Our 20 Most Popular Recipes in March
This month we say goodbye to winter and welcome springtime with meals that reflect the transition between seasons. In this roundup of the recipes our Allrecipes community were most drawn to in March, you'll find comfort food for sure, but there are strawberry desserts and pasta salads that herald the fresher, lighter flavors to come with the spring. Take a look and find something new to add to your own favorites.
Strawberry Pie II
Strawberry Cake from Scratch
Strawberry purée in the mix gives this cake its fresh flavor and colorful hue when you slice into it. Be sure to sift the cake flour before you measure it so the cake turns out light and fluffy. Because this recipe is for the cake only, you can use your choice of frostings. Try cream cheese frosting or strawberry frosting.
Best Carrot Cake Ever
With a solid 5-star rating and more than 1,400 reviews, this outstanding carrot cake is a community favorite for springtime celebrations. Watch out, though — it makes a lot of cake. Reviewers suggest you reduce the amount of sugar if you prefer a less sweet cake.
Cherry Cream Cheese Dump Cake
We've noticed how popular dump cakes have been lately, and we're with you — sometimes you just need a no-fuss dessert. Reviewer Jeff Brown says, "So I did a little change by switching out cherry filling for blueberry, and as I have found lemon and blueberry go together very well, and I used lemon cake as the cake topping. I also reduced the white sugar by half and it was plenty sweet and rich enough."
Coconut Cream Pound Cake
One more before I hop off the dessert course, okay? This made-from-scratch cake is rich with cream cheese and flavored with coconut in the mix. You can bake it as a Bundt cake, as shown, or in layers. Reviewer Lori Corker Hall says, "This was my first time making a pound cake and I chose this recipe because I absolutely love coconut. I made a few minor adjustments based on other reviews. I used 3 sticks of butter, 1 teaspoon coconut extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. I also made a glaze to top the cake. I used confectioner sugar, coconut extract, vanilla extract and half-and-half. I cooked in a Bundt pan for 1 hour 25 minutes. The cake is absolutely moist and delicious."
Easy Cinnamon Rolls
How easy are they? They start with frozen bread dough, eliminating the whole make-a-yeast-dough step. Pam made them recently and says, "Wow! This was super easy and SUPER good. I followed an earlier post about allowing the dough to rise more than 90 minutes and I think that was key. Otherwise followed the ingredients and directions exactly as stated in the recipe. A hit and I will be making again...soon!"
Reuben Sandwich II
What's for lunch? Our Allrecipes community says sandwiches, please! Perhaps this classic deli-style Reuben sandwich turned out to be a popular pick for using up corned beef leftovers from St. Patrick's Day dinners?
Here's another hot sandwich that caught the attention of this month's lunch bunch. Whole-grain bread is layered up with fresh avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes, and cheese, and then broiled until the whole thing is toasted and melty. Deborah says, "I made this for my daughter and she said it was amazing. She took a picture of it and posted it on Facebook."
Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches
Sandwich fillings don't have to be elaborate or multi-layered. Take this egg salad, for example. A little mustard, paprika, and green onion elevate a basic boiled egg + mayo filling that can be used in sandwiches or on salad greens. "Perfect proportion of eggs to mayo to mustard. Added celery and onion powder as I didn’t have green onion; added 2 fine chopped pickled green beans as well. DELISH," says Sarah Crower
Pasta salad made the most-popular list this month, too. Maybe it's the serve-yourself convenience of a big batch of pasta salad stashed in the fridge? In any case, this recipe can be used as a solid base and adjusted to suit your own taste.
Greek Pasta Salad
Another pasta salad rose to the top, and is infinitely customizable. "I’ve made this over and over! It’s so good! I make the night before. I’ve added canned clump crab and dill and more feta and it’s amazing," says Susie.
Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf
A couple of meatloaf recipes made the most popular list this month. This one is made in the slow cooker and includes mushrooms and sage in the mix. A sweet and savory sauce of ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce tops it all off.
The Best Meatloaf I've Ever Made
This meatloaf recipe is oven-baked and is made with ground beef (of course), sautéed onion and garlic, egg, sour cream, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, and milk. Beth Howell made it recently and says, "I made this meatloaf and my fiancé practically swooned! It was so tender and moist...so flavorful. I added two tablespoons of brown sugar and two spoons of Worcestershire for the glaze. Fiancé says 'heaven on earth.' Thank you for sharing it!"
Sicilian Roasted Chicken
You don't think our community forgot about chicken this month, do you? Here's a top-performing recipe you're going to want to make right now. I mean, look at that crust! BramptonMommyof2 explains, "I made up this one to resemble the rotisserie chicken I love so much. It is so expensive here, so here's my version."
Panang Curry with Chicken
Missing your favorite Thai restaurant? Treat yourself to this 5-star recipe featuring coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, kaffir line leaves, Thai basil, and red chile peppers. Tondor writes, "The backbone of most these dishes is the curry, coconut milk, fish sauce and peppers. All can, and should, be adjusted to taste, you can sub on the peppers with other heat sources. It's worth experimenting with various bell peppers (green, red and yellow), fresh basil, mint (both giving the famous one-two punch that good Thai cooking should have. Any protein can sub in for the chicken."
This three-ingredient slow cooker recipe yields fork-tender beef you can serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes. Although this is written as a dump-it-in-and-walk-away recipe, reviewer sdchilds took it just a bit further: "This is very comforting food. I did sauté the meat first and add salt and pepper and garlic powder and some red wine to deglaze. I then put it all in the crockpot with the butter and onion packet right over top and cook 8 hours on low. Delicious! We put over mashed potatoes."
Cheesy Hamburger Stew with Rice
This easy and economical weeknight meal is ready to dish up in about 35 minutes. "Wonderful, easy dinner! The flavor kind of reminded me of stuffed peppers, but deconstructed," says reviewer fabeveryday.
Stout Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Veggies
Fantastic Focaccia Bread
Making sourdough was all the rage last year, but this year we think home cooks are going to be more about decorating their easier creations. You don't have to do what Kim did in this photo to enjoy the taste of this simple homemade focaccia bread, but it's not hard at all if you want to give it a try.
Let's wrap up this March recipe roundup with these insanely tempting oatmeal bars, shall we? Packed full of chocolate chips and peanut butter, they're the kind of treat that disappears way too fast. "Delicious! I made a half batch in an 8x8 and took the advice of other reviewers to heat up the peanut butter mixture. Next time will make full amount!" —LoveToBake