We spend a lot of time here at The Daily Meal curating and writing recipes. We try to offer readers a range of ideas and possibilities, so we turn to the latest cookbooks to aid us in providing new, top-notch dishes each week.
Now that the year is coming to a close, we decided to look back over the past 12 months to find the recipes that have proven to be the most popular and put them all in one easy to find place! We turned to our analytics for insight into which dishes were most beloved by our readers in 2017.
Some of the recipes are not so surprising — after all, tropical smoothies, barbecue ribs, and cheesecake are all delicious things to make, right? Some of the top recipes did, however, take us by surprise, with some imitation crab recipes taking top spots on our list and one rather buggy appetizer making it into the top four. Who could have predicted that?
So go ahead and check out our list of the most popular recipes of 2017.
We begin the countdown at No. 50 — an unseasonal dish of fresh corn pudding that is finished with a tomato garnish. Keep this delicious recipe on hand for next summer!
These traditional Armenian deep-fried pastries are lighter than doughnuts and similar to a cruller. Sprinkled with powdered sugar, they are simply divine!
This comforting white chicken chili is loaded with all the flavor and spices of a classic chicken chili with fewer calories so you can guiltlessly indulge and feel totally satisfied.
Our most popular hummus recipe this year is a notch above the plain stuff with cumin and fresh cilantro adding a refreshing change of flavor.
This burger is simple to make — and with a blockbuster secret ingredient (bacon!), it is so delicious that it hardly needs cheese.
If you’re in the mood for ribs, look no further! This Memphis-style dry rib recipe delivers maximum flavor with ingredients like Spanish paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, and ground mustard powder, to name a few.
Two rib recipes back to back on our list — there’s definitely room enough for both, right? This glazed rib recipe uses a dry rub initially (full of brown sugar, dried onion, chipotle chili pepper and so much more) and then finishes the ribs off with a tasty, sticky, barbecue glaze.
This recipe couldn’t be simpler! Just be careful not to burn the bacon — once its covered in sugar, it can go from perfect to charcoal in a matter of seconds.
This pasta salad full of bold flavors will not disappoint. It travels well and is equally suitable for parties as for a packed lunch.
Creamy, delicious and just spicy enough, this lighter version of a classic party dish will certainly please a crowd.
This blackened rockfish is taken to the next level with a delicious garlicky-lime compound butter. Served with some rice and seasonal vegetables, this recipe is a wonderfully balanced meal.
This recipe uses just five ingredients and adds flavors effortlessly to jazz up a cut of meat that can often be rather bland.
If you love octopus, there’s no reason not to try cooking it at home — it’s really not that difficult! This recipe will bring you straight to Greece with fresh lemon, garlic, and thyme.
We arrive now at the first of the imitation crab recipes. Here the imitation crab is used in an inexpensive version of a traditional and significantly more expensive lobster roll.
If you’ve ever wondered just how to perfectly cook ground meat, look no further! This simple recipe will set you up for success when it comes to all sorts of ground beef recipes, from chili and casseroles to stuffed shells and more!
These rolls are buttery, tasty, dense, and wonderful eaten straight out of the oven while they’re still lovely and warm!
We have arrived at the next popular imitation crab meat recipe — this time a version of mac and cheese!
Ground beef, salsa, refried beans and cheese are layered between tortillas for this easy, hearty and satisfying dish.
Everyone will love these tasty little cakes. They’re great for breakfast with maple syrup drizzled over the top and equally delicious as an accompaniment to greens or as an alternative to cornbread or biscuits with lunch or dinner.
Set and forget these slow cooker ribs. Once they are cooked to mouthwatering perfection, they are finished under the broiler to transform the sauce into sticky, caramelized perfection.
Transform left over cake into something new and delicious with these cake crumb cookies.
Here is a super simple and healthy recipe for sword fish. It combines garlic, olive oil and parsley and paired with a green salad makes for a perfect weeknight meal.
This recipe from Guy Fieri is Texas-inspired chili that is full of bold flavors from a huge array of different chilies- a total of seven varieties of hot, mild, dry and fresh peppers.
Classic comfort food shepherd’s pie comes in near the middle of the list. This recipe is simple, delicious and will warm you from the inside out even in the dead of winter.
2017 felt like the year of the green smoothie, right? if you aren’t quite ready to commit to such a intense kale experience, this tropical kale smoothie is the perfect introduction.
This vegan latter is earthy, warm and incredibly comforting. It is the perfect drink to have in the evening when winding down after a long day and is full of healthy-boosting ingredients.
Many readers, it seems, where keen to discover the secrets to making the perfect chocolate chip cookie. This helpful guide will ensure you end up with whatever you consider to be the core elements of the ideal chocolate chip cookie whether it is crispy, chewy, cakey or gooey, these are the tips you need to create perfection.
This American classic is a favorite for Thanksgiving but can and should be enjoyed more than once a year! As well as paring perfectly with turkey, it also go very well with pork or chicken, so why not switch things up a bit?
His recipe, with melting cheese and satisfying rice is a comfort food y9ou needn’t feel guilty about eating. The roasted peppers pair amazingly well with the turkey filling and theses can easily be made ahead of time for a tasty meal that will add a considerable amount of cozy to the table on and chilly, winter day.
This pie, with a buttery crust and creamy, roasted chicken filling is seriously unforgettable.
Everyone should have a good recipe for fried chicken in their cooking repertoire. Enjoy it hot or cold, at the kitchen table, or outside in the sun. Wherever and whenever you enjoy this fried chicken, it will taste divine.
This cheesecake, topped with Bavarian cream and sliced bananas is sure to impress anyone who eats it!
Forget cracking claws at the table; fresh lobster goes splendidly with a plate of hot, buttery linguine- perfectly dressed with a white wine-herb sauce.
These Brussels sprouts, cooked with maple syrup, bacon and black pepper, come out of the oven in a cloud of sweet-salty and crispy deliciousness—no one will turn their nose up at these sprouts.
Bring a little bit of California flavor into your kitchen with this recipe for In-N-Out’s famous Special Sauce.
This smoothie is healthy as well as delicious (with sweet pineapple, blueberries and coconut water to balance out the bitterness of the kale) and will make you feel brighter inside and out.
This burger, full of bacon, dill pickles, American cheese and a trio of sauces will not disappoint!
If you suddenly have a craving for a McDonald’s cheeseburger, you can now make one yourself! Making this burger at home comes with the added benefit of knowing exactly what is going into it- something you certainly do not get with the fast food version.
The secret ingredient in this mouthwatering meatloaf? You guessed it—oats! Make this meatloaf for a hearty dinner that the whole family will love.
Take your margarita to the next level and turn it into a coronita (also known as a Mexican Bulldog).
These spicy slow-cooker wings are the easiest and tastiest wings ever!
This may be an odd recipe to find so far along in our list of most popular recipes, but people seem to love it so why not give it a go?!
There’s no need to limit turkey consumption to one day a year! This whole roasted turkey breast will be a welcome addition to the dinner table any day and will make fabulous sandwiches any time of the year.
Brisket is delicious- tender and full of flavor. If you have ever wondered where to start, look no further than this recipe and enjoy perfect brisket once and for all.
Make Buffalo Wild Wings sauce at home for these finger linking goods wings.
Can you believe this buggy appetizer made it to the number 4 slot of our most popular recipes of 2017!? Even if the thought of eating insects grosses you out, you can still enjoy a nice fried green tomato- just leave the hornworms out of it.
If you love McDonald’s hash browns (we’ll admit they are pretty tasty) you should try making them at home!
A tasty turkey tenderloin claims the number two spot in our list, proving that readers as well aware that turkey is delicious any time of year! Seasoned with rosemary, garlic and white wine this recipe is easy as well as delicious.
And finally we reach our number one most popular recipe of 2017- can you believe it! It is certainly quite a change from the most popular recipes of 2016 where the microwave coffee cup scramble won the top spot. These imitation crab cakes are a simple, delicious and budget friendly recipe that people are sure to enjoy.