America's 25 Favorite Home-Cooked Dishes
25. Food.com's Ice Cubes
We’re not going to lie, we were hoping this recipe was going to make the list considering how ridiculous it is. Based on the same metrics for all of the other recipes, this recipe, with all of its sarcasm and simplicity aside, is one of the top 25 recipes that America loves to make. Why? Who knows, but we can tell you that it had 64,000 Facebook likes and a large quantity of user ratings compared to its fellow recipes found on the same site. It’s pretty clever, and we hate when the ice tray is left empty, too. But if you’re going to write an ice cube recipe, at least do it right.
23. Taste of Home's Mozzarella Sticks
Who doesn’t love a good fried mozzarella stick? Taste of Home’s version makes it easy to create that crunchy outside and cheesy, gooey inside with store-bought egg roll wrappers.
We’re all about ease, too, which is why we like this fried mozzarella recipe by Mario Batali. We think it creates that mozzarella stick-appeal and is just as easy, and maybe more natural, than Taste of Home’s.
22. Betty Crocker's Ranch Chicken
This four-ingredient recipe packs a lot of flavor considering how little effort and time it takes, which is probably why it’s one of America’s favorites. Any chicken dish can easily be updated with just one or two additions to its flavor, like with our Parmesan Chicken Fries recipe. This recipe not only serves up delicious chicken, but it sneaks in a few good ingredients to make it healthy for you, too.
21. Betty Crocker's Impossibly Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies
Chicken pot pie is another popular recipe on this list, and while this one is much lower in the ranks, we think it earned its place because of its ability to serve a crowd easily. You can certainly go ahead and make our Pillsbury chicken pot pie version in a muffin tin as well, or you can try a different handheld treat like our mini cheeseburger pies.
20. Food.com's Fannie Farmer's Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
19. Paul Deen's Southern Fried Chicken
You can’t argue with Paula’s skills with anything Southern or fried, which is probably why this recipe declares its place on America’s top 25 favorite recipes list. If you love fried chicken just as much as the rest of the country does, then why not try our slightly different (and we think better) version? Infused with saffron, our buttermilk marinade does a number on the pre-fried chicken, and our frying technique is pretty spot-on.
18. Tyler Florence's Chicken Enchiladas
This Food Network recipe is one that users can’t get enough of, and we can’t blame them. Loaded with hot chiles, onions, garlic, and Cheddar and Jack cheeses, it’s the classic enchilada recipe made in traditional Tyler Florence style. That being said, we think Recipe editor Will Budiaman’s version, with a homemade pico de gallo and green sauce, merits a look, too.
17. Betty Crocker's Banana Bread
Betty Crocker is a baking icon, which is why it makes sense that this banana bread recipe would earn enough attention to be placed on this list. We don’t want to hurt Betty’s feelings or anything, but Blackbird Bakery’s gluten-free version is just as satisfying and a little better for you, too. While it’s optional, we urge you to not skip out on the cream cheese frosting.
15. Allrecipe's Too Much Chocolate Cake
14. Alton Brown's The Chewy
13. Food.com's To Die for Crock Pot Roast
11. Ina Garten's Mac and Cheese
We were happy to see this macaroni and cheese recipe by Food Network’s Ina Garten make the list. It’s one of our favorites, too. Because we’re in the competitive spirit, though, why don’t you try fellow TV star Bobby Flay’s macaroni and cheese carbonara, made with not two, but five different cheeses. Come on, even the name sounds better.
10. Allrecipe's Mom's Zucchini Bread
Some of us think that just having the word "mom" in this recipe’s title probably earned it some street cred, but once we tried it out, we realized that it’s nice and moist, too. While we can’t credit mom for our version, this zucchini bread recipe is made into easy-to-serve squares, is gluten-free, and has chocolate chips in it. What would your mom think about that?
9. Taste of Home's Peanut Butter Chocolate Dessert
While not a huge hit with users ratings on Taste of Home’s website, this peanut butter and chocolate treat garnered enough attention to be number two on their list, and it also saw a lot of love from Facebook. No surprise there, seeing as there are very few people in America who can resist the combination of these two rich ingredients. Taste of Home wasn’t the only one to think this one up, though, and our Magnolia Bakery version might just be even tastier.
8. Allrecipe's Fluffy Pancakes
This popular recipe makes pancakes extra fluffy by combining white vinegar with the milk for the batter. They’re "just right," says an Allrecipes.com user. But for an ultra-healthy take on the breakfast staple, try these banana-pecan pancakes, which are made with unprocessed, all-natural ingredients and are topped with a chocolate-coconut drizzle, which the Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen authors say improves metabolism, boosts energy, and promotes weight loss.
7. Allrecipe's Apple Pie by Grandma Ople
There’s no beating grandma’s apple pie, which is probably why this contest-winning recipe is one of America’s favorites. Because there’s no topping it, we went the outrageous route with our McDonald’s Apple Pie and Taco Bell Cinnamon Crisp Crumble recipe. You just might win some local competitions with it, too.
6. Allrecipe's Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread
5. Allrecipe's Delicious Ham and Potato Soup
4. Allrecipe's Clone of a Cinnabon
3. Allrecipe's Banana Crumb Muffins
While this recipe garnered a bit of support from Facebook, it received its real love from the users of Allrecipes.com. We think the craze is all about the "crumble" that it’s topped with, made with brown sugar and cinnamon. OK, that’s pretty hard to beat, but what if our recipe was gluten-free and had chocolate in it?