PART OF Holiday Central

Our Top 50 Recipes of 2019

With the new year approaching, let's reminisce about our most-popular recipes of 2019 and carry over our favorites into 2020!

#1: 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

#2: 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!”


#3: 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.”


#4: Simple Oven-Roasted Corn on the Cob

“Over the years I have tried several methods including steaming, boiling in sugared water and grilling in the husk. To date, I had preferred the grilling method. However, this was the best corn ever. Simply delicious!”


#5: 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.”


#6: 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.”


#7: Perfect Basic White Rice

“I’ve banished boil-in-the-bag rice, and have retired my rice cooker. I’ve found this method to be tried and true! The only problem I find is not being able to put the fork down! I usually make this with chicken broth in lieu of water.”

-Jug OMud

#8: 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

#9: 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!”


#10: Beth's Melt-in-Your-Mouth Barbecue Ribs

"This method is awesome! For those trying to find the hickory smoked salt, the brand I use is ‘Spice Islands.’ They have it in some local grocery stores, but it is available online too. Fabulous ribs, and the clean up is so easy!"


#11: Beef Tips

“This was delicious! It was very easy to prepare, smelled great while it was simmering, and my family of three ate the entire thing. It was absolutely fantastic with the tasty gravy.”


#12: 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.”


#13: 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.

#14: 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.”


#15: 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.”


#16: Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie

"Absolutely amazing! I made this for my husband and father-in-law because it is their favorite, and it turned out to be my favorite! It's a keeper and will be my only pecan pie recipe. I made a gluten-free dairy-free crust, and it was the crowning glory of our Thanksgiving dinner! It worked like a charm!”

-GlutenFree Food Cri

#17: Patti Labelle's Macaroni & Cheese

“This is by far the most requested side dish at family gatherings. I added extra cheese in the mix and also on top. Delish!”


#18: 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!”


#19: Easy Stovetop Macaroni & Cheese

“This is an amazing recipe! It’s creamy, cheesy, delicious and super easy! My roommates and I love this mac and cheese. It's easy to add stuff to it when you want a little more than the basic. My go-tos are taco meat or buffalo chicken!”

-Adreanna C.

#20: 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

#21: Oven-Crisp Chicken Wings

"This is a great recipe! You can shake some extra seasonings on the wings once they are coated, or add to the bag. What an excellent, versatile recipe!"

-Lisa V.

#22: 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.

#23: 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.”


#24: Jiffy Corn Casserole

“I’ve been making this for years. I use creamed corn instead of whole kernel corn, and it’s still delicious! I have my bff so hooked on it, I have to make it for him at least once a month. Just last year I added it to the Thanksgiving table. It's always a hit!”

-Brandi M.

#25: Old-Fashioned Vegetable Beef Soup

"This was my first time attempting to make a vegetable beef soup, but this recipe made it so easy! It was absolutely delicious.”


#26: 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!"

-stinsniper ..

#27: Chinese Fried Rice

"We loved this! My family is big on restaurant fried rice, but we only get it when we eat out. I attempted to make it several times years ago with disastrous results. I went hunting for a good recipe and found this one! There was none left, and I won't be afraid to make it again.”


#28: Pete's Scratch Pancakes

“These were very easy to make and only took about five minutes. The recipe made nine six-inch fluffy pancakes. I was pleased that butter and syrup didn’t water the log cakes. You could add any fruit in this recipe. Overall these were the best I’ve ever made!”

-danny sayre

#29: Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup

“Personally I thought this soup was delicious. I made it according to the recipe. I've never used beef broth so clearly that is what made this so darn good. For a zero-point recipe I give it five stars!”


#30: 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.

#31: Homemade Cream of Broccoli Soup

"One of my favorites yet. Very simple and easy, while also satisfying. I added a bit of cheddar cheese to my liking and it was perfect! You can add carrots along with the broccoli if you're a veggie person.”

-Yanilca R.

#32: 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.

#33: 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.”


#34: Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

“I’ve tried so many pot roast recipes but have never found one I thought was outstanding until I came upon this! I followed the instructions to the letter and it was the best I've ever had! There are only two of us so I cut it in half, and it worked perfectly.”

-Liz Wilcox

#35: 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!”


#36: Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

“This has become one of my go-to recipes. It’s easy and takes less than 30 minutes to make. It tastes so good!”


#37: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Lactation Cookies

“These are easy to make and taste so good. I used mini chocolate chips because I was making smaller cookies!”

-Lia L.

#38: Best-Ever Banana Muffins

"I used a cup of whole wheat flour and half-cup of oats. I soaked them in the liquids for a few minutes until soft. What a wonderful, moist, no-fuss muffin!”

-Soldier Girl

#39: Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

“This tastes the closest to Panera broccoli cheese soup compared to many other recipes I've tried. I served it with buttered sourdough bread. Totally worth the effort!”


#40: 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

#41: 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!”


#42: 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.

#43: Bourbon Chicken

“My family loves this recipe! I always follow it exactly, but just use a little less red pepper flakes because my kids aren't a fan of heat. We serve this wrapped in romaine leaves with a little white rice. It makes an easy, light dinner that is quick to prepare!”


#44: Basic Vinaigrette Dressing With Eight Variations

“My entire family loves the creamy garlic vinaigrette. We’ve found that if you pour it on pork and season it to your liking about 3 to 5 minutes before they're done, it's amazing!”

-Chris H.

#45: Restaurant Teriyaki Sauce

"Phenomenal! I wanted to find a good recipe that my sister could have. She has Celiac disease so readily available bottled sauce isn't something we can use. This was just wonderful. Before I added the slurry I had her taste the sauce and she said it tasted just like what she remembered from the restaurants.”


#46: Moist Banana Blueberry Muffins

"Super delicious! I added a teaspoon of cinnamon and vanilla extract. Definitely a keeper"


#47: Oven BBQ Ribs

"I have made this recipe many times and licked the platter clean! The only alteration I make is I slow-cook the ribs at 325 degrees for about 3 hrs. This seems to allow the flavors more time to permeate the meat plus makes for ribs which melt in your mouth."


#48: Hummingbird Food

“This is great, I made the recipe last night and put it out, then woke up this morning to come outside and see a family of hummingbirds hovering around the feeder, sharing the nectar. They keep coming back for more, so it's really good.”


#49: 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!”


#50: 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.”