Gold Medal-Winning Meals

Created December 8, 2016
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread
When a dish wins the gold, you know it’s good. Our criteria for these top picks include a four-star rating and overall deliciousness. MORE+ LESS-

We love the idea of handing out medals to the best of the best in anything, like sports, dogs and especially off-the-charts-delicious recipes. For our unofficial recipe competition, we created the categories, met as judges and chose the winners. Now we’re presenting the champs to you. Here are our favorite gold medal-winning foods.


Category: Best in Rings

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread

No matter how many rings you serve, this Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread is going to be the star. Best asset: It’s a three-ingredient winner. 


Category: Best New Tradition

Unsloppy Joes

We’re making sloppy dinners untraditional. Say goodbye to messy meals and hello to Unsloppy Joes. All the flavor with easier cleanup.


Category: Best Freestyle Treat

Cinnamon Twists

Desserts with a choose-your-own filling option are always a hit. These Cinnamon Twists are a surefire winner in our book.


Category: Best Simple & Speedy Dinner

Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Five minutes of prep and 25 minutes of time from start to finish make this Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie one of our fastest and most flavorful favorites.


Category: Best Teamwork Duo

Cookies ‘n Crescent Sweet Rolls

We love seeing two doughs work together. This Cookies ‘n Crescent Sweet Rolls dish, which brings together crescents and cookie dough, shows what can come out of collaborating: good-tasting treats.


Category: Easiest Cleanup

Creamy Lasagna Skillet Pot Pie

This single-skillet Creamy Lasagna Skillet Pot Pie is easy on the sink and on the taste buds. One dish to make dinner, one dish to clean — pretty simple.


Category: Most Centerpiece-Worthy

Raspberry Kissed Chocolate Almond Crostada

Serving brunch requires a dish that’s gorgeous and flavorful. This Raspberry-Kissed Chocolate-Almond Crostada checks both boxes.


Category: Best Torching Hot Flavor

Jalapeno Pillows

The chiles in these appetizer Jalapeño Pillows give them a spicy kick. Carry ‘em from party to party; they’ll still keep their flaming-hot flavor.


Category: Best on the Ice(ing)

Maple Cinnamon Pecan Pull Aparts

The icing on these Maple Cinnamon Pecan Pull Aparts is a glaze we’ll be dreaming about for days. Drizzle on the sweetness.


Category: Fewest Moves

Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie

The steps needed to put this Super Easy Chicken Pot Pie together are basically line pan with pie crust, fill the pie crust, top with pie crust. Easy tastes so good.