As a home cook, a food lover, and the editor of a recipe website, one of the most heartwarming things to come from the current lock-down situation has been an absolute surge in home cooking. Right now, everyone and their mother is cooking at home whether they particularly want to or not!
It has been amazing -- and occasionally surprising -- to see what you all have been cooking the past few weeks. Banana bread is a given (I've already made three loaves myself!), but you've also been cooking up pots of shrimp étouffée, dishes of lasagna, and batches of homemade yogurt.
I have a feeling that we're all starting to get a little bored of our same-old recipes right now, so take some inspiration from your fellow Simply Recipes readers! Without further ado, here are the top twenty recipes that you've been loving lately, along with recent reviews from some happy readers.
What are you making next?!
"First attempt baking banana bread from scratch. It was simple to make and delicious. Recipe is a keeper. Highly recommend." -Marie
"Absolutely the BEST lasagna recipe on the net! I’ve made it countless times already & it’s absolutely delicious every single time! Thank you for sharing!!" -Lauren
The Best Nachos
"These were terrific! Thank you. My husband, picky 14 son and eager to eat them 12 year daughter LOVED them! I will make these again and is our new favorite recipe." -Jill
"I’ve been making recipe for almost a full year now and it’s still the only pizza my husband will eat! Anytime I suggest ordering Domino’s or Pizza Hut he tells me he will only eat “my” pizza." -AmiContinue to 5 of 20 below.
How to Make Corn Tortillas
"I will never buy store corn tortillas ever again. These are absolutely the best!!! I have a tortilla press that I bought a few years ago and finally used it." -Laura
"My wife and I love these and just made them the other night! We eat them like burgers on a bun with a melted slice of cheese. We call them Krabby Patties. ;)" -Daniel
Instant Pot Yogurt
"Your instructions were great. We had been wanting to try it, but the recipe/directions that came with our instant pot were anything clear. It worked perfectly. We learned more about the instant pot, too. Thanks!" -Ann
"This was EXCEPTIONAL! I didn’t have fish stock, so I substituted with chicken stock. I’m a good cook, but this has to be one of the best tasting dish I have ever made. My partner and I couldn’t stop eating it, and ate the whole pot! I have weekly family dinners on Wednesdays. Guess what I’m serving this week? :)" -MaggieContinue to 9 of 20 below.
Indian Butter Chicken
"This is amazing! I’ve made it twice in the last week. I’m new to Indian cooking (but love Indian food) and was apprehensive about cooking it from scratch but it turned out so great! Thank you so much for introducing me to some new spices and for this wonderful recipe! My while family (even the 4 year old) moaned with joy during the whole meal and we fought over the leftovers!" -Adrianne
Shrimp Fried Rice
"Sooooo good and so easy to follow. I added 1/2 chopped onion, 3 green onions along with minced garlic and butter before I added rice for more flavor. Thank you so much! This will definitely added to the rotation." -Shannon
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
"I love this recipe! Very quick and easy to make. I wanted to comment on how well it stores but it did not last too long I’m afraid! That’s how good it is." -Rhia
"Made it this evening as indicated except I used seafood without shells as that was more easily available. Turned out great and I had the nerve, as a Brit living in the Valencia region, to make it for a Spanish neighbour. The family loved it (dad and older-teenage son) and said I could make it anytime for them. So for those readers and followers of this site, don’t be shy/nervous, just follow the instructions and you’ll be successful. It’s easy too; not tricky at all." -JoanContinue to 13 of 20 below.
"Delicious and easy to make. I marinated 2 hours and was very happy with the result. Thank you for the recipe, it’s a go to when you have a bunch of lemons." -Sandy
Pozole Rojo (Mexican Pork and Hominy Stew)
"Perfect in every way! This is my go-to recipe. Making another huge batch today. It freezes well and is always a huge hit!" -Rhonda
"This turned out AMAZING!! I had leftover corn tortillas that I definitely did not want to goto waste. So I made chilaquiles this morning and am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out. I threw in a bit of carne asada, shredded cheddar (didn’t have Mexican cheese), and sprinkled some diced onions and cilantro on it with 2 fried eggs and salsa verde. Oh my goodness. This was to die for. Will be making it again for sure. Thanks for a great recipe!" -Frances
Peanut Butter Cookies
"These were really good. Followed the recipe exactly except I added a teaspoon of vanilla and as suggested baked for 15 mins at 300 F. Perfection!" -RuContinue to 17 of 20 below.
Easy BBQ Chicken in the Oven
"This is the third time I’ve made this recipe. Me and my family love it!!!!!!" -Michelle
"I needed a French toast recipe as I had a slightly stale country white sourdough that needed to be used today. Made without cinnamon (glaring omission but having to make do with a limited pantry), but added the fresh orange zest and dry curaçao. So delicious! It was the first time making French toast with artisan bread so next time, I will let the pieces soak a bit longer before adding to the pan. The orange flavor was absolutely lovely and we didn’t miss the cinnamon at all." -Twinkle
"I made these last night. Outstanding. I filled two with my homemade chili and loved it.
I made them on a rack in my convection oven. To me the key was to put the skins back in the oven on the higher temp on a rack. Helped really crisp with out drying them out." -Chas
Best Beef Chili
"Delicious!! I made this chili for dinner this evening. It was a hit!! I didn’t have any cumin so I substituted chili powder. I’ll make sure I have cumin on hand next time I make this. I can hardly wait to have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!" -Jennifer