Our 20 Most Popular Recipes in May
One thing stands out about the recipes our community of home cooks loved the most in May: They're almost all rated as solid 5-star winners - a good bet when you want to make a reliable recipe and don't want to waste time and ingredients. In this list of our most popular recipes in May, you'll find easy family dinners using pantry staples, side dishes fit for summer potlucks and BBQs, and desserts with that "Wow" factor. Scroll through and find some favorites to add to your must-try list for this month.
Chef John's Hot Sloppy Joe Dip
"For me this checks all the boxes for a hot party dip," says Chef John. "It's relatively cheap and easy to make, but maybe more importantly, it's great hot, warm, or room temp. And it's also incredibly versatile."
Molly adds, "This is fabulous! With the leftovers, I made over easy eggs and put the eggs on top. It was amazing!"
Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake
Recipe submitter Beccabo73 says, "This is an Italian comfort food classic! The smell of this cooking in my kitchen transports me back to playing on the street in front of my Papa and Gigi's house in Brooklyn. I make 2 trays of this for every family get-together, and it's gone in a flash!"
Sues agrees, saying, "Absolutely 5 stars. Back in the day my brother introduced a similar recipe to my mother who immigrated from Germany. She made this type of sausage and peppers and we loved it. So of course I had to make this. It was perfect."
Best Carrot Cake Ever
"My husband said this was the best carrot cake he has ever had!! It was extremely moist and delicious. Here is a little tip: I bought a five pound bag of carrots because I had no idea how many carrots I needed for 6 cups grated. It averages out to about 10 carrots, if that many. Overall, this was an excellent cake and a keeper in our home!" -Kara
Oven Roasted Parmesan Corn on the Cob
You can prep this recipe ahead of time and stash it in the fridge for a couple of days before it goes into the oven. Great way to make corn for a crowd. "Never had corn with anything more than butter or salt, now I don't think I could have it any other way than this recipe." -iou
Long-grain white rice is cooked with chicken broth and chopped green chilies for an easy, tasty upgrade. Dwbest54 says, "I made it just like the recipe said to do. I did add a half a cup more of the rice. It turned out great. I love spicy anything but my wife doesn't. This was in between and we both liked it."
Easy Coleslaw Dressing
"A creamy coleslaw dressing that can be made with ingredients you already have! You can pour it immediately over a 14-ounce package of coleslaw mix or refrigerate until needed." -GarlicQueen
Nanny's Grape Salad
"I love this salad," says Cheryl Parker Kohler. "I did make a few changes: substituted brown sugar for white sugar, and used red and green grapes for color. I've also sprinkled toasted coconut on top. This is a great dessert or side dish."
Corn and Bacon Salad
"This is a great recipe that I've modified over the years. The flavors are terrific and the ingredients and ratios are very flexible. Adapt to make it your own specialty. Great for picnics and pot lucks. This recipe is very flexible. It is a great, clean-out-the-refrigerator kind of dish. It also stores well and actually tastes better the next day. Serve warm or chilled." -jerrijohnson
Best Steak Marinade in Existence
Recipe submitter Kookie says, "This is a family recipe that has been developed only over the last 5 years. In this short time it's made me famous in our close circle, but until now I've never shared it with anyone." 3,000+ grateful reviewers award it 5 stars.
Classic American-Style Potato Salad
"I made this exactly as written except my potatoes were young russets - so not very starchy. My husband asked for an all American potato salad like he remembers as a kid. This got a five star rating from him." -Sweetpea
Emily's Excellent Taco Casserole
"This is a super speedy dinner I like to make when it is getting late and I haven't cooked yet. Chili, corn chips and cheese are topped with lettuce and tomato. Spice it up with your favorite salsa. This recipe can easily be doubled, and cooked in a 9x13 inch baking dish." -your mom
"Made it exactly as written and it was delicious. I even made empanadas with the leftovers the next day. My daughter and her boyfriend loved them as well. Great recipe and quick & easy to make." -orsinicc183
Pantry Chicken Casserole
"Using pantry items plus a couple of fresh items, you can create a cheesy, comforting casserole your whole family will love. Though it does include RO*TEL® and a can of mild green chile peppers, it's not spicy, but if you like the heat, choose hot RO*TEL® and peppers. This pantry chicken casserole reheats well, too, but I had to hide it, or there would have been no night #2! A crusty bread and a green salad complete this easy pantry meal." -Bibi
Blueberry Lemon Loaf
"Great loaves! I made exactly as written and turned out great - moist, not too sweet. Like many other reviewers I would probably double the glaze and maybe add juuuust a little more lemon to the actual batter. It also helps to maintain the textural integrity of the bread if you can manage to wait to cut the loaf until it's room temperature." -Ivy Elizabeth
Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
"My husband went crazy for this one! I loved the recipe because it's easy to make and the flavors are complex. This is definitely going into regular rotation at our house." -CharmedinCO
Janet's Rich Banana Bread
Old-fashioned banana bread ranked in the top 20 this month, and for good reason: It's easy to make, it uses ingredients you have on hand, and every slice is a taste of comfort.
Coconut Poke Cake
"So easy; but so delicious! I have made this recipe twice (using the exact recipe) and have received many compliments." -Jennifer
Mom's Fabulous Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Crust
"Excellent recipe! Quick, easy and tastes awesome! I peel apart each biscuit at the center to create two thinner biscuits. The 16 biscuits fit my cast iron pan perfectly and the thinner biscuits cook better and are less doughy." -Regina Crossley Nocera
Black Pepper Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry
"Made it exactly how it says only doubled it and everyone loved it we didn't even need rice. The leftovers worked great for my husbands lunch meal prep also." -kelkel913
Slow-Cooker Teriyaki Ribs
Need a 5-ingredient recipe you can just throw in the slow cooker and waltz away from for a few hours? Here you go. "Wow, this was so simple, yet SO delicious! The meat was unbelievably tender cooking it this way, too." -fabeveryday