PART OF Holiday Central

Our Top 50 Recipes of 2021

With the new year approaching, let's reminisce about our most-popular recipes of 2021 and carry over our favorites into 2022!

#1: Moist & Delicious Banana Nut Bread

"My grandma asked me to pull up a recipe for banana bread for me to make, and I'm never going to use another recipe again. This is just the one! The bread was very moist and delicious. I poured the batter into two cans, one with pecans and one without, as well as muffin tins and both were so good.”


Ranking in 2020: #3

#2: Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

“I have been trying to make leftover mashed potato cakes as good as my mother's for years without success. This recipe hit the mark! I made it just as written adding two green onions finely chopped.”


Ranking in 2020: #11

#3: Simple Oven-Baked Sea Bass

"We only have Chilean sea bass once or twice a year as a special treat. This is the only way we season it! It has become my hubby’s specialty dish."

-Maura D.

Ranking in 2020: #31

#4: Low & Slow Oven-Baked Ribs

“I usually only eat ribs from the grill during the summer months but I caught a good sale on a slab of St. Louis ribs and couldn’t resist. I seasoned with Rib Rub and followed the directions exactly. Absolutely delicious! I couldn’t stop nibbling on them throughout the night.”

-Dawn B.

Ranking in 2020: #15

#5: Beer Bread

“Just delicious. I am not really a baker and this turned out as an amazing accompaniment for our fall and winter soups and stews. This is in a regular rotation in our house!”


Ranking in 2020: #2

#6: Perfect Electric Roaster Turkey

“I was nervous about cooking a turkey in an electric roaster, but it turned out great! I was told it was the best turkey ever. I even had room in my oven for everything else!”


Ranking in 2020: #20

#7: Best Banana Bread

“I’ve made many different banana bread recipes, but this one is the best. I add walnuts. I would recommend this recipe to anyone! A winner for sure.”

-Rita Freesemann

Ranking in 2020: #1

#8: The Best Easy Beef & Broccoli Stir-Fry

“This recipe easily rivals the beef and broccoli found at any local Chinese restaurant. It’s so delicious. I can’t wait to try it next with chicken or shrimp.”


Ranking in 2020: #14

#9: Whipped Cream Frosting

“This frosting has a great consistency. It’s very light and fluffy, and not too sweet. I’ve never made a whipped cream frosting, so I was concerned that it might separate on top of the cake after a day or two. I kept it in the fridge though and didn’t have a problem! I’ll happily make this again.”

-Laura in Texas

Ranking in 2020: #17

#10: Simple Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

"Much better than water-logged cobs boiled in water. Do remember to place a baking sheet underneath to catch any butter that may seep through the foil."


Unranked in 2020

#11: Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies

"These turned out perfectly for me. Perfect little snow balls that melt in the mouth while also providing a pleasant crunch from the toasted pecans."

-Val J.

Unranked in 2020

#12: Authentic Mexican Pozole

"Delicious. My wife grew up on authentic pozole as a child and has missed it dearly ever since. Our youngest daughter made this for her and it brought her back."


Ranking in 2020: #26

#13: Steak (Or Chicken) Fajitas

"This made the tastiest fajitas ever. Even my kids loved it! We used the marinade on chicken and it really made the dish. It was also incredibly easy to make. You just can't go wrong with this recipe."


Unranked in 2020

#14: The Best Belgian Waffles

“I searched high and low for a great recipe for my new Belgian waffle iron, and this one is by far the best. My toddler likes them plain as a snack, because they’re just that sweet and tasty! I also like that they aren’t crumby.”


Ranking in 2020: #10

#15: Restaurant Teriyaki Sauce

"This sauce is just perfect and satisfies my frequent craving for teriyaki chicken. It was just the right thickness. My husband and I were tempted to lick our bowls."


Unranked in 2020

#16: Gordon Ramsay's Yorkshire Pudding

"This is the best recipe for Yorkshire pudding. I didn't tweek it at all. They puffed up perfectly. Light and fluffy."

-Kim A.

Ranking in 2020: #23

#17: Perfect Rump Roast

“Fantastic! I never bothered with a rump roast because growing up, my mom and aunt would make them as ‘pot roasts’. They were always grey and stringy, and had to be saved by gravy. This recipe came out just as well as more expensive cuts, and my grown kids loved it. Nice, medium rare and tender.”


Ranking in 2020: #29

#18: Jo Mama's World-Famous Spaghetti

“I made this recipe two years ago and I’m making it tonight for my boyfriend and our friends. This has always been a favorite of mine . So delicious!”

-Gypsy_honeymoon G.

Ranking in 2020: #41

#19: Mozzarella Sticks

"These are a hit with all the family! I bake mine in the oven instead of frying, and find they are just as good."

-jos girl

Ranking in 2020: #35

#20: Turkey Meatloaf

"This is it! After trying many turkey meatloaf recipes, I have finally found the perfect recipe. My family loved it."


Ranking in 2020: #19

#21: Broiled Steak

"I was really happy to have this recipe during the winter when we couldn't use our grill. The steaks got a great sear on the outside, but stayed nice and pink on the inside!”

-Baby Duck

Ranking in 2020: #32

#22: Old Bay Shrimp Boil

“This was very good! The recipe halves easily and for a family of four, I could've gotten a way with just one pound of shrimp!”

-Rochelle T.

Ranking in 2020: #22

#23: The Perfect Burger

“I did this recipe as stated with no extra add ins. The result was simply burger heaven. This was the first time I attempted to prepare my own patties. I will never buy frozen patties. This is too easy to make, and adds a whole new definition of burger. Simply the best burger I have ever had!"


Ranking in 2020: #5

#24: Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

“Yum, this soup totally blew me away! It’s delicious. As a former Olive Garden employee who has the taste of Zuppa Toscana burned into my tastebuds, I can truly say that my soup tonight came out as a perfect match.”

-Dans La Lune

Ranking in 2020: #44

#25: Stuffed Green Bell Peppers

“I’ve never had this before, but my husband kept talking about stuffed peppers. I went on a hunt, and wow were these good. He kept saying ‘they taste like mom used to make.’ That is the gold cup for me!”


Ranking in 2020: #16

#26: Baked Chicken Tenders

“I found this gem of a recipe after buying chicken at the store. It turned out amazingly well. In fact, it surprised everyone in the family. The best part is it’s baked, healthier than fried! It’s also super quick.”


Ranking in 2020: #9

#27: Crispy Baked Chicken Leg Quarters

“Just as I was about to put the chicken in the oven, we were invited out to dinner. I covered them with plastic wrap and stuck them in the fridge. They marinated all night and we had them for lunch today. They were fabulous! They came out so crispy, juicy and tender. This one goes into my regular rotation for sure.”


Ranking in 2020: #33

#28: Julia Child's Supremes De Volaille Aux Champignons

"First time making this recipe and it was great! The chicken was tender, the flavor was spot on and the sauce with the mushrooms was so tasty!"

-Jonathan Melendez

Unranked in 2020

#29: Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie

"I've been making pecan pie for the holidays for about 35 years. I decided to give this one a try prior to the holidays. This has become my new pecan pie recipe! I love the gooeyness of the filling."


Unranked in 2020

#30: Scalloped Potatoes

“This was beyond delicious! I used my food processor to slice the potatoes, which made it super quick to whip together. I used mild cheddar and smoked paprika on top. I can’t wait to make it again.”


Ranking in 2020: #7

#31: The Most Wonderful Gingerbread Cookies

"Excellent recipe! I followed it to the letter, and no need to reduce the flour at all. I did all kind of shapes, even the mini stars came out perfect! The taste was delicious.”


Ranking in 2020: #42

#32: Barilla No-Boil Lasagna

"Add a pinch of nutmeg to the cheese mixture; you'll be amazed and impressed. Trick from my grandmother who was from Italy."

-Vince N.

Unranked in 2020

#33: Jell-O Shots

“I made orange and grape flavors for a Clemson tailgate and they were a huge hit! I am now on the list to make Jell-O shots. I used Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka.”

-Kathy M.

Ranking in 2020: #6

#34: Thousand Island Dressing

"Delicious! Tastes so much fresher and better than store-bought!"

-Jean C.

Ranking in 2020: #46

#35: Award-Winning Chili

“This is a great chili recipe. I’ve been on the hunt for a flavorful, thick and hearty chili - this is it. I added chicken stock for the one cup of water, and I highly recommend!”


Ranking in 2020: #37

#36: Baked Crab Legs in Garlic Butter

"Above and beyond expectations!"


Ranking in 2020: #38

#37: Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup

"What a delightful surprise! I only made this soup to use up some cabbage and veggies I had on hand. Delicious! I am trying to lose some weight as well as eat a healthier diet so this is perfect for me. This recipe is going to be in regular rotation!"

-Marjorie W.

Unranked in 2020

#38: Hummingbird Food

"Made this today, hung up my hummer feeder and had two customers before the day was over! Hope the word gets out, drinks are sweet and reasonably priced after all!"

-Victoria v.

Unranked in 2020

#39: Moist & Delicious Banana Bread

“This recipe is delicious. I didn't have any walnuts on hand so i substituted it with peeled almonds and it turned out amazing. Definitely a keeper!”

-Svetlana D.

Ranking in 2020: #13

#40: Easy Moist Banana Blueberry Muffins

"I've never used this recipe before but had frozen blueberries that needed using so went online to find a recipe. This one popped up, very easy to make and they came out of the oven smelling wonderful."


Unranked in 2020

#41: Malva Pudding

"As a South African, I can definitely vouch for this recipe. It is a bit sweet so I didn't add all the syrup, but other than that I recommend it! My friends and family constantly talk about it!"

-Thejal H.

Unranked in 2020

#42: Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta

"This recipe is so garlicky and so creamy and so easy to make. I got home from work, was incredibly tired and just wanted a filling meal. This one worked perfectly because it really didn't take much more than 15 minutes and tasted wonderfully."


Unranked in 2020

#43: Olive Garden Salad

"I love this salad. I generally go to a head of iceberg lettuce instead of the bagged, and I tear it instead of chopping, as the edges hold their color better."

-Karen D.

Unranked in 2020

#44: Baked Mahi Mahi

"The flavor of the fish came through with good compliment from the mayo onion mix and seasonings. The cooking time is spot on, the fish was very good. Will use again."

-Scott K.

Unranked in 2020

#45: Soft Peanut Butter Cookies

"Fantastic cookies! I haven't made peanut butter cookies for at least a year and upon tasting one of these, I just kept going and ending up eating three. They are slightly crisp on the edges and soft in the middle, just perfect!”


Ranking in 2020: #25

#46: Traditional Pork Tamales

"This is my all time favorite tamal recipe! I've made it a dozen times and it's been great every single time!"


Unranked in 2020

#47: Chinese Fried Rice

"We loved this! It's a quick and easy way to use left over meat and rice but it doesn't taste like left overs at all. I used diced baked ham for the meat."


Unranked in 2020

#48: Mussels in White Wine & Garlic Sauce

"Very delicious! For those who cook mussels for the first time, make sure you check all the mussels and discard those that are already open before adding them to the pot, and after cooking discard those that haven't opened."


Unranked in 2020

#49: Simply Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

“This sauce is awesome and can be adapted to different tastes. It's great to have this recipe as an alternative to our usual red or green sauce. My husband and I give this five stars!”


Ranking in 2020: #45

#50: Better-Than-Olive-Garden Alfredo Sauce

"This was so good! Sorry, it was devoured before I remembered to take a picture."

-Nancy W.

Ranking in 2020: #4