A Look Back: The Top 10 Recipes of 2020

10 most popular recipes of 2020: images of fried chicken, pumpkin bread, sugar cream pie, and thai cashew chicken.

We are taking a look back at the top recipes of 2020! This was the year that stateofdinner.com was “born” so it is a very special one. In the years to come, I hope to do a similar post on the last day of each year, as a bit of a scrapbook of the journey that this site has taken us on.

A Reflection

Wow, what a year this has been! The entire population across the universe would call 2020 a very abnormal year. We all faced a common challenge. We all had to adapt and adjust.

When I was furloughed in March, I thought it was just going to be for a few weeks. That seems almost laughable now. Little did I know that my furlough would be such a defining moment that would catapult me into this new career.

This blog began in May, and now hosts 67 delicious recipes! As a reflection on the year, and with appreciation and humble gratitude for every single time you have visited this site, I now bring you the top ten most popular recipes on stateofdinner.com (as determined by the total number of page views).

Top 10 Recipes of 2020

10. Oven-Baked Crab Cakes

Famous food from Maryland, crab cakes, piled on a plate.

We kick off this list with a recipe we made for our Massachusetts state dinner. Going into our state dinner project, I had no idea how many states’ iconic foods would be fried. Apparently, we Americans love fried food! So after way too many nights of frying, I decided to skip the oil and bake our crab cakes in the oven. They turned out perfect and were really well received.

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9. Applesauce Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread with slices stacked in front. There is a bite out of the top slice.

This recipe went viral (for me) on Facebook, which was exciting to see! Apparently, there are a lot of people out there like me who are not morning people but still have to provide breakfast for their kids. I have been making this recipe since my kids were toddlers, and it was a big hit with other moms!

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8. Hoosier Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Hoosier Breaded Pork Tenderloin sandwich

I am not usually a pork fan, but this sandwich is so good! The meat is juicy, the breading crispy, and the seasoning is totally on point! And the patty is massive!

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7. Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza

Pizzs with one behind it poking in from the corner

I thought I might have to order a deep dish pizza through the mail, because I wasn’t sure it was something I could make at home. I was surprised at how good it turned out! Just thinking about this recipe makes my mouth water. The crust is so buttery, flaky, and delicious!

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6. Gooey Butter Cake

Slices of gooey butter cake on plates.

This one surprised me! It is a delicious recipe, but I had no idea it would be so well received. I love that it is so easy to make, and that it is versatile. You can have it as a dessert or for breakfast, and there are so many flavor options!

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5. Loose Meat Sandwich

Loose meat sandwich with 2 pickles, condiments in background

The loose meat sandwich was made for our Iowa dinner. I read that there were rumors that Maid-Rite used root beer syrup in their recipe, but there were no recipes online that called for the use of root beer. I decided to test it out, and it turned out so delicious!

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4. Ultimate Gooey Chocolate Brownies

Stack of brownies and glass of milk

This recipe was a labor of love. It took 5-6 times of testing and adjusting to make the perfect brownie recipe. These are gooey, chocolatey, and everything that I want in a brownie!

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3. Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Thumbnail

The first time I made this was for our Georgia state dinner. I got gigantic chicken breasts and it was a disaster! But the breading was so good that I knew I had to try again with smaller pieces of meat. And boy, am I glad that I did!

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2. Thai Cashew Chicken

Thai Cashew Chicken

This is a recipe I am really proud of. It was one of my first attempts at creating a recipe that combined keyword research and my own personal tastes. It perfectly encompasses my food philosophy of being fast to make, but full of flavor!

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1. Sugar Cream Pie

Top recipe of 2020: Sugar Cream Pie

I cannot believe that I had never even heard of sugar cream pie before planning our Indiana state dinner! Now it is my absolute favorite pie! So creamy, and I love the caramelized cinnamon sugar topping!

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And that’s a wrap! 2020 is officially in the books. Here’s to a joyful, successful, and abundant 2021! -Erin


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