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Spring Recipe Contest Results

Picking this season’s winner was tough! This time you voted two meatball recipes and one steak recipe into the Cuisinart Test Kitchen for evaluation. Despite sounding similar, the Delicious Italian Meatballs and the Mexican Meatballs recipes were very different. One was classic and simple, the other new-age and complex. Right away we knew we would have trouble choosing, especially because both were up against a Lemon-Pepper Steak slathered in butter.

Each recipe was unique and very tasty. Our favorite, and this season’s winner, was the Delicious Italian Meatballs .

Notes from the Cuisinart Chefs

The Delicious Italian Meatballs tasted, dare we say it, better than Grandma’s! The breadcrumbs, made right in our Cuisinart food processor, allowed us to control the seasoning in our meatballs. One bite and we were quickly reminded that premade breadcrumb mixes don’t compare to the fresh parsley, freshly grated cheese and just-minced garlic used in this recipe.

Plus, not only did we use the Cuisinart food processor to prep the ingredients, but also to mix the meatballs. Several short pulses made them the most tender we’ve ever tasted. Combined with the crunchy, pan-fried crust, these Delicious Italian Meatballs were a winning recipe. They also heated up very well the next day. We suggest serving them with a side of pasta or salad.

The Mexican Meatballs were a close winner. We loved how the different flavors of garlic, tomato, chipotle chile in Adobo and cumin all came together to form a complex but rounded bite. The runner up suggested using a blender to blend the tomatoes and chipotle chile, but we used a Cuisinart stick hand blender right in the pot before adding the meatballs. The sauce turned out great--very smooth with one less blender jar to clean.

The fresh cilantro added at the end of the Mexican Meatballs recipe brightened up the otherwise deep flavors. We think these meatballs are best served over rice or salad, or even as an appetizer. They are perfectly bite-size and adorable.

We knew from the beginning it would be hard to resist steak slathered in butter, and boy were we right. TheLemon-Pepper Steak had a great flavor that was elevated by the lemon zest in the compound butter. It was a bit salty for our taste, so we recommend about 1/2 of a teaspoon less salt. Broiling the steak allowed us to achieve the perfect crust, while still maintaining a pink inside. It makes the perfect meal when served with steamed broccoli and sautéed mushrooms like the recipe recommends.

A big thank you to everyone who submitted recipes and participated in the voting process. We cannot wait to see what you cook up next time!

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Contest Results for Summer 2014

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Red Chili Posole (submitted by SERG on 06/05/2014)

Creole Bread Pudding (submitted by Creole Bread Pudding on 06/24/2014)

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Delicious Italian Meatballs (submitted by Joseportiz on 02/19/2014)
30 minute preparation.

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Mexican Meatballs (submitted by Sandiluenber on 02/19/2014)

Lemon-Pepper Steak (submitted by Kareng on 02/19/2014)
Prep 10 minutes plus standing and broil 16 minutes.

Contest Results for Winter 2013

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Delicious Mexican dish.

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Contest Results for Winter 2013

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Palitos De Atun (submitted by Jummy on 08/24/2012)

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Contest Results for Summer 2012

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Contest Results for Spring 2012

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Contest Results for Winter 2012

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Contest Results for Summer 2011

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Contest Results for Spring 2011

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Contest Results for Winter 2011

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