Kitchn’s 10 Most Wanted Recipes of 2020

updated Dec 29, 2020
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Garlicky sautéed shrimp with oregano, paprika and lime in cast iron skillet.
Credit: Photo: Joe Lingeman | Food Stylist: Cyd McDowell

This year, we launched a new series called “Most Wanted.” The idea is, each week we call out a new recipe that’s of-the-moment and pretty darn awesome. It’s the kind of recipe you see on your feed and want to immediately rush out to the store to buy the ingredients for (or, in the case of the pandemic, immediately add the ingredients to your next online grocery order). It’s our way of sharing the one recipe among the many great ones we launch every week that we’re absolutely the most excited about. It’s the recipe we editors are all clamoring to make ourselves and hope you’ll head in the kitchen to make, too.

Out of all the Most Wanted recipes we featured this year, these were your most favorite. We can’t blame you, really, since things like pillowy focaccia pizza, cinnamon-dusted sweet potato snickerdoodles, and the juiciest garlic butter chicken made the list. Here are the top 10.

1 / 10
Whole Lemon Pesto with Walnuts and Pecorino
This whole lemon pesto is made with a handful of pantry staples and is incredibly versatile. Spread it onto a sandwich, melt it over fish, massage it into ribboned kale, or toss it with cooked grains or pasta.
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2 / 10
The Best-Ever Focaccia Pizza
This extra-cheesy, pillowy focaccia pizza is the ultimate homemade pie for your next pizza night.
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3 / 10
Caramelized Zucchini Phyllo Pie
Crisp, flaky layers of phyllo dough encase a savory filling of caramelized zucchini, sweet corn, two types of cheese, and lots of fresh herbs.
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4 / 10
Strawberry Dutch Baby
Butter-roasted strawberries and sugar rubbed with lemon sweeten a classic puffed-up Dutch baby and make it the ultimate breakfast treat.
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5 / 10
Garlicky Sautéed Shrimp with Creamy White Beans and Blistered Tomatoes
This 20-minute dish, inspired by the Spanish tapas dish gambas a ajillo, makes for a flavorful weeknight dinner with very little effort. It's packed with garlicky shrimp, blistered tomatoes, and creamy white beans.
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6 / 10
Sweet Potato Snickerdoodles
This orange-hued twist on snickerdoodles is just as chewy and cinnamon-y as the classic, and is made ultra rich with brown butter.
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7 / 10
Butter Bath Corn
Cooking ears of fresh corn in a pot of boiling water seasoned with milk, butter, and salt infuses every single kernel with sweet, buttery flavor, and gives the corn a luxe, tender texture.
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8 / 10
French-Inspired Potato Salad
This super easy, mayo-free potato salad is oh-so light and tangy thanks to Dijon mustard and tons of fresh herbs.
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9 / 10
Japanese-Inspired Cucumber Salad
This vibrant cucumber salad, inspired by sunomono, is crunchy, refreshing, and swimming in delicate umami notes.
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10 / 10
Life-Changing Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
These chicken thighs are impossibly juicy, thanks to a garlic butter drizzle and stovetop-to-oven cooking method, and boast the crispiest, crackliest skin. Plus, you only need five ingredients to make them.
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