Greatest Hits: 2011

All Cooking Light recipes have to meet our high standards, but a few each issue are so great they end up as staff favorites. Keep checking here each month for the best of 2011.

Best Guinness Lamb Stew Recipe

Photo: John Autry

January: Guinness Lamb Stew

"The touch of mustard at the end adds a little tangy punch that sets off the robust flavors of the hearty, slowly simmered broth," said Robin Bashinky, recipe taster and developer.

View Recipe: Guinness Lamb Stew

Best Chicken Fried Rice with Leeks and Dried Cranberries Recipe

Photo: John Autry

January: Chicken Fried Rice with Leeks and Dried Cranberries

"Love this different take on fried rice," said associate food editor, Tim Cebula. "Tastes like Thanksgiving." With only 26 minutes from start to table, this one is a no-brainer.

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Best Crispy Chickpea Salad with Grilled Prawns Recipe

Photo: Jose Mandojana

January: Crispy Chickpea Salad with Grilled Prawns

"I could eat these fried chickpeas like popcorn, they're so addictive. I don't feel guilty when they come with a bright, fresh salad," said intern Hannah Klinger.

View Recipe: Crispy Chickpea Salad with Grilled Prawns

Best Brazilian Feijoada Recipe

Photo: Nina Choi

March: Brazilian Feijoada

"Meaty and starchy and absolutely comforting: I went out and bought a slow cooker just for this," said Sidney Fry, Nutrition Editor.

View Recipe: Brazilian Feijoada

Best Crispy Topped Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Gratin Recipe

Photo: Quentin Bacon

March: Crispy Topped Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Gratin

"This creamy, crunchy dish will make you learn to love Brussels sprouts." said Tim Cebula, Associate Food Editor.

View Recipe: Crispy Topped Brussels Sprouts and Cauliflower Gratin

Best Onion Tart Recipe

Photo: John Autry

April: Onion Tart

"The flavor from a handful of ingredients is amazing: sweet onions, woodsy thyme, tangy cheeses..." said Ann Taylor Pittman, Executive Food Editor.

View Recipe: Onion Tart

Best Paella with Poblanos, Corn, and Clams Recipe

Photo: Iain Bagwell

May: Paella with Poblanos, Corn, and Clams

"Love the crunchy rice on the bottom of the pan, and clams lend the dish a delicious sweet brininess," said Tim Cebula, Associate Food Editor.

View Recipe: Paella with Poblanos, Corn, and Clams

Best Striped Bass with Cilantro-Onion Salad Recipe

Photo: Marcus Nilsson

May: Striped Bass with Cilantro-Onion Salad

"The crisped skin and meaty texture of striped bass are fantastic," said Adam Hickman, Recipe Tester and Developer.

View Recipe: Striped Bass with Cilantro-Onion Salad

Best Browned Butter Asparagus Recipe

Photo: Grant Cornett

May: Browned Butter Asparagus

"Such a simple treatment, with incredible flavor. Tarragon is an unexpected, fresh touch," said Vanessa T. Pruett, Test Kitchen Director.

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Best Grill-Braised Clams and Chorizo in Tomato-Saffron Broth Recipe

Photo: Anna Williams

June: Grill-Braised Clams and Chorizo in Tomato-Saffron Broth

"The rich saffron broth and smoky flavor from the hickory chips make this dish worth the effort," said Tim Cebula, Associate Food Editor.

View Recipe: Grill-Braised Clams and Chorizo in Tomato-Saffron Broth

Best Brown Sugar Soufflés with Crème Anglaise Recipe

Photo: John Autry

June: Brown Sugar Soufflés with Crème Anglaise

"I am not a real sweets eater, but I sneaked into the kitchen to get another," said Tiffany Vickers Davis, Assistant Test Kitchen Director.

View Recipe: Brown Sugar Soufflés with Crème Anglaise

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