Here is a list of my top Mediterranean recipes of 2015! Tried-n-true Mediterranean recipes for today's busy cook--from seafood paella, to falafel, fattoush salad, cilantro lime chicken, roasted Greek potatoes and more!
Holidays just feel like a sprint! We work so hard to write those thoughtful greeting cards; buy the perfect gifts; attend special events; volunteer at favorite local charities; and of course, prepare a home-run dinner!
But then the sweet stillness of the days following Christmas hits us and we almost don't know what to do with it! I wasn't always good with the "let down" after Christmas--or as my daughter calls it, "post Christmas depression"--but I've learned to savor the gift of quiet time. And it definitely helps to reflect on special moments and favorites from the past year.
In that spirit, I pulled together this list of top Mediterranean recipes of 2015. These are the recipes that have been most viewed and cooked by the many who daily visit this blog. If you're new to The Mediterranean Dish, you should absolutely start with one of these top Mediterranean recipes.
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10 Top Mediterranean Recipes of 2015
In the order of most viewed and cooked...
Easy Seafood Paella. You don't have to own a paella pan, I used my humble cast iron skillet for this paella recipe. Opinions vary on what makes an authentic paella, but it's one dish you can really make your own. I chose to keep my ingredient list short focusing on shrimp and lobster as the seafood stars!
Cilantro Lime Chicken. Is there anything more comforting that a one-pan roast chicken? This cilantro-lime chicken is flavor perfection! Spiced with my favorite Mediterranean spices with lots of fresh cilantro and garlic, then roasted in a juicy lime broth.
How to Make Falafel . No need to purchase that falafel mix in a box! My step-by-step tutorial will guide you through making authentic, flavor-packed falafel that can feed a crowd. Bonus, put it together in a sandwich with all the Middle Eastern fixings like a pro!
Baked Sole Fillet If you only have less than 30 minutes to make a healthy dinner, this is baked sole fillet is the one for you. Baked in a lime, olive oil and a little butter. Capers and green onions take the flavor to the top. Just add a little rice and salad! Check it out.
Fattoush Salad. Fattoush makes a very frequent appearance on most Middle Eastern dinner tables. A simple chopped salad with a zesty dressing. For croutons, we use a little toasted pita!
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken with Dill Greek Yogurt Sauce. This easy Mediterranean grilled chicken will take your BBQ game to a new level. Marinated with Mediterranean spices, olive oil, lemon juice and onions and then grilled to tender perfection. I love the addition of this simple Greek yogurt sauce!
Baked Brie with Figs, Walnuts and Pistachios. My all-time favorite appetizer, and it takes like 15 minutes in the oven. Cover your baked brie with fig jam or honey and top with dried fruits and nuts. Warning, this one will go in minutes. See for yourself!
Roasted Greek Potatoes. This is one of my favorite side dishes that goes with almost any Mediterranean entree. A couple of secret ingredients take it to the top.
How to Make Hummus . We all take short cuts with hummus, but if you want to learn the secrets to the creamiest authentic hummus, you must check out my how-to-make-hummus tutorial.
Israeli Couscous with Chopped Vegetables Chickpeas and Artichokes . And last but not least, this Israeli Couscous.I serve it often as a salad or a side to grilled chicken or fish. This is another recipe that you can make your own. I decided to add fresh chopped vegetables, chickpeas, fresh mozzeralla and artichokes. A little fresh herbs complete this easy dish!
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Your food is amazing.
Thanks so much, Bonnie!
Look forward to trying out some of these recipes.. ?
Wonderful, Kathy! Enjoy
I am so Happy I found Mediterranean Dish. The food is the Best. I have miss it for a long time where I live now. I just got the recipes and I will try each one. The aroma in the kitchen is the great. I will be making the dish bake brie with figs and I will betaking it to my job. So, they can enjoy the taste and aroma of the Mediterranean dishes.
Welcome to The Mediterranean Dish, Lorrie! Enjoy!!
Made the Roasted Greek potatoes last night, my first attempt at your recipes, just found you. They were stupendous! I'll certainly put them in my rotation. Will spend time today looking through many of your other recipes. You are so very generous to give us all your vigilance, creativity, and joy.
Kelly, I am so glad you found me! This is one of my absolute ways to cook potatoes! Yes, would love for you to try more recipes and keep in touch here. Happy cookin!
I made your grilled chicken recipe today, definitely will be making this regularly!
Cindy, that is so great to hear! Glad you enjoyed it!!!
Just found your blog. Everything looks so good - don't know what to cook first. You now have a faithful follower. Thank you
Shirley, thank you so much! I am humbled. And I am so glad you found my blog. Enjoy!!!
Awesome collection! The hummus looks incredible!
Thank you so much, Florian. I make the hummus often around here!
Happy New Year! I've made nearly all of your top recipes and the falafel, brie and potatoes were our favorite.
I can't wait to see what you surprise us with in 2016!
Maureen, you just made my day! This means a lot to me coming from you, friend. Happy New Year! And I look forward to your creations as well. XOXO
Hi Suzy, I only joined your site recently but have made the cilantro chicken twice for visitors and it went down very well. I have had to cut back considerably on the liquid in it but other wise great. I have also made the fatoush salad and the Greek potatoes several times. I am going to try your hummus next as I am trying to perfect my recipe and may be some yoghurt is the secret. Keep up the good work, we love Mediterranean food. Thankyou.
Yvonne, so glad you stopped in. Thank you for taking the time to share your kind comment. The cilantro lime chicken is a bit generous with the broth, but in my family, we like to take a nice crusty bread to it! So glad you've tried a few of the recipes. And I am excited to hear about the hummus and what else you try next. Happy New Year!
I love your dishes! You have encouraged my new obsession with all recipes Mediterranean! I can't thank you enough. When a few of my other favorite food blogs sent their Top recipes, I was hoping you would send yours and here they are! Thank you again, and Happy New Year! I see some Isreali Couscous in my near future!
Gwen, thank you so much for your sweet comment! I can't wait to hear what you think of the Israeli Couscous recipe. Happy New Year!
I saw your post on Google+ and had to stop by to tell you the baked sole looks incredible.
Thank you so much, Kristi! It's super simple. Hope you give it a try soon.