Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My Top Five Jamie Oliver Recipes

I've always had a soft spot for Jamie Oliver.  He's a little bit quirky and unique, but he's definitely his own person, and I really admire that.  Sadly, this is our last week with Jamie at I Heart Cooking Clubs. I thought I would celebrate Jamie's last week with a countdown of my Top Five Jamie Oliver Recipes.  

These are in order, starting with our very favorite.
(Click on the boldfaced recipe title to be directed to the original blog post).

First up is Jamie's recipe for Fish and Chips.  This is hands down the very best recipe for fish and chips that I've tried so far.  The beer batter was nice and light and puffed up beautifully in the hot oil.  My husband is a very tough critic, but he absolutely loved this meal and asks for it on a regular basis.  I am done looking for any other great fish and chips recipes, this is THE one.
Totally and completely head over heels in love with pasta, this is by far one of my daughter's favorite meals. She loves Jamie's Baby Farfalle with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce and is always asking me when I'll make it again.  I've made this recipe at least five times since I originally posted it and it always gets gobbled up.  The kids (and adults) go absolutely crazy over this dish.  The best part is that it's made with mostly pantry ingredients and is a real quick one pot meal.  This has become a go-to dish for us.
This is where my list gets a little biased.  My love for mustard definitely sprung this next recipe to the top of the list.  However, Jamie's Simple Cheesy Mustard, was enjoyed by everyone in my house (even the ones who don't particularly love mustard).  This sauce is so good I can't even describe it.  I loved this mustard sauce over broccoli, loved it even more with potatoes, and I can't wait to serve it on fish, burgers, or steaks.  Every last bit of this sauce was scraped out of the bowl.  I will definitely be making this sauce over and over.
Jamie's Chicken and Zucchini Kebabs were an all-around family favorite.  There was absolutely nothing boring about this chicken dish.  It was packed with tons of flavor and we pretty much inhaled it.  The herby, spicy, garlicky marinade would be good for almost any meat and/or veggie.  Healthy, pretty, and easy, this is a winner of a chicken dinner.
Lastly, this Shrimp and Avocado with an Old-School Marie Rose Sauce was a fantastic play of texture and flavor.   The hot crunchy shrimp with the cool creamy avocado, together with the crunch of the lettuce and the cool creamy Marie Rose sauce was a flavor and texture match made in heaven.  This is a dish that my Mom and I enjoyed for lunch and have continued to talk about ever since.

Some other honorable mentions were Jamie's One-Minute Berry Ice Cream, his Banana, Peanut Butter, and Honey Smoothie, and his Smashed Spiced Chickpeas.
Theme: Cheerio, Mate!


  1. Oh my, those are some great dishes! I need to eat the fish and chips right now. Like right now. Can you make them for me? And hooray for another chick who loves malt vinegar!

  2. This is one mighty delicious list :)

  3. I've decide that I need to eat dinner at your house on a regular bases. What a delicious recipe list.

  4. I forgot how much I drooled over those kebabs the first time you posted them. Herby, spicy, & garlicky are some of my favorite things. Trying to put together my list of favs--it's hard to narrow down! Hopefully I'll have time this week to make something. Would be sad to miss the last week!

  5. Oh Jamie. Such a cutie. I do love a man who can cook.

    I really want to try that pasta dish! But man they all look good. I had fish and chips for the first time this weekend and they were SO mediocre that I now really want to try to give them a go myself. Jamie's recipe will be first up.

  6. I need to try these, especially the pasta!

  7. My mouth still watering.. I like the most shrimp and avocado which you have shown at last. I have tried marie rose sauce couple of times,but never tried shrimp and avocado.

  8. I like Jamie too, Kim. And have made quite a few of his recipes. Love your list....the pasta dish looks marvelous!

  9. What a great round-up, Kim. Love the look of that mustard sauce over broccoli and the chicken and zucchini kebabs :-) I'm a bit disappointed that circumstances have been such that I didn't cook with Jamie as much as I would have liked to, but I'm really looking forward to Tessa Kiros.

  10. A great round up--I love all of the recipes you picked and still need to try the shrimp / avocado with Marie Rose sauce--it looks so good! ;-)

  11. this is such a lovely line up! gosh, i honestly don't know what i'd choose first, they all look soooo good. i really need to try some of his recipes.

  12. I live for go to recipes, the ones that get repeated over and over again. I'm looking forward to trying the Baby Farfalle with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce recipe.

  13. Mmm...fantastic choices! I have a total soft spot for that handsome guy, as well... ;)

  14. They all look excellent to me. I think the creamy bacon and pea pasta dish would be my favorite based on ingredients.

  15. Kim these all look fantastic! Nice post lady.

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