Editors' Picks: Our Best Recipes of 2017

Here at the Rachael Ray Every Day offices, we're pretty much in a constant state of food-coma. After dreaming up, testing, tasting, re-testing, and re-tasting hundreds of delicious dishes this year, we asked the editors to share their absolute favorites—the ones that immediately knocked their socks off, the ones they still think about months later, and (the true test!) the ones they make at home again and again.
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Here at the Rachael Ray Every Day offices, we're pretty much in a constant state of food-coma. After dreaming up, testing, tasting, re-testing, and re-tasting hundreds of delicious dishes this year, we asked the editors to share their absolute favorites—the ones that immediately knocked their socks off, the ones they still think about months later, and (the true test!) the ones they make at home again and again.

A Gorgeously Simple Side Dish

domino potatoes

"This is one of those recipes that's greater than the sum of its parts. It's just sliced potatoes layered in a dish with butter and bay leaves and some salt and pepper, but boy is it good. How good? During the photo shoot for this year's Thanksgiving package, the crew was crowded around the dish eating it with their fingers!" — Nina Elder, executive food editor

Try our Domino Potatoes

A Seasonal Showstopper

tomato salad pizza

"My family couldn't get enough of this tomato tart, which was so yummy at the peak of tomato season. But let's be honest: the real draw is how pretty it is!" — Phoebe Flynn Rich, design director

Try our Tomato Salad Pizza

A Whole Lotta Queso

chicken nachos queso

"The queso recipes from our Cinco de Mayo story this year were all delicious. I ate WAY too much at that shoot..." — Randi Sidera, photo editor

Try our Chicken Nachos Queso

A Good Excuse to Bake Something

Sticky Toffee Bundt with Cran Caramel

"One of my favorites was this Sticky Toffee Bundt. The spicy date cake paired with that rich cranberry-caramel sauce was heaven. It’s all about that sauce!! I’ve made it twice already." — Charles Grayauskie, test kitchen associate

Try our Sticky Toffee Bundt with Cran-Caramel Sauce

A Surprising Soup Combo

cherry gazpacho

"Who knew cherries could make a great gazpacho? This recipe was so pretty, and I can't wait 'til next summer so I can make it all over again." — Janet Taylor McCracken, test kitchen director

Try our Cherry Gazpacho

A Life-Affirming Appetizer

spinach artichoke dip with crackers crudites

"When I tasted Janet’s spinach and artichoke dip from the December issue, I died. Then I came back to life and had two big scoops of it. Straight. (No dipper.)" — Lauren Iannotti, editor-in-chief/content director

Try our Spinach-Artichoke Dip with Crackers & Crudités

A Jerk of Art

Jerk-y Shrimp & Mango Pasta Salad

"I ate a lot of pasta in 2017, but this jerk-spiced shrimp version was a total standout. Probably because there was mango in it—like, what?! So good!" — Grace Rasmus, associate digital editor

Try our Jerk-y Shrimp & Mango Pasta Salad

A Fancied-Up Choco-Taco

Strawberry Ice Cream Taco with Fruit Salsa

"I recreated the strawberry/basil/chocolate/marscapone ice cream taco from our June 2017 cover at home and, oh my god. What a sublime warm-weather treat. Decadent, refreshing, and different enough to be exciting and new. It’s going to become a summertime staple for me." — Tara Cox, managing editor

Try our Strawberry Ice Cream Taco with Fruit Salsa

A Stick with a Kick

vietnamese style beef skewers

"I love how the Vietnamese flavors of sweet, tangy, and spicy wake up the standard beef skewer." — JTM

Try our Vietnamese-Style Beef Skewers

A Head-Scratching Dessert

tomato basil granita with vanilla ice cream

"I loved the Tomato Granita from our Tomato Mania story in the September 2017 issue. Tomatoes plus ice cream—who knew? What a delicious surprise! And super pretty, too." — NE

Try our Tomato Granita

A Fun Twist on Hummus

zesty sweet potato hummus

"I made the Zesty Sweet Potato Hummus on Facebook Live earlier this year, and now it's my new go-to! It’s super easy to make, delicious, and a total crowd-pleaser." — Tara Holland, food editorial assistant

Try our Zesty Sweet Potato Hummus

A New Family Favorite

beef tenderloin with horseradish sauce

"I made this at home and my family loved me more after." — LI

Try our Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish Sauce