We tried a lot of amazing foods in 2019. From fun snacks to brand new dishes, our tastebuds have been taken on quite the ride. But when looking back—as we all tend to do this time of year—there are a few recipes that really stand out. That’s why we decided to round them up—and crown one the Taste of Home recipe of the year.
When making our selections, we looked at which recipes were most visited and highly rated. We also considered each recipe’s ingredients and method. Ultimately, we came up with an ultimate winner, plus winners (and honorable mentions!) in six categories: main dishes, appetizers, soups, salads, side dishes and desserts. These recipes hold a special place in our hearts, and we can’t wait to share them with you. So, without further ado:
Recipe of the Year: The Best Chicken & Dumplings
This dish from Erika Monroe-Williams of Scottsdale, Arizona, has everything we could ask for in a cozy, comforting meal. We love the flavorful broth, rich chicken chunks and tender, doughy dumplings. Each bite transports us right back to childhood and enjoying a meal around Grandma’s table.
Appetizer of the Year: Buffalo Chicken Dip
Whether you need a game day app or party-ready potluck dish, this buffalo chicken dip from Peggy Foster of Florence, Kentucky, never disappoints. Made with just five ingredients, this recipe is as simple as it is delicious. Score!
Soup of the Year: Cheeseburger Soup
Everyone in the Taste of Home office is familiar with this decadent soup from Joanie Shawhan of Madison, Wisconsin. It’s a beloved favorite we can’t get enough of. Each comforting bite conveys the classic cheeseburger flavors we know and love.
Salad of the Year: Sour Cream Cucumbers
“Traditional” is the word we’d use to describe Pamela Eaton of Monclova, Ohio’s cucumber salad. It’s a delight in all seasons, but especially when we can use fresh-from-the-garden cukes.
Side Dish of the Year: Simple Au Gratin Potatoes
We believe that simple recipes are the best recipes. And these minimalistic au gratin potatoes from Cris O’Brien of Virginia Beach, Virginia definitely fit the bill. We crave these spuds with almost any meal.
Dessert of the Year: Apple Pie
We don’t know anyone who would say no to a warm slice of this apple pie from Maggie Greene of Granite Falls, Washington. It’s the perfect blend of wholesome ingredients and comforting flavors.