December 30, 2015

Top Posts of 2015

I'm on a bit of a cooking binge right now since I'm back from Wisconsin but I'm leaving for Italy in two weeks. It's the perfect time to try as many recipes as possible since there's so many reasons to cook with the holidays, New Years' resolutions, and just for the fun of making interesting dishes. To help you decide what to make, I compiled lists of the top recipes from 2015, the top recipes from The Nerdy Chef's history, and the recipes I think deserve some more attention. Enjoy and comment/tweet how they turn out!

Top 10 Recipes of 2015:

10. Rosemary Lamb Chops with Grits and Roasted Garlic - Juicy lamb chops with a pan sauce, creamy grits, and sweet roasted garlic

9. Linzer Cookies - Tart jam sandwiched between buttery shortbread cookies

8. Raspberry Key Lime Pie - My perfect key lime pie recipe with a gorgeous raspberry swirl

7. Chili Dogs - Savory chili piled onto hot dogs in pillowy buns

6. Cajun Shrimp Skillet - Tender shrimp nestled in spicy rice and vegetables

5. French Onion Tart - A creamy filling of caramelized onions, gruyere, and bacon piled into a flaky pie crust

4. Pretzel Nuggets with Beer Cheese Dip - Salty poppable pretzel bites surrounding a gooey cheese dip infused with beer

3. Cranberry Apple Muffins - Tender muffins studded with tart apples and cranberries

2. Yeast Bread - A slightly sweet and very soft bread perfect for snacking

1. Spicy Beer Chili - Classic Texas beef chili spiked with beer and a pop of heat

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10. Biscuits - Unbelievably buttery and flaky taditional southern buttermilk biscuits

9. Pasta All'Amatriciana - My all-time favorite pasta dish with San Marzano tomatoes, onions, bacon, and fresh mozzarella

8. S'mores Pie - Rich and creamy chocolate filling in a graham cracker crust topped with sweet and fluffy homemade marshmallow

7. Berry Buckle - Sweet vanilla cake loaded with fresh berries

6. Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins - Addicting pumpkin muffins stuffed with vanilla cheesecake filling and topped with cinnamon streusel

5. Zucchini Tomato Crostada - Flaky pie crust wrapped around fresh zucchini and cherry tomatoes with a creamy ricotta filling

4. Cranberry Eggnog Cheesecake - Buttery pie crust filled with a sweet eggnog cheesecake and topped with fresh cranberry jam and white chocolate

3. Apple Pie Shortcakes - Lightly sweet biscuits stuffed with caramelized apples and baked to perfection

2. Salmon with Corn & Vidalia Relish - Salmon seasoned with garlic and fresh herbs served with sweet corn, caramelized onions, and cherry tomatoes

1. CinnaBabka Streusel Muffins - A pound of butter mixed into vanilla brioche and cinnamon streusel all rolled up with chunks of chocolate (a cross between cinnamon buns, chocolate babka, and coffee cake)

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10. Cucumber Salad - Crisp cucumbers in an Asian marinade

9. Quiche - Tomato, cheddar, and spinach quiche easily customized with anything else you want to add or swap

8. Waffles - Fluffy buttermilk waffles almost as good as Waffle House's

7. Chili - Classic beef, bean, and sausage chili with a kick

6. Apple Muffins - Accidentally vegan apple muffins with a sweet maple glaze

5. Brownies - Dense brownies packed with chocolate that balance cakeyness and fudginess

4. Meatballs - Surprisingly light meatballs that will beat your grandma's recipe, especially when served drowned in homemade marinara over pasta

3. Guacamole - Creamy guacamole with some avocado chunks perfect for any occasion

2. Spicy Beer Chili - In case you get tired of the original

1. White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies - Always the favorite recipe; buttery shortbread with sweet white chocolate and tart cranberries

That's it! See you next year with some yummy recipes to keep up with your resolutions!

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