To add a little variety to my top recipes of 2012, I asked Nate to pick his favorites. While we had a little bit of overlap, I was surprised at some of his picks. He said if he had to narrow it down to his top 5, these would be it:
Nate’s Top 5
Cream Cheese and Jalapeno Burger: This made my list as well. The picture doesn’t come close to doing it justice; this was when I first started blogging, so my photography wasn’t as top-notch as it is now ;). Okay, so maybe there is still room for improvement, but I’ve definitely made some pretty good headway!
Shrimp Fajita Pasta: This is another one that made my list. Probably my favorite of the year, plus the picture rocks!
Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta: This was one that I was surprised he liked so much, but I’m glad to hear it. It’s curiously delicious!
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps: These are always so good, I double the recipe every time so we have a few days of leftovers. Another overlap from my list.
Pretzel Bites with Creamy Cheese Sauce: These are perfect for a party, but it’s probably best if you have a mini slow cooker to keep the cheese sauce warm (over the stove on simmer would work well too). I definitely need to make these again to get a better picture!
While he narrowed down his top 5, he also made a list of his other favorites throughout the year.
Nate’s List of Honorable Mention
Salsa Verde Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings: This was so delicious, but very difficult to take a good picture. I loved the salsa verde in this recipe, too!
Pesto Chicken Pockets: These are so cute and super easy to make for a party appetizer. Make extra, because they’ll go fast!
Penne Rosa with Shrimp: This was a blogger’s choice recipe swap recipe, and I think I picked a great one!
Beef Enchiladas with Roasted Corn: I added the roasted corn in these just to use up corn in my fridge, but it turned out to be a wonderful addition. Add in my homemade enchilada sauce and it was an instant hit!
Taco Pizza: Nate said he could eat this until he throws up. Enough said.
Santa Fe Chicken Salad: This salad was so awesome, it was better than one you’d get in a restaurant…of course! Looking forward to making it more this upcoming summer on my new deck!
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers: The sun-dried tomatoes in the filling were a risk, but it paid off. These were a huge hit at our drink tasting party!
Pesto Chicken Pinwheels: These are so simple and everyone loves them. A great appetizer to bring to a party. I brought them to my work Christmas party this year and they disappeared in an instant.
Basil Pesto Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Another great matchup of basil pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. What could be better?
Southwest Chicken and Swiss Panini: I just happened to throw a bunch of ingredients in my fridge together to make these paninis, and this was one of my most pinned posts of the year. Crazy!
Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches: These were delicious and much like the cake, but in cookie form. A bit sticky, but so good!
Green Chili, Tomatillo and Avocado Pasta Salad: I happened to have the sauce leftover from a grilled chicken dish I made earlier in the week, so I threw it over some pasta, added some sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella cubes. So yummy!
Pepperoni Pizza Puffs: Another great appetizer to bring to a party. These are so simple, and who doesn’t love pepperoni pizza?
Pretzel Chicken: This is a great go-to recipe in my house. We almost always have all the ingredients, so if I haven’t planned anything for dinner, it’s easy to throw together, healthy and delicious! Another recipe I need to get a better picture of, though 😉
Chicken Tikka Masala: This is a horrible picture, and honestly, it looks like someone threw up over a bed of rice. But guess what? They didn’t. I need to remake this and get a better picture so it at least looks appetizing, because it is!
Which recipes did you like the best from my first year of blogging?