Our Most Popular Recipes from 2018

From Tater Tot Casserole to Instant Pot Chicken Chili, here's a look back at the recipes you loved most from Simply Recipes from 2018. Happy New Year!

Happy (almost!) New Year, everybody! As always when we find ourselves the end of December, it feels a little hard to believe that we’re actually here. Where, oh, where did 2018 go?

Well, I’ll tell you: It went to Tater Tot Casseroles and Instant Pot recipes. It went to our popular Weekly Meal Plans, which we started just over a year ago. It went to skillet chicken dinners and make-ahead tips for easier weeknight meals. It went to a new feature that lets you shop online for ingredients to any recipe on Simply Recipes and have them delivered to your door — have you tried this out yet?

Yes, 2018 went so very many wonderful and tasty places!

So, before we leap into 2019, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at 2018. Here are all the recipes that you — our readers — loved the most from each month, January through December. Enjoy the look-back — maybe you’ll discover a few new recipes you missed the first time!

And cheers to the new year! We have lots of fun things planned for 2019, and we can’t wait to share them all with you!


Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Tater tots plus eggs plus sausage equals a one-skillet breakfast casserole you can eat all week long. Call it a hot dish or call it a tater tot casserole, either way, it's good!

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Cheddar Broccoli Soup Served With Bread

This easy one-pot broccoli cheddar soup is so comforting during cold months. Simple ingredient list, and make it start to finish in under an hour.

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Blueberry French Toast Bake

You get the best of both worlds with this baked blueberry French toast casserole: sweet custard middles with a crispy topping! Assemble and bake right away, or make it ahead and look forward to a brunch feast.

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Firecracker chicken recipe

Sweet and spicy Firecracker Chicken is a Chinese takeout staple! Make it at home in less time it takes to order and have it delivered.

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Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes from Scratch

Fluffy, airy, and sweet Buttermilk Pancakes are a must-have on Saturday mornings! Maple syrup and fresh fruit are always welcome, too.

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Grilled burger on a plate with cheese, onions, and tomatoes

We tested all sorts of methods for mixing, shaping, and grilling backyard burgers, and even talked with grilling expert Steven Raichlen! Here is our take on the perfect grilled burger.

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Gluten Free Greek Pasta Salad

All the flavors of classic Greek salad in a picnic-ready pasta salad! We've got kalamata olives, tomatoes, cucumber, and feta cheese, all tossed with pasta and a lemony dressing. This salad is easy to make ahead and pack up for your next backyard party.

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Peanut Butter Protein Balls

These Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Balls make a great after-school (or after-work!) snack. You can whip them up in a jiffy and they'll be gone just as quickly. They also freeze beautifully!

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Crockpot Pulled Pork

This slow cooker cider pulled pork feeds a crowd and warms the belly. Make it for a large party and let guests serve themselves, or make it for a family dinner and look forward to leftovers all week long!

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Air Fryer French Fries Recipe

Crispy french fries in under 30 minutes without deep-frying? It's possible with the air fryer! Crispy and salty on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. What could be better?

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Best ever dry brined turkey after roasting

Want the most perfectly moist, flavorful, and juicy Thanksgiving turkey? Try dry-brining! All you do is rub the turkey with salt and let it hang out in the fridge for 24 to 72 hours. No muss, no fuss. The best turkey you'll ever eat will soon be yours!

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White Chicken Chili in the pressure cooker

This White Chicken Chili is proof that chili doesn't have to be red and beefy to be delicious. Plus, this version is ready in a fraction of the time thanks to the pressure cooker!

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And a few more favorites!

Chocolate cupcake recipe and frosted with chocolate frosting with a bite taken out.

Meet your new go-to chocolate cupcake recipe. These cupcakes have it all — moist, rich cake, thick fudgy frosting, even sprinkles on top. They're perfect for birthdays, baby showers, holiday gatherings, and everything in between.

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Roast Chicken with Turmeric and Honey

Make a beautiful golden roasted chicken with a glaze of honey and turmeric! Simple enough for a weeknight meal, but fancy enough for company.

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Blueberry Crumb Bars with Shortbread Crust

Don't feel like fussing with pie but still want a blueberry treat? These crumb bars with their jammy sweet berry filling should do the job nicely!

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Wild Salmon with Angel Hair Pasta Recipe

Take advantage of salmon season and make this Angel Hair Pasta with Salmon, Arugula with Creamy Lemon-Parmesan Sauce. You can have this satisfying dinner on the table in a half an hour.

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A serving of instant pot paella on a plate

No need for a paella pan for this one-pot meal! The pressure cooker makes paella quick and easy. This rice dish is studded with tender chicken and slices of spicy sausage for lots of flavor.

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Emma Christensen

Emma Christensen is the Editor-in-Chief of Simply Recipes, and has over 10 years of experience creating food and content for web and print. She was formerly the recipe editor for The Kitchn and is the author of three books on home-brewing, True Brews, Brew Better Beer, and Modern Cider. Emma is a graduate of The Cambridge School for Culinary Arts and Bryn Mawr College. She lives in San Jose, California.

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