Our Test Kitchen’s Top-Rated Recipes of 2016

Best of 2016, Recipe Roundup, WIlliams-Sonoma


We absolutely love recipes: Last year, we edited more than 400 recipes to go into our catalog, website and this blog. Curious about some of the best? Here are 10 of our top-rated recipes to come out of the Williams-Sonoma Test Kitchen this year.


Zucchini Noodle Faux Pho


Spiralized zucchini noodles replace rice noodles in our lightened-up version of classic Vietnamese chicken pho.

Coq au Vin Blanc


Coq au vin is a centuries-old recipe from the French region of Burgundy. It usually calls for the liberal use of red wine, but this lighter version is made with white wine instead.

Meyer Lemon French Toast


We love this French toast: The use of challah makes it rich and luxurious, and Meyer lemons, in season now, add a dose of brightness. It’s also perfect for serving a crowd. Last but not least, it can be assembled the night before serving.

Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Zest


Panko, or Japanese bread crumbs, adds a lovely contrast to asparagus; it’s tossed here with garlic and lemon zest to create an asparagus dish that’s punchy and texturally interesting.

Double Chocolate Layer Cake


Hands down, our top-rated test kitchen dessert recipe this year was ourDouble Chocolate Cake. We can’t say we’re surprised: Its moist crumb, flavorful chocolate ganache and dramatic three-tier presentation make it a staff favorite, too.

Zucchini Noodles and Shrimp with Almond-Herb Pesto


Our test kitchen’s recipe for zucchini “noodles” and shrimp with almond-herb pesto is a crowd-pleaser, not just for the gluten- and grain-free but for anyone looking to enjoy a light, nutritious dinner. 

Glazed Carrots


Glazed carrots are a side dish that’s easy enough to make for any weeknight meal, yet they’re also plenty elegant and would fit right in at any holiday table. Madeira adds another layer of flavor; use multicolored carrots if you can find them for an additional pop of color.

Spanish Paella with Chorizo and Seafood


Chock-full of three kinds of seafood plus spicy chorizo, this Spanish paella will satisfy a hungry crowd. It also happens to be one of the most beautiful dishes we developed this year. 

Pappardelle with Pork Ragù and Burrata


Ragù gets the next-level treatment when it’s served with freshly-made pappardelle pasta and served with a creamy heap of burrata.

Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil


Once tomato season hits, you’ll want to jump on the opportunity to make our test kitchen’s fresh pasta with heirloom tomatoes straight from the garden.


One comment about “Our Test Kitchen’s Top-Rated Recipes of 2016

  1. Sabrina

    these look absolutely wonderful, the pork ragu with burrata, among them, they mostly look like scaled down (single pan) versions of oven baked recipes, wonder if that’s what made them top-rated?


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