PLUS A Shoutout To Paula
You can thank me later. The Food Network website does NOT make it easy to take a quick look at their list of top Fifty Most-Saved Recipes. In fact, they make it IMPOSSIBLE to see it all at the same time. Soooo, I went through the tortuous process of clicking through a FIFTY PAGE slideshow to make this list of recipes with links for you to peruse.
I’m a sucker for stuff like this. I like to compare other people’s favorites to my own. That’s also the fun thing about thumbing through recipes - the next great one is just around the corner. (AND with the online equivalent, hardly any thumbs are necessary.) Go to the end of this post for MY favorite recipes of all time.
Without further ado, here are the Food Network’s top recipes. (AND I won’t be annoying like they are. I’ll list the top one first!)
No. 10 Ree's Best Tomato Soup Ever
No. 11 Giada's Salmon Baked In Foil
No. 12 Ina's Baked Shrimp Scampi
No. 13. Ree's Baked Ziti
No. 15 Alton Brown's Guacamole
No. 17 Ree's Perfect Pot Roast
No. 18 Tyler's Smothered Pork Chops
No. 19 Ina's Lemon Yogurt Cake
No. 22 Ree's Chicken Spaghetti
No. 26 Giada's Lasagna Rolls
No. 28. Ina's Roasted Brussels Sprouts
No. 29. Ree’s Knock-You-Naked Brownies
No. 31 Giada's Chicken Parmesan
No. 32 Beatty's Chocolate Cake (from Ina)
No. 33 Giada's Chicken Tetrazzini
No. 34 Ree's Broccoli Cheese Soup
No. 37 Ree's Restaurant Style Salsa
No. 40 Ina's Perfect Roast Chicken
No. 41 Ree's Blackberry Cobbler
No. 43 Ree's Salisbury Steak
No. 46 Ina's Chicken Pot Pie
No. 47 Ree's Macaroni And Cheese
No. 48 Ina's Mac and Cheese2
No. 49 Tyler's Chicken Parmesan
No. 50 Ina’s Asian Grilled Salmon
YAY! An Ina recipe is NUMBER ONE, although she doesn’t have the most recipes on this list. Pioneer Woman is in first place with 14 recipes.
Number Of Recipes By Chef (or host)
Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond – 14
Ina - 11
Giada - 10
Trisha and Tyler - 4 each
Alton - 2
Ellie Krieger - 1
(I know that doesn’t add up to 50. There were a few random ones thrown in for fun.)
Here’s the breakdown by type of recipe:
14 Chicken recipes
12 Pasta recipes (with 4 Mac and Cheese recipes)
6 Seafood recipes – 4 Shrimp, 2 Fish
6 Dessert recipes
5 Meat recipes
I guess this tells us that, most often, people are searching the Food Network website for what to make for dinner and chicken is at the top of their list.
Notice anything else? Obviously this is a list of CURRENT Food Network chefs and hosts, but it does seem a little strange that there isn’t ONE Paula Deen recipe here. In the past, she had always dominated lists like these. In 2007, she had the top recipe, Creamy Macaroni and Cheese, plus 46 others out of the top 100. In 2009, her Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup was the second most popular recipe. And she had the second and seventh most popular “Main Course” recipe in 2011. (Just saying, she was a pretty glorious part of the Food Network’s past.)
If I had to choose my favorite Food Network recipe, it wouldn’t even be close. I don’t follow it exactly or even closely anymore, but it gave me the inspiration to make such a delicious, always popular and never routine dish that I love it AND its creator. Ina’s Roasted Vegetables with Orzo takes top billing for me.
If I were to pick my all-time favorite recipe from anywhere or anyone, I could do that easily too. And I know there are thousands (millions?) of people who would agree with me. The Silver Palate’s Chicken Marbella wins hands down for best recipe. It has everything – It’s salty and sweet, easy to prepare, can be done ahead of time, great for every day and excellent for company. What else could anyone need?
What’s on the top of your list of best recipes – from the Food Network or otherwise?