Our 10 Most Popular Recipes in January

January 26, 2021

For the first stretch of 2021, as I’ve been eating popcorn covered in cheese powder—and, um, more popcorn covered in cheese powder—our Food52 community has been cooking and baking up a storm. Good for you! Behold: our top 10 new recipes this month. Forty percent of which involve Parmesan. Yes.

10. Auntie Adele’s Phyllo With Sutlaj

“These particular cigar-shaped pastries, my great-aunt's recipe, are the answer to the question that has plagued pudding for centuries: Where is the texture contrast?” writes Charles Dabah for our My Family Recipe column.

9. Roasted Cauliflower in Turmeric Kefir

From our columnist Nik Sharma’s latest cookbook, The Flavor Equation—featuring a tangy, creamy, golden turmeric sauce that any roasted vegetable will adore.

8. Brothy Bean Soup With Parmesan

Keep this one in your back pocket for that weeknight (tonight?) when you just can’t. Use whatever canned beans are in the cabinet—and feel free to play around with the fine print, too: No spinach? Anything leafy works.

7. Smoky Red Pepper Pasta With Vegetarian Sausage

Smoky, silky roasted red peppers lead the way in this meaty yet meatless dinner from our resident pasta maker, Meryl Feinstein. To make it vegan, swap out the heavy cream for full-fat oat milk.

6. Stir-Fried Udon With Bacon, Parmesan & Gochujang

A very good reason to always keep frozen udon bricks in the freezer. “The dish takes inspiration from the Korean pantry, Japanese-style wafu pasta, and the saucy technique from beloved Roman carbonara,” writes Hana Asbrink.

5. Italian Wedding Soup With Parm Broth

A highly slurpable recipe from our food stylist Anna Billingskog. Pork meatballs and hearty greens swim in a homemade Parm broth (a homemade Parm broth!), which is just as cheesy and savory as it sounds.

4. Sourdough Savory Rolls With Parmesan & Ricotta

Sure, you could serve these pull-apart dinner rolls as a side dish. But why not add in an oversize arugula salad and call them dinner, period?

3. Black & White Pound Cake

Thanks to black cocoa, this swirly, streusel-y pound cake from Sohla El-Waylly bears a striking resemblance to Oreos. Serve with extra-cold milk.

2. Orange-Cardamom Olive Oil Cake

How to make olive oil cake even better? Here’s a bright idea from Carolina Gelen: Lots of fragrant cardamom and a kaleidoscope of candied orange wheels.

1. Go-To Vanilla Pound Cake

More pound cake from Sohla: You want it? You got it. This classic loaf boasts a toasty crust and tender crumb. Take it for a test drive, then make it your own.

What was your favorite Food52 recipe from this past month? Savory? Sweet? Let's chat all about it in the comments.

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Emma was the food editor at Food52. She created the award-winning column, Big Little Recipes, and turned it into a cookbook in 2021. These days, she's a senior editor at Bon Appétit, leading digital cooking coverage. Say hello on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.


AntoniaJames January 26, 2021
The only two recipes from Food52 that I made in January were Sally Schneider's slow roasted salmon (topped with the a marinated artichoke heart and sun dried tomato caponata that I sort of threw together while the salmon was roasting) and Medha's Red Lentil Soup with Beet Greens , which has been a favorite of ours since it was first published - and now enjoys a place of honor in my Keepers collection. That recipe is particularly good in the cooler months, when beet greens are so sweet and flavorful. It freezes nicely, too. ;o)
Girlfromipanema January 26, 2021
Is popularity by views, clicks, comments?