The year 2019 is now over, and the New York Times has published its list of the most popular recipes of the year. As the end of another year approaches, it’s time to round-up the best of everything, from books to baked goods. These dishes are some of America’s absolute favorites over the last 12 months.
The New York Times article featured 50 recipes based on views and also provided a second list of the 50 most popular recipes that users saved. Vinegar Chicken with crushed olive dressing was at the top of both lists, and this fragrant meal by Alison Roman uses exotic turmeric to create a briny, refreshing dinner.
Insalata Verde was another popular choice, no doubt because of its perfect union of simplicity and health. Mediterranean-inspired ingredients topped the list this year with recipes like chickpea pasta and coconut curry.
New Ways to Dress Up the Old
There was no shortage of cheesy, creamy, savory goodness among the top recipes of 2019. Users indulged in classic Southern macaroni and cheese, pancakes and braised white beans. All of these dishes put a contemporary spin on timeless classics, and Asian-fusion was more popular than ever.
From Japanese-inspired fluffy pancakes to Korean pajeon (scallion and vegetable pancakes), people love cooking new things and getting to experience different cultures right from the comfort of their own kitchens.
A noticeable feature of all of the favorite recipes was how easy they are to prepare. Overnight oats soaked in mason jars, one-pot lemon ricotta pasta, and the perfect boiled egg helped thousands of people learn some staple dishes that they can rely on year-long.
If 2019 serves as any indication, the year 2020 will include more flavorful, Eastern-inspired dishes that are vegetarian- and vegan-friendly. The best part about so many of these top recipes is that any meat or dairy products can easily be substituted for vegan alternatives without compromising taste or texture.
Most of these dishes relied on an oven for the bulk of their cooking, which may help bring more people together as they gather in the kitchen and wait for a hot meal to come out of the oven. The skills that beginner cooks can pick up by making these simple yet detailed dishes can pave the way for a new generation that lives healthier in an era defined by delivery and take-out apps.