By Leslie Kelly

Let's have a round of applause for Chef John's greatest video hits from 2016, a collection of cooking lessons that will inspire you to get into the kitchen. A word of warning, though: Watching these droolworthy vids will make you hungry, so plan accordingly.

One-Pot Chicken and Sausage Orzo

So easy, this quick dish is perfect for everyday dinners, but the presentation would look right at home at a fancy Italian restaurant. You've got to watch this one until the end to pick up the unexpected and genius tip for plating. As Chef John says, we definitely need more one-pot meals in our lives.

Pecan Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Thanks a ton to Chef John for coming up with the ULTIMATE coffee cake, which has way more crumb topping than the typical recipe by adding a middle layer. This winning recipe is the best reason to wake up early on the weekend to bake what Chef John promises is a foolproof cake. Pro tip: Wait until it's thoroughly cool before serving the buttery creation with a cup of Joe.

Chef John's Pourable Pizza

This is going to change the way you think about that cheesy pie by creating a batter using the whisk attachment of a standing mixer. After the mixture "proofs" for an hour, it's cooked, pancake-style, in a cast iron skillet on the stove top. The crisped-up crust is finished in the oven with your favorite toppings. Pro tip: Don't overload the crust or it'll get soggy.

Easy One-Bowl Hollandaise Sauce

Watch this one and you're sure to be inspired to make Eggs Benedict every day of the week. It's the coolest hack we've seen in 2016 without taking the extra step to melt butter before mixing it into egg yolks. All the velvet creaminess, half the work, and the 5-star reviews back up the "easy" description.

Sausage Pasta Fazool

One of the best cold weather comfort foods of all time, this update of an Italian classic is extra meaty. Sausage, white beans, pasta and aromatic veggies add up to an ultra easy one-pot preparation. Chef John shows how sauteing the pasta on the front end of the cooking process leads to big, bold flavor. The result, says the joke-making chef, is like a warm hug from Italian grandmother, but without the bad perfume.

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