The Food Channel's best recipes from 2000 to 2010 include some comfort foods as well as European favorites and classic recipes. Here are their top 10 foods of the decade along with my hand-picked recipes, which may lead you off the beaten path from their classic counterparts.
Easy Macaroni and Cheese Recipe: Macaroni and cheese is a pasta dish that everyone seems to like and everyone makes it differently. This recipe is for a very basic, easy version, loaded with Cheddar cheese and rich with milk. You can have it in the oven within 15 minutes. Kids love this, and you can serve it as a main dish or a side dish.
Salmon Bread Pudding Recipe: Not all bread puddings are sweet. This savory bread pudding is made with croissants, salmon, capers, cheese, and dill. This makes a fabulous brunch dish that may be served hot or at room temperature, but I like it for a light dinner or lunch. You may use your own baked salmon or smoked salmon in place of the canned salmon or add a dash (not too much!) of liquid smoke to the eggs when you whisk them. Plan ahead because the pudding will need to be refrigerated overnight before baking.
Ceviche Recipe: This is a classic white version of ceviche. You simply must try this dish to experience the various textures and wonderful flavors. Marinated fish and shrimp make a fabulous topper for crisp greens as a salad or use as a dip with tortilla chips. The acid in the citrus juice actually "cooks" the fish so no heat is necessary. Plan ahead to marinate a total of 10 hours.
Tilapia with Lime Caper Sauce Recipe: Tilapia is a mild-flavored, firm-fleshed whitefish. It can be rather bland. Perk up tilapia fish with spices and a tangy wine reduction lime caper sauce. If you cannot find tilapia, most other whitefish fillets will work as well such as catfish, trout, and snapper.
Chunky Guacamole Recipe: Guacamole is a popular Mexican dip made from avocados, usually served with tortilla chips. It is also served as a condiment with fajitas and other Mexican dishes. Avocado can be a bit bland. This recipe adds flavor with garlic, tomato, onion, and cilantro.