My 11 Favorite Recipes at The Cozy Cook

Eleven favorites. Not five, not ten…. eleven. I’ve really tried to stop at ten, I really did…but I just couldn’t. It HAD to be eleven. I’ve been wanting to pick out my favorite recipes to date for a while now… but whenever I would start, I’d stop pretty quickly because it’s so DARN hard. (Not to mention torturous for the appetite. If I’m even the slightest bit hungry… forget it.) It’s SO much fun to try out new recipes, (until one goes bad, then… not so fun.) I will say though that they are noottttt in any particular order… that would just be too much. My head would explode if I tried to do that. They’re ALL way too good. SO– without further ado, I present to youuuu… my TOP ELEVEN favorite recipes! At least… today.

1.) Crispy Hash & Eggs Breakfast Skillet.

Well I might as well start with breakfast, since I can’t put these in any other order, cause they’re all so flippin’ good. I made this ridiculous skillet meal for breakfast on Thanksgiving day and was absolutely blown away at how tasty it was. I’m a pretty big fan of diners, (I mean breakfast all day, what’s better than that?!) and I have to say that this creation was better than anything I’ve ever gotten at a diner- or any breakfast place even. The hash is so crispy and these baked (yes, baked) eggs were done perfectly- look at those yolks, I mean… come on. There IS a trick to this recipe, and the key is getting the moister out of the potatoes for ultimate crispiness!

Crispy Hash & Eggs Breakfast Skillet

 

2.) Homemade Glazed Donuts

Okay well since we got the ball rolling with breakfast, I’ll move on to another morning delight- DONUTS. I’ve attempted making donuts before and they did NOT work out, so a good recipe is everything. These tasted AMAZING. (Way better than donuts from a lot of those chains out there- seriously). They’re crisp on the outside, and the inside melts in your mouth. The glaze adds the perfect touch 🙂 I’m telling you- best. donuts. ever.

Homemade Glazed Donuts

Homemade Glazed Donuts

 

3.) Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I love a good copycat recipe. These biscuits are AMAZING. I mean truly. They’re light, fluffy, buttery bits of heaven. Especially when they’re hot out of the oven, oh man. They’re great snacks all on their own but they’re also a nice side dish at dinner or with some soup. You will make these again- I can almost promise.

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

4.) Cheddar Ale Soup

This soup is ridiculous. It’s possible that I made it two days in a row. I’ve never done that with a recipe- like, two DAYS in a ROW. I wasn’t feeding anyone but myself either!! (I kid you not. It was bad.) It might sound weird, cheddar and ale, but it was amazing. Just try it. You’ll see.

Cheddar Ale Soup

Cheddar Ale Soup

 

 5.) French Onion Soup Meatballs

I’m a HUGE fan of french onion soup and these meatballs are THE most flavorful creations ever.  They’re doused in a rich, caramelized onion sauce and topped with hot, melted cheese. Diiiiid.. you just drool? I did. Oh- and there’s a link to my guide in there about how to perfectly caramelize onions. I’ve become an expert 😉

French Onion Soup Meatball6.) Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

Crock pot recipes are the best. And I can tell you with near certainty that once you try this, it will probably be the best pot roast you’ve ever had. Its SO tender and flavorful, and you only need 5 ingredients (all of which you probably already have, once you get that pot roast). This is great in subs or with mashed potatoes. Ahhhh…

Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

 7.) Chicken Piccata

Tender chicken smothered in a savory lemon sauce that has just the right amount of zest. Every time I am making chicken, my husband asks “Are you making your LEMON chicken!?” (his eyes light up and he pretty much foams at the mouth). Too bad my answer is usually no because I’m busy experimenting with another recipe that never ends up as good as this is. It’s pretty hard to beat this one- of all the chicken dinner recipes out there, this one is my ultimate fav. Now that’s saying a lot.

Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata

8.) Chinese Chicken Fingers

Goddddd I love chicken fingers. Can you even believe that I found a way to make them at home JUST the same way you’d get them in a Chinese restaurant, (at least the New England ones…) They’re so golden and crunchy- people don’t believe me when I say I made them myself. Perfect for NYE, but I find myself making all the time… oops 🙂

Chinese Chicken Fingers

Chinese Chicken Fingers

9.) Crispy Crab Rangoons

Ahh… my most pinned recipe. And the perfect accompaniment with those chicken chicken fingers up there. They’re super crunchy on the outside and filled with hot, steamy filling that is to die for. Dip these in a little sweet & sour sauce and you’ll be in absolute heaven.

Crispy Crab Rangoons

Crispy Crab Rangoons

10.) Chicken & Spinach Pinwheels 

Okay. Puffy pastry filled with Asiago cheese, bacon, chicken, & spinach. Of course it’s sooo easy to customize the filling but after making this combination, (twice), (and see how my guests gobble it up in just a few minutes…) it would take some convincing for me to try something else. You don’t mess with perfection-these are amazing. The filling is easy to make ahead of time too!

Chicken and Spinach Pinwheels

Chicken and Spinach Pinwheels

11.) De Vinci Pasta

This dish is like, chicken Marsala meets pasta. It has a subtle hint of sweetness from caramelized onions mixed in with the Marsala wine sauce. Don’t worry, you don’t even know the onions are there. (There’s always an onion hater in every household, right?) You don’t know the mushrooms are there either especially if you chop the up really small…(same thing: always a mushroom hater) My husband is a hater on BOTH counts and LOVES this pasta so you haveeee to try it. I mean it made my list! It’s the only pasta ON my list- that means it’s good.

Copycat Cheesecake Factory De Vinci Pasta

Copycat Cheesecake Factory De Vinci Pasta