2020 will surely go down as the year that we cooked more than ever. In the beginning of the year, we put our hearts into making food that would nourish our bodies and souls. As our routines changed and the amount of cooking increased, we looked for new and exciting ways to make meals everyone would love, but that took less time and energy.
It’s no surprise this year’s roundup of the most-loved, new, 5-star reviewed recipes includes quick and flavorful one-pot dinners, an easy artisan bread made in a Dutch oven, reimagined fan favorites using our StoneFusion stoneware, and a simple dessert that makes people smile.
Here are this year’s winners in no particular order:
Three ingredients and our Brownie Bite Pan are all you need to make these two-bite delights. Although they taste great on their own, serving them with our easy White Chocolate Sauce takes these adorable treats to the next level. If there’s any leftover sauce, it’s perfect for dipping fruit, cookies, and pretzels, or you can add a swirl to a cup of coffee. And, if you’d prefer, you can use semi-sweet chocolate instead of white chocolate. Yay chocolate!
While some home bakers had hits and misses making sourdough bread this year, everyone who made this recipe had a success on their hands. Reviewers say it’s comparable to artisan bread made at bakeries. We love that this sure thing is made in a cast-iron Dutch oven which creates the perfect combination of dense texture with a chewy crust and uses classic Italian flavors.
Our friend Jen @midwestlifeandstyle reinvented our Cheesy Chicken Dip by swapping out the chicken for fresh shrimp and adding a variety of cheeses. The key to this deliciousness is starting the dip on a preheated Rectangle Stone and finishing it under the broiler. One happy cook added green chilis to spice it up and another warned how it goes from fresh out of the oven to gone in mere minutes.
This classic southern dish comes together quickly in a pressure cooker so has the added bonus of fewer pots and pans to clean. Reviewers love how fast the recipe cooked and how beautifully the flavors blended. A few claim that Pampered Chef Seasoning Salt is the best they’ve ever tasted and more flavorful than store brands. One commented, “the flavor profile and textures were fantastic.”
We added kale to one of our most popular braids but kept it just as cheesy and just as delicious. Don’t let the impressive-looking results keep you from trying this braid. It’s fairly simple and we include step-by-step braiding instructions. As one reviewer says, “Not sure if I did the braid part right, but it was so good it didn’t matter!” Baking it on a stone results in a light, flaky pastry crust that just isn’t possible with other types of bakeware.
It’s tough to beat a box of mac & cheese for its ease, but this simple, out-of-the-box version is a hit with kids and grown-ups alike. All the flavors come together in a cast-iron skillet which goes under the broiler for a minute or two to toast a tasty breadcrumb topping. One reviewer says it’s now a “weeknight go-to” and another says it’s “one of my new faves!”
Frying fish in a vat of oil can be tricky. There’s the hot oil, the splattering, and the mess. To get that same crunchy texture with perfectly cooked, flaky fish and no mess, enter an air fryer. We used cod for its delicious, mild flavor, Omega-3s, and because it’s a great way to introduce fish to picky eaters. One happy reviewer loved that it was “every bit as crunchy” and that “skipping the frying means no unnecessary oil and it takes less time!” Another likes that all the veggies are cooked in the air fryer for less cleanup.
Ginger and lime juice add just the right amount of tanginess to our pressure cooker version of Tom Kha Gai, a creamy Thai chicken soup. One happy reviewer says her pickiest eater went back for seconds, another loved the flavor combination of ginger, coconut, lime, and cilantro, and another reviewer raves that it’s the perfect dinner for busy days.
This cross between a pancake, crepe, and popover gained its popularity with the breakfast crowd for its delicious simplicity and fun presentation. The key to the recipe’s success is pouring the batter into a preheated cast-iron skillet. We topped ours with fresh fruit and a dollop of homemade whipped cream, but you can serve with any of your favorite toppings. One happy reviewer says it’s so easy to make she now knows the recipe by heart!
This one-pot meal is all about big flavors, yet uses only one seasoning—our highly rated Chili Lime Rub. And, it’s made in 30 minutes from start to finish. One happy reviewer says, “The pork chops will melt in your mouth and the vegetables are amazing.” Others mentioned that this recipe is “super easy” and “absolutely delicious.” Sandy from Virginia says, “It was one of the best meals we have had this year!”
What were some of your favorite recipes of 2020 and why?