Our 50 Favorite Recipes of 2019
Even amidst the holiday festivities and chaos, the end of the year is always a good time to pause and reflect: What have you accomplished this year? What did you cook? More importantly, what do you wish you’d have cooked? As we close out 2019, it only seemed right that we look back over the recipes we’ve published this year, and pay homage those which we consider our personal best. Some recipes made the list because of brilliant time-saving or flavor boosting technique; others, because of how happy they made our own families. And some made the list due to sheer creative wow factor. (All of which is to say, if cooking more in 2020 lands among your resolutions, this list is a mighty fine place to start.) Here are the 50 recipes our editors fell in love with this year.
Lasagna Dip With Pasta Chips
This party-perfect recipe dissolves the already fine line that separate casserole from dip. Plus, homemade pasta chips are an absolute game-changer.
Instant Pot Eye of Round Roast Beef
The Instant Pot transforms this budget cut of beef into a succulent, sliceable hunk of paradise. It's true meat magic.
Foolproof Chuck Steak with Smoky Chimichurri
Another cheap cut of beef made into a melt-in-your-mouth steak dinner via the genius technique known as a "reverse sear."
Cashew Butter Cookies
These gluten-free cookies may appear unassuming, but they're one of the most satisfying, buttery bites we enjoyed this year.
Ultimate Coconut Cake
You may think know coconut cake, but trust us—you haven't had coconut cake until you've tried this coconut cake.
A layer of sesame shortbread, a layer of tahini caramel, and a layer of dark chocolate. Yeah, of course these bars taste like a million bucks.
Two-Toned Scalloped Potatoes
A little sweet, a little savory, a whole lot of impressive. This is a potato side dish that looks as good as it tastes—and that's saying something.
This incredible reinvention of the corndog—a food that's rarely acclaimed for being a wholesome, homemade treasure—deserves a round of applause.
Sheet Pan Thai Red Curry Mussels
We all know a sheet pan dinner is wonderfully convenient, but rarely are they "exciting." These sheet pan mussels are a proud exception.
Instant Pot Dal Makhani
This lentil recipe converted multiple Instant Pot non-believers into diehard converts. Simply put, they're freaking delicious.
Salty Dog Slushes
These pretty-in-pink summertime sippers provide a frosty reminder that pretty much all drinks are better in slushy form.
Homemade Sloppy Joes
This is one of those recipes we weren't expecting to be all that wowed by... but then we had our socks knocked off. Moral: Do not underestimate the power of these mighty meat-wiches.
Aperol Spritz Cake
We turned 2019's hottest cocktail into a cake and she couldn't be more lovely. Just look at her!
Miso Walnut Sticky Buns
Once you go miso caramel, you can't go back. For a freshly baked weekend treat, it doesn't get any better than these homemade sweet rolls.
Tamarind Peach Cobbler
Just when you thought peach cobbler couldn't get any better... along came tamarind with a delightfully tangy flavor pop.
Caprese Ice Cream Sundaes
Are you actually going to make these salad inspired ice cream sundaes? Let's be real, you probably aren't. But if you did, you would be so pleased. Because they're incredible.
Rotel Potatoes Aligots
When Rotel dip meets classic French cuisine, beautiful things happen. Here's the proof, friends.
Blueberry Pound Cake Muffins
You could think of these as better blueberry muffins or you could think of them as pound cake cupcakes. Either way, they will make you a baking legend among your friends.
Cobb Salad Stuffed Burgers
The next time you're having that existential crisis over whether to eat a salad or a cheeseburger, here's the recipe you reach for.
Creamy Cucumber Salad
Here's a recipe many of us were skeptical about ("creamy" and "cucumber" just don't seem like a natural match), but it turned out to be the easy, refreshing side we couldn't get enough of this summer.
Raspberry, Sumac, and Almond Snack Cake
When you discover a dry spice that delivers a vibrant punch akin to fresh citrus, it's kind of a big deal. This cake is simple to make and utterly impressive to serve.
Korean Fried Chicken
Hands down—this is the best fried chicken any of us have ever experienced. If you're heat-averse, skip the sauce and eat it naked. It's still obsession worthy.
Basic Cheese Dip
It's basic but beautiful. This is the only homemade cheese dip recipe you'll ever need in life. Jazz it up however feels right.
Taco Mac & Cheese
For a weeknight skillet supper the whole crew is gonna enjoy, this is a stand-out winner. And if you want to see a bunch of adults crowd around a pan of mac and cheese with forks, make it for your friends.
Endless Summer Salad
This bountiful bowl of produce encapsulates everything we love about summer. Not to mention, that dressing is everything.
Kung Pao Chicken Salad
Not that there's anything wrong with classic chicken salad, but chicken salad featuring spicy chile crisp and Kewpie mayo is in a league of its own.
Folks, this is a casserole for 2019. It's all of the warming comfort of ramen, conveniently baked into an 11x7-inch masterpiece.
Instant Pot Korean BBQ
Just another dish that proves the almighty kitchen power of the Instant Pot.
Baileys Pecan Pie
Baileys Irish Cream is such an easy but impactful upgrade to traditional pecan pie. Not sure how we didn't think of it sooner.
Ranch Mashed Potatoes
Sure, you could make basic mashed potatoes... or you could make these mashed potatoes loaded with fresh herbs and completely delight everyone at the table.
Garlic Knot Chicken Parmesan Sliders
These sliders were a recipe revelation. More sandwiches should really be served on oversized garlic knots.
Apple Pie French Toast Casserole
This is the kind of make-ahead, crowd-pleasing breakfast recipe that virtually everyone needs in their back pocket.
Tri Tip Roast with Porcini-Shallot Butter
Clearly, anytime we can take a traditionally inexpensive (and generally less beloved) cut of meat and make it into something deliciously memorable, we are all about it.
Green Chile Apple Pie
Green chile was the unexpected apple pie flavor twist we needed this year. (But honestly, we'll probably keep needing it next year too.)
Pistachio Tahini Cinnamon Rolls
If you're going to extend the effort to make homemade cinnamon rolls, you might as well make them exceptional.
Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
Classic chocolate chip cookies are one of those treats it's hard to improve upon, but swapping butter for fragrant olive oil provided a touch of flavor intrigue we could hardly get enough of.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
They're not a revolutionary concept, but they are flawless in execution. This is a recipe to bookmark for every holiday season.
Instant Pot Khao Soi
This was the recipe that fully sold us on making our own curry paste. Try it once, and you'll be sold too.
If there's one dessert that the staff unanimously became obsessed with in 2019, this pie was it.
Jalapeño Popper Mashed Potato Bake
There are hardly words for the love felt the first time we tasted this Jalapeño Popper Mashed Potato Bake.
Slow-Cooker Prime Rib
We realize this is going to be a tough sell for some of you (it was for us too at first), but the recipe developer behind this dish has cooked A LOT of prime rib, and claims this is the most foolproof method he's ever found. After tasting it, we believe him.
French Onion Mashed Potatoes
This list may seem a little potato heavy, but it's for good reason. French onion mashed potatoes are on multiple staffer's holiday menus this year.
Marinated Manchego with Olives and Orange
As far as low-effort, high-return appetizers go, this no-cook snack is a real superstar.
Instant Pot Chicken Mole
This dinner stands out for being shockingly easy for how much incredible flavor it delivers. This is the type of Instant Pot recipe you make for company.
Creamy White Bean Fettuccine Alfredo
We loved the idea of making a lighter, veggie-forward Alfredo. And the beauty of this recipe is that it offers just as much rich creaminess as the original, but simultaneously feels healthier. We're counting that as a big win.
Chai Swirl Cheesecake Bars
These easy cheesecake bars embody the flavor of fall. We really loved how short the ingredient list on this recipe is considering what impressive results it delivers.
Farro Salad With Cherries, Corn, and Basil
This is the type of throw-together grain salad we could eat every day. The combination of textures and flavors is exciting, but it still offers that classic taste of summer. It's the perfect side dish for any cookout.
Copycat Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pies
For anyone who looked forward to seeing an Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pie in their packed lunch growing up, this toasty DIY version was an instant hit. They're pretty incredible.
Sweet Potato Casserole with Rosemary and Goat Cheese
The staffer who made this casserole for her family Thanksgiving this year claims that even her sweet potato-hating brother found immense joy in it. The goat cheese really balances out the sweetness for a savory sweet potato casserole experience you won't soon forget.
Savory Charcuterie Bread
A freshly baked bread ring stuffed with cured meats and cheeses... is there anything else that needs to be said?