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The Perfect Pantry's Top 10 recipes of 2010

Chinese "spaghetti and meat sauce"

Every December I meander through The Perfect Pantry's archives to select my favorite recipes of the year. Some years I struggle to find ten recipes worthy of a "best of" list, but this year, I had to whittle down from two dozen recipes I really love to just ten. All but one of the recipes are my original creations or adaptations, and the cookies (not my own recipe) are so good that they had to be included.

Here are my top ten absolutely favorite, I-promise-you'll-love-them recipes of 2010, in no particular order.

Shrimp, lemon, herb and feta mac and cheese

Of those that earned the designation of "top ten", shrimp, lemon, herb and feta macaroni and cheese might be the most indulgently fabulous recipe I've ever created, according to my husband Ted, my friends Bob and Charlotte, my daughter-in-law Melanie and, well, everyone who's ever tasted it. If you love Greek flavors, this mac and cheese is for you.

Asparagus wontons

Appetizers aren't my strong suit, but asparagus wonton wraps with hoisin, wasabi or mustard filling never fail to impress. Perfect to make at a party, where friends can lend a hand with filling and rolling.

Smashed potato and leek soup with bacon and thyme

Bacon came out of the pantry closet this year, and one of my favorite recipes was this smashed potato and leek soup with bacon and thyme. An unexpected hit of lemon zest really sends it over the top, in a good way.

Steamed baby bok choy with hoisin glaze

A simple side dish featuring a favorite ingredient in my Asian pantry makes the list this year. Steamed baby bok choy with hoisin glaze, served in a mini-bamboo steamer, is a healthy, balanced combination of flavors.

Sausage, egg and asparagus pizza

Not quite as healthy, but equally irresistible, sausage, egg and asparagus pizza made on a pita bread comes together in minutes, and works for breakfast or a light supper.

I've often posited that, in a former life, I must have been an Asian noodle maker, because I could eat noodles like Chinese spaghetti and meat sauce (pictured at the top of this post) every single day. To me, it's the most comforting of all comfort food, better than chocolate.

Turkey mole chili

However, chocolate needs to be on any top ten list, and here it's in a savory recipe. The aroma of turkey mole chili brings me right back to Oaxaca, the region of Mexico that gave birth to dark, chocolatey mole (pronounced mo LAY) sauce.


Also on any top ten list (of mine, if not everyone's), there must be heat. I love this spicy red curry tofu with spinach and mushrooms. You could use the same recipe to make spicy red curry shrimp with broccoli and peppers, or almost any variation.

Zucchini with golden raisins, pine nuts and lemon

Another side dish that became an instant favorite, zucchini with golden raisins, pine nuts and lemon accompanied grilled fish in the summer, and roast turkey at Thanksgiving.

Salted peanut chocolate chunk cookies

Could there be a top ten list without at least one dessert? I'm not a big sweets person, but I fell hard for these sweet and salty peanut chocolate chunk cookies. You will, too.


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Oh, man, that turkey mole chili is calling to me!

Here's to another delicious year. Cheers!

I made your smashed potato soup when you first posted it, and it was the best! Now on to the other 9, thanks Lydia.

OH wow! so many good ones - so little time!
(meaning so little time before I start the new "really on a diet this time" diet!)

thanks for the recap!

I "second the motion" on noodles, Chinese or any other nationality.

They all sound more than droolworthy Lydia. I have to get back to cooking!!!!

Love your list, especially the wontons. Happy new year!

Thanks, everyone. It's always hard to choose favorites (you want to love all of your recipes!), but these ten really stood out for me. I hope you enjoy them.

I'm going to throw in my vote for the mac and cheese and the sausage, egg and asparagus pizza - that pizza looks warm and sunny on this cold, wintry day!

ive made a LOT of your recipes....didnt make any of these, Talk about missing out haha

one of my fav is panko chicken

Going to start my New Year with the Turkey Mole Chili! And the Sweet and Salty Peanut Chocolate Chunk cookies - Yum!! Thanks for the top 10.

Not sure how I missed this post, but they all look stunning! (That Mac-n-Cheese is calling my name!)

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