2011 Best Recipes
Our editors test and approve all recipes featured in our magazine, but these picks stand out above the rest.
JanuaryLemon-Poppy Seed Belgian Waffles
These fluffy waffles are filled with the sweet, lemony flavor of their muffin cousins. Cook up the batter as waffles or pancakes for breakfast or dinner. Finish the fruity flavors with our Blackberry Maple Syrup.
JanuaryLucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Recipe: Lucky Black-Eyed Pea Salad
Peppery watercress fills in for traditional greens, and fresh peaches, cilantro, and black-eyed peas add fresh flair.
JanuaryBaked Smokin' Macaroni and Cheese
This delicious mac and cheese is light on the butter and cheese yet still melts in your mouth. Change the flavor profile of the recipe with combinations such as sweet peas and proscuitto or ham and broccoli.
FebruaryDouble Crust Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe: Double Crust Chicken Pot Pie
This recipe may just replace your old, tried-and-true chicken pot pie recipe. Use refrigerated piecrusts to make this supper an easy must-have.
FebruaryPraline-Pecan French Toast
Recipe: Praline-Pecan French Toast
Assemble this breakfast treat the night before for a fabulously easy and special morning meal.
MarchGoat Cheese and Strawberry Grilled Cheese
Make a healthier version of grilled cheese by substituting flavorful goat cheese and strawberries.
MarchButtermilk Pound Cake with Custard Sauce
We sampled this traditional pairing several different ways and loved them all, but our favorite was a warm pound cake with chilled custard.
MarchMango-Spinach Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
This is a delicious partner for grilled fish. Don't forget fresh crusty bread to soak up every bit of the warm vinaigrette.
AprilRosemary Roast Lamb
Recipe: Rosemary Roast Lamb
Fresh herbs and a touch of anchovy paste give this roast a beautiful crust and delicious depth of flavor.
AprilRoasted Salmon with Lemon and Dill
AprilMississippi Mud, Caramel-Pecan, and Marbled Brownies
MaySweet Tea Tiramisù
Recipe: Sweet Tea Tiramisù
Tiramisù is always delicious. Throw sweet tea into the mix and you'll have a to-die-for dessert.
MayKentucky Hot Browns
Recipe: Kentucky Hot Browns
In need of a little comfort? Tuck into the classic knife-and-fork sandwich smothered in Mornay sauce for a decadent Southern dish.
MayFried Chicken Bites
Recipe: Fried Chicken Bites
Serve these zesty chicken bites warm or cold with a side of blue cheese or honey mustard dressing. The kids will love these, too!
MaySweet Tea-Brined Chicken
Recipe: Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken
A hint of tea, brown sugar, and rosemary makes up the marinade for this grilled chicken. The combination is irresistible!
MaySweet Tea Rice
MayStrawberry-Rhubarb Hand Pies
JuneFried Green Tomatoes
Recipe: Fried Green Tomatoes
It doesn't get much more Southern than a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes. Great on sandwiches, in salads, or plain, this is a recipe every Southern cook should master.
JuneKentucky Benedictine Tea Sandwiches
Cucumber, cream cheese, and fresh herbs make the filling for this delightful finger food. Add a festive trim with spicy micro-greens.
JuneCherry-Bourbon and Coffee-Chocolate Ice Cream
Pimiento Cheese-Bacon Burger
JulyLightened Squash Casserole
Recipe: Lightened Squash Casserole
Take advantage of this golden veggie in a lightened version of squash casserole. A combo of cornflakes and French fried onions add an irresistible crunch, without adding too many calories.
JulyInsalata con Peche
Recipe: Insalata con Peche
Combine prosciutto, fresh peaches, and mozzarella cheese for an irresistible salad. Sprinkle with fresh thyme to add some zip.
JulySummer Grilled Peach Salad
Recipe: Summer Grilled Peach Salad
Grilled peaches served atop a bed of arugala make for a great summertime salad. Add gorgonzola cheese and pecans for the perfect final touch.
AugustGrilled Tri-Tip with Citrus-Chile Butter
Rethink steak night! Serve grilled lean tri-tip with a zesty citrus butter made with lime and lemon zest, fresh thyme, and jalapeño peppers.
AugustLemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie
Recipe: Lemon Meringue Ice-Cream Pie
Homemade lemon curd delivers a burst of bright citrus flavor to this simple-to-fix pie, and it can be made up to 2 weeks ahead. You'll have about ½ cup lemon curd left after making the pie. Serve it alongside the pie, drizzle over fresh fruit, or try it as a spread on hot biscuits.
AugustHerbed Tomato Tart
Recipe: Herbed Tomato Tart
This updated tomato pie is served pizza-style on a puff pastry with a combination of feta and mozzarella cheese. An assortment of herbs along with colorful fresh tomatoes gives this tomato tart its wonderful flavor.
SeptemberSkillet-Roasted Okra and Shrimp
Recipe: Skillet-Roasted Okra and Shrimp
Only six simple ingredients impart tons of flavor in this dish. Use the freshest shrimp you can find more best results.
Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Recipe: Apple-Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
This delicious apple bundt cake features a sweet cream cheese filling and homemade praline frosting. Garnish the frosting with extra toasted pecans.
SeptemberPesto-Crusted Pork Chops with Sweet-and-Sour Collards
Use pesto as a flavorful coating on pork chops and serve alongside collards seasoned with brown sugar and red pepper.
OctoberChicken Under a Skillet
Recipe:Chicken Under a Skillet
A juicy, flavorful grilled whole chicken is a dynamite dish! Rosemary leaves, lemon zest, garlic, and herbs de Provence impart great flavor, but it's the grill that really does the work.
OctoberSticky-Bun Pumpkin Muffins
Sticky buns and pumpkin bread combine in this amazing muffin recipe. A mixture of toasted pecans, butter, and brown sugar creates the sweet topping. Serve these for breakfast, or skip the "sticky" part and make Pecan-Pumpkin Bread instead.
Fettucine with Zucchini and Pecans
Pecans aren't just for dessert. Try them toasted in this Italian-inspired fettucine with fresh basil and Asiago cheese.
NovemberCreole Deep-Fried Turkey
Recipe: Creole Deep-Fried Turkey
Southerners love to fry their food, and there's no stopping us when it comes to our Thanksgiving turkey. Give this fried turkey recipe a try and enjoy the flavors that only deep-frying can create.
Recipe: Marinated Shrimp-and-Artichokes
This recipe can double as a side dish or appetizer. Feta cheese, fresh herbs, and a garlic-and-herb marinade give the shrimp and artichokes outstanding flavor.
NovemberFried Confetti Corn
Recipe: Fried Confetti Corn
Cream, bacon, and sweet peppers take this dish from down-home to top shelf.
NovemberGreen Beans with Caramelized Shallots
Shallots and a touch of brown sugar bring out the sweetness in the beans.
DecemberHerb-and-Potato Chip-Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Potato chips? On a roast? You betcha! They add wonderful salty crunch to this showstopping entrée.
Recipe: Capital Eggnog
This decadent beverage qualifies for the name “sipping dessert,” whether you serve it with or without alcohol. You’ll have lots of egg whites left over—use them in angel food cake or meringue cookies.
Recipe from Bartender David Burnette of The Capital Hotel; Little Rock, Arkansas
DecemberChicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Prepare this one-dish wonder up to a month before you plan to serve it. It’s just right for a weeknight supper or casual entertaining.