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This Year’s Most Popular Recipes

A lot can be said about 2021. Though it was definitely a challenging year, it also brought along with it some positives too. As people spent more and more time indoors, their kitchens became more than just the room where they made their meals. It became a safe place where creativity flourished, leaving us with beloved new dishes like the TikTok-famous Baked Feta Pasta pictured above, and the Grilled Barbecued Corn Ribs you’ll see a little later on. We rounded up the top 25 recipes our fans just couldn’t stop watching, commenting on and making this past year — and boy, oh boy, are they delicious! Whether you make every single recipe on this list, or you just pick out a few of your favorites to try again in 2022, one thing is certain: everyone will be grabbing seconds.

Get the Recipe:Baked Feta Pasta


Though traveling experienced a bit of a standstill this year that didn’t stop Food Network fans from taking their taste buds on a comforting culinary road trip. These 5-star beignets taste and look just like the ones from famous New Orleans hotspot Café du Monde, right down to the blanket of powdered sugar coating them. Ready to make them at home?! Just be sure to follow recipe developer Scott Hocker’s expert tip and eat them while they’re still warm. It truly makes all the difference.

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Grilled Edible Cheeseboard

If there’s one thing that’s certain for the new year to come, it’s that charcuterie boards aren’t going anywhere. One of the things we love most about them is how easy they are to put together and how they instantly dress up a table when you place them in the center. Our fans couldn’t agree more when it came to this innovative — and completely edible — grilled version. With over 4.3 million views on Facebook and a handful of comments like, “This recipe is the bomb,” our Grilled Edible Cheeseboard proved that when it comes to bread and cheese, there isn’t much that can’t be done.

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Baked Feta Mashed Potatoes

Feta was in the spotlight a lot this year (just take a look back at our Baked Feta Pasta recipe), so we weren’t too surprised to hear that all of you loved this cheesy take on classic mashed potatoes. Much like its pasta-based counterpart, all you need to do to make this feta-infused side is throw all your ingredients in a casserole dish and bake!

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Super Decadent Mac and Cheese

There’s a reason the word “decadent” is included in the title of this recipe from Kardea Brown. It’s so incredibly creamy that there’s truly no other word to describe just how good it is! Wondering what makes it so special? Not only does the Delicious Miss Brown star use two different types of cheddar to make it — regular and extra-sharp — but Kardea also throws in half a block (!!!) of cream cheese to give her sauce the same luscious and velvety texture of nacho cheese. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to grab a plate…

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Smashed Brussels Sprouts

Sure, you’ve probably heard of smashed potatoes, but these smashed Brussels sprouts — they were a total game-changer this year. The brand-new recipe from Food Network Kitchen received over 953K views on Instagram, proving once and for all that not every dish needs to look perfect in order for it to taste that way. Smashing up the Brussels sprouts also proved to be a very effective stress reliever too!

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Grilled Barbecued Corn Ribs

If you baked a lot of banana bread in 2020, chances are you searched high and low for a more challenging recipe to tackle in 2021. These unique caramelized corn “ribs” definitely fit that bill, especially in terms of the knife skills needed to make their one-of-a-kind shape. The recipe’s DIY chili-brown-sugar-and-paprika seasoning and its’ spicy-sweet BBQ sauce are also worth raving about — just take it from this reviewer: “The seasoning and BBQ sauce are so good, I’m using them on all kinds of food.”

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Mint Brownie Bites

Not to brag or anything, but it’s not every day you can say that one of your recipes had a leading role in a motion picture. These decadent and fudgy brownie bites from Ree Drummond did just that! Not only did they get quite a bit of screentime in our first-ever scripted holiday movie, Candy Coated Christmas, but they also amassed several 5-star reviews. Though the mint extract used inside the brownie batter make these a great addition to your holiday cookie plate, they also make a very refreshing after-dinner treat year-round.

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Tortilla Breakfast Wrap

If there’s one thing we know our audience can’t get enough of, it’s a breakfast hack, and this delectable wrap had them drooling and clicking! The ingenious idea — which was inspired by a TikTok trend, and combines a gooey omelette and a crispy baked tortilla in one — received over 5.3 million views on Facebook and lots of 5-star reviews on our website. Best part of all? It only takes 10 minutes to put together, so you’ll have more than enough time to make it before running to catch the bus or train.

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Air Fryer Baked Brie with Pesto, Sundried Tomatoes and Artichoke Hearts

Air Fryers continued to be hot (see what we did there?) in 2021, and this baked brie recipe gave our fan-favorite Air Fryer Chicken Wings a bit of friendly competition this year. The playful dish features an entire wheel of brie cheese inside, plus a yummy mixture made from sundried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts and store-bought basil pesto. Though we definitely recommend making it as a holiday appetizer, this fun creation also makes a quick and easy weekend snack. Still on the fence? Head over to our Instagram page and check out the accompanying recipe video — it’s been viewed a delicious 1.3 million times!

Get the Recipe:Air Fryer Baked Brie with Pesto, Sundried Tomatoes and Artichoke Hearts

The Best Sweet Potato Casserole

Thanksgiving was more popular than ever this year, and our audience still loved this top Sweet Potato Casserole recipe. The classic side dish — which we here at Food Network dubbed “The Best” — proved itself on social media too, gaining more than 954K views on Instagram and has gotten over 400 5-star reviews on our website. Though the entire dish is absolutely delicious, we think that the casserole’s use of a nutty pecan-and-brown-sugar topping instead of a classic roasted marshmallow one is what keeps our fans coming back for more year after year.

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Giant Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Buckeyes

We’ll let all the 5-star reviews for these giant peanut butter buckeyes from Jeff Mauro speak for themself. In case you needed a bit more evidence for what makes them so irresistible, we have four words for you: dark chocolate sea salt.

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All-Crust Sheet-Pan Scalloped Potatoes

One of the most surprising things about this past year was how much of a resurgence in popularity this vintage scalloped potatoes recipe from Food Network Kitchen received after we posted the video on our social accounts. With 116K views on TikTok and over 920K likes on Instagram, this recipe is a great example of an oldie but a goodie.

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Halloween Veggie Tray Witch with Herb Dip

There was no better way to witch your friends and family a Happy Halloween this year than by assembling this hilarious veggie tray for them to enjoy. The bewitching recipe provided our fans with a fresh and healthy alternative to munch on alongside their Halloween candy. We still can’t get over the board’s signature witch’s hat, which is constructed entirely out of leafy baby spinach, thinly sliced cucumbers and crunchy stalks of asparagus.

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Chicken Jalapeño Popper Quesadilla

Quesadillas are a beloved game day snack, but 2021 proved that the dish makes a satisfying meal any time. This 5-star recipe from Ree Drummond is perfect proof of that. Done in just 16-minutes, this fun spin combines a spicy jalapeño popper and a ooey gooey quesadilla in one.

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Mille-Feuille Nabe

1.4 million — that’s how many people viewed this Mille-Feuille Nabe recipe on our Instagram page, and honestly, we can totally understand why! Modeled after traditional Japanese nabe, this pork belly and cabbage dish is as delicious as it is artistic, and leaves you with an eye-catching side that’ll leave everyone wanting an invite to your dinner table.

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Dump Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Frozen

“Def try this recipe, if you haven’t.” That’s what one commenter had to say about this super versatile spinach and artichoke dip, and they couldn’t be more right. Like some of the other recipes on this list, to make it all you need to do is layer your ingredients inside a dish and bake. Extra bonus — you can use frozen spinach and artichoke quarters, so it also gives you the perfect excuse to clean out your freezer.

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20-Minute Instant Pot Spaghetti with Sausage Meatballs

Instant Pots continued their reign as one of the most-loved kitchen appliances in 2021 (better luck next time slow cookers!), so naturally our fans gravitated to this 20-minute spaghetti and meatballs recipe. Apart from its super-short cook time, this stress-free dish also makes the perfect weeknight dinner, since all you need to do to make the meatballs is roll prepared Italian sausage into little spheres. In the words of one commenter: “The taste is out of this world! No need to tweak this, it’s perfect just as is!”

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Sonora Flour Roti

Exploring new cultures and cuisines was top of mind for a lot of us in 2021, and our fans couldn’t get enough of this flaky and beautifully caramelized Sonora Flour Roti recipe from Tavel Bristol Joseph and Kevin Fink. The video got over 1.6 million views on Instagram, plus over 9K views on YouTube! The traditional Indian flatbread is enjoyed throughout much of the world, including parts of the Caribbean and Guyana, where chef Joseph grew up. He actually learned how to make Roti while watching his grandmother do it. To check out all of his expert tips and tricks, be sure to tune in to our digital original series, Taste Of.

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Tex-Mex Lazy Tomato Rice

“I had not ever used my rice cooker to make an entire meal! This was genius!” That’s what reviewer Melissa L. shared about this magical one-pot recipe, and we couldn’t agree with her more. Not only does it use the same “set it and forget it” mentality of an Instant Pot, but the recipe itself is pretty customizable too. Don’t like tomatoes? Omit them! Prefer red beans over black, swap them out! You get the picture. If you’re guilty of having a rice cooker sitting unused in your kitchen cupboard or pantry, this recipe is a must-try.

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Parmesan-Crusted Potatoes

According to Google’s annual Year in Search report, people just couldn’t get enough “smashed potatoes” in 2021. (Maybe they should give our Smashed Brussels Sprouts a try!) Though this recipe is a bit different than your classic smashed potato one, it’s just as satisfying and tasty, especially if you prefer your potatoes to have a crispier exterior. Grated Parmesan cheese is the true star here, though cheddar could work too.

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Hash Brown Omelet

Just when we thought traditional omelettes couldn’t get any better, Food Network Kitchen went ahead and released this dreamy stuffed version last summer. Our fans couldn’t stop watching the recipe’s accompanying video on Instagram, earning it a total of 823K views. And nearly all of the comments had to do with the dish’s scrumptious fillings, which include juicy diced tomatoes, gooey American cheese, crunchy scallions, smoky Canadian bacon, spicy bell peppers and crispy shredded hash browns.

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Monte Cristo Omelet Sandwich

This Indian street food-inspired omelet sandwich was all over TikTok in 2021, so our test kitchen chefs went ahead and gave it a Monte Cristo twist. Though it already has over 995,372 views and counting on Instagram, something tells us our fans will still be seeing — and eating — it again in 2022. Before preparing it for yourself, be sure to watch the accompanying video — flipping the omelette over requires just the right amount of wrist action!

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Melting Cabbage

Delicious! Amazing! Outstanding! Wonderful! Heavenly! Those are just some of the words our fans used to describe this melt-in-your-mouth cabbage recipe. We personally can’t get enough of the dish’s luscious tomato-white wine sauce, which is equal parts savory and thick thanks to the Parmesan cheese rind you’ll add in while making it. Oh did we mention, the recipe also got over 290K views on Instagram?

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Chocolate Candy Bar Rounds

If you’re planning on giving up sweets as a New Year’s resolution for 2022, do yourself a favor and make these brand-new chocolate candy bar rounds from Trisha Yearwood first. Each chocolatey shell holds a yummy layered surprise inside and features some of our fans most-loved store-bought ingredients like marshmallow fluff, peanut butter, caramel sauce and salted roasted peanuts.

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