It’s a powerful thing when one recipe manages to capture the collective imagination of so many home cooks and bakers, and that’s exactly what the recipes on this list managed to do. This year was all about the trends: from Big Mac-inspired tacos to the Barbie movie, our most popular recipes are not only delicious, but also a look back on the moments that defined 2023. Read on for our most popular recipes.
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Chewy Mochi Cake with Fresh Corn
Our most popular recipe for the second year in a row, this “trending” recipe proves that a good recipe never goes out of style. Made with fresh corn, this delightfully jiggly mochi cake has a subtly addictive quality that’ll have you coming back for more.
Viral Smash Burger Tacos With Secret Sauce
These viral smash burger tacos with secret sauce combine two favourites to make the ultimate meal. A little burger sauce, some ground beef and flour tortillas are all you need to make these at home. We like to use a lean ground beef so the tortilla can still crisp up, resulting in a crunchy shell. Take it from our readers: these are (literally) a smash hit.
Traditional Acadian Chicken Fricot
Bring a taste of New Brunswick comfort food home with this classic chicken fricot. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s essentially an Acadian take on chicken stew and dumplings. If you’re looking for a soul-warming dish that hits all the comforting notes of chicken noodle soup, look no further.
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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
These classic chocolate chip cookies from Food Network Canada’s resident baking queen Anna Olson have made our top 10 list for the second year in a row, so you know they’re out of this world. Anna’s cookie recipe has two secrets to success: the addition of cornstarch, which holds in moisture to guarantee a soft-centred cookie, and the chill time, which ensures uniform, chewy cookies.
Viral Upside Down Puff Pastry Tarts
We love how versatile this recipe is! As the name suggests, you simply put your favourite fillings on a baking sheet, top them with buttery puff pastry, and voila, the perfect tart. Ideal for serving up at a holiday party or even for using up holiday leftovers, you need to try these viral upside down puff pastry tarts ASAP.
Sticky Toffee Apple Cake
The fact that this recipe was published in late October and still managed to be one of our most popular recipes of the year is a real testament to its universal appeal. Classic apple cake gets the sticky toffee pudding treatment, need we say more?
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Anna’s Classic Banana Bread
Another recipe that is one of our most popular for the second year in a row, Anna Olson’s classic banana bread is clearly a go-to for readers whenever a banana bread craving strikes. Anna recommends baking this loaf with chocolate chips and walnuts pieces for a bit of extra oomph.
Simple Oven-Baked Stuffing
Whether or not you’re stuffing a bird, the best part about this stuffing recipe is that it can be made the day before serving, so you can save your precious time when hosting big family gatherings. A classic for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, it’s a Food Network Canada reader favourite for a reason.
Ghanaian Jollof Rice
Beloved in West African countries, this jollof rice is rice cooked in a spicy, well-seasoned tomato stew. Pair it with your favourite chicken recipe and you’ve got a winner winner chicken dinner.
Barbie-Inspired Bright Pink Beet Pasta
Turns out our readers were just as obsessed with the Barbie movie as we were, because this Barbie-inspired beet pasta was one of our most popular recipes of the year. Believe it or not, this pink pasta gets its incredibly bright colour naturally from beets! After being roasted, beets are blended with mascarpone, parmesan, lemon and garlic to create a velvety pasta sauce. Perfect for your next Barbie rewatch!