Our 15 Most Popular Recipes for January
I won't get into all the reasons why comfort food is top-of-mind this month, but it's not surprising that our most popular recipes for January 2021 lean way into simple, satisfying, and soothing. Here are 15 of the top recipes our Allrecipes home cooks are clicking and cooking, including soups, casseroles, cheesy dips, chocolate treats, and bushels of potatoes. Take a look.
Oven-Baked Potato Slices
"I created this recipe by accident," says Jodster. "After already starting dinner one night I realized I didn't have enough potatoes on hand to make mashed, so I improvised and came up with these baked potato slices." Angela Kinnard adds, "Easy and better than frying."
Baked Chicken Schnitzel
These breaded and baked chicken breasts are oven-baked instead of fried to make a satisfying dish with a lot less oil. Reviewer ckmouse says, "This was great! I used thin-sliced chicken breasts. I didn't have seasoned bread crumbs, so mixed in some garlic salt. Everyone liked this, including my picky eaters."
The Best Brownies
"Everybody says their brownies are the best, but these really are the best. They feature the 'holy trinity' of brownie perfection — a crispy, flaky top, chewy edges, and a fudgy center. Serve with a glass of ice cold milk." —Chef John
French Breakfast Puffs
"So I grew up with French breakfast puffs and I began to search out a recipe that would take me back to to those childhood breakfasts...talk about melt-in-your-mouth goodness right here! The only thing different I do is use a whole stick of softened real butter in place of the shortening...such buttery goodness and really brings out the flavor!" —Heather Rene' Hutson
Chinese Pepper Steak
You can have this quick and easy dinner on the table in a speedy 30 minutes from start to finish. "We loved it," says janeabbate. "I had some tenderloin and marinated it exactly as recipes shows. Added some fresh mushrooms. It was so delicious and ready quickly. Can’t wait to make it again." Note: Some reviewers used fresh ginger instead of powdered and loved the results.
Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Breakfast bars make perfect serve-yourself portions when everyone's working and learning from home. "These are very good. I need more fiber in my diet so I tried these. I kept the sugar the same, added one extra cup of oat, upped the spices a bit and added, dried cranberries, white raisins and shaved almonds. Works for me." —Patty
Haluski - Cabbage and Noodles
This simple, comforting dish takes only four ingredients, although some reviewers add bacon or kielbasa sausage to the mix. "My Great Grandmother used to make this," says reviewer scottp119. "Brings back childhood memories. Use half of one of the sticks of butter to coat the noodles Before you put them into the casserole dish."
Chef John's Hot Sloppy Joe Dip
Chase away the winter chill with this hot and cheesy dip. Serve it with a sliced baguette as shown, or ladle it over rolls for a knife-and-fork sandwich. "I would never have thought to turn Sloppy Joes into a dip," says reviewer stjchurchcook. "Hubby is not a fan of sweet stuff so I knew I needed to cut back a bit on the brown sugar. I also added a splash of cider vinegar and a teaspoon of chili powder, and I always add about 1/2 cup of finely diced celery to my Sloppy Joes. I don't think I am misleading anyone by rating this 5 stars even though I did tweak it a bit to suit my family's taste preference."
Mushroom, Broccoli, and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
The title tells you everything you need to know about this popular recipe. Reviewer Carrie Walters McCormack went just a little further with it: "The only thing I did differently was pound the breasts very thin and roll them up around the filling. I then used bacon to hold it together and added white wine in the dish to when I baked it."
Sheet Pan Breakfast Potatoes
We're loving the ease and convenience of cooking anything on a sheet pan, including these tasty 'taters. Reviewer Michael cut the recipe in half and made it in a toaster oven, and it still turned out great. "I will definitely be using this recipe from now on, so good and easy to make," he says.
Arica's Green Beans and Feta
"This is my favorite side dish recipe! I don’t usually have a bottle of white open, so I use a little chicken stock instead. Tastes fantastic! I’m always buying green beans and feta at Costco, and need to find ways to actually use them all! I make this at least once a week." —pperkins
"OG" Zuppa Toscana Soup
Copycat recipes are always popular as home cooks recreate dishes from their favorite restaurants, especially this year. But no matter what the circumstances, this soup is a top pick. "This recipe is awesome,: says Theresa. "I expected it to be thicker but it was great as written. I had everything on hand except for the kale so I substituted frozen spinach. Delicious! Definitely will make again!"
Taco Bake Casserole
Moms are the best. "I was looking for a dish to bring to my son’s college apartment with 8 wrestlers who because of COVID were not being provided their normal college meals. I tripled this recipe without putting the tortillas in ahead of time because I didn’t want any them to be soggy. I arrived with the casserole, hard and soft taco wraps, extra cheese, sour cream, lettuce, and hot sauce for them to assemble. I am their hero. Everyone remarked at how delicious this is. There were no leftovers. Thank you!" —Kathleen K
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
Five ingredients and a few hours of hands-off cook time are all you need for this stick-to-your-ribs winter dinner. "Easy says it all, says reviewer jill greywolfe. "I usually up the nutrient content by adding onion, carrot, peas. I usually use fresh but you could simply add a bag of frozen veggies. Comfort food at its best."
Salted Chocolate Cookies
"OMG!! These cookies are phenomenal! I made them per recipe instructions and didn't vary anything. They are amazing and so easy to make. Be sure and don't over bake them or they loose that special fudgyness. My husband and sons love these cookies!" —flakybabe