In celebration of the two year mark for this blog, I’ve gone back through every recipe of Martha’s I’ve cooked and put together a list of the best of the best (with links!). It was quite an eye opening experience. Apparently, I am a fan of dips! I also didn’t realize quite how many Martha recipes I’ve cooked. Over 600. That’s pretty amazing. So I guess you could say I’ve really become a de facto expert. Of those 600, there were some that were simply awful. The most memorable of those for me would be that awful chocolate pudding made with avocado and the no bake brownies. Truly disgusting. A lot of things fall into the ok, but not memorable category. Some were good, but not great. What I’ve tried to do here is list the things that I think were fantastic.
I expected that the list might be more diverse than it is. The most exotic and hardest to make thing on the list is the Croquembouche. The things that were most memorable for me were the Thanksgiving turkey, perfect roast chicken, spatchcocked chicken, stuffed cabbage, rolled omelet, Baked Alaska, and rice pudding. I’d forgotten about many of these recipes until I went back through the blog, but once I saw the posts, it all came back to me.
I was struck by the fact that most of these things are homey, traditional foods. There’s not a lot here that would make people gasp at a dinner party (until they tasted it and realized how good these recipes are). I don’t know if that means Martha is best when she sticks to the basics or if I’m boring and just like traditional foods (I don’t think that’s the case though- I love to try new things). Some of the recipes are not true Martha (well, as true Martha as something can be when she employees tens of thousands of people to do everything for her), some are from Lucinda Scala Quinn and one is from Emeril, but they all appeared in Martha’s magazines or on her show, so I’ve included them.
Enjoy Martha’s greatest hits!
Cream of Broccoli Soup This is a go-to recipe for me that I’ve made over and over. It’s simple, tasty and my kids love it.
Corn and Shrimp Chowder Simple and delicious.
Roasted Fall Vegetable Soup This one is recent, but I liked it so much I’ll do it again.
Artichoke Dip with Fontina I love dip. And cheese. And artichoke.
Bean Dip I really love dip.
Caramelized Onion Dip with Fingerling Potatoes Dip plus potatoes is as good as it gets!
Shrimp and Zucchini Tostadas I love the ease of this recipe and it’s very adaptable to whatever you have in the fridge.
Golden Crab and Papaya Salad The flavors in this were amazing and it was beautiful to serve.
Seafood Bake This one surprised me with how good it was and how much it was to make.
Mr. Jim’s Shrimp To die for! The best shrimp ever.
Perfect Roast Chicken This is a recipe everyone needs!
Thanksgiving Turkey I’ll be using Martha’s recipe again this year, although it seems she is no longer selling turkeys.
Spatchcocked Chicken Thank you Lucinda for the amazing sauce that goes with this.
Chicken, Spinach Casserole This one is recent, but memorable. Simple and much more fab than it sounds.
Tortilla Pie with Chicken Delicious! Great flavors.
Mrs. Kostyra’s Meatloaf Who knew meatloaf could be so much fun?
Emeril’s Meatloaf Apparently Emeril knew meatloaf could be fun because his is fantastic too! This is actually a turkey meatloaf.
Lamb Chops with Citrus Sauce This one is an elegant dish.
Marinated Steak Thank you Lucinda. Easy and delicious way to make inexpensive cuts of meat taste great.
Spanish Rice I need to make this again.
Green Bean Casserole Surprisingly great! But very rich!
Baked Onion Rings I forgot about this and will be making it again soon!
Tomato Hand Pies Another one I forgot about, but something to remember when I have some wonderful tomatoes to use.
Warm Potato Salad with Goat Cheese Incredible! Not a combo I expected to like, but I really did.
Potato Gratin A basic, but simply amazing.
Rolled Omelet So easy and so delicious! I was hooked on this one for weeks after I first made, making it in the toaster oven!
Irish Soda Bread I like my version a lot, but Martha’s is quite good too!
Stuffed Cabbage Something I never thought I would like!
Double Chocolate Brownies Ah, brownies….
Croquembouche Impressive! Boy was I proud of this one.
Icebox Cake Surprisingly delish! And tres retro.
Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies Dude Martha’s fave!
Mrs. Kostyra’s Spice Cake Close to my wedding cake but not quite, but still excellent!
Baked Alaska A friend of Teen Martha’s still talks about how good this was.
Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes I need to make these again – amazing.
Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies I’m going to make these for Christmas again.
Genoise Something I never thought I’d try and it was great.
Rice Pudding This is now a staple in my house and I make it often.
Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite Martha recipes that you go back to time and time again? Have you made any of the ones I’ve listed? Do these appeal to you?