As we say goodbye to yet another year, we look back on 2019 to celebrate the recipes that you – our Happy Foodie readers – have loved the most. From Mary's Lamb Tagine to Nadiya's One-Tray Peanut Chicken, Rick's Chicken Fricassé to Ottolenghi's Chocolate Tart, it's been a fantastic 12 months for delicious midweek dinners, luxurious weekend feasts, traybake suppers and veg-tastic meals. We can't wait to show you what 2020 has in store.
“Shawarmas are like the kebabs that you can justify as being good for you”, says Nadiya. Spiced chunks of tender chicken, served up with flatbreads and broccoli slaw with fragrant yoghurt dressing. Delicious.
Tender chicken, spicy chorizo, sweet leeks and a creamy sauce, packed into one tin with a buttery puff pastry top, this weeknight pie could not be easier to make.
Juicy, spiced, garlicky tomatoes, blistered and charred in a hot oven, then served over zingy chilled yoghurt – the contrast is epic!
Mary teams lamb neck fillet with warming spices, apricots and chickpeas in this one-pot Moroccan-inspired dish – stock up on these ingredient staples to knock out a last-minute tagine midweek.
Root veg, sweet leeks and lentils provide the bulk of this epic vegetarian cottage pie, with porcini mushrooms, rosemary and a dollop of Marmite for extra depth of flavour, finished off with creamy mash topping.
This tomato and gigante bean bake, packed with filling beans cooked in a tomato sauce and topped with plenty of melted cheese is insanely delicious and best served for a crowd with plenty of garlic bread to mop up the juices.
Creamy, luxurious and comforting, this is the epitome of good French cooking – beautiful free-range chicken cooked in a cream and wine sauce with smoky dried morels. This is a taster of the rich, homely and flavour-packed French dishes that Rick showcases in Secret France.
This epic Pad Thai is yet another of Meera's vegan twists on a classic Thai dish from her cookbook EAST. With a zingy peanut butter sauce, tofu, rice noodles, purple sprouting broccoli and plenty of chilli and extra lime, this is a wonderful reinvention of a favourite.
With a hazelnut crunch base, and orange and rosemary flavours, this rich and decadent tart is the perfect finisher for a special dinner – serve with lightly whipped cream.
Scotch Bonnets, thyme, allspice, dark soy sauce and ginger form the basis of Ainsley's jerk marinade, slathered onto spatchcocked chicken and grilled over hot coals for a lip-smacking taste of summer.
Inspired by her mum's Sierra Leonean roots, this is Rachel's twist on a West African classic dish. “This recipe is a definite winner in our house, perfect for when you want a really hearty and comforting dinner with a nice touch of spice to set your taste buds tingling”, she says. Serve with plantain and homemade coleslaw.
This rich, creamy and spiced aubergine lentil dish is inspired by a dal. It works just as well on its own for a midweek meal or for a crowd-pleasing dinner at the weekend pimped up with toppings: smoky, crispy cauliflower, green chutney, a fresh, crunchy salad, refreshing yoghurt and dosas for scooping the lot into one delicious mouthful.
Comforting, plentiful and easy to prepare, this classic moussaka is inspired by Georgina's Cypriot roots, packed with sliced aubergines and potatoes, pork or lamb mince, a hit of cinnamon and oregano and bubbling sheep's cheese to finish.
Smoked salmon and mackerel, potatoes, horseradish and dill form the backbone of these moreish fishcakes, served up with pimped mayo for a wonderful dinner. Chris's top tip: make up a double batch and freeze the patties for a quick dinner later in the week.
Mary's twist on this Italian favourite layers whipped mascarpone, coffee and brandy-soaked sponge and chocolate gratings into individual glasses for cute make-ahead desserts – perfect for special occasions.
Meltingly tender smoked pork ribs and British-grown red haricot beans make this slow-cooked minestrone one to remember – from the co-founder of TOAST, this innovative cookbook celebrates the best of British seasons.
Pasta, butternut squash, cavolo nero, chilli and lemon cooked in one pan to create a rich, creamy and silky sauce. No fuss and nutritious too.
Nadiya shows you how to make your own peanut butter in this recipe (although you can use shop bought too!) for a storecupboard staple that works wonders with chicken, gnocchi and broccoli in this traybake dinner.
This south Indian aromatic curry champions prawns, tomatoes, coconut milk and spinach – hearty and warming, and great for a midweek dinner.
A quick and easy bake from the Queen of cakes herself, this sandwich cake recipe teams apples and lemon for a zingy, springy sponge that takes no time to prepare.