Slideshow: Staff Picks: Our Favorite Recipes of 2013

Stuffing Waffles
Stuffing Waffles

"I'm not saying stuffing in waffle form is the best thing Kenji made all year—this Caesar salad is great, as are these fish tacos, and a gabillion other things—but I'm pretty sure this recipe was the one that made the office go most apeshit, including me. Because. STUFFING. WAFFLES. BOW DOWN TO THE NEW RULER OF THE WAFFLE KINGDOM. AND BATHE HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS IN MAPLE SYRUP. These waffles are really good. Yup. Yeah. Uh huh." —Robyn Lee, AHT Editor and Photographer

In Which We Make Stuffing Waffles

Buffalo Mac and Cheese
Buffalo Mac and Cheese

"BUFFALO MAC AND CHEESE FOR THE WIN. I can't decide which way I enjoyed this more: fresh from the stove or at midnight during a late night at the office, slathered with more hot sauce because I could." —Max Falkowitz, Editor of Serious Eats New York

Buffalo Macaroni and Cheese

Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Roast Turkey with Gravy
Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Roast Turkey with Gravy

"I found out a two days before Thanksgiving break that I was in charge of roasting a turkey at my father-in-law’s, even though I’d never taken on a whole bird before. Without time to properly plan, I needed a recipe that was quick and straightforward, but also one that was delicious. Fortunately, that’s exactly what Kenji’s Butterflied Roast Turkey recipe is. In fact, my turkey finished ahead of time, so instead of sweating it out in the kitchen, I had more quality time to spend on the couch. Plus, the quick gravy made with the backbone was outstanding." —Nick Kindelsperger, Editor of Serious Eats Chicago

Crisp-Skinned Butterflied Roast Turkey with Gravy

Braised Chicken with Green Chile and White Beans
Braised Chicken with Green Chile and White Beans

"Green chile, white beans, juicy dark meat chicken, jack cheese, plenty of cumin: this recipe for Braised Chicken with Green Chile and White Beans has all my favorite flavors. Okay, the recipe doesn't call for jack cheese, but I sprinkle some on top before serving anyway. I take quite a few shortcuts when I make this (for starters, I use canned beans), but it always turns out great and as such it's quickly become a new favorite." —Ben Fishner,

Braised Chicken with Green Chile and White Beans

Search for Delicious
Search for Delicious

"The recipe that got me most excited this year was the Search for Delicious, a simple concoction made with a double punch of bittersweet ingredients. You just stir Cynar, Punt e Mes, and lemon (plus some orange bitters) with ice, then garnish with a pinch of kosher salt on top of the ice. If you like amari and bitter drinks, try this now." —Maggie Hoffman, Editor of Serious Eats Drinks

Search for Delicious

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Chicken-Stuffed Deep-Fried Matzo Balls
Chicken-Stuffed Deep-Fried Matzo Balls

"If you'd asked me two months ago, I would have said that comfort food doesn't get much better than a perfectly executed, tender, fluffy matzo ball. Turns out I couldn't have been more wrong. More specifically, it turns out that if you wrap that matzo meal around a dill-seasoned chicken meatball, cook it up, encase it in chicken skin, deep fry it, and sprinkle it with salt? Well, let's just say, mind officially blown (also, Max Falkowitz is a genius). Salty, fatty, rich, crackly, tender, light, meaty, and deeply savory, all literally wrapped up in one compact package. I've never been a happier Jew. " —Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor

Chicken-Stuffed Deep-Fried Matzo Balls