In our test kitchen, it takes a lot for a recipe to go from a brainstorm session to being published. Our recipe development process involves multiple steps, including a comprehensive five-recipe test and a pool of 50,000 at-home recipe testers who ultimately determine if a recipe sees the light of day.
We already have almost 14,000 recipes on our site and app that have made it through our rigorous process. This year we added 150 more, which originated in our magazines, TV shows, and cookbooks and are now accessible to our digital members.
We wanted to shine a light on this class of 2023. Here are the 10 that got the most eyes this year.
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1. Triple Mushroom Pasta
Triple Mushroom PastaClever techniques turn a trio of fungi into a luxe pasta sauce.
2. Chili-Spiced Chicken Thighs and Potatoes
Andrea Geary, of Cook’s Illustrated, brings our second-most popular recipe of the year in the form of succulent, ultra-flavorful chicken thighs. This weeknight meal was touted as “impressive” throughout the comment section, and you can achieve these results with less effort than you think.
Chili-Spiced Chicken Thighs and PotatoesTwo of our smartest techniques join forces to make weeknight chicken and potatoes taste weekend-luxurious.
3. Stuffed Spatchcock Turkey
For our third-most popular recipe, Erica Turner proves that the process of spatchcocking a turkey is well worth the effort. By taking the backbone out, the bird rests beautifully over the stuffing, adding savory juices while developing a super-crackly skin.
Stuffed Spatchcock TurkeyRemove the backbone and roast your bird flat atop a big pile of stuffing to produce succulent meat, crackling skin, and plenty of everyone's favorite side dish.
The Best of America's Test Kitchen 2023From everyday essentials to sophisticated entrees fit for a crowd, discover the result of years of culinary research and testing in the Best of America’s Test Kitchen 2023 edition.
4. Bratkartoffeln (German Fried Potatoes)
Meaty fried potatoes make for a simple but luxurious dish in our fourth-most popular recipe. Erica Turner brings this classic German side to your home with a recipe many commenters called “super easy and delicious.”
Bratkartoffeln (German Fried Potatoes)A jumble of sliced spuds, onions, and bacon, bratkartoffeln is a simple pleasure.
5. Mushroom-Beef Blended Burgers
Looking to cut the cost without skimping on flavor? Cook’s Illustrated’s Lan Lam masterfully blends nearly equal amounts of mushrooms and beef for burgers that drip with savory juices. Whether you’re trying to eat less meat or simply want to try something new, this recipe is both “forgiving and a keeper.”
Mushroom-Beef Blended BurgersA mushroom-beef blend produces succulent patties that drip with savory juices. They're also kind to your wallet and environmentally prudent.
6. Fresh Corn Arepas
In this recipe from our book Cooking with My Dad, the Chef, young cook Verveine Oringer and her father, renowned chef Ken Oringer, streamline a family-friendly version of corn arepas. These small cakes are naturally gluten-free, fluffy, and full of flavor. Serve them alongside a tasty meal or enjoy alone with a bit of butter as a crispy snack.
Fresh Corn ArepasThese fluffy, savory-sweet (and gluten-free!) corn cakes are a great breakfast, lunch, or snack—plus they’re easy and fun for kids to make!
7. Banoffee Pie
Our digital members have spoken: You need to add this pie to your arsenal. Cook’s Illustrated’s Annie Petito traded in the traditional (yet long) process for this British favorite for a faster version still fit for entertaining. It’s sweet, it’s a textural masterpiece, and one recipe commenter called it “the perfect dessert.”
Banoffee PieThis British treat layers fresh bananas and a butterscotch-y filling into a crisp cookie-like crust and caps things off with billows of coffee-scented whipped cream.
8. Bangers with Onion Gravy
Steve Dunn, of Cook’s Illustrated, showcases a meat-and-potatoes dish that’s anything but ordinary. This British pub staple stands out for the rich onion gravy that cannot be skipped. We recommend sourcing authentic UK ingredients to truly transport yourself across the pond via this comforting dish.
Bangers with Onion GravyBangers and mash may be the meat and potatoes, but this cozy Brit classic hangs on the onion gravy.
9. La Viña–Style Cheesecake
Cook’s Country’s Nicole Konstantinakos used her years of experience living in Basque country to develop a recipe so good, you’ll think you were in Spain. With just five ingredients, this crustless cheesecake takes advantage of deep browning to provide flavor and texture.
La Viña–Style CheesecakeWho says cheesecake needs to be fussy? This version has just five ingredients, an easy method, and a sweet backstory.
10. Pappa al Pomodoro
Rounding out our top 10 list is another warming comfort dish. Annie Petito takes this bread-and-tomato Tuscan porridge to a new level. This relatively simple recipe comes together in under an hour and uses a box grater to break down in-season tomatoes with ease.