Our Most Popular Recipes in April

Featuring two cheesecakes (!) and a new winner-winner chicken dinner.

April 29, 2022

Spring has sprung and I am ravenous for anything and everything green. Here on the east coast, the weather can’t make up its mind—warm some days and still-cold others. Our most popular new recipes from April are a little like that: a mix of cozy-comforting and crunchy-fresh. And all delicious…but you knew that already.

10. Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

If you don’t have raspberry jam, don’t fret. These would be just as wonderful with strawberry, or blueberry—or even a not-quite-jam like Nutella or lemon curd.

9. Cozy Potato-Carrot Kugel

Part of this budget-friendly Passover menu, but excellent any time of year, this kugel from Rebecca Firkser longs to be dolloped with sour cream and sprinkled with dill.

8. Lamb Burger With Caramelized Onion & Fennel

First make Carla Lalli Music’s Salsa Very Verde, then put it toward this delightfully overstuffed burger from Rick Martínez.

7. Sourdough Pan di Ramerino

These little buns—with raisins, rosemary, and olive oil—are popular in Tuscany come Easter each year. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying them beyond April.

6. Enchiladas Mineras

Another winner-winner from Sweet Heat host and Mi Cocina author Rick Martínez: corn tortillas dipped in salsa guajillo, with roasted chicken, gold potatoes, and queso fresco.

5. White Borscht

“Traditional white borscht recipes call for a three- to five-day fermented rye or wheat flour starter to thicken the broth,” writes Jessica Romanowski. “This recipe uses seedless rye bread, sour cream, and a little vinegar so it can be made any time inspiration strikes.”

4. Sheet Pan Harissa Chicken With Smashed Olives & Apricots

“Not only was this easy to make, it was absolutely delicious!” one reviewer raves. “My husband said it was the best thing he’s eaten in a very long time.”

3. Salty Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate plus cream cheese equals cheese cake? Apparently, yes. And it’s no-bake too, perfect for the warming weather.

2. Not Just Another Chicken Caesar Salad From Ali Slagle

From Ali Slagle’s new book, I Dream of Dinner, this Caesar dressing doubles as an extra flavorful, totally Genius marinade.

1. Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

Two jalapeños per sandwich might sound over-the-top, but is actually just right. The choice between crispy bacon and barbeque potato chips is up to you.

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Erik May 3, 2022
The citrus cake from Cyprus was also an Easter hit at our house. It's a keeper which I'm sure I'll make again and again.
Fran J. May 1, 2022
Yasmin Kahn’s Citrus Cake was a huge hit at both Easter and Orthodox Easter. Easy to make, not too sweet, moist, and beautiful. Wish I could post a photo.