Our Readers Share Their 10 Favorite Recipes from Julia Turshen’s “Small Victories”

updated Jul 1, 2020
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Chopped Chickpea Salad from Small Victories

For the month of June, Kitchn’s Cookbook Club explored Julia Turshen’s Small Victories. Even though the cookbook came out in 2016, it continues to deliver surprises. Our readers cooked their way through countless meatballs, plates of olive oil-fried eggs, and bowls of potluck quinoa, and there were some clear favorites on Instagram and Facebook. Here they are!

1. Turkey Ricotta Meatballs

When I asked Julia Turshen which recipes she still regularly makes from Small Victories, the first thing she mentioned was her recipe for turkey ricotta meatballs. It’s not surprising! This recipe is so easy and it creates the most tender, moist meatballs I’ve probably ever made.

Get the recipe: Turkey Ricotta Meatballs from Small Victories

2. Creamed Corn

One of the members in our Facebook group had a Small Victories dinner, where she made six different recipes from the cookbook. Her favorite one? The creamed corn! Another member agreed, saying that the “creamed corn was a HUGE hit.”

3. Potluck Quinoa

So many people in our Facebook group made the potluck quinoa salad. One member said “Small Victories’ potluck quinoa was a do-ahead small victory for a WFH lunch break on this crazy Tuesday!”

Get the recipe: Potluck Quinoa

4. Berry and Buttermilk Cobbler

If you’re looking for a super-easy dessert to make this summer, this is it. A lot of people in our Facebook group changed up the berries they used in the recipe based on what they had. “I used blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. I served it with plain Greek yogurt on the side. Perfect for a June Saturday,” one member said.

Get the recipe: Berry and Buttermilk Cobbler from Small Victories

5. Olive Oil-Fried Eggs with Yogurt and Lemon

This was personally one of the first recipes I made from Small Victories, and it was a total revelation. I had no idea that fried eggs could pair so well with yogurt! Many of our Cookbook Club-ers agreed: “This will go on a regular rotation for me,” one person said.

6. Julia’s Caesar

Instead of telling you why this recipe is amazing, I’m going to let this Facebook member explain: “This was my first time making my own Caesar salad dressing, as I fear the canned anchovies, and I am telling you, this is one of the better Caesar dressings, and I am a picky salad eater!” Sold.

7. Apple and Toasted Oat Muffins

This muffin recipe is super adaptable for whatever you have in your pantry. One Cookbook Club member said the following: “I used dried cranberries instead of raisins. They turned out great and I have a new favourite muffin!” Another member shared, “[I] used bananas, walnuts and chocolate chips instead of the apples. Easy, no mixer, lot of spices, very moist, delicious. A winner!”

8. Sour Cream Pancakes with Roasted Blueberries

The biggest advice people in our Facebook group have when it comes to this recipe? Double the recipe, double the blueberries, because they are so good. Another commenter said, “The pancake recipe is also fantastic and I would try it with crème fraîche next time.”

9. Zucchini and Nigella Fritters

These fritters are a delicious, easy meal for the summer months. “This was a tasty little treat,” one person said.

10. Chopped Chickpea Salad

This was my personal favorite recipe I made from Small Victories this month. It’s such a simple salad you can make ahead of time and eat all week for great lunches.

What’s your favorite recipe from Small Victories? Let us know in the comments.