravioli create a surprising crust for this square pan pizza. They bake up crisp on the bottom, like crust, but the top is still pillowy and cheesy.

Get the Recipe:Supreme Ravioli Pizza Bake

Crispy Chicken Parm Balls

These golden, crunchy balls are like inside-out chicken Parmesan: Gooey cheese is encased in Italian-seasoned chicken. Marinara is the perfect dipping sauce.

Get the Recipe:Crispy Chicken Parm Balls

Giant Spinach Dip-Stuffed Pretzel

There’s a lot to love about a chewy soft pretzel fresh from the oven, and hot spinach-artichoke dip is pretty hard to beat — so why not put them together?

Get the Recipe:Giant Spinach Dip-Stuffed Pretzel

Jalapeno Fries with Roasted Garlic Ranch

Some like it hot — and these fried jalapeno strips hit the spot! Creamy ranch dipping sauce cuts some heat for anyone looking for a milder bite.

Get the Recipe:Jalapeno Fries with Roasted Garlic Ranch

Queso Cornbread Lava Cakes

These might look like regular ol’ cornbread muffins, but one slice will prove otherwise: They’re hiding a spicy, gooey and cheesy secret that’ll spill out like lava!

Get the Recipe:Queso Cornbread Lava Cakes

Deep-Dish Frito Pie

We love eating the classic out of the bag (who doesn’t?), but this deep-dish version is packed with that irresistible Frito flavor — in the crust, chili and topping.

Get the Recipe:Deep-Dish Frito Pie

Chicken Milanese Sliders

Chicken sandwiches never go out of style. This version hits the spot with a bright salsa verde, tomatoes and arugula.

Get the Recipe:Chicken Milanese Sliders

Cauliflower-Chorizo Burritos

Cooking with cauliflower is all the rage these days. Stuff a spicy burrito with florets, a meaty-bean mixture and, of course, cheese.

Get the Recipe:Cauliflower-Chorizo Burritos

Meatloaf Quesadillas

Leftovers don’t have to be boring. Transform yesterday’s meatloaf into cheesy quesdillas topped with your favorite fixings.

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Rainbow Fries with Grainy Mustard Aioli

Multi-colored veggies roasted in the oven make a gorgeous platter of fries that even those most averse to the rainbow trend can’t resist.

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BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

This recipe will have everyone fooled! Simmered in barbecue sauce, jackfruit looks just like pulled pork — and tastes surprisingly meaty. Stuff it in a potato roll and top it with a bright, easy slaw.

Get the Recipe:BBQ Pulled Jackfruit Sandwiches

Wake and Cake Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Have your cake and eat breakfast, too. This blueberry masterpiece (with a yogurt-cream cheese frosting) is a special-occasion morning treat inspired by blueberry muffins.

Get the Recipe:Wake and Cake Blueberry Breakfast Cake

Japanese Cheesecake

This Japanese version of the crowd-pleasing dessert combines cheesecake flavor with a souffle-like, cakey texture that jiggles like jelly but tastes fresh and airy.

Get the Recipe:Japanese Cheesecake

Fried Ice Cream with Cereal Crust

Hot and crunchy on the outside, cold and creamy on the inside — these cereal-crusted ice cream balls are the perfect project for someone with a sweet tooth.

Get the Recipe:Fried Ice Cream with Cereal Crust

Rose Wine Gummies

There’s no waitlist for these wine-flavored treats. Make your own candies at home and watch your friends line up to get a taste.

Get the Recipe:Rosé Wine Gummies

Kale Caesar Salad

All your favorite salad chains have this on their menu, and but you can also make the bright, virtuous dish at home. Anne Burrell’s recipe features homemade croutons for something special.

Get the Recipe:Kale Caesar Salad

Popcorn Shrimp Popcorn

Packed with popcorn shrimp, fried ramen and wasabi peas, this heartier popcorn will be a hit at your next movie night. You’ll definitely need a few bowls to go around.

Get the Recipe:Popcorn Shrimp Popcorn

Mini Veggie Burger Pitas

Jeff Mauro makes his veggie burgers with plenty of spices and stuffs them into pita pockets loaded with fresh veggies and a bright yogurt sauce.

Get the Recipe:Mini Veggie Burger Pitas

Crunchy Pancakes

Ree adds texture to fluffy pancakes with flax, chia and sunflower seeds. Top the stack with Greek yogurt and berries for a hearty start to your morning.

Get the Recipe:Crunchy Pancakes

Breakfast Fajitas

Fajitas make for a super-colorful photo on social media. Make this version for your next brunch party and your guests will all be snapping away.

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Avocado Egg-in-a-Hole

Move over, avocado toast: This baked egg in an avocado is sure to impress all of your followers. Make sure to add the colorful toppings for even more on-screen appeal.

Get the Recipe:Avocado Egg-in-a-Hole

Taco Quesadillas

Two Mexican favorites combine into a dish that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Grab a shot of this dish from the side to show off the cheese-filled quesadilla that acts as a taco shell to meat and toppings.

Get the Recipe:Taco Quesadillas

Pepperoni Chicken

The classic flavors of pepperoni pizza are the stars of this cheesy chicken dish. Serve it over spaghetti for a complete meal.

Get the Recipe:Pepperoni Chicken

Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mozzarella Hearts

Share these fiery hearts with your favorite person to show ’em some seriously undeniable love. There’s nothing subtle about these hearts — from the blazing red color to the bold flavor.

Get the Recipe:Flamin’ Hot Cheeto Mozzarella Hearts

Salmon and Veggie Grain Bowl

Ree Drummond’s veggie-packed bowl makes two servings. Eat one for dinner and pack the other for lunch to totally win at meal-prep this week.

Get the Recipe:Salmon and Veggie Grain Bowl

Tomato Soup 2.0

Ree shows off how you can ugrade canned tomato soup with just a few simple add-ins like sherry, pesto and heavy cream. Topped with diced tomatoes, basil and olive oil, this deceptively simple dish is ready for its close-up.

Get the Recipe:Tomato Soup 2.0

Pulled Chicken Tacos with Seasoned Taco Shells

Try Ayesha’s hack for boosting chicken tacos: She seasons the shells with a homemade taco seasoning for an even bigger burst of flavor in each bite.

See More Photos:The Best Recipes from Ayesha’s Home Kitchen

Meatball Sub Egg Roll

Egg roll wrappers turn messy meatball subs into adorable finger food. Snap a photo when you break one open for maximum steam action.

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Macaroni and Cheese Pancakes

Leftover macaroni and cheese just found a new home in sweet-and-savory pancakes. Make them for breakfast or dinner, and remember: The addictive sweet heat of the hot sauce-maple syrup is also great on waffles and fried chicken.

Get the Recipe:Macaroni and Cheese Pancakes

Chorizo-Tater Tot Bites

Transform a bag of frozen Tater Tots into an appetizer so pretty your friends might have a hard time guessing the secret ingredient.

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Tomato and Truffle Popcorn Soup Shooters

Fancy truffle popcorn adds a photo-worthy finish to homemade tomato soup.

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Rainbow Brioche

This rainbow brioche will be the star of your next meal, thanks to the rich, buttery flavor, airy texture and vibrant layers. Enjoy thick slices of this bread in a colorful sandwich, as French toast or simply on its own

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This Sicilian-style lasagna bread is part pasta, part pizza. The crust is crunchy and sturdy, but inside the layers are soft and chewy like lasagna. The filling is a classic blend of homemade tomato sauce, salty cheese and fresh basil, but you can add your favorite toppings such as pepperoni or sausage.

Get the Recipe:Scaccia

Upside-Down Sour Cream and Onion Potato Bread

Okay, what if you took a sour cream and onion chip and turned it into a skillet bread? Mashed potatoes give the loaf tenderness and flavor while the onions on top are loaded with a tangy homemade seasoning mix. It’s impossible to eat just one slice. If your pantry is short on dried spices, swap in a packet of French onion soup seasoning and use in place of the homemade mix for an equally tasty loaf.

Get the Recipe:Upside-Down Sour Cream and Onion Potato Bread

Homemade Brown Sugar Boba

If you love the boba tea shops popping up and want to try making them at home, these tapioca bubbles will taste better that anything you can buy. They’re a labor of love, so when it comes time to roll the little boba, hop on a stool or grab a friend to help you out. You’ll have enough to make 8 glasses of your very own homemade bubble tea.

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