And this is where I struggle. There are only so many meals in a day. I want to remake all of these again and again, but there are literally hundreds of other recipes I want to try. Oh, the trial and tribulations of a food blogger.
14. Breakfast Risotto – I love risotto and I love runny eggs. Put the two together and you’ve got one heck of a dish. The poached egg is key – you want that gooey yolk to mix with the risotto, almost like a sauce. So amazing.
13. Chicken Stew with Biscuits – This was a surprise winner for me. I’m not usually a fan of chicken pot pie, which is pretty much what this is. But there’s just something wonderful and comforting about this dish. The biscuits on top just make it even better. I love that everyone gets their own biscuit.
12. Skillet Chicken Saltimbocca Spaghetti – I love one pot meals and this one is incredible. Salty, tangy and easy to make.
11. Collard Greens – I tried this recipe a year ago and it was a huge flop due to an excess of salt. I scaled way back on the salt this time and they were pure perfection, with just a hint of spicy goodness.
10. Oven Fried Chicken – To go with those delectable collard greens, we had this killer oven fried chicken. Not to toot my own horn, but this was some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever had. Moist and flavorful, with a crackly crust.
9. “The Gobbler” – This sandwich is the perfect way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. I can’t wait for my mom to make another roast chicken with all the trimmings so I can make this again.
8. Grilled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Brown Sugar Grilled Onions – These are some incredibly flavorful sandwiches. Don’t be put off by the word “grilled” – you can make these year-round on an indoor grill pan or even just a regular skillet.
7. Baja Fresh Grilled Salsa – We made this salsa for a get together with our friends and inhaled it. I love how easy it was to make, too.
6. Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs – These are my new favorite meatballs. So simple to make and I love the addition of the melty cheese inside. My new favorite way to eat them is just with some sauce and extra mozzarella, with some crusty buttered bread to mop it all up.
5. Grilled Hawaiian Chicken with Coconut Rice – I wish Baby Girl could eat coconut because this rice was outstanding. Definitely the highlight of the meal, although the chicken was also delicious.
4. Chicken Piccata Risotto with Crispy Capers – Again with the salty, briny capers. What can I say, I have a thing for those little buds of goodness.
3. Pasta with Chicken Meatballs – Another fantastic meatball recipe, only lighter because they’re made with chicken instead of beef. These were like little pillows of softness that melted in our mouths.
2. 3 Cheese Rosemary and Pepperoni Pizza – We make a lot of pizza and this one is, hands down, our all-time favorite. No contest. The fresh rosemary is key and you can’t go wrong with three different cheeses.
1. Chicken Chorizo Patty Melts – I made 3lbs of fresh chorizo early in 2014 and had no idea what to make with it. SP did some searching online and found these patty melts. And the rest, as they say, is history. We fell hard for the wonderful flavors. When I found the last bag of chorizo in the freezer I actually shed a tear, knowing we wouldn’t be able to enjoy another round of patty melts. I plan to make another batch of chorizo in the spring just so we can eat these again and again.