Our Food Editors' Favorite Recipes of 2017
We're starting with appetizers, and what a way to start: "For guaranteed touchdown on Game Day" Lindsay Strand recommends this take on nachos. "Traditional nachos are always a guilty pleasure, but swapping in kettle chips and drizzling the whole number with a mixture of melted gouda, blue cheese, and Frank’s hot sauce," well it just takes it to a whole other level of deliciousness.
Tomatoes with Lightly Whipped Cream
Why does Lauryn Tyrell love this recipe so? "It's a simple riff a classic caprese. Based on an old recipe from Elizabeth David, who would pour heavy cream over perfectly ripe summer tomatoes, this version takes it a step further by whipping the (unsweetened) cream to soft peaks. The flavor is very familiar, but the texture fresh and surprising."
Parmesan Fried Eggs with Bitter Greens
Is this breakfast, lunch or dinner? We'd eat it at any meal. What makes it so good? Shira Bocar explains why she picked this recipe: "By frying the egg on top of a bed of parmesan, you're creating an extra crisp crust. It's frico and a fried egg all rolled into one!"
Fireside Beef Stew
"Besides the fact that this stew is absolutely delicious -- with earthy turnips and spicy horseradish playing perfectly against the rich beef -- its also utilizes a smart technique." says Lauren. "Searing the chuck steaks until well browned, then cutting them into smaller pieces helps to create a more even sear and is gentler on the meat, resulting in juicy succulent bites. I’ll never go back to searing small little hunks of stew meat again."
Test Kitchen's Favorite Mac and Cheese
Whether you try the "creamy, easy stovetop or the baked, each variation is better than the last," says Sarah Carey of the test kitchen's definitive take on mac and cheese.
Crispiest Fried Chicken
Cannellini-Bean and Greens Stew
"This bowl of brothy beans and baby kale is so comforting." says Riley Wofford. " The thick hunk of garlicky bread that is served alongside doesn’t hurt, either."
Crispy Rice Cake with Celery Salad and Avocado
"This recipe became my go-to weeknight meal for 2017." says Greg Lofts. "There’s always a container of leftover rice in my fridge, so I can pull this together and get it on the table for dinner in less than 30 minutes. I’ve swapped the grated zucchini in the rice cake for grated carrots, cabbage, eggplant -- whatever vegetable I happen to have in the fridge that’s grateable."
Chocolate-Chip Streusel Brownies
When you can't decide whether to bake brownies or cookies, "there's this great Frankinstein moment in classic American desserts" says Shira of her transporting treat that dotscookie dough over brownie batter and results in a bar with cakey edges and a fudgy interior.
Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Tart
"Choosing which pies to make at Thanksgiving can be a daunting task." says Riley and "This year this tart pleased everyone in my family, which is filled with both chocolate lovers and pecan pie purists."
Need a versatile dessert that tastes as good as it looks? Lindsay recommends this recipe, saying "it's a great base for any fruit in season during the summer. My favorite version features the fleeting sour cherry but I made one for my family this fall with figs and blueberries and it was a big hit. It also makes a killer breakfast the next day!"
We leave you with a recipe you definitely need to add to your repetoire: "Because it really will knock out a cold fast, and is great as a bracing morning shot for a natural all-winter-long preventative medicine," explains Greg. "If you’ve ever bought fire cider, it’s quite expensive for a smallish jar. Our recipe yields 2 cups and saves you real bucks." Happy New Year!