I love to look back on the past year of recipes I created for Drizzleandd.com and pick out the top 10 to feature in my first post of the year. It’s not that easy to pick out only 10 recipes and it’s often why this list often extends past 10 *looks below*. This list is based on my own personal taste and since I ate all the food, the recipes I include here are the ones that left a stronger imprint and have me dreaming about making again. They will all become recurring features in my repertoire going forward and I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do.
If you want to check out my best recipes for previous years – all of which are still my favourite and delicious: 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.
The Best BLT pasta salad
I love everything that is going on with this salad and the dressing might be one of the best I’ve ever made. I’ve had incredible feedback from friends who have made it over the holidays giving it a solid thumbs up.
Baked Camembert dip with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and thyme
I’ve lost count of the number of times I have made this since I published the recipe a year ago. It’s a total crowd pleaser and so easy to make. I have made it using basil or thyme and even without any herbs when in a pinch. I always have a wheel of Camembert cheese in my freezer and a pouch of Ina Paarman’s delectable sun-dried tomatoes in vinaigrette in my cupboard. Its the perfect snack dish to whip up when people drop in last minute.
I’m a little late to embracing this delicious dish but now that I have, it’s a firm favourite. It was the most welcome find when I got back from my holiday to an empty fridge and zero desire to go to the shops. I foraged it out the freezer and ate it with eggs on toast and with Gruyere style cheese on toasted whole wheat rolls making me think it would be spectacular on a braai broodjie. This vibrant Sicilian relish of eggplants, tomatoes capers, peppers and basil smacks of summer and is one of the more versatile things you can cook.
Summer pasta with tomato, olive, anchovy, garlic, lemon & basil
This pasta dish with so many of my all-time favourite flavours is pure heaven in a bowl. It reminds me of summer and everything I love to eat. I could probably eat it every day if I lived in a heavenly world where eating pasta on the reg was de rigueur, but I try and make this as often as I find permittable.
Chocolate fondant with molten Lindt Lindor middles
I made a lot of delicious desserts last year but this was probably my favourite. Its perfect date night or dinner party fodder that is guaranteed to impress anyone you serve it to and I can’t wait to make it again. It’s also super simple to whip up, so don’t think its one of those fussy desserts reserved only for people with mean chef skills.
Berry Eton mess with pistachios
I adored this light and summery dessert that is perfect for everyday entertaining and a Christmas feast. Between the fondant (above) and this you have your next dinner party desserts sorted.
Herb and fennel crusted salmon with roasted garlic sweet potatoes.
Salmon is one of my favourite fish to cook and eat and I love it with a flavour packed crusty topping. Fennel is also huge in my life so this is one I will make time and again.
Risotto alla Milanese with brown butter pan-fried prawns
This classic Italian dish with saffron infused rice is topped off with prawns that have been pan-fried in brown butter, an irresistible combination. It’s another one you want to serve when your aim is to impress.
Alison Romans Chocolate chip cookies with salted butter
These are now amongst my favourite cookies I have ever made and I whipped up another batch for the holidays. I love the shortbread / salted chocolate combination which hits my fave flavour buttons head on. It’s no surprise that these were the most viral recipe in 2018.
Cheesecake chocolate brownies
The notion of swirling cheesecake through a brownie makes total sense to me and creates the most delicious and slightly less-sweet dessert. I’m smitten.
A few other notable recipes that I’m planning to make again and again:
Instant pot gammon with ginger-beer and rooibos
Blueberry muffins with oats & almonds
Mocha mousse parfait
One pot jerk chicken with spicy rice
FOR MORE OF MY BEST OF SERIES, CHECK OUT THESE:
My 10 best cake recipes
My 10 best baking recipes
My 10 best breakfast recipes
10 summer fruit recipes
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