Our Most Popular Recipes of 2018
Each year Southern Living publishes hundreds of delicious recipes for our readers to try. Some recipes are quick and easy, designed to help you get a tasty and satisfying supper on the table even on a busy weeknight. Other recipes require you to spend a little more time in the kitchen, allowing you to experiment with a new ingredient, cooking technique, or simply giving you an excuse to show off your culinary talents. Based on reader requests, comments, and notes from our own editors, we present the 2018 Southern Living Top Rated Recipes.
These Recipes Took the Cake in 2018
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
The South’s favorite pantry staple, mayonnaise, is the key to tender, moist cake layers. Chocolate always tastes better with coffee, so we enhanced the flavor of the cake by adding some strong brew to the batter. This cake recipe, ideal for special occasions or quiet meals with the family, is guaranteed to become a family favorite.
Farro Bowl with Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Bored with the usual (but delicious) weeknight sides of mashed potatoes and rice? Give farro a try. This nutty, ancient wheat grain is delicious alone, but also pairs well with roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts. To cut down on meal prep time, prepare the farro up to two days in advance and reheat before serving.
Old-Fashioned Chicken And Dumplings
The not-so-secret ingredient in Grandma’s light and airy dumplings (shhh, don’t tell her we told) is buttermilk. Be sure and knead the dumplings on a well-floured surface; the extra flour helps to thicken the savory broth.
Braised Lamb Shanks with Parmesan-Chive Grits
Praline-Cream Cheese King Cakes
Recipe: Praline-Cream Cheese King Cakes
These delectable, cream-filled treats are a Mardi Gras tradition around the Southern Living offices, thanks to the culinary talents of Test Kitchen pro Pam Lolley. This recipe makes two of the beloved New Orleans classic, so keep one for your family and share one with friends or co-workers.
Florida Orange Grove Pie
Recipe: Florida Orange Grove Pie
Citrus has a way of lifting the winter doldrums, and nothing brightens a cold, gray day like the sweet-tart combination from a citrus dessert. This classic angel pie with a baked meringue crust is a delicious way to bring some sunshine and citrus-infused sweetness to your winter time dessert table.
Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Pot Roast
Don’t wait for the weekend to enjoy a savory pot roast. Set your slow-cooker in the morning and come home to a tender and flavorful meal worthy of a Sunday dinner.
Coconut-Carrot Cake with Coconut Buttercream
Baked in a 13- x 9-inch baking pan, this cake is easy to make and an ideal choice when you need to transport dessert to a party. If your family is divided between carrot cake and coconut cake enthusiasts, this cake will satisfy everyone.
Pork Chops with Tomato-Bacon Gravy
Budget-friendly bone-in pork chops steal the show in this recipe that will remind you of Sunday dinner at Grandma’s house. This dish, ready in under an hour, makes a delicious and satisfying weeknight meal, but is special enough for company.
Pasta Primavera with Shrimp
Recipe: Pasta Primavera with Shrimp
Yes, you can make a satisfying and good-for-you pasta meal in 30 minutes. This recipe is loaded with healthy vegetables, fresh shrimp, and a light sauce. Feel free to swap out the vegetables for whatever you have on hand and toss in fresh herbs from your garden for added taste.
Strawberry-Banana Pudding Icebox Cake
If you are looking for a dessert you can make ahead and store in the refrigerator, look no further. Two springtime party favorites, strawberry cake and banana pudding, come together to create this cool and creamy icebox cake, the ultimate warm weather dessert.
French Onion Soup Casserole
Recipe: French Onion Soup Casserole
Nothing says comfort like a bowl of aromatic, homemade French onion soup, but oftentimes cutting up all the onions is more work than fun. With this easy recipe, you can cut and caramelize the onions in advance and store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to make the casserole.
Recipe: Blueberry-Thyme Pie
This pie makes delicious use of the season’s fresh blueberries. Quick-cooking tapioca ensure a firm, not gelatinous, texture.
Recipe: Crab Pie
This fabulous quiche-like pie is the perfect choice to make for weekend brunches or teas. Round out the meal with a tossed salad and fresh fruit.
Best-Ever Crab Cakes with Green Tomato Slaw
These crab cakes are bursting with flavorful, juicy crab meat, not breading and fillers. Serve as a main dish or an appetizer, but just be sure and make plenty – your guests will love them.
Peach-Bourbon Upside-Down Bundt Cake
Berry Sonker with Dip
Recipe: Berry Sonker with Dip
You may think this is merely another cobbler, but don’t let folks in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains hear you say that. In that part of the South, a sonker is a distinctive dessert baked in a large, deep dish and topped with a creamy vanilla sauce, or dip.
Recipe: Strawberry Kuchen
Kuchen, the German word for cake, is often more bread-like and made with a yeasted dough. This variation has a tender, fluffy crumb topped with fresh strawberries and sliced almonds.
Basic Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Basic Pimiento Cheese
The best pimiento cheese recipe is the one you fell in love with as a child, but if you don’t already have a favorite, give this one a try. Opinions vary on whether pimiento cheese is best served creamy or chunky, but everyone agrees that you should grate the cheese yourself instead of using pre-shredded.
Fried Delacata Catfish
Recipe: Fried Delacata Catfish
Good catfish shouldn’t smell fishy. Just in case, it is a good idea to soak your catfish fillets in whole milk or buttermilk before frying to help neutralize any fishy odors.
Fourth of July Confetti Roulade
Recipe: Fourth of July Confetti Roulade
Wow your guests at your next cookout with this colorful dessert that can stand up to the summer heat. The gelatin in the whipped cream filling keeps it stable, ensuring pretty clean slices.
Seared Hanger Steak with Braised Greens and Grapes
Your cast iron skillet is ideal for grilling steaks, so make sure it is in tip-top shape for this recipe. If you can’t find Swamp Pop Noble Cane Cola, Dr. Pepper makes a great substitute.
Recipe: Best-Ever Succotash
Enjoy the bounty of your late-summer garden by preparing a batch of succotash. This flavorful mix of corn, beans, and other seasonal vegetables, such as okra, is so substantial it can stand in for the main dish.
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Fudge Ice-Cream Pie
This mile-high no-bake creamy treat is just what you need to cool off on a hot summer’s evening. To ensure neat slices of pie, dip your cutting knife in a glass of hot water, wipe the blade off, and cut. Repeat for each slice.
Skillet Enchiladas Suizas
Recipe: Skillet Enchiladas Suizas
You won’t need to ring the dinner bell when this enchilada dish is baking in the oven. Ideal for a busy weeknight supper, this recipe uses a deli chicken, cutting your prep time to a short 15 minutes.
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
If you are looking for your guests, they can be found at the appetizer table enjoying this incredible dip. Save time and make it ahead of your party, then simply reheat before serving.
Recipe: Cranberry-Apple Tartlets
Everyone loves apple desserts in the fall, and these cute tartlets include another of the season’s favorite flavors, cranberries. There is no need to defrost frozen cranberries; while baking, they don’t release as much water as thawed berries, plus the skins burst at a similar rate as fresh.
Pumpkin-and-Winter Squash Gratin
Recipe: Pumpkin-and-Winter Squash Gratin
Celebrate the flavors and aromas of fall with this savory gratin, loaded with pumpkin, winter squash, nutmeg and cloves. This casserole is hearty enough to stand in for a vegetarian main dish.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
Full of flavor and easy on the budget are just two reasons chicken thighs are a great choice for a fall stew. The slow-cooker lets you prepare the stew in the morning and come home to a comforting, piping hot meal.
Blackberry Jam Cake
Recipe: Blackberry Jam Cake
Chef Demaris Phillips shares the recipe she created, inspired by her Aunt Julie’s blackberry jam cake. If you don’t have homemade, use your favorite store brand of blackberry jam.
Pumpkin Layer Cake with Caramel-Cream Cheese Frosting
If you love baking during the fall, you will want to try this pumpkin-spice flavored cake recipe, a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The tender cake layers can be baked ahead and, if you are short on time, you can use a bottled caramel sauce instead of making homemade.
Pumpkin Spice Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
What is the magic behind this editors’ favorite recipe? During the baking process, the cake and flan layers flip, which means, when serving, you have a silky flan on top of a tender, pumpkin-spiced cake layer. Give it a try and experience baking magic for yourself.
Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream
Gingerbread Roulade and Eggnog Cream
The scent of gingerbread wafting through the house is a sure sign that it is Christmas time. Your friends and family will be suitably impressed when you place this holiday roulade on the dessert table. Plan ahead, because the cake needs to chill for at least 8 hours.
Best White Cake
Recipe: Best White Cake
This cake is beautiful in its simplicity, just like a pristine outdoor winter scene. Simplify your process as well and make the layers in advance, keeping them wrapped securely in the freezer until time to assemble the cake. Create your own winter wonderland scene on top of the cake by using your favorite cookie cutters.