The 10 Most Popular Recipes of April 2020
Under normal circumstances, April is a month spent celebrating the arrival of spring produce, like asparagus, peas, and leeks, and baking up all the lemon desserts. Cooking this April looked a bit different. Instead, we all tried to adapt and settle in to the new routine of cooking at home (and washing dishes!) all the time. For some that meant finding the fastest, easiest dinners around; for others it meant really leaning into family-friendly comfort foods, or whipping up sweet treats (even if you didn’t have a speck of all-purpose flour).
From comforting carbs and creamy casseroles, to recipes that repurpose leftovers and use up every last bit of our sourdough starter, these are the 10 most popular recipes from this past month.
1. The Absolute Best Lentil Soup
This lentil soup is everything we need right now: It’s wholesome and hearty, wonderfully creamy without a drop of cream, and just as soothing as it is easy to pull off.
Get the recipe: The Absolute Best Lentil Soup
2. Homemade Taco Seasoning
Making your own taco seasoning is always tastier than anything you’ll buy because it gives you complete control over the flavor, so you can mix it up just the way you like. It is, of course, a natural partner to ground beef tacos, but it also gets a well-earned spot in soups, casseroles, and dips.
Get the recipe: Homemade Taco Seasoning
3. Flourless Lemon Almond Cake
Even if I could find all-purpose flour right now, I’d still choose this bright and sunny flourless cake (it uses almond flour instead). Serve it up with a light dusting of powdered sugar and fresh berries.
Get the recipe: Flourless Lemon Almond Cake
4. Dauphinoise Potatoes
5. Easy, Cheesy Instant Pot Lasagna
You can now add cheesy, saucy lasagna to the list of favorites you can make in your Instant Pot. And it’s totally doable on a weeknight.
Get the recipe: Easy, Cheesy Instant Pot Lasagna
6. Overnight Sourdough Pancakes
Pancakes are our favorite way to make use of the discard from your sourdough starter. They’re just as easy as classic pancakes and reward you with a unique tang that’s brighter than buttermilk.
Get the recipe: Overnight Sourdough Pancakes
7. 15-Minute Pork Fried Rice
You’ll never regret turning leftover rice into a big skillet of fried rice, loaded with crumbles of ground pork, eggs, and whatever veggies you have in the freezer.
Get the recipe: 15-Minute Pork Fried Rice
8. Crispy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are the best thing you’re probably not making in your air fryer. It yields a potato with shatteringly crisp skin and the most tender, fluffy flesh.
Get the recipe: Crispy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes
9. Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies
A box of strawberry cake mix is the secret to this sweet treat that has the dense, chewy texture akin to chewy cocoa brownies and blondies, but with a fruity twist and blanket of cream cheese frosting.
Get the recipe: Strawberry Cake Mix Brownies
10. Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins
If you’ve got a few cups of flour on hand, I can promise that you’ll never regret making a batch of these sweet-tart muffins. The contrast between the crackled sugar topping and the moist, tender muffin is simply unbeatable.
Get the recipe: Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins