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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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One Pan Roasted Chicken Vegetables Exps Opbz18 232860 B06 28 1b 11

Garlicky Chicken Dinner

Flavorful bone-in chicken is enhanced by herbs, lemon and hearty vegetables in this savory meal-in-one entree. —Shannon Norris, Cudahy, Wisconsin
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Apple Pie Cupcakes With Cinnamon Buttercream Exps Thn18 177885 C06 05 9b

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 Flatbread Exps Sdon18 218630 C06 15 10b 10

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 Toasts Exps Sdam18 193200 B12 01 7b 6

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 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 Casserole Exps Sdon18 221625 E06 14 9b 15

Pepper Jack Hash Brown Casserole

I found myself in need of an impromptu potato dish, but I had no potatoes. Frozen hash browns and the plethora of cheeses I had in the freezer offered me the solution to my side-dish dilemma. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
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One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta Exps Bfbz19 212580 B01 17 4b 8

One-Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

When the weather's too chilly to grill, 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 Seared Salmon With Dill Sauce Exps Sdas18 133878 C03 29  10b 13

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 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 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 Mac Exps Sdas18 215224 D03 27  6b 9

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 Jambalaya Exps Sdas18 219065 D03 28  6b 7

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 Jam Exps Jmz18 175159 D03 02 10b 1

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 Veggies Exps Thso18 216680 C04 20 5b 3

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 Biscuits Exps Sbz21 175565 B09 30 1b 1

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 Chili Exps Thn18 226382 D06 01 1b 3

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 Packets Exps Sdas18 185515 D03 30  5b 4

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 Cups

I read that white chocolate intensifies the flavor of blackberries. It's true! The crunch of baking chips, the blackberry puree, and the sweet and salty pretzel crust make this a sensational mini dessert. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
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Potato And Chorizo Casserole Exps Sdon18 223924 E06 14 4b 2

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 Drumsticks Exps Thn18 228886 B05 30 5b 8

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 Sauce Exps Sdon18 139679 C06 19 3b 9

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 Chili Exps Scw18 49376 E09 20 1b

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 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 Salad Exps Thjj18 45338 B02 01 3b

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 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 Boats Exps Thsum18 194344 D02 01 10b 8

Garden-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Not only are these boats a delightful way to get your veggies, 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 Soup Exps Thn18 128604 E06 06 6b 3

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 Burgers Exps Tham18 192202 B12 12 1b 5

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 Cheese Exps Thn18 168361 D05 30 5b

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 Gelato Exps Sdam18 212175 D11 30 2b 9

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 Salad Exps Thjj18 186629 D01 30 2b 3

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 Skillet Exps Sdas18 214139 D03 28  7b 8

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 Sauce Exps Sdam18 200154 C12 01 4b 8

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 Clusters Exps Sdam18 206443 D12 01 5b

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 Pizza Exps Sdjj18 215090 B02 13 3b 5

Garden-Fresh Grilled Veggie Pizza

I have four gardens, including one just for herbs, so I always have a pretty good spread of produce. 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 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 Aioli Exps Thjj18 208371 C02 01 1b 11

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 Zoodles Exps Hck19 207696 C09 21 1b 7

    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 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 Bowl Exps Thjj18 165765 B01 31 3b 2

    Cheeseburger Bowl

    This recipe is a lighter way to enjoy an American summer staple. You can try a version of the dressing with 1 tablespoon of yellow mustard and 1 tablespoon of ketchup. —Laurie Rogerson, Ellington, Connecticut
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    Country French Pork With Prunes And Apples Exps Thso18 220138 B04 20 5b 4

    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 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 Soup Exps Edsc18 184673 B03 20 1b 5

    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 Cake Exps Sdam18 206698 D11 29 3b 3

    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 Salad Exps Thjj18 174845 D01 30 7b 11

    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 Sauerbraten Exps Thn18 39243 E06 06 2b 11

    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 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 Skillet Exps Sdon18 58843 C06 15 3b 3

    Turkey Biscuit Skillet

    My mother always made this while I was growing up. Now I make it for my husband and kids. I cut the biscuits into smaller pieces so they will brown nicely on top. I also sometimes add mushrooms to this recipe because my family likes them so much. —Keri Boffeli, Monticello, Iowa
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    California Burger Wraps Exps Sdjj18 162210 D02 08 1b 10

    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 Soup Exps Thso18 219374 B04 19 8b 10

    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 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 Salad Exps Thjj18 211893 C01 30 2b 2

    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 Beef Exps Sdas18 214144 D03 27  4b 2

    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 Cookies Exps Fbmz18 191647 D05 09 1b 11

    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 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 Cobbler Exps Thn18 126120 C06 05 5b 2

    Pecan Pie Cobbler

    I couldn't find a recipe, so I took it upon myself to devise this amazing dessert that combines the ease of a cobbler and the rich flavor 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 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 Cheese Exps Sdon18 218901 C06 12 2b 5

    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 Carrot Salad  Exps Thn18 221172 B06 07 1b 2

    Sesame, Sunflower and Carrot Salad

    This is such a beautiful salad to serve because of the ingredients' harmonizing colors. and it's super healthy to eat. This versatile side salad goes with just about every main dish! —Jessica Gerschitz, Jericho, New York
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    School Night Sausage Stroganoff Exps Sdas18 213669 D03 27  3b 3

    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

    Annamarie Higley
    Annamarie Higley is an Associate Print Editor for Taste of Home magazine, as well as the brand's special issue publications. A midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, trivia-ing, and—you guessed it!—all things cooking and baking.
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