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8 Recipes So Good Your Mother-in-Law Will Be Proud Her Child Married You

When she shows up, you have to cook to impress. Start here.

When your mother-in-law says to pencil in a weekend visit with her, you likely begin the recipe hunt right away. After all, not just any recipe is right for her. She’s a renowned cook in her own right, and her child (your significant other) routinely remarks how much they miss mom’s cooking.

We’ve got your back. These recipes take the guesswork out of getting the right recipe for dinner with your MIL. She’ll be so impressed she may just ask for the recipe.

1. Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary

This sheet-pan supper looks as impressive as it tastes. Onions and chicken both turn tender and juicy in the oven. You only need to make a simple side salad and hearty grain side to complete the dinner. It’s classic—but so is the relationship between you and your MIL.

2. World’s Best Lasagna

If you’ve got a bit of time and really knock her socks off, you can’t go wrong with this lasagna recipe. DIYing your tomato sauce is well worth the effort to really get the full wow-worthy effect. We suspect she might even think for a moment this one is better than hers.

worlds best lasagna
Photo by TheWickedNoodls

3. Chocolate Trifle

“EVERYONE who tried it loved it, and my mother-in-law asked for the recipe, along with everyone else. Always nice to confirm that her son didn't make a mistake marrying me,” wrote Allrecipes user chrishart28.

4. Grilled Salmon I

Some dishes are so classic you need them as back-pocket recipes. A great grilled salmon recipe is one such recipe. The soy sauce-brown sugar marinade is a sweet-sour combo that’s sure to be a hit with everyone, your mother-in-law included.

Grilled Salmon I
Photo by Happyschmoopies

5. Quick Chicken Piccata

An impressive dinner doesn’t require a lot of time and a fridge full of ingredients. This incredibly easy dinner comes together in minutes but manages to pack loads of crisp, bright flavor. You’ll have leftover wine, but we’re sure you know what to do with that.

6. Best Buttermilk Biscuits

Your mother-in-law knows her way around flaky, buttery breads (she uses her grandmother’s biscuit cutter after all). This recipe is classic— and incredibly simple — which means you can’t get it wrong. Who knows, she may pass the biscuit cutter down sooner rather than later after one bite.

buttermilk biscuits
Photo by naples34102

7. Meatball Nirvana

We know your MIL is serious about her sauce and meatballs. Show her you’re just as serious with this recipe that has more than 2000 reviews and 4.5 stars. “LOVE! I've never been 100% satisfied with any meatball recipe until now. The kick from the crushed red pepper and hot sauce really make these something special,” Allrecipes user CookinBug wrote in their review.

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Photo by CC<3's2bake

8. The Best Potato Salad

We don’t call it “The Best” for no reason: “Delicious!” wrote Facebook user Tracey. “This recipe was good enough to make for my visiting mother-in-law and she loved it, which is saying a lot.” Serve with grilled BBQ pork chops and grilled veggies to complete the meal.

The Best Potato Salad
Photo by cookin'mama

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Kimberly Holland

About Kimberly Holland

Kimberly's favorite hobby is grocery shopping. Her second favorite hobby is realizing she already had two of the foods she just bought. Will bake. Won't grill. Can caramel. Find her at khollandcooks on Instagram and on Allrecipes.