Here it is! The only end-of-year countdown that matters: the recipes you folks loved the most on social media. (If you’re not among the million-plus folks following us on Insta, well, ahem.) Here’s what you drooled over the most, and clicked the most, and (we hope!) cooked the most. Read on; isn’t there one of these you’ve been meaning to make?
Hello, old friend. This is one of those recipes that, while drooling over it and reading it, you think, “Hey, I could do that!” A food processor dough spins together in minutes. An almond-laced streusel comes together in a flash. Whole cored apples nestle into the dough, get a bath in caramel, and well, you can see how good they are.
Sometimes the best recipes are the simplest. This genius party trick from Bobby Flay is up there with the best of them. Sweet mascarpone flavored with orange zest and vanilla bean tucks into stylishly cut strawberries. Each treat is a kiss.
3. Pork Belly Ramen
When ramen is done right, there’s nothing better in the world, and this recipe is no exception. The hands-on time is minimal; a slow simmer in delicious ingredients turns pork belly molten and delicious.
Sautéed mushrooms, ricotta and fresh herbs are the key to the charms of this easy, breezy chicken dish. We particularly love the inclusion of licorice-y, bright, green tarragon. And it’s enticing enough to serve to guests.
Coconut; lime; tequila; simple syrup. If it was a Jimmy Buffett song, it’d be a hit. This margarita lands all the notes you want it to, and then some. Blanco tequila is the lightest form of the spirit, and couples beautifully with cream of coconut. Pair with a porch and a June afternoon.
Certain assertive cheeses pair beautifully with unexpected foils. (Think: Gorgonzola Dolce and avocado; Roquefort and figs.) Gruyère and blackberries fall happily into that category. When combined on walnut toast, they are meaty and sweet, nutty and earthy.
“Well, yes,” you’d be forgiven for thinking when you saw this list of ingredients. “Of course a burrata, tomato and basil dish is going to dominate the internet.” Anyone who has had the cream-and-curd dreamboat concoction that is burrata knows it’s unstoppable in almost any form, but particularly when conjoined with pasta and fresh tomatoes.
Building a “DIY grilled corn bar” is the sort of crack move our test kitchen cook geniuses are known for, and this is one of their hits. You simply make three toppings, grill the corn, and let guests slather on whatever mix (cotija and cilantro? paprika butter?) strikes their fancy.
Chocolate, espresso-spiked cake swathed with a knockout buttercream in the shape of a heart? No wonder everyone’s arteries went pitter-patter when they saw this stunner back in February. Sweet dreams are made of this.