The Top 13 Recipes of 2013

The recipes that made this hits list range in everything from basic staples to inventive twists on old favorites. There are also some heavenly desserts, which is no surprise!

Without further ado, let’s count down the best recipes of the year:

13. Meaty Baked Ziti

This is just a bowl of comfort-food goodness. Prepare this easy, make-ahead dish today and bake it tomorrow.

12. Buffalo Chicken Chili

This was the No. 1 downloaded recipe from the first 180 episodes of season one of “Rachael Ray,” Rachael’s syndicated daytime show. It really is too-good-to-be-good-for-you!

11. Chewy Brownies

Thick, chewy, toothsome, with the coveted crackly top. The recipe calls for three kinds of chocolate and is made in one bowl. You’ll never reach for a boxed mix again!

10. Crispy Roasted Chickpeas

If you’re in the mood for a salty snack to mindlessly munch, these chickpeas hit the spot.

9. Caesar Salad

Who doesn’t love a classic Caesar? This salad can serve two as a full meal or four as a side dish.

8. Your Basic Quiche

There are so many different types of quiches you can make, but first you have to know how to make the basic pie. You can use store-bought or homemade crust, and the results will still be impressive for such a simple dish.

7. Meatloaf Meatballs with Horseradish Mash and Gravy

Make ahead and double the recipe for these sensational meatballs. Serve with hearty horseradish mashed potatoes and gravy.

6. Stuffed Pepper Stoup

Rachael says, “The man who owns my local oil company makes a great stuffed pepper soup, but it takes too long for me to make it for myself. Here’s a sped-up stoup version of my own. Mr. Waterhouse’s is tops, but this is a close second – if you don’t know Mr. Waterhouse.”

5. Oven-Roasted Broccoli

Who would have thought broccoli would make the top four recipes of the year? Good job, everyone, for eating your greens! This is an easy-to-make dish that will make a broccoli lover out of anyone!

4. Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispie Treats

Who says these treats are just for kids? With a chocolate-peanut butter topping, they’re complex and satisfying – something any grown-up can appreciate!

3. Chicken Francese

Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a lemon juice eggwash give these chicken cutlets a distinctive taste. Cover with a lemony, wine garlic sauce and serve with a side of linguine for a delectable dinner.

2. Quick and Easy French Toast Casserole

This easy and delicious breakfast casserole is a hit with kids and a great way to use up stale bread. It will also make your kitchen smell like heaven!

1. Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

There’s nothing better than a warm, fresh loaf of banana bread right out of the oven. A great way to use your overripe bananas, this loaf makes a great hostess gift, plus it freezes well tightly wrapped in foil the freezer for up to 3 months.

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