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Top Ten Recipes of Last Year

The Top Ten Recipes of last year is my annual list, based on reader favorites and the blog statistics. These are the recipes that readers consistently go to, cook, share, and LOVE!

A serving of apple crisp on a white plate with apples in the background.

Here we go, your top ten favorites from 2021! Some of them are a surprise to me—and some that are missing are a surprise! Without further ado, here they are:

Top Ten Recipes of Last Year:


Easy Apple Crisp with No Oats - this recipe has been in the number one slot for the last two years. Lots of people are looking for a great apple crisp recipe with a streusel that doesn't call for oats and this recipe is perfect! Make it in one dish for easy clean-up.


Baked Pork Chops with Cream of Mushroom Soup - long in the number one slot, this easy pork chop recipe got beat out by the apple crisp two years ago and has remained in the number two position! But folks still love these pork chops! They're delicious and did I mention EASY?


Granny's Fried Apple Pies - hanging steady at number 3! These are the real deal fried apple pies, not the factory kind or even the fancy ones you get at the apple farm. These are made the way Southern grandmas used to make them!


Southern Squash Casserole - readers love this squash casserole for good reason. It's easy and consistently delicious!


Southern Deviled Eggs - out for the last two years, these creamy deviled eggs made it back to the list! Simple and classic, these deviled eggs are made with just egg, mayo, a little mustard, and some pickle relish.

Closeup of Southern deviled eggs on a platter with pickles in the center.


Fudge Pie with Cocoa - a perennial favorite, this Fudge Pie has been in my top 10 since it was posted more than ten years ago. You can make it in less than an hour with just pantry ingredients. Perfect for potluck!


Salmon Patties - another breakout newcomer! Traditional salmon patties are made with canned salmon, a little onion, bread or cracker crumbs, and an egg. Fry for a few minutes in a skillet and enjoy! No fancy stuff needed!


Navy Bean and Ham Soup - slowly jumping up, this soup was in the number nine spot last year. Canned beans make it easy--you can have this soup ready in about an hour!


How to Cook Butter Beans - dropping to number nine from seven, butter beans remain a reader favorite! I add some bacon and a little sugar to make them the tastiest butter beans around!


Meatloaf Muffins - a drop from five to ten, to make room for some new favorites! I use my Classic Meatloaf recipe and bake in muffin pans so you get extra crispy edges on each one! We love to make up a double batch and keep some in the freezer for busy nights.

Here are a few kitchen tools that will help you prepare these Top Ten Recipes:

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  • Baking sheet - I used to make this old-fashioned meatloaf in a loaf pan, but several years ago I switched to a heavy-duty baking sheet. The meatloaf is less greasy and the sides get a little crispy, which we love.
  • Large mixing bowl - I always use my big stainless mixing bowl when making meatloaf so I have plenty of room to get everything well blended.

Cast Iron Skillet

Pyrex Pie Plate

Deviled Egg Plate

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Previous Top Ten Recipes:

Lemon Glaze - This easy Lemon Glaze will liven up your pound cake or cookies and is quick to make!

Creamy Baked Macaroni and Cheese - our family gatherings would not be complete without this Mac and Cheese! It's the cheesiest and creamy and absolute comfort food.

Herb Butter - I've been slathering this Herb Butter on my turkey and chicken for years. It adds so much flavor!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake - a favorite among my family and friends for decades, this is a no-fail, super moist pound cake recipe that you will turn to time and time again.

Southern Caramel Cake - no one can say a real caramel cake is easy, but with this step-by-step photo tutorial, you can do it!

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies - these award-winning chocolate chip cookies are simple and amazing! Try them!

Chili without Beans - my family prefers chili without beans, so I came up with this hearty recipe to satisfy their tastes. With lots of peppers and seasonings, this chili recipe is full of flavor!

What types of recipes do you want to see this year? Leave me a note in the comments please and I'll try to accommodate your requests. And if you cook one of these Top Ten Recipes, please tag me on Instagram so I can see your pictures!

Thank you so much for reading and supporting Southern Food and Fun. This website could not continue without my long-time subscribers and readers and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I'm looking forward to sharing some great new recipes with you in the next few months.

Franchelle Arnold

Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Love all your recipes.