Top 20 popular recipes of 2023
PEOPLE publishes hundreds of recipes each year in the magazine and online – each one going through a comprehensive process of development, testing, extensive testing, design and photography. While we think every recipe we feature deserves a big gold star, we’ve seen some dishes rise to the top of the charts – and social media feeds.
From delicious main dishes like Guy Fieri’s French Onion Chicken and Giada De Laurentiis’ Roasted Vegetable Pasta to decadent desserts like Joanna Gaines’ brownies and Gail Simmons’ strawberry lemonade bars, these 20 recipes got our readers’ approval in 2023.
Parmesan chicken sandwiches
Off the football field, Peyton Manning has another real passion: chicken parm. “It’s the perfect combination of all the things,” the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and ESPN2 host said Manning Cast He told people about his “ultimate” sandwich. “You need a high-quality snack with a bit of crunch and a solid chicken-to-sauce-to-cheese ratio, and you’re good to go.” Manning’s sandwich appeared on the original menu of Salon 16, a Western-style restaurant he opened at the Graduate Knoxville Hotel in Tennessee, and in the pages of PEOPLE magazine in January. Get the recipe.
Espresso hot chocolate
Made with espresso powder, sweetened condensed milk, and a pinch of salt, Claire Savitz’s hot chocolate recipe is a comforting winter beverage. “I think the height of romance is eating something chocolate, and serving it warm makes it feel extra special,” she told PEOPLE. “If you’re not a fan of espresso, substitute ground cinnamon or a little mint extract.” Get the recipe.
Fried rice with lobster
The menu at Gekko, the Japanese steakhouse in Miami opened by Bad Bunny and restaurateur David Grutman, includes olive-crusted filet mignon, chilled oysters with watermelon granita and Bad Bunny’s “favorite” lobster fried rice — made with edamame, snow peas, scallions, and garlic. . Topped with sweet, tender lobster meat. Get the recipe.
Boneless chicken nachos with corn, zucchini, squash and cilantro cream
Cameron Diaz “loves nachos as a concept” — both assembling and eating. “If you take the time to layer each ingredient on top of an even layer of potato chips, you can create the perfect bite,” the Avaline Wine founder said of her recipe piled high with shredded grilled chicken, charred vegetables and a tangy herb sauce. “Those nachos were gone in about two minutes.” Get the recipe.
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
“Even if you don’t eat carrot cake, I think you might still like this cake,” Alison Roman told PEOPLE of her “fool-proof” recipe. “It has an intense flavor and is very moist. It almost has a sticky toffee pudding quality.” She used dates and turmeric to enhance her look. “The turmeric is very mellow and makes other flavors pop,” Roman said, adding that the golden-hued spice also makes the cake “visually stunning.” Get the recipe.
French chicken onions
Guy Fieri’s favorite family recipe is the perfect combination. “French onion soup is one of my favorite dishes, and roasting chicken in a cast iron skillet is a staple in the Fieri household. So when I combined those two recipes and made this for (my sons) Hunter and Ryder, they went crazy,” Fieri told PEOPLE. He said his French onion chicken gets “off-limits flavor from the melted cheese, caramelized onions and killer texture from the lightly ground chicken and crunchy toasted baguette pieces on top.” Get the recipe.
Blue cheese and bacon burgers
“This recipe sounds decadent, but it’s so convenient,” the former said. Top Boss Winner Brooke Williamson. For the “BLT and wedge salad” combination, she incorporated blue cheese into the patties and topped them with bacon, tomatoes and shredded lettuce. “It’s simple and straightforward, using only a few ingredients you likely already have, yet it’s unexpected and full of flavour.” Get the recipe.
BLT with bacon and garlic aioli
The IRL sandwich served at Reba’s Place — Reba McEntire’s Southern-style restaurant in Atoka, Okla. — is stuffed with eight massive slices of bacon, pickles of several different flavors and generous smears of bacon-garlic aioli. This home version created by restaurant chef Curtis Mortensen is a little easier to understand, but still satisfying and delicious. Get the recipe.
Honey, harissa, carrots and chickpeas with feta
Beau MacMillan lets fresh ingredients “do the hard work” in this delicious side dish. “It’s sweet and savory with the roasted vegetables, tossed with creamy feta yogurt and tart, making it a well-rounded dish,” said the chef-owner of Cala Restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. “Harissa warms the dish while the almonds add crunch, making the dish fresh, comforting and lively.” Get the recipe.
Everything Bagel Galette
Topped with smoked salmon, Gruyère cheese, runny egg, capers, and topped with all the bagel seasoning, this dish incorporates the best elements of bagel bread, but is wrapped in an elegant pastry designed for sharing,” the galette was served with thin slices of red onion and “Cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, and lemon slices,” Dot, who developed the recipe for the August issue of People magazine. Get the recipe.
Joanna Gaines’ signature candy mix is beloved at her Waxo, Tx, store. Silos Baking Co. Bakery. -And her house. “We’re a house divided when it comes to biscuits versus cakes, so I thought why not combine the two to give us the best of both worlds,” she said. Fixer upper a star. “They have a slight rise, just the right amount of stickiness, and the two-for-one combination makes them an easy win for everyone.” Get the recipe.
Chicken tikka skewers
“These flavorful chicken nuggets have nice, warm spices but are not too spicy,” said Maya Kimal, who used more accessible ingredients in her updated version of chicken tikka masala. She marinated the chicken with Greek yogurt, as well as ginger, cumin, coriander and “bright lemon zest.” She said it can be prepared either in the oven or on the grill but is “easy” either way. Get the recipe.
French toast with banana foster syrup and macadamia nuts
For years, Dwayne Johnson has shared photos of his gourmet meals, including French toast, which the star’s private chef, Raquel “Rocky” Roquemore-Breeze, prepares for him “every weekend.” “When DJ asked for French toast, he said he wanted a bigger, thicker version,” said the chef, who opened Brique French Toastery in Los Angeles with her husband, Daniel. This slightly smaller version of Johnson’s Meal is dipped in banana syrup and sprinkled with crunchy macadamia nuts. Get the recipe.
Grilled corn with gochujang butter and parmesan cheese
Lara Lee’s recipe is such an “absolute surprise” that the James Beard Award-winning chef has a warning: “Note that it steals the spotlight” from the main meal. “It’s a joy to eat,” she said. “The grilled corn served as the perfect vessel, all smoky and textured, and the gochujang butter melted into every nook and cranny.” But the flavors don’t stop there. “Dusting the corn with Parmesan added a nice touch of umami,” Lee said. “The lemon juice cuts through adding cheerfulness and liveliness.” “It adds gravity and balance.” Get the recipe.
Brioche rolls with rosemary and parmesan
“The soft, buttery rolls will go with anything on the table, while the versatility of rosemary and parmesan add a delicious, herbaceous taste,” said Sheena Otto, head baker at Il Buco in New York City. To make them ready, she advised, “Bake the rolls a few days in advance. Freeze them in resealable bags, then defrost the rolls (in) the morning.” Get the recipe.
Strawberry Lemonade Bars
“I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve been hoarding berries all summer, and this is the kind of dessert I’m constantly craving,” Gail Simmons, who created this recipe, told PEOPLE in July. Top Boss Judge loves the fruit bars for “the bright acidity from the lemon curd, the sweet juiciness from the fresh strawberries, and the buttery crunch of the crust.” “You can also easily do this with frozen berries. Just thaw fully frozen berries at room temperature first, then dry them as gently as possible with a paper towel before using,” she said. Get the recipe.
Onion rings stuffed with yogurt
“The rings are extra crunchy thanks to the panko breadcrumb coating,” said Chef Michael Symon. “A sprinkling of salt after frying brings out the sweetness of the onions and the spices, too.” The dipping sauce — a mixture of mayonnaise, horseradish, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, and hot sauce — is “pungent and creamy with a subtle heat.” It can be prepared in advance and stored for weeks in the refrigerator, and is also good for burgers and sandwiches, Simon said. Get the recipe.
Leek garlic bread
“Mixing fresh garlic with garlic powder is simple enough but heightens that delicious, familiar flavor,” said Alex Guarnaschelli, who featured this recipe in her cookbook. Cook itWhich she co-wrote with her teenage daughter, Ava Clarke. The husband “likes to sneak attack with extra flavor wherever we can!” says the Food Network star. Get the recipe.
Grilled vegetable pasta
Giada De Laurentiis’ dinner comes together in 30 minutes or less. “Taking whatever you have left in the fridge or what you grow in your garden and roasting it and putting it over pasta is the easiest way to have a meal together,” she said. “Plus you can put it together in advance. It’s a good temperature; hot, cold or room temperature.” Get the recipe.
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The Great British Baking Show Alum Kim-Joy created this adorable spooky recipe for a Halloween-themed story in the October issue of PEOPLE magazine. “You can install any shape, and they all work – each has its own personality!” “There are different ways to press meringue and create different effects. Meringue is effective on its own, or a home cook can “use it to decorate a cake or pie,” she suggests. Get the recipe.