recipe roundup: the best of 2015

This past year at Marley Spoon has been filled with so many wonderful flavors--both familiar and surprising.

By: Anna Decker / 12/10/2015

As we dream of all of the dishes to come in 2016, we're looking back at our top 15 favorite recipes that came out of the Marley Spoon test kitchen in 2015. Share your favorites from this year in the comments below!

Creamy spring rigatoni with lemon chile pangrattato

It’s hard to believe a pasta dish can feel both light and rich at the same time, but this one full of spring vegetables and finished with a touch of cream truly does.

Seared Pork Chops with Strawberry Chimichurri and Herbed Quinoa

The strawberry chimichurri spooned over these simply seared pork chops is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Soy-miso beef burgers with japanese seasoned sweet potato fries

These are far from your average backyard hamburgers. The ground beef combines with miso and scallion then the burgers get browned and glazed with a combination of mirin and soy sauce.

Fresh garbanzo bean stew with flatbread and yogurt

Fresh garbanzo beans are the surprise star of this stew. They look like mini snap peas: the beans come in light green pods with a couple of peas tucked inside each little package.

Grilled Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt, Sundried Tomatoes, Walnuts and Mint

Creamy, tender, crunchy, chewy, this dish hits all the right notes.

Beef and Rice Bowl with Kimchi and Basil

Upon discovering the incredible kimchi’d cabbage & beets from Kimchi Kooks, we set about creating a dish to celebrate these brilliant vegetables.

Tofu Banh Mi with Pickled Veggies & Sriracha Mayo

We’ve seasoned tofu with a sweet-salty marinade and quick-pickled our own veggies. This sandwich offers the best range of flavors and textures, from the fresh crunch of carrots and handful of leafy herbs to the creamy sriracha mayonnaise and sturdy ciabatta roll.

Espresso-Rubbed Steak with Roasted Potatoes and Brussels SproutsGround espresso makes for a mind-blowing steak rub. The coffee is subtle and infuses the meat with a slightly sweet and earthy flavor. Combined with smoky chipotle powder and ground coriander, it forms a bold mix that will make any piece of meat feel all that more special. We melted a little butter with the spiced steak juices to then drizzle on top.

Cauliflower steak with olive relish and smashed white beans

Roasted until tender and served over garlicky mashed beans we didn’t miss the meat at all. Our favorite part is the sweet-salty-crunchy relish spooned over the top.

Rapid Ragu with lemony spinach

The secret ingredient? Mortadella. An Italian smoked sausage, originally from Bologna, Mortadella is made with pork, fat and spices. Chopped finely and mixed in with ground pork it adds astonishing flavor to a quick-cooking tomato sauce.

Chorizo and Potato Tacos with Cucumber & Pepper Salad

This one is a riff on one of our favorite breakfast tacos, filled with tender potatoes and savory chorizo. With a cooling pepper and cucumber salad alongside, all you need is a stack of napkins and you’re set.

Braised chicken with ramps, fennel and artichoke hearts

Take advantage of the fleeting ramp season and enjoy them in this quick braise of chicken legs flavored with wholegrain mustard and tarragon. Can't get your hand on ramps? Substitute with leeks for an equally satisfying one-pan dinner.

Fish Tacos with cream cheese lime cremaDespite our best intentions, our favorite fish tacos are always battered and fried and topped with crunchy cabbage. We whipped up our own version of a homemade lime crema, with a secret ingredient (ok, not so secret, it’s cream cheese!) to be drizzled on top.

Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Almonds, Dates, and Pecorino

This salad is a symphony of textures: soft-as-velvet roasted sweet potatoes, chopped almonds, and sticky morsels of dates.

Bucatini Puttanesca with Shrimp

Puttanesca, a tomato sauce from southern Italy, gets incredible flavor from capers and olives and it dresses long strands of bucatini—a pleasingly thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole in the middle.

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