Best of Alabama NewsCenter 2017: Recipes

Best of Alabama NewsCenter 2017: Recipes
The recipes you responded to in 2017. (Alabama NewsCenter)

As we watch 2017 give way to 2018, it’s a good time to look back on some of the good things that happened in Alabama this year. Alabama NewsCenter has tallied the results in each grouping of stories to see which ones you responded to the most, and we’re sharing your five favorites along with a story (or stories) we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss.

What do you love most about recipes? Is it the curiosity of seeing how someone else makes a dish? Is it the thrill of taking it and putting your own spin on it? Maybe you’ve been searching for something new to serve to the family or take to a potluck.

Whatever the reason, the recipes on Alabama NewsCenter are among our most popular posts.

Here are the five Alabama NewsCenter recipes that tempted your taste buds the most in 2017:

Stop telling yourself that ribs must be cooked on a grill. With the right rub and sauce, you can get the caramelization and the flavor you’re after in the oven and avoid the charcoal, the smoke and the fuss of firing up the grill or smoker. Don’t believe us? Try this recipe for barbecue baked ribs.

A combination of spices, sauce and beer make these baked barbecue ribs a perfect summer meal. (contributed)


The best recipes are the ones that get shared multiple times. Take this recipe for Chocolate Chip Dream Bars. We got this one from Stacey Little, the cook and blogger at Southern Bite. Little got it from his friend and fellow food blogger Christy Jordan, who put the recipe in her cookbook “Sweetness.”

Grab a friend and create a bond over this scrumptious dessert. (Southern Bite)


You had us at “ooey gooey.” Any recipe that starts with those two words is probably good enough, but when you follow them with “Autumn Spice Cake” the imagination goes wild as to the flavors and textures that will be created with this one. Yes, it’s as good as you imagine.

This tasty little treat will make your day. (Southern Bite)


Think of your favorite strawberry sheet cake. Now think of how good it would be with fresh strawberries. That’s why we can’t argue with Southern Bite’s Little when he calls this recipe the Best Strawberry Sheet Cake.

Fresh strawberries make this sheet cake burst with flavor. (Stacey Little)


The recipe behind this recipe combined one part successful Birmingham restaurateur Andrea Snyder of the Urban Cookhouse with one part child chef extraordinaire Fuller Goldsmith of “Chopped Junior” and “Top Chef Jr.” fame and a dash of the Market at Pepper Place. Goldsmith came up with this recipe for Snyder’s restaurant and it made its debut during a cooking exhibition at Pepper Place. The result was some Alabama-Asian fusion that Goldsmith named Smoked Chicken Spring Rolls.

Smoked chicken spring rolls are a spicy mix packed with flavor. (Karim Shamsi-Basha / Alabama NewsCenter)


Editor’s choice:

Kate Wood cooks for her blog Wood and Spoon where she puts her own homey touch on some classic made-from-scratch recipes. Her specialty is baked goods with an emphasis on sweets. For instance, these Hazelnut Cinnamon Rolls give you that comfort-food familiarity you get with the classic jumbo cinnamon roll with the added flavor of hazelnuts. Wood doesn’t take any shortcuts with her recipes, and by following them you will be rewarded for it.

Aimee Wood makes sure the icing is edible on top of the hazelnut cinnamon rolls she made with her mom. (Ted Tucker/Shorelines)

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