Thursday, January 4, 2018

Top Ten Favorites of 2017

Two thousand seventeen was delicious, but these are the recipes that were held in the highest regard, requested repeatedly, and created more than once. They are in no particular order, but there was one surprise favorite that reigned out above all the rest.

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  Winter Citrus Tart with Rosemary Whipped Cream
 Sometimes the recipes you're not quite sure about are the ones that make the biggest impression. I wasn't sure about pairing oranges with puff pastry, but I was won over by the beauty of the dish, so I decided to make it. It was love at first bite! A juicy and fresh citrus tart with bright flavors layered on a light and flaky buttery dang good! Best of all, this is SO easy and can be thrown together in a matter of minutes, with ingredients that are very easy to keep on hand. Do yourself a favor and make it this winter. I guarantee you will love it!

Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter
I still remember the day I took these leftovers to work. I put my container in the microwave and within seconds the nutty aroma of the balsamic brown butter filled the air. EVERYONE was lured in by the scent and several people were standing over my shoulder. Soft, fluffy, cheese-filled ravioli with a nutty brown butter sauce and crunchy toasted's heavenly. It's so heavenly I wrote it a love letter.
This brunch dish is a flavor and texture explosion. Oozing yolk meets crunchy herbeaceous breadcrumb topping and that's just the beginning. This is a dish that belongs on everyone's brunch menu.

Engagement Roast Chicken {aka The Very Best Roast Chicken}
This is THE BEST ROAST CHICKEN recipe is the history of ever! No other words necessary.

Anytime I make a cheese sauce containing flour it is usually slightly grainy - not this one! Try this recipe, and buy a really good English Cheddar, and prepare for your mind to be blown. This is one luscious and velveety cheese sauce. You will be slathering it over everything.

I doubted this recipe a couple times along the way, but my oh my...this is hands down the very best tomato sauce I've ever had. Maybe I had some really great homegrown tomatoes or maybe it was roasting the tomatoes that made it so good. Either way, this was hands down the best and will be my one and only in the future.
If I had to chose my top favorite recipe of 2017, this Butternut Squash & Ricotta Bruschetta would be the ultimate winner! Crusty and creamy, spicy and sweet, it strikes the perfect balance for me. Suprise yourself in the best way possible and make this dish asap. Your tastebuds will thank you!
 Cavatappi with Kale Ragu
 Put down the Pasta Bolognese. This Cavatappi with Kale Ragu will blow that bolognese right out of the park. If you're under the impression that kale ragu cannot compete with a hearty meat sauce then you're definitely wrong! This kale ragu is cooked down with some Parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes and it has a glorious way of turning pasta into a majorly satisfying and comforting meal. I like this dish so much I've tried several versions, all just as delicious as the last.
Who doesn't love twice-baked potatoes? Who doesn't love mini food? These Mini Twice-Baked Potatoes may be a labor of love, but they are a welcome sight at the dinner table and are sure to bring smiles to all. Ignore the chores and make these instead. All hearts deserve some good old-fashioned comfort food like mom and grandma used to make.
Last, but not least, if you love all things spicy, then this Green Chie Whipped Cream Cheese is good on just about anything! I used a spicy serrano for this recipe and the heat level was perfect for us. Heat isn't the only flavor here, there is a fair amount of garlic, which makes this one flavorful spread. We enjoyed this spread on some of our favorite bagels from Panera and everyone swooned with delight. This spread disappeared in record time and has been requested repeatedly.
I can't wait to see all the tasty dishes in store for 2018! Happy New Year to all! 

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