2010 Best Recipes
We affectionately named our Food staff's favorite, fluffy, buttermilk flapjacks after their creator, Test Kitchen Pro Pam Lolley. Plan to drench these cakes, hot off the griddle, with our easy honey syrup.
- Recipe: Hearts of Palm-and-Jicama Salad
Spicy Pickled Shrimp makes an elegant presentation of this Lowcountry favorite. Flavors pop after the shrimp marinate with onions and a tangy vinaigrette overnight. Serve with cocktails or on lettuce leaves as a plated first course.
- Recipe: Spicy Pickled Shrimp
Find out for yourself why this salty spread earned especially rave reviews in our Test Kitchen. The mixture of feta, olive oil, lemon juice, chopped pepperonchini, and spices makes great starter. Serve with crostini or pita chips, and garnish with dried crushed red pepper and olive oil. You can also process the mixture longer for a sauce-like consistency.
- Recipe: Feta Spread (Htipiti)
This delightful spring dessert more than merited running on our April 2010 cover—not just for looks but also for its sweet, summery taste. We couldn’t think of a better way to show off the succulent taste and colorful presentation of strawberries, the South’s most prized spring fruit.
Baking the orange-marmalade-coated shortcake in a tart pan (available for under $15 at most supermarkets) produces a sweet-and-sturdy base for the berries and whipped cream.
- Recipe: Strawberry-Orange Shortcake Tart
Fiery jalapeno pepper jelly adds a sweet kick to this variation on classic shrimp cocktail. The jelly, lime juice, mango, red bell pepper, and cilantro marinate with cooked shrimp for fresh flavor. Finish off the cocktail with diced avocado, and serve with tortilla chips.
- Recipe: Tex-Mex Shrimp Cocktail
Filled with red onion, blue cheese, bacon, and a sweet-tangy dressing, this reader recipe earned top honors at our test kitchen tastings. Grilling the potatoes in an easy-to-fold aluminum foil packet adds a subtle note of smoky flavor—plus it makes cleanup a breeze.
Pavlova was the signature dessert of was former Test Kitchen Professional (and mother of current Test Kitchen Professional Marian Cooper Cairns) Jane Cairns. You don't have to be a professional to make it though. Assemble the elegant berry dessert just before serving; you can make the meringue up to two days ahead and store it in an airtight container.
Perfect fresh summer peaches by cooking them in a juicy, pecan pastry-topped cobbler. This recipe makes enough for a crowd and is perfect for family reunions. Serve hot or cold with sweetened whipping cream or vanilla ice cream.
- Recipe: Pecan-Peach Cobbler
These small cream puffs are surprisingly easy to make. They taste delightful with a simple Coffee Whipped Cream filling the crisp shell. Prepare the puffs up to 2 days in advance and store them cooled and unfilled in an airtight container.
Recipe: Grilled Shrimp Gumbo Salad
This rainbow of summer fruit makes an elegant presentation and a refreshing side for a luncheon, brunch, or dinner. Layer and chill the salad up to eight hours in advance.
- Recipes: Melon-and-Mozzarella Salad
Impress your guests or family with the goodness of classic lemon icebox pie. This recipe features from-scratch buttery crust, lemony-rich baked filling, and homemade whipped cream.
- Recipe: Zesty Lemon Pie
Transform turkey into a fiesta of a meal with these tostadas. A few add-ins kick up the spice of cranberry sauce to round out the Tex-Mex combination of veggies, turkey, and cheese.
This Greek-style shrimp became an instant favorite in our test kitchen. Better yet, it's ready to eat in just 35 minutes.
Easy side: Serve with 1 (5-oz.) package mixed salad greens and your favorite Greek dressing.
- Recipe: Roasted Tomato-and-Feta Shrimp