Top 10 Recipes to Make

Top 10 Recipes to Make

Hi everyone! So I thought about sharing another round up of Town Talk finds but thought naw…let’s change it up again.

Instead, I am going to share 10 of my favorite recipes from famous chefs or fellow bloggers. Now, most of these I obviously cannot eat but I enjoy making them for my loved ones. In no specific order, here are my top 10!

White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake

Mix and Match Mama

Mix and Match Mama (aka: Shay Shull) is one of my favorite bloggers to follow. She has created 100 versions of a bundt cake. Last year, I decided to make as many as I could for various occasions. To date, I’ve baked 12 different bundts cakes. Her White Chocolate Raspberry flavor has received the most compliments from my crew. Oh man!  I follow the recipe verbatim except for adding a little bit of Mexican vanilla to the icing and sometimes I will use applesauce as an oil substitute. I use corn syrup free raspberry preserves which is easily found at Walmart, Kroger, etc. Make sure you spray your bundt pan very liberally before pouring in the batter. I also recommend her Pumpkin Spice Latte, Lemon, and Banana Nut variations. Her Rainbow Bundt Cake was super cool to make with five different colors swirled together. Perfect for a kid’s birthday party!

Beef Enchiladas

The Pioneer Woman

I’ll admit feeling skeptical when I first made this recipe since it had black olives in it. According to Shay, the olives totally made the dish. Never again will I question Ree’s logic. It helps to have an assembly line when you make this dish and have everything cut/grated beforehand to save time. My kitchen is always messy (more than usual) after I finish cooking but that’s because of the immense greatness being brewed in my cocina. Shay enjoys his enchiladas with mexican rice, refried beans, hot sauce, and guacamole.

Taco Soup

Taste of Home

Everyone has to have a taco soup recipe in their repertoire. My mom started making this recipe about a year ago and it’s a hit! It makes a lot so be prepared to feed a crowd. She would make it with ground turkey but either way, it turns out great. I have made a gluten free/vegan version for myself. I use a lentil/quinoa “taco meat,” ensure my taco seasoning is gluten free (McCormick makes gluten free packets), and omit the package of ranch dressing. This dish have a bit of a spicy kick to it so I would serve it with cornbread and a glass of milk!

Lentil Bolognese Zucchini Pasta

Minimalist Baker

Oh man- this spaghetti sauce knocks my socks off. It is full of vegetables and is meat free which is a win-win for me. It is a 30 minute recipe so it’s perfect for weeknights or when you’re in a hurry to throw dinner together. You can usually regular noodles instead of the zucchini noodles if you prefer.

Sausage Cornbread Breakfast Casserole

Mix and Match Mama

My name is Shannon and I’m addicted to breakfast casseroles. I haven’t figured out how to make this recipe completely vegan/vegetarian but it is easy to make gluten-free. Your crew will never know it’s gluten-free. I have made this recipe for a brunch and also served it to Shay for dinner. You will love the combination of sausage and cornbread together. Shay enjoys eating his slice with salsa and a little Cholula. It is very rich so don’t plan any vigorous activities afterward 😛

Mexican Layer Dip

The Pioneer Woman

You can bet your bottom dollar that I bring this dip to any Super Bowl/New Year’s/potluck party I’m invited to. It is so STINKIN’ GOOD! I like to make sure I’m stragically positioned at whoever’s house I’m at because I tend to stuff my face of this dip in a very unattractive manner. I think the main reason I like to make this dish (other than it being super amazing) is that it is easily modified for allergen friends. I can make it gluten-free, dairy-free, and it’s naturally meat-free. Everyone wins with this dip. How can you not love that?

Restaurant Salsa

The Pioneer Woman

This salsa is the best hands down. I love everything about it- the ingredients, the perfect degree of spice, and the way it smells right after I blend all the ingredients together. Yes, I sniff my food an embarrassingly amount. This salsa is a party-pleaser and perfect for summertime, BBQs, or really any occasion!

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

Damn Delicious

I love one pot meals. Easy clean up! This is a family friendly dinner and it mirrors my Olive Garden-ish Pasta Fagioli soup but with a Mexican twist. It can be modified for me using gluten-free noodles, vegetable broth, dairy-free cheese, and a meat substitute (lentil/quinoa mix). So yummy and hearty!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Family Fresh Meals

This recipe was often on repeat when I had a long commute to work. I sometimes used chicken and then I sometimes used pork chops. The flavors of the Italian dressing and Worcestershire compliment the brown sugar and BBQ sauce. I have made it without Worcestershire (it is hit or miss finding a corn-syrup free version) and it still tastes marvelous. Keep this one in your back pocket for summertime or nights where you can’t even 🙂

Homemade Chicken Strips

The Pioneer Woman

This one is all Shay. Everytime I make this recipe, I have flashbacks to the time I was dating Shay and he was hosting a New Year’s Eve party. He and his friends were ravenous and specifically wanted chicken strips. I was naive enough to volunteer to DRIVE TO WALMART ON NEW YEAR’S EVE and purchase the ingredients to make these chicken strips. Oh man, were there were some super sketchy folks out! I was sitting in my car reviewing my list or something and some guy came up to my window trying to sell me something. You don’t approach a young gal in a parking lot when it’s dark! Oh and then someone tried to sell me something in the store! Guess someone hadn’t met their end of the year quota. I digress. These strips are very delicious, per Shay and his buddies. I will make them anytime except for New Year’s Eve.

So there you have it! My top 10 recipes to make for friends and family. I would love to hear some of your go-to recipes. Comment below!!!

Never again on New Year’s Eve,


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