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2018’s Highest-Rated Recipes

With the help of home cooks, we've been serving up yummy food to you all year long. These dishes are some of the highest-rated from 2018. Dig in!

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Garlicky Chicken DinnerTaste of Home

Garlicky Chicken Dinner

Roasted chicken brings the flavor, which is enhanced by herbs, lemon and hearty vegetables. —Shannon Norris, Cudahy, Wisconsin

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon ButtercreamTaste of Home

Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream

These apple pie cupcakes are always a hit! They are so easy to make, and the flavor just screams fall—of course, they’re just as delicious any time of year, too. —Jennifer Stowell, Deep River, Iowa

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Meatball FlatbreadTaste of Home

Meatball Flatbread

As amazing as this flatbread is, you would never guess how unbelievably easy it is to make. And hiding veggies in the sauce is a clever trick, especially if you have kids. For a crunchy crust, bake the naan in the oven until slightly crispy on top before adding the tomato sauce. —Kimberly Berg, North Street, Michigan

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Egg-Topped Avocado ToastTaste of Home

Egg-Topped Avocado Toast

We always have avocados on hand, so it's easy to make this quick breakfast toast for my husband and me. It's really tasty! —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California

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Chili and Jelly MeatballsTaste of Home

Chili and Jelly Meatballs

The secret ingredient in this sassy sauce is the grape jelly. It's a sweet contrast with the chili sauce. —Irma Schnuelle, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

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Pepper Jack Hash Brown CasseroleTaste of Home

Pepper Jack Hash Brown Casserole

I found myself in need of an impromptu potato dish, but no potatoes. Frozen hash browns and the plethora of cheeses I keep in the freezer offered me the solution to my side-dish dilemma. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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One-Pot Bacon Cheeseburger PastaTaste of Home

One-Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

When the weather's too chilly to grill burgers, I whip up a big pot of this cheesy pasta. Believe it or not, it tastes just like a bacon cheeseburger, and it's much easier for my young children to enjoy. —Carly Terrell, Granbury Texas

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Pan-fried salmonTaste of Home

Pan-Seared Salmon with Dill Sauce

This is one of my husband's favorite recipes. Salmon is a go-to for busy nights because it cooks so quickly and goes with so many different flavors. The creamy dill sauce with cucumber tastes light and fresh. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida

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Mexican Crinkle Cookies with a KickTaste of Home

Mexican Crinkle Cookies with a Kick

For a new twist on an old favorite, we added the spicy chocolate cinnamon cane sugar blend to this tried-and-true cookie recipe originally submitted by Kim Kenyon of Greenwood, Missouri. It added pleasant cinnamon flavor with lingering warm heat. —Josh Rink, Taste of Home Food Stylist

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Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon DressingTaste of Home

Shrimp and Spinach Salad with Hot Bacon Dressing

When I meet former co-workers for lunch at our favorite restaurant, we always order this salad. I wanted to share it with my husband, so I made it my mission to re-create it. Mission accomplished! —Lisa Bynum, Brandon, Mississippi

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Spicy Chicken and Bacon MacTaste of Home

Spicy Chicken and Bacon Mac

I've been working to perfect a creamy, spicy mac and cheese for years. After adding smoky bacon, chicken, jalapenos and spicy cheese, this is the ultimate! I use rotisserie chicken and precooked bacon when I'm pressed for time. —Sarah Gilbert, Aloha, Oregon

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Foil-Packet Shrimp and Sausage JambalayaTaste of Home

Foil-Packet Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

This hearty, satisfying dinner has all the flavors of an authentic jambalaya with little effort. The foil packets can be prepared a day ahead and cooked right before serving. These are also good on the grill! —Allison Stroud, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Habanero Strawberry JamTaste of Home

Habanero Strawberry Jam

I love spicy and sweet dishes! This tastes excellent layered over a bar of cream cheese and served with crackers, or you can slather it on a toasted English muffin. Yum! —Sarah Gilbert, Aloha, Oregon

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Baked Teriyaki Pork & VeggiesTaste of Home

Baked Teriyaki Pork & Veggies

Minimal preparation makes this dish easy. I use precut broccoli and boneless, trimmed pork chops to save time. Sometimes I throw in multicolored carrots for extra prettiness. Try it served over rice or noodles. —Billie Pock, Spring Creek, Nevada

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Easy Peasy BiscuitsTaste of Home

Easy Peasy Biscuits

I love that I can make these biscuits and have enough left over to freeze for another meal. They're a healthier version of a classic American staple. —Amanda West, Shelbyville, Tennessee

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The Best Ever ChiliTaste of Home

The Best Ever Chili

My dad and my father-in-law are the gurus in our chili-loving clan. But after my honeymoon to New Mexico, inspired by the fresh and fragrant chile peppers at the Santa Fe farmers market, I felt it was time to introduce them to my spicy, meaty version with a touch of masa harina. —Sarah Farmer, Taste of Home Culinary Director

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Tuscan Fish PacketsTaste of Home

Tuscan Fish Packets

My husband does a lot of fishing, so I'm always looking for different ways to serve his catches. A professional chef was kind enough to share this recipe with me, and I played around with some different veggie combinations until I found the one my family liked best. —Kathy Morrow, Hubbard, Ohio

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Blackberry White Chocolate Cheesecake CupsTaste of Home

Blackberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Cups

I read that white chocolate intensifies the flavor of blackberries. It's true! The crunch of chips, blackberry puree and sweet and salty pretzel crust make this a sensational mini dessert. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

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Potato and Chorizo CasseroleTaste of Home

Potato and Chorizo Casserole

I love the smoky flavor chorizo gives this dish, but I’ve also made it with Italian sausage and substituted an Italian blend cheese for the Mexican cheese. Or you can use cream of mushroom soup and fresh mushrooms for a vegetarian option. —Ana Beteta, Aberdeen, Maryland

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Grilled Huli Huli Turkey DrumsticksTaste of Home

Grilled Huli Huli Turkey Drumsticks

I'm never one to do things traditionally, so when it came time to hosting Thanksgiving, I went in a completely tropical direction. Borrowing my favorite Hawaiian chicken recipe, I substituted turkey legs and have never looked back. —Jacyn Siebert, San Francisco, California

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Tortellini with Tomato Spinach Cream SauceTaste of Home

Tortellini with Tomato Spinach Cream Sauce

I enjoy all things pasta, and tortellini is my favorite. The flavor of this dish is amazing. Even my husband, who hates pasta of any kind, loves it! It's a great recipe for non-spinach fans to try, too. —Jenny Dubinsky, Inwood, West Virginia

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Effortless Black Bean ChiliTaste of Home

Effortless Black Bean Chili

My mom found the inspiration for this chili in a slow-cooker cookbook. After a few updates, all of us love it (even those of us who steer clear of beans). We think it's even better served over rice. —Amelia Gormley, Ephrata, Pennsylvania

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Apple Cinnamon Overnight OatsTaste of Home

Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats

This recipe for apple cinnamon overnight oats couldn't be easier to make. Prep takes only five minutes! —Sarah Farmer, Taste of Home Executive Culinary Director

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Raspberry-Walnut Pork SaladTaste of Home

Raspberry-Walnut Pork Salad

Raspberry, rosemary, Gorgonzola and walnuts combine to make a pork dish that's bursting with flavor. —Virginia Anthony, Jacksonville, Florida

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Tomato FrittersTaste of Home

Tomato Fritters

I got the basic recipe for these fritters from a friend, then I tweaked it for my family's tastes. It's one of our very favorite things in the summer. We love them right after they've been fried, when they're still hot and crispy. —Pam Halter, Bridgeton, New Jersey

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Garden-Stuffed Zucchini BoatsTaste of Home

Garden-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

These boats are not only healthy, they're basically a one-dish meal that covers all the bases—just grab your favorite garden goodies and add any spices or mix-ins you like. —Janie Zirbser, Mullica Hill, New Jersey

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Chicken Cordon Bleu SoupTaste of Home

Chicken Cordon Bleu Soup

This is a wonderful addition to potlucks, and it comes together so easily! Cauliflower makes a nice, extra-creamy backdrop for the classic flavors of chicken cordon bleu you can eat with a spoon. —Heidi Der, Stow, Ohio

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Gruyere and Egg BurgersTaste of Home

Gruyere and Egg Burgers

These burgers were a huge hit with our friends during football season. Regular mayo can easily be substituted for the garlic aioli if desired. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Butternut Squash Mac and CheeseTaste of Home

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

I created this dish after my father had triple bypass surgery. He loves comfort food, and I wanted him to be able to enjoy a rich and tasty dish like mac & cheese without all the fat and butter. It's also a smart way to sneak in some veggies for children. —Megan Schwartz, New York, New York

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Strawberry GelatoTaste of Home

Strawberry Gelato

You'll love this smooth and creamy gelato with bright strawberry flavor and just a hint of sea salt and honey. —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

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Sicilian Potato SaladTaste of Home

Sicilian Potato Salad

Fresh basil is the star of this mayo-free, Italian-inspired take on potato salad. —Sue Falk, Warren, Michigan

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Meat Lover's Pizza Rice SkilletTaste of Home

Meat Lover's Pizza Rice Skillet

My son named this "pizza rice" after I threw together a quick dinner from what I had in the fridge and pantry. Add any other pizza topping ingredients you desire. I often add black olive slices or mushrooms. Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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Chicken and Broccoli with Dill SauceTaste of Home

Chicken and Broccoli with Dill Sauce

I've had this chicken and broccoli recipe for so many years, I don't remember when I first made it. Serve it with a side of couscous or rice for a complete meal, or add some sliced mushrooms or carrots for extra veggies. —Kallee Krong-Mccreery, Escondido, California

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Crunchy Chocolate ClustersTaste of Home

Crunchy Chocolate Clusters

This easy candy has a south-of-the-border flavor with cinnamon, chocolate and coffee. Sweet, salty and crunchy, it's a great no-bake treat. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California

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Garden-Fresh Grilled Veggie PizzaTaste of Home

Garden-Fresh Grilled Veggie Pizza

I have four gardens and, between them, I grow a pretty good spread of veggies. I created this loaded-up pizza as a fun summer appetizer using some of my best garden goodies. —Dianna Wara, Washington, Illinois

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Creamy Polenta with Balsamic GlazeTaste of Home

Creamy Polenta with Balsamic Glaze

This delicious and easy side dish goes incredibly well with braised meat. It makes any meal feel a little more elevated.—Sarah Vasques, Milford, New Hampshire

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Spicy Potatoes with Garlic AioliTaste of Home

Spicy Potatoes with Garlic Aioli

This is my take on Spanish
  • patatas bravas
  • . The potatoes are tossed in a flavorful spice mix and then finished to a crispy golden brown. The garlic aioli takes it over the top for an unconventional potato salad that'll be a hit at any party. —John Stiver, Bowen Island, British Columbia

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    Tequila Lime Shrimp ZoodlesTaste of Home

    Tequila Lime Shrimp Zoodles

    This tangy shrimp is a smart way to cut carbs without sacrificing flavor. If you don't have a spiralizer, use thinly julienned zucchini to get a similar effect. —Brigette Schroeder, Yorkville, Illinois

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    Apple Pie Steel-Cut OatmealTaste of Home

    Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oatmeal

    I absolutely love this slow-cooked oatmeal. The steel-cut oats have so much flavor and texture. My family sprinkles toasted pecans on top whenever possible. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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    Cheeseburger BowlTaste of Home

    Cheeseburger Bowl

    This recipe is a unique and lighter way to enjoy an American summer staple. You can also make the dressing with ranch dressing, 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard and 1 tablespoon of ketchup. —Laurie Rogerson, Ellington, Connecticut

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    Country French Pork with Prunes and ApplesTaste of Home

    Country French Pork with Prunes and Apples

    The classic flavors of herbes de Provence, apples and dried plums make this easy slow-cooked pork taste like a hearty meal at a French country cafe. For a traditional pairing, serve the pork with braised lentils. —Suzanne Banfield, Basking Ridge, New Jersey

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    Harissa Sweet Potato FrittersTaste of Home

    Harissa Sweet Potato Fritters

    I had leftover sweet potatoes and had to think up a new way to use them. We love spice, so I flavored these fun fritters with harissa, just enough for flavor but not too spicy. If you want more heat, you can always adjust the spice to please your taste buds. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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    English Pub Split Pea SoupTaste of Home

    English Pub Split Pea Soup

    This family favorite is the same recipe my grandmother used. Now with the magic of the slow cooker, I can spend 15 minutes putting it together, walk away for five hours, and come back to "soup's on." Finish it with more milk if you like your soup a bit thinner. —Judy Batson, Tampa, Florida

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    Pina Colada Icebox CakeTaste of Home

    Pina Colada Icebox Cake

    This icebox cake has all of the flavors of a pina colada. It takes just one bite to escape to a tropical island! —Rachel Lewis, Danville, Virginia

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    Honey Mustard Red Potato SaladTaste of Home

    Honey Mustard Red Potato Salad

    This summer cookout star is crunchy-delicious with a brilliant zesty dressing. —Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona

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    Pressure-Cooker SauerbratenTaste of Home

    Pressure-Cooker Sauerbraten

    One of my all-time favorite German dishes is sauerbraten, but I don't love that it normally takes five to 10 days to make. Using an electric pressure cooker, I think I've captured that same distinctive flavor in less than two hours. —James Schend, Deputy Editor, Taste of Home

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    Eggplant Salad with Tomato and Goat CheeseTaste of Home

    Eggplant Salad with Tomato and Goat Cheese

    Tender, grilled eggplant helps make this light summer salad feel like a meal. The balsamic dressing adds so much depth and a burst of bright flavor. —Susan Leiser, Hammonton, New Jersey

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    Turkey Biscuit SkilletTaste of Home

    Turkey Biscuit Skillet

    My mother always made this while we were growing up. Now I make it for my own husband and kids. I use the small-size biscuits because they brown up so nicely on top. I also add mushrooms to this recipe sometimes because my family loves 'em. —Keri Boffeli, Monticello, Iowa

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    California Burger WrapsTaste of Home

    California Burger Wraps

    I love the way these fresh flavors blend together. It's a snap to throw this together using leftover burgers for a quick, healthy lunch. The burgers can also be served on buns. —Rachelle McCalla, Batesville, Arkansas

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    French Lentil and Carrot SoupTaste of Home

    French Lentil and Carrot Soup

    It's crazy how just a few ingredients can make such a difference. Using finely chopped rotisserie chicken in this recipe makes it perfect for a busy weeknight meal, but you can leave it out if you prefer. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Salted Caramel SauceTaste of Home

    Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce

    Truthfully, I want those cozy flavors of Thanksgiving throughout the year. This ice cream has just the right balance of spices, and no matter when you make it, you'll find yourself surrounded in the warmth and love that pumpkin pie has to offer. —Angie Stewart, Memphis, Tennessee

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    White Balsamic Blueberry, Corn and Feta SaladTaste of Home

    White Balsamic Blueberry, Corn and Feta Salad

    I'm not typically a huge fan of summer corn, but when it comes to this sweet, salty, refreshing salad, I can't put my fork down. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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    Shredded Green Chile BeefTaste of Home

    Shredded Green Chile Beef

    This Tex-Mex pulled beef roast is tender, slightly spicy, juicy, and so delicious served over mashed potatoes or rice. The beef also makes the best soft tacos you've ever had. Save any leftover pulled beef in the liquid to prevent it from drying out. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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    Vermont Maple CookiesTaste of Home

    Vermont Maple Cookies

    I created this recipe after tasting maple cookies with a maple glaze at a bakery in Stowe, Vermont, some years ago. I get many requests to bring them for bake sales, parties and ski trips. —Delores Day, Wolcott, Vermont

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    Tropical Sweet Potato SaladTaste of Home

    Tropical Sweet Potato Salad

    I had an abundance of sweet potatoes, so I put them to work and came up with this sweet and spicy salad. —Crystal Jo Bruns, Iliff, Colorado

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    Pecan Pie CobblerTaste of Home

    Pecan Pie Cobbler

    I couldn't find a recipe, so I took it upon myself and devised this amazing dessert that combines the ease of a cobbler and the rich taste of pecan pie. It tastes even better with ice cream or whipped topping. —Willa Kelley, Edmond, Oklahoma

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    Zucchini Pico de Gallo SalsaTaste of Home

    Zucchini Pico de Gallo Salsa

    I love veggies and fresh ingredients this time of year. I make big bowls of this salsa, which we eat with pretty much everything in the summer when tomatoes are bountiful. My kids love it, though I leave out the jalapeno when making it for them. —Amy Gattuso, Madison Heights, Michigan

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    Chili Macaroni and CheeseTaste of Home

    Chili Macaroni and Cheese

    What could be tastier on a cold winter day than chili or mac and cheese? Put them together and you have a terrific dish that warms you up and fills you up as well! —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

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    Sesame, Sunflower and Carrot SaladTaste of Home

    Sesame, Sunflower and Carrot Salad

    I love the harmonizing colors of the ingredients that make this a beautiful salad to serve, and a super healthy salad to eat. It's a versatile side that goes with everything! —Jessica Gerschitz, Jericho, New York

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    School-Night Sausage StroganoffTaste of Home

    School-Night Sausage Stroganoff

    I found this recipe in an old church cookbook about 25 years ago and tweaked it to fit my family's tastes. It's a savory, creamy dish that's quick to fix on a busy school night. —Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

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