The 20 best recipes in the history of The Splendid Table, chosen by you

Compiled by The Splendid Table

 We gave you 50 recipes that have been popular on our website and asked you to vote for your favorite. The votes have been counted.

Some of the recipes you selected are classics (Pizza Margherita). Others are shortcuts to save time in the kitchen (Ultimate Cheater Pulled Pork). And the No. 4-ranked recipe might one day help us achieve planetary peace (World Peace Cookies).

Here are the 20 best recipes in the history of the show, according to you:

 

1. Five-Minute Artisan Bread, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François

Five-Minute Artisan Bread
(Photo: Dave77459 / Flickr)

You can make the dough up to 2 weeks before you plan to use it.

 

2. Basic Green Soup, Anna Thomas

Basic Green Soup

"This chard and spinach soup gets complex flavor from slowly cooked onions and lemon juice, while a sprinkle of rice gives it body and a velvety texture."

 

3. Classic Pizza Margherita, Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Classic Pizza Margherita
(Photo: iStockphoto)

"Thin, crisp crusts like this one are the hallmarks of much of Italy's pizza. Another vital element is not overloading the pie with toppings; less is definitely more on pizza."

 

4. World Peace Cookies, Dorie Greenspan

World Peace Cookies
(Photo: aturne / Flickr)

"A daily dose of Pierre's cookies is all that is needed to ensure planetary peace and happiness."

 

5. Homemade Creme Fraiche, Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Homemade Creme Fraiche
(Photo: iStockphoto)

"Dollop it over fresh fruit, or whip and lightly sweeten to frost or fill cakes. This is a home version that comes close to the real thing."

 

6. Filipino-Style Chicken Adobo, Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift

Filipino-Style Chicken Adobo
(Photo: roboppy / Flickr)

"The marinade does all the heavy lifting here ... That aroma of a browning, marinade-saturated chicken can drive you crazy."

 

7. Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za'atar, and Lemon, Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Roast Chicken with Sumac, Za'atar, and Lemon
(Photo: Richard Learoyd)

"Sumac and za'atar that we love and use so much are combined here with fresh lemon to give the chicken a powerful sharp kick. It works fantastically well and is almost addictive."

 

8. Greek-Style Green Beans, Crescent Dragonwagon

Greek-Style Green Beans
(Photo: kight p / Flickr)

"Every bite is imbued with flavor -- garlicky, a little hot, meltingly tender; the kind of good that, with your first bite, you close your eyes and grow silent."

 

9. Ultimate Cheater Pulled Pork, Mindy Merrell and R.B. Quinn

Ultimate Cheater Pulled Pork
(Photo: Andy Kruse)

"You drop a pork butt into the slow cooker, add dry rub and bottled smoke, close the cover, go away for a while, pull or chop the meat and pile it on a bun, add sauce, get out the pickles, open a beer. BOOM! That's barbecue, baby."

 

10. Gougères, Emma Christensen for The Kitchn

Gougères
(Photo: Rachel Joy Baransi for The Kitchn)

"You're going to want to make a batch of these soon, trust me."

 

11. Green Beans with Lemon, Garlic and Parmigiano Gremolata, Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Green Beans with Lemon, Garlic and Parmigiano Gremolata
(Photo: Nicole Hofmann / iStock / Thinkstock)

"Anything you can serve at room temperature is a gift when you’re taking on a big menu. These beans shine at room temperature and could be done a day in advance."

 

12. Panna Cotta, Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Panna Cotta
(Photo: iStock)

"This panna cotta is like eating vanilla ice cream ... I like it on its own, or the way it’s eaten in homes, with fresh fruit -- cherries when they come into season, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and pears."

 

13. Leek and Potato Soup

Leek and Potato Soup
(Photo: iStockphoto)

One master recipe, five variations.

 

14. Mexican Tortilla Casserole, Katie Workman

Mexican Tortilla Casserole
(Photo: Todd Coleman)

"Essentially a lasagna with tortillas standing in for noodles, this is one of those dishes that can miraculously be on the table in short order, made from things you most likely have in your pantry and fridge."

 

15. Old-School Meat Loaf, Lucinda Scala Quinn

Old-School Meat Loaf
(Photo: Micah Taylor)

"This recipe was one of the five meals my mom had in her heavy weeknight rotation to feed our family of six. I loved the way she made three holes in the loaf and filled each one with a reservoir of spicy ketchup, so each bite had a touch of it."

 

16. Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup), Charles Phan

Pho Ga (Chicken Noodle Soup)d
(Photo: Eric Wolfinger)

"Bowls of pho are the hamburgers of Vietnam: incredibly popular, eaten every day by a majority of the population, young and old."

 

17. Classic Creamy Oyster Stew, Lynne Rossetto Kasper

Classic Creamy Oyster Stew
(Photo: bhofack2 / iStock / Thinkstock)

"In this case, taking the easy way out gives you the best of the best. Oyster stew is that occasional luxury you can pull off on a work night."

 

18. Supernatural Brownies, Nick Malgieri

Supernatural Brownies
(Photo: Stockbyte)

"Though the name sounds an exaggeration, you’ll agree that these brownies are absolutely out of this world."

 

19. Baked Ziti with Ricotta, Minnie Giraldi

Baked Ziti with Ricotta
(Photo: Meaghan O'Malley / Flickr)

"This rich casserole has the flavors of lasagna without the work. It's perfect for a Sunday dinner."

 

20. Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce

Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce
(Photo: stu_spivak / Flickr)

Serve these with lettuce leaves, basil, cucumber, chili peppers and Vietnamese Dipping Sauce.

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March 24th, 2015

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