The Post’s 10 favorite recipes of the year

Dec 18, 2017
We've picked our favorite recipes of the year.

If all the dishes we made from scratch this year were contained in a virtual recipe file, which 10 creations would rise to the top as our favorites?

 We flipped through our 2017 recipe file, and we learned a couple of things: First, we swooned over many a dish this year. Second, it wasn’t easy to pick just 10 favorites. But we did. From a lasagna with an unexpected twist to a Southern grilled peach salad, we’ve picked our most scrumptious recipes of the year.  

Here they are. Enjoy!

Root beer and an aromatic rub give these ribs a sweet/smoky lift. Photo: (Photo by Steve Legato)

A slab of baby back ribs gets aromatic love from a genius spice rub and root beer glaze.

Here is the full recipe.

Grandma Guarnaschelli's Lasagna is loaded with tiny meatballs for the win. Photo: (Photo by Johnny Miller)

Here's a lasagna recipe that feels traditional despite an unexpected twist: It calls for mini meatballs instead of classic Bolognese sauce or simple ragu.

Here is the full recipe.

This kicky shrimp appetizer takes inspiration from Mexican escabeche (pickled) recipes. Photo: (Photo by Sandra A. Gutierrez)

Southern pickled shrimp take on spicy notes when given a Mexican-inspired escabeche treatment.

Here is the full recipe.

One-pan wonder: skillet seafood paella. Photo: (Photo by Ken Carlson/ Workman)

Here’s a recipe that doesn’t require a backyard paella pan, a flamenco soundtrack or even traditional Spanish bomba rice.

Here is the full recipe.

Salmon fillets get a kick from blackened seasoning. After a pan searing, the fish is finished in the oven. Photo: (Photo by Dianna Muscari/ The Kitchen Prep)

This vibrant salmon dish blends Alaskan fish with very South Florida flavor notes.

Here is the full recipe.

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This red lentil stew is a lighter, vegan version of a Bangladeshi dhal dish. Photo: (Photo by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl/ Green Kitchen Stories)

This red lentil stew gets round, rich notes from coconut oil and curry powder, a spicy lift from ginger and garlic, and a little smokiness from chili powder. 

Here is the full recipe.

Jusst peachy: Shaved ham and sorghum lend salty and sweet notes to this grilled peach dish. Photo: (Photo by Steve Legato)

This grilled peach dish is as lovely as it is adaptable. Its sweet-salty-smoky notes will make it the perfect savory salad.

Here is the full recipe.

Ginger Fried Rice, as featured in Food 52's "Genius Recipes" cookbook, by Kristen Miglore. Photo: (Photo by James Ransom)

This rice dish takes aromatic notes from ginger and garlic and richness from peanut oil. It comes together nicely with a sprinkling of crisped garlic.

Here is the full recipe.

Fantastically fragrant: Tomato basil tart by Diana Henry, author of the cookbook "Plenty." Photo: (Photo by Jonathan Loveking)

The buttery crust of this tomato tart holds contrasts ranging from creamy (mascarpone) to sharp (Parmesan, Gruyère) to sweet (plum tomatoes).

Here is the full recipe.

Apple cider doughnuts capture the essence of fall, as shown in the book "Apples,” by Amy Pennington. Photo: (Photo by Olivia Brent)

It may be tough to find an apple tree in South Florida, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the fruit’s autumnal potential.

Here is the full recipe.