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Your top 20 recipes of 2019

by Malou Herkes

published on 19 December 2019

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.

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Nadiya Hussain's Chicken Shawarma from Time To Eat

“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.

Get your copy of Time To Eat here

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Rukmini Iyer's Quick Chicken, Leek & Chorizo Pie from The Quick Roasting Tin

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.

Order a copy of The Quick Roasting Tin here

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Yotam Ottolenghi's Hot Charred Cherry Tomatoes from Simple

Juicy, spiced, garlicky tomatoes, blistered and charred in a hot oven, then served over zingy chilled yoghurt – the contrast is epic! 

For more recipes like this, order your copy of Simple

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Mary Berry's Tagine-inspired Lamb Stew from Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking ​​​​​​

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. 

Buy a copy of Mary Berry's Quick Cooking.

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Jamie Oliver's Allotment Cottage Pie from Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone

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. 

Get a copy of Jamie's Veg for more veggie favourites

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Deb Perelman's Pizza Beans from Smitten Kitchen Every Day

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. 

Order your copy of Smitten Kitchen Every Day.

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Rick Stein's Chicken Fricassé with Morels from Rick Stein’s Secret France

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

Order Rick Stein's Secret France here

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Meera Sodha's Peanut Butter & Purple Sprouting Broccoli Pad Thai from EAST

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. 

Order your copy of EAST here. 

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Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh's Chocolate Tart from Sweet 

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.

Get your copy of Sweet here

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Ainsley Harriott's Ultimate Jerk Chicken from Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen

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.

Get your copy of Ainsley's Caribbean Kitchen here 

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Rachel Ama's West African Vegan Peanut Stew from Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats

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.

Order a copy of Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats here.

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Tart London's Aubergine Dal with Crispy Cauliflower from A Love of Eating: Recipes from Tart London

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. 

Get your copy of A Love of Eating here

best recipes 2019 georgina hayden classic moussaka taverna cookbook

Georgina Hayden's Classic Moussaka from Taverna: Recipes From a Cypriot Kitchen

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. 

For more Cypriot recipes, order the Taverna cookbook

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Chris Bavin's Smoked Salmon and Horseradish Fish Cakes from Good Food, Sorted

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.

Get your copy of Good Food Sorted here

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Mary Berry's Piccoli Tiramisù from Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking

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. 

Order a copy of Mary Berry's Quick Cooking here


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Jessica Seaton's Autumn Minestrone from Gather Cook Feast

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.

Order a copy of Gather Cook Feast.

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Georgina Hayden's One-Pan Creamy Squash Pasta from Stirring Slowly: Recipes to Restore and Revive

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.

Order a copy of Stirring Slowly

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Nadiya Hussain's One-Tray Peanut Chicken from Time To Eat  

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. 

Order your copy of Time To Eat here.

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Rukmini Iyer's One-Pot Kerala Prawn Curry from The Quick Roasting Tin

This south Indian aromatic curry champions prawns, tomatoes, coconut milk and spinach – hearty and warming, and great for a midweek dinner.

Order a copy of The Quick Roasting Tin here. 

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Mary Berry's Apple and Lemon Sandwich Cake from Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking

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. 

Order your copy of Mary Berry's Quick Cooking here


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