10 Best Recipes of 2014

Comfort food classics like moist roast chicken and hearty macaroni and cheese reigned supreme this year, while all-purpose frosting took the cake for sweet treats.
10 Best Recipes of 2014

No matter the holidays, change in seasons or special events that have come and gone in 2014, the recipes fans keep coming back to are the ultimate in tradition and ease. Comfort food classics like moist roast chicken and hearty macaroni and cheese reigned supreme this year, while all-purpose frosting took the cake for sweet treats. Read on below to check out the 10 top Food Network recipes featured on FoodNetwork.com in 2014, and get go-to meal ideas from Alton Brown, Ina Garten and more of your favorite chefs.

10. Cream Cheese Frosting — It takes only four ingredients and a few minutes to turn out the smoothest-ever frosting, ideal for topping cakes and cupcakes alike.

9. Oven-Baked Salmon — After a quick roast in the oven, moist, tender salmon fillets are topped with a fresh salad of crunchy toasted almonds, salty capers and vibrant parsley for over-the-top flavor and texture.

8. Basil Pesto — Ready to enjoy in just five quick minutes, this multipurpose pesto is packed with fragrant basil, bold garlic and plenty of nutty pecorino cheese. Perhaps best of all, you can freeze this sauce for up to three months, so plan to make extra during the height of summer's basil season.

7. Chicken Enchiladas — A surprisingly healthy dinner that doesn't skimp on taste, Tyler Florence's big-batch enchiladas feature juicy chicken rolled into soft corn tortillas. Follow Tyler's lead and opt for prepared enchilada sauce to save time, and finish the casserole with a blanket of shredded cheese before baking.

6. Perfect Roast Chicken — Leave it to the Barefoot Contessa to put a dressed-up spin on the humble chicken. Her fail-proof method includes flavoring the meat from the inside of the bird out, as she stuffs the chicken with fresh thyme, citrus and garlic before brushing the outside with butter.

5. Pizza Dough — You don't have to be an Iron Chef to make Bobby Flay's easy double-batch dough; he lets a mixer do most of the kneading work so you don't have to.

4. Banana Bread — Laced with butter and warm cinnamon, this traditional loaf turns out moist every time and is best served with sweet honey or cool vanilla ice cream.

3. Baked Macaroni and Cheese — For an extra-special finish, Alton tops his richly decadent macaroni and cheese with a layer of buttery panko breadcrumbs before baking, so you can be sure each bite will boast a bit of welcome crunch.

2. Roasted Brussels Sprouts — Ina lets the natural flavor of Brussels sprouts shine in her must-have side dish by roasting the vegetables with just a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of seasonings.

1.  Guacamole — After mixing together the creamy avocado, bright lime juice, and fresh peppers and jalapeno, Alton recommends letting the guacamole sit for an hour before serving so the flavors have time to marry. Click the play button on the video below to watch Alton make it.

Make Alton Brown's Perfect Guacamole Dip
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