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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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