There are a lot of recipes here on Southern Food and Fun—so I thought you might want to know which ones we actually eat the most. I was inspired to make this list by Lindsey’s post on Pinch of Yum—and if you don’t follow that blog then you should!—where she talked about the 10 recipes she actually cooks the most IRL (blog-speak for In Real Life). So here you are, my Top 10.
Now, please understand that we do eat more than these 10 recipes around here. We eat everything that’s posted to the blog, but sometimes we eat it just once or twice during the testing phase and then it’s on to the next new recipe.
So these recipes are not necessarily on the menu every week but they are the ones that I find myself making over and over throughout the year. They are time-tested, fool-proof, and beloved by someone.
I can’t even count the number of times I make this pound cake every year. I make it to take to folks who are sick or hurting or happy. I make it when the kids are coming or when we’re having company for dinner.
I make it in smaller loaf pans as gifts at Christmas. It has the best flavor of any pound cake and it’s easy. You can top it with warm Caramel Sauce or Raspberry Sauce or serve it plain which is what I usually do.
These meatloaf muffins are on our menu every few weeks. I’ll make a batch and save them in the freezer. They are perfect to pull out and heat when you don’t have time to make dinner. I’ve also made these as dinner for someone who was spending a lot of time going back and forth to doctors or hospitals.
Add a salad or some mashed potatoes, which are also on this list, and you’ll have a great, homey, comfort-food meal.
Homemade pimento cheese is probably the most requested dish I have. I take it for any party or gathering that we’re invited to and it’s always on the menu for any party that we host. Sometimes I make a double batch so we can have leftover pimento cheese for sandwiches—or so I can send some home with our friend Robbie who especially loves it!
Every year since I started this blog, these chocolate chip cookies have topped the list of most viewed recipes. I’ve been making them for many years and they are favorites and my kids and their friends. This chocolate chip cookie recipe calls for semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips and I think that’s what gives them the best flavor.
Well, that and lots of brown sugar.
This black bean salad is one of our favorite dishes to keep around for lunch or snacking. It’s so easy to throw together and has minimal ingredients and it keeps for days. Plus it’s healthy and meatless!
We don’t eat a lot of potatoes when it’s just the two of us, but if we’re having company then these potatoes are frequently on the menu. I love the Ore-Ida frozen potatoes and this recipes makes mashed potatoes an easy choice for even a busy Wednesday.
This recipe is probably the one I actually make the most. We eat salad frequently and there is always a jar of this salad dressing in the fridge. It’s just a simple vinaigrette—lemon juice, dijon mustard, a touch of sugar, and olive oil.
Its origin is from a Southern blogger who now lives in a French chateau and you definitely want to check out her blog, Southern Fried French. You will turn pea green with envy!
Oh, how I love this chicken. Flavored with rosemary, lemon, and thyme, it’s simple and easy. The skin gets nice and crispy in the oven while the chicken stays moist and juicy. I come back to this recipe time and time again. It’s good enough for company and it also makes a great dish to take to someone as a love offering.
The second most viewed recipe on the site, this one is SO EASY! I make it every holiday and many occasions in between. And we never have leftovers so I definitely do NOT make it when it’s just David and me. We would eat the whole thing.
Actually, I use this same cooking method and recipe with just about any vegetable and we eat roasted vegetables at least once a week. Sometimes it may just be Brussels Sprouts, sometimes it’s a mixture of broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes—whatever sounds good at the time.
Roasting the vegetables in the oven gives them a much richer flavor plus it’s easy and you can do other things while the vegetables are cooking.
So that’s it! Our top 10 Go-To Recipes! I’d love to hear about your most loved and most cooked recipes. What are your go-to dishes? Family favorites? Let’s inspire each other!