We love discovering which recipes and round-ups our readers love best, so what better way to bid adieu to 2019 than by reviewing our most popular dinners and desserts from the past year? There was a whole lot of love for all things comfort food, along with plenty of slow-cooker dishes, vegan eats and Canadian classics. If you’re looking for something new to try this weekend, find a little inspiration with these must-try recipes your fellow Food Network Canada readers can’t stop craving.
Mirror Glaze Cake
This gorgeous masterpiece of a cake is made easy with a little gelatin, chocolate and a range of contrasting colours that will guarantee a show-stopping glazed coating every time you make it. Ideal for birthdays or afternoon tea with friends, we promise this crowd-pleasing recipe isn’t as tricky as it looks.
Slow Cooker Thai Red Curry Chicken Soup
Traditional chicken soup takes a page from Thailand’s cookbook with this curried masterpiece that will soothe your soul and warm your insides. Enjoy puttering around the house while the savoury scents of vegetables, chicken and curried coconut milk combine in the slow cooker for a meal that’s ready when you are.
Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
This bright and beautiful – not to mention adorable – vegan dessert is a great way to indulge your sweet tooth the next time you have a craving. Requiring only 10 ingredients and 30 minutes of your time, they’re also low-maintenance. For more ideas, skim through our most popular vegan recipes ever.
Lentil & Vegetable Curry
We love a simple weeknight curry, and this dish is both quick to make and mighty filling. It’s also a great way to use up those leftover veggies sitting in your fridge. If you’ve got even more time to let the flavours simmer, try these slow cooker curry recipes that deliver all the comfort.
Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Three Ways
Meaty mushrooms frequently get stuffed with a variety of veggies, including zucchini, bell peppers and eggplant, resulting in a simple meal both vegans and non-vegans will devour. Crushed tomatoes keep things saucy, and a layer of Panko bread crumbs adds a hearty bit of crunch without too many carbohydrates.
Get the recipe for Vegan Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, Three Ways
Garlic Fingers with Donair Sauce
Cheese lovers can make this twist on the East Coast classic from the comfort of their own home. Just don’t forget the homemade donair sauce for dipping these garlicky, cheesy bites.
Maple Butter Tart Cheesecake
The classic Canadian butter tart comes in a variety of incarnations – pecans or raisins, firm or runny, crispy or flaky – so it should come as no surprise that there’s also a cheesecake option for those seeking something even more rich and decadent. The result is a sweet and salty combo topped with butter tart filling and loads of extra pecans for added crunch. For fun, you can take our quiz to find out which butter tart matches your personality.
Mini Broccoli and Cheese Quiche
Your muffin tin is a truly magical kitchen tool when it comes to meal prepping. Besides muffins, it can be used to bake up perfectly portioned cheesy, crustless quiches that are every bit as satisfying as a classic version. Bonus: they can be made ahead of time.
Moroccan Slow Cooker Chicken
This Moroccan-flavoured slow cooker chicken recipe, made with green olives, currants and lemons, is one that you can savour year-round. Serve it with couscous, rice or a simple salad for a satisfying, well-rounded meal.
Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls
Serve up a classic Eastern European cabbage roll dish that is sure to satisfy at your next family gathering. This slow cooker variation is jam-packed with the mouth-watering flavours of rice, onions, carrots, beef and plenty of herbs and spices.
These easy-to-make beauties look as good as they taste – they also happen to be raisin-free for those who’d prefer to eschew the divisive dried grapes. We’ve got plenty more butter tart recipes for hardcore enthusiasts.
Glazed Blueberry Lemon Loaf
Everyone needs a go-to dessert loaf in their repertoire, and this one has staying power. The quintessential teatime treat will shroud your home in blueberry and lemon scents as it bakes, which is almost as delicious as its actual fruity citrus flavour.
Perfect Pot Roast
It’s right there in the name: this pot roast recipe is already perfect. The comfort classic also happens to be one of the easiest one-pot meals to whip up for fall and winter weekend meals.
Healthy Blueberry-Carrot Muffins
You can skip the bakery entirely and opt to make this cake-like muffin recipe at home. Make them even more wholesome than the store-bought variety by swapping the light-brown sugar for a few tablespoons of maple syrup or unsweetened apple sauce. You can thank us later.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli
Healthy broccoli and budget-friendly chicken thighs get a hearty dose of Asian flavours as they slowly simmer in a mixture of soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic and Sriracha. You’ll lick your plate clean. Find more inspiration with The Pioneer Woman’s best make-ahead dinners.
Mexican Rice Casserole
This simple, must-try casserole is a winter must-make. With savoury hints of cumin, cayenne, turmeric and cilantro, it’s practically bursting with flavour. Bonus: it’s topped with lots and lots of cheese to satisfy fromage fans.