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Sunday Supper Reader Favorites

Hello and welcome, friends! I hope you had a beautiful holiday with friends and family. With Christmas behind us, the countdown to 2022 is on. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a time of reflection; thinking back on the last year, sharing memorable moments; and looking ahead with hopeful thoughts for the new year. This week, I will be reflecting on Reader Favorites from 2021 – the posts you all visited the most. So today, it’s your favorite Sunday Supper Recipes.

Best of Sunday Supper

This was a fun list to put together; a few of the recipes surprised me, and a few of them reminded me of great dishes I’d like to make again. Your particular favorite might not be on this list, but hopefully a few of them will inspire you to try something you may have missed the first time, or to try something new. Herewith, the top 10 Sunday Supper Recipes.

1. Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is a classic. Thin chicken breast cutlets in a bright lemony sauce with capers and shallots. Usually when I make chicken, we prefer thighs; they are more moist, tender and flavorful than breasts. This preparation of breast cutlets keeps them moist and flavorful though, because we will finish the cutlets in the sauce.

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2. Burma Superstar Coconut Chicken Curry

Alex and I independently loved the restaurant Burma Superstar, in San Francisco. We never went there together while we lived in California, but since moving to Athens, we have talked about how much we wish we had gone there before we left California. Eh, well… Fortunately, they have a cookbook! So today, we are making an adaptation of Burma Superstar Coconut Chicken Curry.

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3. Not-so-Instant Instant Ramen

I am not at all surprised this one came in at number three on the list of most popular Sunday Suppers, because I know I am not the only one who doesn’t feel like cooking sometimes. And that’s when I make my go-to: Instant Ramen. But, I don’t just boil some water, toss in the seasoning packet and the hunk of noodles and call it dinner. No, I like to make it a little more special. Sure, there are a few more steps, but they’re just as easy as sprinkling in a seasoning packet. 

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4. Sheet Pan Honey Butter Chicken with Broccoli

This recipe is a modified version of Honey Butter Chicken Skewers by Ann Taylor Pittman. It’s featured in a “Korean Meets Souther Barbecue” spread in a recent publication of Southern Living Magazine. It’s been pretty rainy here in Athens lately, so I have modified this recipe to be an easy sheet pan dinner. Let’s get right to this Korean-inspired recipe: Sheet Pan Honey Butter Chicken with Broccoli.

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5. Summer Tomato Galette

Coming in at Number 5 on the top ten list is a Summer Tomato Galette. I love galettes because they’re rustic pies that even an unlucky baker like me can make with success. When it comes to baking, rustic equals imperfect, in terms of looks. We still want dry bottoms and light, flaky crust, but we can get away with uneven shapes and edges. This tomato pie is so flavorful and savory, we ate the whole thing over the course of the day – it’s that good! 

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6. Chicken Noodle Soup

Number 6 on the list finds Chicken Noodle Soup. This classic comfort food is a classic for a reason. Is there anything more soothing and comforting than a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup? A few modifications like smoked chicken and lots of fresh dill change this soup up just enough to make it a new favorite.

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7. Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken

Sheet Pan Tandoori Chicken with cauliflower and green beans is an easy, sheet pan dinner that is so simple, yet so flavorful. Aside from the pre-made packages of Indian food from Trader Joe’s, (which are super-good, by the way), I haven’t really had much Indian food since we left California. Well, that had to change.

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8. Fish and Summer Vegetables in a Foil Packet

Today kicks off our first week of vacation cooking on Djalali Cooks. We are at our Tybee House, Wild Palms, so I am without all my favorite cookware and my well-stocked pantry. Also without my go-to grocery spots; I have to get creative and make do with what I can find. Of course we will visit some of our favorite spots to eat and drink while we are here, but we still do a lot of home cooking, even on vacation. So let’s get to today’s recipe: Fish and Summer Vegetables in a Foil Packet.

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9. Orange Chicken

This recipe for Orange Chicken comes in at Number 9 on Sunday Supper Reader Favorites – but for me this one is closer to the Number 1 spot. This Chinese restaurant staple is sweet and tangy with the slightly bitter notes of orange zest; the sauce is so flavorful with ginger, soy sauce and garlic. The method for making this Orange Chicken is super-easy and is great to keep in your back pocket for a variety of fried chicken dishes.

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10. Bucatini all’Amatriciana

Sunday Supper Reader Favorites Number 10, Bucatini all’Amatriciana might actually be my Number 1 Sunday Supper. Making this dish at home was a revelation, never have I ever made a more restaurant-worthy dish! Last Spring I had been watching Stanley Tucci’s show, Searching for Italy. In the Rome episode, Tucci orders Rigatoni all’Amatriciana. Needless to say, I had to try this.

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Thank you so much for joining me today for this Sunday Supper Reader Favorites. This week I will have a few more Best Of Lists to share, including a Pizza and a Movie Reader Favorites on Friday. Be sure to tune in through the week, as I will also have a new recipe for a New Year’s Eve Appetizer. Thank you again, everyone! xo Kelly

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  • Sylvia Espinoza
    December 26, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Fun list, Kelly! Look forward to your year-end offerings with much anticipation. Your diligence is priceless! Enjoy this final week of 2021. Hugs!~

    • Kelly Djalali
      December 26, 2021 at 1:16 pm

      Thank you, Sylvia! It’s fun to look back at what the favorites were. Have a great final week of 2021! xo Kelly

  • Mari
    December 26, 2021 at 12:43 pm

    These are all great ideas for a Sunday supper. My son’s favorites are the Honey Butter Chicken, the Chicken Piccata, and the Orange Chicken. Those are all excellent choices, and my children who cook have made them many times. My personal favorite is the Not So Instant Ramen. I love the different textures and tastes swimming around the bowl. I could live on that and the occasional kale or spinach salad, but the people I cook for do not appreciate my food obsessions, so I have to get out of my culinary rut and make them something else. In my defense, I haven’t made the ramen in at least two weeks. Holiday favorites and your recipes took precedence. We had a lovely relaxing Christmas and just enjoyed being goofy and being ourselves. Sometimes life forces us to be someone else, or we have to make that choice. Either way, it’s always trying to be version 2.0, and it’s nice to be me again. I got up at 4 in the morning and put a turkey breast in the Instant Pot, and set it on the slow cooker function. Nicholas grumbled until I turned off the light and he went back to sleep. Birds really like to sleep, and do not appreciate us disturbing it for any reason.

    Lucky for me, there was no underwear under the tree, and no silly pajamas either, although I wouldn’t mind a ie of silly pajamas. I did get a pair of winter boots and a lovely peridot ring among other things. I hate buying things I need, because I’d rather buy silly or pretty things that I don’t necessarily need, but that I want. So my kids usually buy those practical things for me. The boots are very nice and in this cold weather, a necessity! I hope everyone had a blissful Christmas, and that we all have a healthy, Happy New Year. We don’t do New Years at all. We stay in and watch movies, eat light snacks, and just enjoy being together. We are so boring that we are asleep before midnight.
    Happy Sunday with love and hugs to Kelly, Alex, Terry, Dante, Penny, and Sophie, and the blog sisters. I have grave suspicions that Dante, Penny and Sophie are up to something. They only look sleek and content and beautiful to lull us into a false sense of security. (My birds haven’t mastered that at all. They’re too busy getting into everything.).

    • Kelly Djalali
      December 26, 2021 at 1:20 pm

      Hello Mari, I am glad you had a lovely Christmas. Alex gifted me a beautiful Scrabble board, so we all played Scrabble after the brunch dishes were cleared. It was a nice, relaxing Christmas. We are pretty boring for New Year’s Eve, too – we almost never make it to midnight, preferring to go to bed at our normal bedtime. Happy Sunday to you, xo Kelly

  • Terry
    December 26, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    This is great post. I really like when you bring back the good ones it jogs my memory of what I forgot and need to fix.., have a great day after Christmas relax ❄️⛄️?❤️?Mom

    • Kelly Djalali
      December 26, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks, Mom. These posts remind me what I would like to make again too. With cooking new things all the time, I rarely get to revisit older recipes, so this is fun. xo Kelly

  • Mary.
    December 26, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    Wonderful reminders for cooking a good easy supper, anytime. I love your recipes and look forward to the new year with more of your cooking ideas. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead!

    • Kelly Djalali
      December 27, 2021 at 8:32 am

      Hello Mary, Thank you so much; we wish you a very happy 2022! xo Kelly

  • Sally Burke
    December 26, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Kelly
    If I could only choose three dishes my one to three would be Chicken Piccata, Fish and Summer Vegetables and Tomato Galette, but as usual all of your dishes are a must try. My problem is that there are only 365 days in the year and I do repeat recipes from time to time, plus I subscribe to a New Zealand Magazine called Dish which like you, produces recipes that anyone can try and without searching all over for ingredients. So between you, Dish and Pinterest, plus my very full shelf of cookbooks, which I did say I would not add to, whoops! Two new ones recently… oh well you only live once.
    Wishing you and Alex a fabulous 2022, and we will be the same as you probably not staying awake until midnight, although we do enjoy the fireworks. We’ll see what happens.
    Keep well, happy cooking ?‍?
    Bye for now
    Sally ?

    • Kelly Djalali
      December 27, 2021 at 8:36 am

      Hi Sally, I wish I repeated dishes more often. The day to day of food blogging has really changed how and what we eat – for the better, for sure. It is so great to hear from you, I really enjoy our friendship! We wish you a happy New Year’s Eve and a great 2022. I will see you here again very soon! xo Kelly

  • JoAnne
    December 30, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you for re-printing these great recipes. A wonderful nudge of what to cook when experiencing end of year cook’s block. (If a writer can experience blocks, surely others can?!)

    Have you tried making the orange chicken with the air fryer? I love the convivence of the air fryer and the way that it eliminates the mess of cooking with oil and would love suggestions for adopting this great recipe for the air fryer.

    • Kelly Djalali
      December 31, 2021 at 8:21 am

      Thank you JoAnne! I definitely get Cook’s block from time to time, so I know exactly what you mean! I have not tried the orange chicken in the air fryer, but I think it would work out well. I would set it to 350 degrees and start with 8 minutes on one side and then go 8-10 minutes on the other side. Give it a try and let me know how it goes for you! Happy New Year, xo Kelly