's Top 50 Recipes

Comfort food faves, slow-cooker dishes, copycat winners - these are the recipes you all enjoyed the most this year. Thanks to everyone who came, cooked, photographed and reviewed!

#1: Easy Garlic Chicken

"I was so excited to try this after seeing a post on Pinterest. I made it for dinner, and it was amazing. We are so making it again! When the whole family goes to war over leftovers, you know it's good enough to have again."


#2: Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork

"Wow. Talk about bang for your buck! I was skeptical that such a simple recipe could give such great results, but this is better than restaurant-quality pulled pork! All the taste of a BBQ joint without having to leave the house."


#3: To-Die-For Slow-Cooker Roast

"The taste of this pot roast is absolutely fabulous! A meal fit for a queen (or king)! The seasonings were perfect. It is so incredibly moist, it falls apart with your fork!"


#4: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Chicken Breast

"This chicken is the BEST! It really does melt in your mouth. Each of my family members went back for more, so I'm happy that I made extra."


#5: Better Than Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

"FAB-U-LOUS! Wow, this is a winner. There were no leftovers in my house with this meal, everyone loved it! I added a bit of fresh nutmeg ... perfection!"


#6: Fannie Farmer's Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese

"This is a classic, and by far one of the best mac and cheese recipes ever created. This has been a fantastic comfort food for years and will continue to be in my book."

-Bob in Mexico

#7: P. F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

"Just like the real thing! I made these lettuce wraps for a party, and they were a hit."


#8: Authentic Italian Meatballs

"These are, without a doubt, the BEST meatballs I've ever made. My mother-in-law was Italian, and I could never even come close to her meatballs. This recipe tops hers!"


#9: Ice Cubes

"I too have been stumped on how to make my own ice. I would wait until Lake Michigan froze over then go with my ice-cutter and bring back enough to last a week or so, but the darn cubes were so big they didn't fit in the glass. Now, thanks to you I am able to do this much more efficiently."

-Chef #944221

#10: Perfect Pork Tenderloin

"My pork was a complete success! It was juicy, moist and delicious. My kids couldn't get enough! I will never have dry pork again!"


#11: Melt-in-Your-Mouth Barbecue Ribs

"I almost didn't want to share this ribs recipe because this is one of the dishes that I make to keep my sons coming back home! The ribs are tender, moist and slide off the bone. Your family will love them as much as my family does!"


#12: Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

"These cookies are so easy and sooooo delicious, and also big hit! I took a plate of them to work and everyone loved them. Not to mention they are the only cookie I've ever made that actually stays soft; the others all get crunchy and hard!"


#13: Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken

"This is absolutely the best way to make a whole chicken. It doesn't get any more tender than this. I have given this recipe to all of the girls at work because most of them only cook out of a box, and they LOVE IT!"

-deb k

#14: Paula Deen's Slow-Cooker Macaroni & Cheese

"I discovered this recipe a couple years ago when my obsession with all things Paula Deen began. I've taken this to multiple potlucks. It's always a hit, and people are begging for more."


#15: Simply Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas

"These were so good! My husband usually eats dinner without much fanfare, but he couldn't stop commenting on how great these were."


#16: Scalloped Potatoes

"These were amazing! I added ham per hubby's request, and he paid me the highest compliment a wife can get: He said it was better than his mom's!"


#17: Bourbon Chicken

"This recipe is a copycat of the bourbon chicken sold in Chinese carry-outs in my hometown. It is so good that my sons gobbled it up, leaving me just a spoonful. Their excuse was they thought I had eaten."


#18: Jolean's Cheese, Potato & Smoked Sausage Casserole

"This is inexpensive to make and easy to throw together. Calling it 'comfort food' is an understatement. We really enjoyed this! It's a keeper and I will make it again!"


#19: Panera's Broccoli Cheese Soup

"Wow! I am freaking out right now because I just made Panera's Broccoli Cheddar Soup in my own kitchen! It tastes exactly like their recipe. This is a true five-star winner!"

-One Happy Mama

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

"I have been on a kind of Asian homemade take-out kick and this has come the closest to what I'd expect at a restaurant. Super easy too!"


#21: Weight Watchers Cabbage Soup

"What a great soup! I decided to 'go big or go home,' and made a HUGE pot so I could eat it at home and take some to work all week. Swimsuit here I come!"


#22: Jo Mama's World Famous Spaghetti

"My kids will give up a steak dinner for this spaghetti. It is a recipe I have been perfecting for years, and it is so good (if I may humbly say) that my kids are disappointed when they eat spaghetti anywhere else but home!"


#23: Greek Potatoes

"These potatoes are a staple in our home. They are delicious, and the ones that get overly brown in the pan and stick a bit are MINE!"


#24: The Best Chili You Will Ever Taste

"My husband fixed this for us. It was the best chili I've ever had! We chose this recipe because it was different from the usual. The beer, coffee and cocoa gave it a unique flavor."

-Lucky Clover

#25: Best Banana Bread

"Excellent! Truly the BEST. Thirty years of searching for the best banana taste and moistness is finally over. This is in my personal cookbook forever."

-Wannabe Gourmet

#26: Chinese Fried Rice

"This is the best recipe for Chinese fried rice! My family and I enjoyed it, and there wasn't a scrap left. This is even better than Chinese take out."


#27: Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

"FANTABULOUS! With the exception of a straight-out alfredo sauce, this is the best pasta sauce I have ever had. The flavors just dance around in your mouth, aren't too overpowering, but let you know they are there."


#28: Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

"Yummy scrummy in my tummy! Throwing out pumpkin seeds should be a crime with a tasty recipe like this around. We added a bit of chilli powder for slightly spicy seeds. They were gone in minutes."


#29: P. F. Chang's Mongolian Beef

"OMG, I've been to P. F. Chang's fairly often in the last few weeks because I was craving the Mongolian beef. This is nothing short of amazing — it is EXACTLY the same. This is one of those recipes that you just can't mess up. The guys at work are gonna have food envy."


#30: Spinach Artichoke Dip

"I have been on a run testing and making top-rated dip recipes, and this once is by far the BEST. It tastes so natural, rich and delicious. This recipe is sure to WOW any guests."

-Genevieve H.

#31: Buffalo Chicken Dip

"I loved this recipe. It definitely has a KICK, but in a very good way. It got tons of compliments, a fabulous recipe."


#32: Mexican Rice

"This recipe is gonna zap you right into a delicious, dreamy, 'give-me-the-dang-spoon-now' kinda trance. I have never in my born days tasted such tempting, tantalizing and tremendous tasting rice."

-Andi of Longmeadow Farm

#33: Oreo Balls

"Absolutely delicious! Some of my friends were speechless, and my aunt said they were 'to die for.' My uncle couldn't believe I made them because they looked so professional!"


#34: Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

"I have been looking for a butter cream recipe for a couple of years now. THIS recipe is IT! It is absolutely perfect. Perfect texture, perfect sweetness."


#35: Classic Potato Salad

"As my family and I ate through the bowl of potato salad with our barbecue, we all smiled. I swear there was a moment when we felt young again, back at my parents' old house laughing the summer evening away. Great potato salad!"


#36: Restaurant Teriyaki Sauce

"Fantastic! I'll never buy teriyaki sauce again! It was nice and perfectly thick."


#37: The Best-Ever Waffles

"Oh my word! Yes, these waffles rock! Light and crispy? Yes! You must try them!"


#38: Copycat Panda Express's Orange Chicken

"This was aaaamazing. It was so much better than Panda Express's orange chicken. I will definitely be making it again. Fantastic!"


#39: Microwave Caramels

"Awesome, wonderful, tasty, delicious, incredible and let's not forget the simplicity of the recipe! If you think it's too simple to be delicious, try it — you'll only lose six minutes of your time. The last time I made these tasty little critters I put in pecans. Oh my, over the roof!"

-Chef #1056537

#40: Lemon Baked Cod

"This is really an amazing dish. The fish is so tender and flaky, and the flavor is wonderful."


#41: Beer Bread

"I have made this bread dozens of times with at least a half a dozen different beers, and every single loaf is a hit. This is the bread everyone wants me to bring to dinner and I've never had a miss."


#42: Best Grilled Pork Chops

"This is now my only marinade for chops! Simple and great! Juicy, tender chops."


#43: Carb-Free Cloud Bread

"I was very skeptical when I first read the recipe, but they came out wonderful and tasted great! At work we decided to give up bread for 40 days — this recipe is going to make that easy!"

-Chef #1551017

#44: No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

"Just like Mom used to make! This makes slightly gooey cookies once they've set up - an awesome texture right out of the fridge. Versatile and tasty."

-Let's Cook!

#45: Olive Garden Copycat Zuppa Toscana

"This soup totally blew me away: it's DELICIOUS. As a former Olive Garden employee who has the taste of Zuppa Toscana burned on my taste buds, I can truly say that my soup tonight came out as a PERFECT match."

-Dans La Lune

#46: Best-Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

"This cake was FANTABULOUS! It took me back to my childhood when we would get the little square banana cakes from the local deli."

-Good Tastin' Stuff

#47: Cracker Barrel's Hash Browns Casserole

"This is a really great-tasting casserole! This was the most enthusiastic my daughter has ever been about a recipe! She came back for THIRDS!"

-Sue Lau

#48: Low & Slow Oven-Baked Ribs

"DELISH! I literally just made these and we devoured them 5 minutes ago. My fianc� said they were the best ribs he's ever had. He can't stop going on about how great they were and how well they went with Sunday football!"


#49: Slow-Cooker Chicken With Black Beans & Cream Cheese

"I wish I could give this recipe 10 stars! It's amazingly tasty and easy to put together. Made this on Sunday for dinner, and my husband wasn't even through his first plate when he asked me when I was going to make it again!"


#50: Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie

"I love this recipe! I had a friend from Ireland once make shepherd's pie for dinner and thought it was so good. This is the first recipe I have come across that tasted like hers!"