Wednesday, December 31, 2008
From the looks of things, readers appreciate good holiday dishes, good pies and good low-fat recipes. Here are the 20 most-viewed recipes in The Post's Recipe Finder (http://www.washingtonpost.com/recipes) for 2008:
1. Flaky Cream Cheese Pie Crust. A practically foolproof updated recipe from master baker Rose Levy Beranbaum.
2. Perfect Peach Pie. From the same issue as the pie crust recipe, Beranbaum's strategies for getting the most out of summer's glorious fruit stayed in the top five readers' picks for several months.
3. Slow-Roasted Beef. Produce a perfectly cooked roast while you sleep, thanks to this recipe from food writer Steven L. Katz.
4. Chicken Stew Provencal. A runner who Cooks for One found the right balance of carbohydrates, protein and flavor in this freezable main course.
5. Mushroom Lasagna Bolognese. A luscious vegetarian entree that can hold its own as the center of an Easter holiday table.
6. Cosmopolitan. Use a good citrus vodka and follow Spirits columnist Jason Wilson's straightforward advice.
7. Mama's Pecan Pie. Part of chef Virginia Willis's French-Southern menu; it has more nuts than the usual too-gooey approach.
8. Butter-Braised Radishes. A beautiful and surprising side dish that answers the question: What is there to do with radishes besides slice them for salad?
9. Warm Chicken Salad With Grapefruit. It takes only 30 minutes and some fruity pink peppercorns to create this elegant and easy entree.
10. Texas Chicken-Fried Steak and Gravy. A Staff Favorites dish with a not-so-secret ingredient: Bisquick.
11. Tony Rosenfeld's Basic Pizza for the Grill. A crisp thin crust and lots of topping options; the dough can be frozen for up to a month.
12. Chicken Sausage Jambalaya. The reduced-fat sausage and brown rice update this Southern classic.
14. Peanut Butter-Banana Oatmeal. A good-for-you offering that tastes even better the next day, reheated with a little milk.
15. Guacamole Tradicional. Chili peppers, tomatoes and onion, yes; lime juice, no. This Diana Kennedy recipe was featured in our second Super Bowl Smackdown.
16. 'Mato Sammidges. The winner of our Top Tomato reader recipe contest, Mary Jo Sweeney, puts cheese and bacon between tomato slices, then breads and fries them.
17. Sweet Potato Salad. Satisfying and vegetarian, with a red pepper puree vinaigrette.
18. Blueberry Yogurt Coffee Cake. The moist breakfast treat with crunchy granola topping was featured in a selection of low-fat recipes that kicked off the new year (in addition to Chicken Sausage Jambalaya and Peanut Butter-Banana Oatmeal).
19. Apple-Brined Turkey With Herbs. Andreas "The Gastronomer" Viestad's take on the perfect bird, start to finish.
20. Georgetown Cupcake's Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes. The winner of our eight-week Cupcake Wars.