Top Recipes of 2012: Nate’s Picks

Published December 27, 2012 by jenmatteson

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!
Cream Cheese and Jalapeno Stuffed Turkey Burger

Shrimp Fajita Pasta: This is another one that made my list. Probably my favorite of the year, plus the picture rocks!
Shrimp Fajita Pasta
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!
Sausage and Pumpkin Pasta
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.
Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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!
Pretzel Bites with Creamy Cheese Sauce

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!
Salsa Verde Chicken 'n' Dumplings
Pesto Chicken Pockets: These are so cute and super easy to make for a party appetizer.  Make extra, because they’ll go fast!


Pesto Chicken Pockets

Bagels: I made two types of bagels (Jalapeno and Onion, Rosemary and Olive Oil) this year, and was surprised that they both turned out wonderful!  I’m really catching on to this baking thing!


Jalapeno and Onion Bagels

Penne Rosa with Shrimp: This was a blogger’s choice recipe swap recipe, and I think I picked a great one!


Penne Rosa with Shrimp

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!


Beef Enchiladas with Roasted Corn

Taco Pizza: Nate said he could eat this until he throws up.  Enough said.


Taco Pizza

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!


Sante Fe Chicken Salad

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!


Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

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.


Pesto Chicken Pinwheels

Basil Pesto Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Another great matchup of basil pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.  What could be better?


Basil Pesto Turkey Burgers with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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!


Southwest Chicken Pannini with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches: These were delicious and much like the cake, but in cookie form.  A bit sticky, but so good!


Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

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!


Green Chili, Tomatillo, and Avocado Pasta Salad

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs: Another great appetizer to bring to a party. These are so simple, and who doesn’t love pepperoni pizza?


Pepperoni PIzza Puffs

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 😉 


Pretzel Chicken

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!


Chicken Tikka Masala

Which recipes did you like the best from my first year of blogging? 

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