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2023’s Best Recipes of The Year

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From comforting classics to creative concoctions, these recipes are the tried and true, most popular recipes here at Renee Nicole’s Kitchen from 2023. With filling main entrees, delightful cocktails, veggie-centric sides, and savory sauces, there is something here for everyone.

If this is your first visit, these recipes are a great example of the type of material you will find here in the kitchen. If you are a returning reader, these are the ones you won’t want to miss. Check out one or check out them all!

Looking for something a little different? Browse all of my recipes or use the search bar in the menu to look up ingredients and find something new!

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Two pieces of panko crusted rockfish and a green salad on a gray plate.
4.6 stars (522 ratings)

20 Minute Panko-Crusted Rockfish Fillets

Panko-crusted rockfish fillets are oven fried to a golden brown with a light, crispy crunch. Their mild fish flavor and parmesan panko coating mean these rockfish fillets are an easy option to enjoy for dinner. Serve this easy rockfish recipe as the main course in fish tacos, fish sandwiches, or even fish and chips. Read up on my tips and tricks below, then try your hand at making them for yourself. Ready in 20 minutes!
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A close up shot of a blackberry smash cocktail with lime, basil, and blackberries on the side.
4.5 stars (202 ratings)

5-Minute Blackberry Bourbon Smash (No Simple Syrup)

This 5-Minute blackberry bourbon smash is part mojito and part mint julep. Made from fresh or frozen Oregon blackberries muddled with lime, basil, and sugar, this cocktail works for any season – no simple syrup required! With over a hundred 5-star ratings, this reader favorite is a refreshing twist on the classic whiskey smash.
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Square shot of worcestershire green beans in a white bowl on a dark background.
4.3 stars (48 ratings)

Sautéed Worcestershire Green Beans (Fork-Tender!)

Discover the simplicity of these 18-minute Worcestershire green beans. Fresh green beans are blanched and then sautéed with Worcestershire sauce and shallots, creating an easy side dish that's tender-crisp and packed with savory flavor. It's a fan favorite on Pinterest, with over 56,000 shares and counting!
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Spicy sweet sriracha sauce spilling out of a white ramekin next to a pile of sweet potato waffle fries on a wooden board.
4.6 stars (136 ratings)

5-Minute Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Sauce

This three ingredient spicy sweet sriracha sauce recipe has the perfect balance of spice, heat, and sweet. It's your new favorite sriracha dipping sauce.
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A stack of two oatmeal bars on white parchment paper with another oatmeal bar leaning against them. A silver espresso cup is in the background.
4.5 stars (120 ratings)

Chewy No-Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bars

No-bake peanut butter oatmeal bars have a soft, chewy texture and the perfect balance of savory peanut butter and sweet honey. Featuring rolled oats, these bars have been shared thousands of times on Pinterest but can be made from five simple ingredients that you probably have in your pantry. Only ten minutes to make and thirty minutes to cool means you are closer to a homemade snack than you thought!
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Two empress 1908 gin sours.
4.9 stars (7 ratings)

5-Minute Empress Gin Sour Cocktail

This 5-Minute Empress Gin Sour is a show-stopping gin cocktail. Made from Empress Gin, with its distinctive ability to change color from a striking indigo to a soft lavender, this cocktail is designed to impress. A five-ingredient recipe with the flavors of lemon, juniper, and coriander, it takes about five minutes to shake and strain this gorgeous drink into a pretty glass.
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Sweet potato fritters on a white plate next to the sweet and spicy sauce.
4.5 stars (46 ratings)

Sweet Potato Fritters with Sweet & Spicy Sauce

Sweet potato fritters are lightly seasoned with ginger, cinnamon, and fennel, then pan-fried until crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Pair with the homemade sweet and spicy sauce for a decadent dipping experience. Served as an appetizer or side dish, this reader favorite is a must-try.
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A square image of a berry avocado smoothie in a glass jar on a wooden board.
4.5 stars (112 ratings)

5-Minute Berry Avocado Smoothie w/ Greek Yogurt

This berry avocado smoothie is packed full of juicy fresh or frozen berries, buttery avocado, and smooth, creamy Greek yogurt. With a five-minute prep time and great taste, it's easy to see why this smoothie is a reader favorite. Make it uniquely yours with your favorite smoothie mix-ins.
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Tomato basil bisque in a dark bowl with a swirl of cream and two basil leaves.
4.6 stars (84 ratings)

Creamy Tomato Basil Bisque – Stovetop Recipe

Creamy tomato basil bisque is loaded with fresh tomatoes and just the right balance of basil, parmesan, and balsamic vinegar. Made on the stovetop, this tomato basil soup is smooth and creamy, with all the flavor of a rich tomato bisque. A taste of summer that is perfect for a rainy afternoon.
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Baked sweet potato slices on a slate serving board next to a silver spoon.
4.8 stars (106 ratings)

Brown Sugar Baked Sweet Potato Slices

Brown sugar baked sweet potato slices are a lightened-up take on classic candied yams. Spiced with cinnamon and ginger, these sweet potato rounds are oven roasted until soft and creamy on the inside, then finished under the broiler to get those perfectly crispy outsides. This recipe is loved on Pinterest and a reader favorite for the Thanksgiving table, but with only six ingredients, it's simple enough for busy weeknights too.
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A plate of mashed potatoes smothered with Guinness Gravy on a white plate.
4.8 stars (11 ratings)

15-Minute Guinness Gravy – No Pan Juices

Guinness gravy is a rich, flavorful, homemade brown gravy that comes together on the stovetop in 15 minutes. Featuring Guinness stout, worcestershire sauce, and English mustard, this easy gravy requires no pan juices to get excellent gravy flavor. A perfect addition to your St. Patrick's Day celebration.
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Cucumber avocado smoothie in a wine glass with a glass staw on a brown table.
4.5 stars (73 ratings)

5-Minute Creamy Cucumber Avocado Smoothie

Whip up a savory delight with this 5-Minute Creamy Cucumber Avocado Smoothie. This green smoothie features buttery avocado, crisp cucumber, cilantro, and zesty lime, all blended to a creamy perfection. No wonder it's a Pinterest favorite – a quick and satisfying sip.
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A serving of stuffed pasta shells on a black plate with gold forks.
4.8 stars (17 ratings)

Baked Spinach Ricotta Stuffed Pasta Shells

Prepare a delicious dinner in no time with these oven-baked spinach ricotta stuffed pasta shells. An easy-to-follow, crowd-pleasing recipe stuffed with fresh spinach, creamy ricotta, and nutty Parmesan cheese, this classic comfort food is perfect for meatless nights. With just 20 minutes of hands-on prep and 35 minutes in the oven, you'll soon enjoy gooey, cheesy stuffed shells perfection.
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Close up of lamb shepherds pie in a white bowl.
4.5 stars (63 ratings)

Hearty Lamb Shepherd’s Pie with Red Wine Gravy

Make a hearty lamb shepherd's pie with red wine gravy, tender lamb chunks, colorful vegetables, and creamy mashed potatoes. Cook on the stovetop, then finish under the broiler for a melt-in-your-mouth experience. This comforting dish is ready in just over an hour, and it's perfect for chilly weather and a warming fire.
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Overhead view of garlicky green beans with fried onions
4.7 stars (78 ratings)

Garlicky Green Beans with Fried Onions

A simple side dish that's impressive enough for a holiday table, these Garlicky Green Beans with Fried Onions are a great alternative to green bean casserole. Made with tender fresh green beans, crispy french fried onions and buttery garlic, it's a side dish that is hard to resist!
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