Presenting the Finalists in Our Most Innovative Recipe Contest

Our Test Kitchen asked for the most unique recipes and these home cooks delivered! Check out the finalists in our Most Innovative Recipe Contest.

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We asked home cooks to share their most unique recipes with us, and did they ever deliver! After careful consideration and testing these recipes in our Test Kitchen, we’ve narrowed down the submissions to 12 tasty recipes.

We don’t think you’ve ever seen any recipes like these before, but know that they are Test Kitchen-approved and absolutely delicious. So check them out, stir a few up in your kitchen and vote for your favorite.

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Banh Mi Baby Back Ribs By Bonnie Geavaras Bootz
TMB Studio

Banh Mi Baby Back Ribs

All the flavors you’d expect from a traditional Thai Banh Mi sandwich are captured in these fall-off-the-bone ribs.

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Spiced Indian Rusks By Mary Lou Timpson
TMB Studio

Spiced Indian Rusks

Packed with warm spices, these rusks are like a combination of a slightly sweet cornbread and an Italian biscotti.

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Strawberry Shoortcake Salad By Adrienne Vradenburg
TMB Studio, Courtesy Adrienne Vradenburg

Strawberry Shortcake Salad

This salad is all about contrast. Salty and sweet, crunchy and tender. Plus, who wouldn’t love shortcake croutons.

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Raspberry Matcha Cake Roll By Kaori Shinohara
TMB Studio, Courtesy Kaori Shinohara

Raspberry Matcha Cake Roll

Matcha powder gives this delicate cake roll its subtle green color that blends extremely well with tart raspberries.

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Easy Tamale Pie With Peppers By Joan Hallford
TMB Studio

Easy Tamale Pie with Peppers

Layering premade tamales with roasted peppers, cheese and chili make a flavor-packed dinner in minutes!

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Copycat Celebration Cheesecake By Krystine Mcdougal Walter
TMB Studio

Copycat Celebration Cheesecake

This show-stopping cheesecake is worth every minute to prepare. And it’s just as impressive as its famous inspiration from The Cheesecake Factory.

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Jackfruit Tacos With Green Apple Salsa By Henrie Marie
TMB Studio, Courtesy Henrie Marie

Jackfruit Tacos with Green Apple Salsa

Shredded jack fruit replaces pulled pork in these creative vegetarian tacos. A green apple salsa quenches any heat.

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Air Fryer Cookie Pie By Ashley Long
TMB Studio, Courtesy Ashley Long

Air-Fryer Cookie Pie

Is there anything better than a warm chocolate chip cookie? Yes, stuff it with Nutella for an amazing quick dessert.

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Low Carb Lasagna By Tammy Kirk
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Low-Carb Lasagna

In this lasagna, the noodles are replaced with sliced deli meats. Not only does it cut the carbs but it adds a lot of flavor.

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Most Innovative Recipe Finalist Debra Keil Guacamole Chicken Salad Sandwiches
TMB Studio

Guacamole Chicken Salad Sandwiches

This guac is studded with pomegranate seeds for a truly inventive creation. Rotisserie chicken makes this chicken salad a snap to prepare.

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Pressure Cooker Cherry Bourbon Ham Balls By Joyce Moynihan
TMB Studio

Pressure-Cooker Cherry Bourbon Ham Balls

Ham and pork are combined with the rich flavors of bourbon and cherries to create a truly unique combination.

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Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa is also dedicated to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.