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The recipes you loved most this year, from Thai chicken soup and braised pork chops to cilantro pesto and roasted kabocha squash

Maya Wong  – December 12, 2019 | Updated December 23, 2019

Over the past twelve months, you baked, braised, and roasted your way through Sunset’s collection of recipes. You made weeknight pasta in September, swapped pumpkin for kabocha in October, and are still working your way through the recipes you should be cooking in December. With the year coming to a close, we rounded up the recipes you read and loved most in 2019. You’ll see popular Sunset classics that you refer to year after year, new recipes we just published, and new-ish recipes (within the past few years) that are still near and dear to our hearts—and clearly yours, too.

Your Favorite New Recipes from 2019

Ren Fuller

Roasted Cauliflower with Cilantro-Pecan Pesto

Upgrade your usual weeknight roasted cauliflower with this cilantro-pecan pesto. We’re big fans of making extra and using the herby sauce throughout the week on cast iron chicken, garlicky sauteed mushrooms, or roasted salmon.

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Israeli chef Alon Shaya of Denver’s Safta makes this Moroccan-style carrot salad with young carrots, which he prefers for their super tender skin. Roast them skin-on for added nutrients.

Sweet Potato Tea Cake with Meringue

Tartine Bakery’s sweet potato cake uses roasted, puréed sweet potato for a soft, moist crumb and a slight spiciness. Make this once and we guarantee you’ll be tasked with bringing it to any future potluck, ever.

Mu Shu Mushroom

This umami-packed vegetarian version of the traditional northern China dish swaps out pork in favor of wild mushrooms. You can use cremini or other fresh mushrooms instead, or try wood-ear mushrooms for a more traditional take.

Braised Chicken with Apples and Cider

Serving this braised chicken and apple dish might be the coziest meal you can make for dinner, which is why readers kept coming back to this winter-time recipe. If you can, stick with a Basque-style cider (drier and funkier than American cider) like Isastegi Sidra.

The Semi-New Recipes You Just Really Love

James Baigrie

Braised Pork with Mustard, Rosemary, and Capers

There are two parts to this braised dish that make it satisfying: a salty, tangy pan sauce and pork that stays juicy and tender. You can use pork chops or swap with other cuts like tenderloin, if you prefer.

Kabocha Squash Creme Fraiche Pie

This pie recipe uses kabocha squash, but you can also swap in other squash like Sugar Pie pumpkins or even canned pumpkin. Top each slice with crème fraîche, snuggle under a blanket, fully embrace the hygge.

Roasted Kabocha Squash with Farro and Mustard Greens

This warm kabocha salad is sweet, savory, and full of greens and grains. Don’t forget the finishing touches: shavings of ricotta salata or feta cheese and a glass of California Chardonnay.

Scrambled Eggs with Meyer Lemon Salsa Verde

The combination of a vibrant green sauce and three cheeses makes these scrambled eggs a lot more flavorful than your normal fried egg. Use leftover salsa verde on grain bowls, baguette, or roasted fish.

Sunset Classics

Annabelle Breakey

Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

This savory-sweet chicken and coconut soup gets its rich and dynamic flavor from quintessential Thai ingredients: coconut milk, lemongrass, fresh ginger, lime juice, fish sauce, chili paste, basil, and cilantro. We like it even better the next day, after flavors rest and deepen overnight.

Raspberry Baby Dutch Babies

These mini versions of the traditional poufy pancake are made in muffin cups for individual-sized takes on the breakfast treat. Raspberries get warm and jammy in the oven, or you can swap them out for whatever berry you like best.

Whole Orange Cake

As the name suggests, this Whole Orange Cake uses every part of the sweet citrus fruit for a moist but dense effect. Don’t skip the powdered sugar and orange juice glaze, which perfectly finishes this not-too-sweet cake.

Barberry Rice Saffron Chicken (Zereshk Polo)

What’s not to love about a plate of crunchy saffron basmati rice? This Persian dish is full of barberries, a tiny and tart berry that turns into a jewel-like red when warmed. Try it with fragrant saffron chicken for some added protein.

Sunset Margarita

Sunset readers still depend on this modified margarita recipe when they want a twist on the classic cocktail. Our version uses pomegranate juice for a tart kick and deep magenta hue.

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