2021 is almost over and once again, you all have your favorite recipes. I've narrowed them down to the most popular 25 recipes so you can try the cream of the crop!
This has been a horrible year for me personally and I'm grateful for it to be over. In January I had a full hysterectomy; then after recovery, my husband and I went to FL in April for a little vacation.
Two days in, I missed the last two steps outside, fell on paver stones and shattered my left ankle completely (trimalleolar fracture) and broke my right ankle.
After a cast, two cam boots, a wheelchair, walker, shower chair, crutches, a cane and a lot of patience, I'm now able to walk on my own 8 months later. I'm not 100% and may never be, but just take each day as it comes. My family has been so incredibly AMAZING and I'm truly blessed to have them in my life.
I also wanted to thank those of you who reached out to me over those agonizing months with love and support. You truly made this journey bearable.
But with this type of injury, there wasn't much experimenting going on and you may have missed some great new recipes that I was able to pull together during this year. So before we begin, let's highlight the most popular new recipes we shared in 2021 by month.
BEST New Recipes created in 2021
I was able to share several new recipes each month and these were the most popular based on reader viewership:
- January: Oriental Salad
- February: Carrot Cake Bars
- March: Honey Balsamic Pork Loin
- April: Ranch Zucchini Boats
- May: Mixed Berry Hand Pies
- June: Sausage, Peppers and Onions
- July: Oregano Fried Potatoes
- August: Mexican Chicken Taco Skillet
- September: Garlic Herb Stuffed Chicken
- October: Parmesan Fried Cauliflower
- November: Cranberry Nut Bread
- December: Santa Hats
Our 25 Most Popular Recipes from 2021
Here are our 25 most popular recipes in order of the highest reader viewership. I'm not surprised at how many of you LOVE those copycat recipes!
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These baked Cinnamon Apple Chips are made with a few simple ingredients like McIntosh apples, cinnamon and sugar. They make a tasty, healthy snack your whole family will love!
Utilize leftover corn and mashed potatoes to create a new tasty side dish with these Corn & Cheddar Mashed Potato Fritters.
Enjoy one or your favorite restaurant copycat soups at home with my version of Olive Garden’s Chicken Gnocchi Soup made with boneless cooked chicken, vegetables and gnocchi in a creamy chicken broth.
The Cheesecake Factory’s Chicken Costoletta made with boneless chicken breasts lightly breaded in a Panko and lemon crust, fried; then topped with a lemony cream sauce. It's one of our favorites!!
Italian Ground Chicken Pasta Skillet made with your favorite pasta, ground chicken, fire roasted tomatoes is a quick and easy, all-in-one meal that’s deliciously flavorful!
Now you can make Applebee’s Oriental Dressing at home. It’s perfect on salad or sandwiches and the family is going to love it!
Outback Steakhouse Copycat Bleu Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad made with mixed greens & cinnamon pecans tossed in a Bleu cheese vinaigrette.
Linguine Positano made with fire roasted tomatoes, garlic and basil. It's simple to make, takes only 30 minutes and is a super flavorful, meatless weeknight meal.
Olive Garden’s copycat Chicken Margherita made with grilled chicken breasts topped with fresh grape tomatoes, mozzarella, basil pesto and a lemon garlic sauce.
Make this popular Olive Garden recipe for Steak Gorgonzola Alfredo at home. Grilled steak over fettuccine alfredo tossed with fresh spinach and Gorgonzola cheese; then topped with sun dried tomatoes & balsamic drizzle.
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Treat your furry friend to these homemade Chicken and Wild Rice Dog Biscuits. They’re easy to make a great way to utilize leftover roasted chicken.
Italian Stuffed Spaghetti Squash made with sweet Italian sausage, fresh spinach, garlic, and fire roasted tomatoes topped with shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Roasted Italian Sausage & Potato Bake made with sweet Italian sausage and Russet potatoes tossed with balsamic vinegar, EVOO and fresh rosemary. This is one of my family's all time favorite recipes too. I also add some fresh green beans or carrots halfway through cooking!
Fried Green Cherry Tomatoes served with an Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce are a quick and easy way to utilize homegrown tomatoes.
Boneless chicken breasts dredged in herbs and spices; then pan fried in extra virgin olive oil makes this a quick, easy and delicious weeknight meal. Some say it tastes just like Texas Roadhouse, but I can't confirm since I haven't tasted theirs myself! This recipe is also dairy & gluten free and Whole30 approved.
Lean ground beef combined with mushrooms, onion, and garlic in a balsamic tomato sauce; then topped with a mixture of Ricotta, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses and baked until golden brown.
Enjoy the flavor of a classic Margarita at home made with Patron Silver Tequila, Contreau, fresh squeezed lime juice and simple syrup.
Grilled Chicken Panini with pesto, Mozzarella cheese and fresh tomato on Italian Panella bread.
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Chicken in a Lemon Butter Sauce made with boneless chicken breasts sautéed; then topped with a lemon butter sauce. Perfect for weeknight dinners or large get togethers.
Rigatoni Martino (Carrabba’s Copycat) made with pasta, sun dried tomatoes, grilled chicken & mushrooms in a tomato cream sauce topped with ricotta cheese.
Cheesy Skillet Shrimp & Tortellini made with jumbo shrimp combined with cheese tortellini in a cheesy tomato basil Alfredo sauce.
Wine & Balsamic Marinated Filet Mignon made with dry red wine, mustard, balsamic vinegar and fresh rosemary is an easy marinade that’s perfect for rich meats like beef.
Italian whole wheat farro combined with fresh baby spinach, garlic, Asiago cheese and butter; then served as a warm side dish.
Warm and comforting, this Italian Pastina is my family’s go-to meal when you’re feeling under the weather or need a quick pick me up.
BBQ Cheddar Chicken Meatloaf made with extra lean ground chicken, your favorite bbq sauce, shredded cheddar cheese and gluten free breadcrumbs.
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