top recipes collage top recipes collage Our top recipes of the year ran the gamut, from chocolate treats to spicy sauces. (Photo: Shutterstock, Sarah Berkowitz, Miriam Kresh)

The Israeli Kitchen recipes you loved the most

We're serving up and counting down the 10 recipes our readers devoured in 2016.

The people have spoken, and the verdict is ... you love food! Our Israeli Kitchen readers' tastes run the gamut, from the chocolatiest of chocolate cakes to the hottest of hot sauces. As a token of our gratitude for your loyalty and unfailing hunger, we compiled our most-viewed recipes of 2016 and are serving them up in true Israeli Kitchen fashion: a suspense-building, appetite-stoking top 10 countdown. Get those kitchen tools ready!

10. Potato bourekas

bourekasServe these bourekas at home, at picnics, at wedding buffets, soccer games – pretty much anywhere hungry people congregate. (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

Bourekas conceal all kinds of goodies in their puff-pastry hearts. Drop by any Israeli bakery and you’ll find trays of bourekas stuffed with potatoes, or cheese, or mushrooms, or eggplant. Some are as large as dinner dishes, coiled like snails and eaten with a knife and fork. This recipe for potato bourekas by Miriam Kresh rates high in the comfort food category and is loved by the young, the old and the in-between.

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9. Chocolate cupcakes with mocha cream and chocolate ganache

Chocolate Cupcakes with Mocha Cream and Chocolate GanacheThis recipe takes a simple chocolate cupcake up a few culinary notches with a mocha cream topping and a drizzle of chocolate ganache. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Chocolate cake is just one of those things – you either love it, or you're obsessed with it. There’s not really much in between. In this recipe, Sarah Berkowitz takes a simple chocolate cupcake up a few culinary notches by swirling on a delicious mocha cream and drizzling the top with a rich, decadent chocolate ganache. The hint of cinnamon in the cake adds a depth of flavor, making this a dessert to remember.

Get our recipe here.


8. The world's creamiest oatmeal

Creamy oatmealCreamy oatmeal (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

When the weather turns cold, you want to eat something warm. But it doesn't end there: you want creamy, too. Because warm and creamy = comfort. Look no further than this creamy, silky smooth oatmeal, beloved by kids and grown-ups alike, and the hands-down most satisfying start to your day.

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7. Malabi (Israeli milk pudding)

MalabiMalabi (Photo: Christian Jung/Shutterstock)

And speaking of creamy, this traditional Mediterranean pudding treat fits that bill to a tee. It's malabi, and you might liken it to rice or tapioca pudding. Kresh provides two ways to make this treat but emphasizes that both techniques yield a creamy, smooth texture and proportionally sweet flavor. Top with candied nuts and a drizzle of syrup for added pleasure.

Get our recipe here.


6. Chocolate cake with triple glaze

Chocolate cake with triple glazeThis chocolate cake is topped off by not one, not two, but three delightful glazes. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

No, you're not imagining things: There are quite a few chocolate recipes in this countdown. And why not? Chocolate is universally fun, delicious and versatile. When was the last time you attended a party where there wasn't some version of chocolate, be it a cake, cookies, candy or even liqueur, on the dessert table? Speaking of dessert tables, add this one to yours pronto: A simple chocolate cake recipe with a fabulous triple-flavor topping.

Get our recipe here.


5. Whole-roasted cauliflower

Whole roasted cauliflower with yogurt and herbsWhole roasted cauliflower with yogurt and herbs (Photo: Miriam Kresh)

Is cauliflower the new turkey? In some circles, yes! People are gradually catching on to the idea that a whole cauliflower can be roasted and served just like a roasted turkey or chicken, with a taste that's just as filling and satisfying. There's even a restaurant in Tel Aviv called Miznon that considers itself a shrine to this unique vegetable. Here, Kresh prepares an entire head of cauliflower, gently basted with a yogurt-parmesan-herb blend, as the centerpiece of a perfect vegetarian meal.

Get our recipe here.


4. Homemade falafel

falafelFalafel is fried chickpea, but to you, it's a crispy ball of goodness. (Photo: Slawomir Fajer/Shutterstock)

Don't we all wish we had a fully staffed falafel restaurant in our own kitchen, dispensing hot, crispy falafel on demand? Apparently we do, or we wouldn't be on the web, searching for ways to make it at home! Luckily, this recipe includes an exclusive video from vegetarian cookery extraordinaire Jerry James Stone that provides step-by-step instructions on frying up your own classic falafel at home, complete with tips on how to achieve peak crispiness.

Get our recipe here.


3. Schug (Mediterranean hot sauce)

red schugIf you like hot sauce, this is the spread for you. (Photo: kostrez/Shutterstock)

This fiery relish, originally conceived by Yemenites, has now become a mainstay of Israeli cuisine. Sit down at a hummus joint, and order your plate of hummus, tahini and a hard-boiled egg, with or without beans. The waiter will slide a little plate of schug next to your elbow without asking. You can ask for schug even in high-end restaurants like Jerusalem’s Eucalyptus, confident that they’ll have plenty in the kitchen. In other words, this stuff is everywhere in Israel, and it can be yours, too, with some quick processing and a little searching for the hottest jalapeños in the land.

Get our recipe here.


2. Cinnamon cappuccino chocolate chunk cookies

cinnamon cappuccino chocolate chunk cookies with milk.Cinnamon cappuccino chocolate chunk cookies. Grab one before the whole family catches on. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

And after a quick break, we're back with ... more chocolate! These rich, chewy cookies certainly give your classic chocolate chip a run for its money. Hints of cinnamon and coffee elevate this fudgy cookie to gourmet status, which means it probably won't sit uneaten for long – so best to double up.

Get our recipe here.


1. Chocolate zucchini cake

chocolate zucchini cakeFile this under "ingenious ways to hide green vegetables in your favorite foods." (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

And the winner is ... deception? Yes, this chocolate zucchini cake gets a gold star in the "parents hiding vegetables in their kids' food" category, and we totally understand why. In this brilliant recipe, the zucchini softens nicely in the oven and blends right into the batter, so there’s no funny green stuff visible to the discerning eater. In addition to the extra serving of green veggies, this cake recipe is also lower in sugar than typical recipes. The yield is a lightly sweet, but rich and chocolatey cake that’ll please all the chocolate (and cake) lovers in your life.

Get our recipe here.

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