Alert! It's almost 2017 everyone. Time flies when you're cooking, right?
It's been over 2 years of A Little Gathering, and I've honestly loved the challenge of creating new recipes for this site. This is not my first food blog, but it's the first that really felt right.
I created over 50 recipes (!) this year, so I thought it would be fun to walk down memory lane and share the recipes that were your favorites in 2016. And lucky me, these are my favorites as well!
10 / Harvest salad with roasted acorn squash
A vegetarian salad recipe fit for any holiday table. This salad shines when on a large platter with the roasted acorn squash parading around the serving dish. Peppery arugula works well against the sweet flavor of the dressing. Tangy goat cheese + crisp pear finish the whole thing off. And damn, it looks pretty once assembled.
9 / Chai pear lemonade
A new take on classic lemonade, this time with the flavor of chai + pears. It's also perfect for when the weather is flipping between warm + cold. It's lip puckering sour with shrub + lemonade. If you're more into sweet things, be sure to add more sugar. Otherwise sip on.
8 / Green onion chicken drumsticks
A great weeknight chicken recipe; simple enough for new cooks as well. This is a kinda grown-up version of baked chicken legs topped with plenty of crunchy sesame seeds + salty peanuts. Enjoy these on a bed of rice with even more chopped green onions. It keeps well in the fridge so you'll have a quick lunch ready for the next morning.
7 / Apple pastry buns
A quick dessert recipe, that'll make you fall in love with what puff pastry can do. These buns have a mix of fall flavors going on from apple to cinnamon, but couldn't be easier to pull off. The apples become jammy, the pasty gets flakey + you can pull the whole thing apart to expose the layers.
6 / Herb pesto arancini
A truly easy arancini recipe. Arancini are basically like giant stuffed rice balls, but deep-fried. Usually made with leftover risotto, they're creamy on the inside + crispy on the outside. This one is stuffed with a basil + mint pesto plus fresh mozzarella. These are addicting!
5 / Street corn-style roasted potatoes
This is one of the recipes I'm the most proud of, so I'm glad you all liked it too! It's a take on Mexican-style street corn, but with potatoes. The potatoes are spicy + golden, but the lime sour cream calms everything down. The queso fresco is a cheesy bonus! It has all of the elements of a classic Mexican-style grilled corn, but switched up.
4 / Make your own latke party
I love Hanukkah latkes, but really they should be enjoyed year round because there are so many ways to make 'em! I'm proud of this one because it's also a tutorial to create an EPIC latke platter like you would a cheese plate. Who wouldn't want their pick of three different types of latkes?
2 / Coconut milk mac and cheese
A non-traditional mac and cheese with coconut milk. I really, really love this one. Coconut milk builds the base of this mac + cheese. I love the flavor + how creamy it is, but it's way lighter than a traditional base. There's a teeny bit of cheddar in this mac + cheese, but a majority of the color (plus flavor) comes from smoked paprika + turmeric.
1 / Sausage, peppers + onions pigs in a blanket
And the most popular recipe of the year were these suckers! And for good reason, they're easy, impressive + delicious. They're my favorite as well!
These are a mash between traditional pigs in a blanket, everything bagels + sausage and peppers. Essentially everything that I like about being a New Yorker in one bite.
And that's the top 10 recipes for 2016! It was so much fun creating all of these this year, and I'll be back next year with even more ideas for your gatherings, small + big. As always, be sure to reach out if there is a recipe you're looking for and look out for new posts in 2017. Cheers!