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The 50 Most Popular Recipes of 2016

The 50 Most Popular Recipes of 2016


According to the analytics, you like slow-cookers, chicken, and soup — with some imitation crab and cheesy potatoes on the side

The 50 Most Popular Recipes of 2016

One of the more positive things to come out of 2016 is people’s continued infatuation with cooking.

Cooking at home is so hot right now thanks to the rise of meal planning systems like Plated and Blue Apron, and also (we suspect) to the proliferation of food photography on social media: when we have successes in the kitchen, we want to show off our hard work and talent!

Sharing our meals on social media, in fact, is increasing our knowledge of food and cooking, and it is integral in providing cooking inspiration and getting people excited to try new things. People are starting to understand that the joy of cooking (and eating) is elevated when you use real ingredients and take pride in what you are making.

As 2016 comes to a close, we took a peek at our analytics to see what the most popular recipes of the year were on The Daily Meal. As expected, our readers loved chicken and soup (especially when you can make it in a slow-cooker). More surprising was that imitation crab snagged three spots on this list!

Check out this list of the Most Popular Recipes for 2016; how many have you made this year? Get cooking to make up the slack! And take a picture of your completed homemade dish and show it off with #TheDailyMeal!

#50 Rustic Cheddar Potato Soup

#49 Aglio e Olio Spaghetti

#48 Xavier Soup

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#47 Autumn Lentil Veggie Soup

The beauty of this soup is that you can substitute whatever leftover veggies and dry ingredients you have in your pantry and fridge in place of the ones called for. Don’t have kale? That’s fine, throw in some spinach or collard greens. Don’t have zucchini? Try some winter squash or broccoli instead. You can even change out the lentils and rice for whatever beans and grains you have in your pantry.

For the Autumn Lentil Veggie Soup recipe, click here.

#46 Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Rice, and Cheddar Burrito

#45 Slow-Cooker Cinnamon French Toast

#44 Grilled Triple-Cheese Scalloped Potatoes

#43 Lemon-Crusted Chicken Breast

#42 Slow-Cooker 5-Cheese Taco Lasagna

#41 Baked Salmon With Tangy Glaze

Salmon fillets are seasoned evenly with a mixture of salt, sugar, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika, then brushed with mayonnaise and topped with lemon slices before heading into the oven. They emerge flaky and flavorful.

For the Baked Salmon With Tangy Glaze recipe, click here.

#40 Korean Barbecue Meatballs

#39 Blackened Rockfish With Garlic Lime Butter

#38 Turkey Tenderloin

#37 Slow-Cooker Chicken and Butternut Squash

#36 Cabbage, White Bean, and Kale Soup

#35 Chicken Tortilla Soup

#34 Deluxe Scalloped Potatoes

#33 Slow-Cooker Minestrone Soup

#32 Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

#31 Coca-Cola Glazed Ham

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#30 Imitation Crab Salad

#28 Authentic Thai Vegetable Soup

Pumpkin purée is stirred into a coconut milk broth base to strengthen and underline the Thai flavors. You can make this soup throughout the year by using canned purée. When pumpkin is in season, use it fresh and simply cook it with other vegetables.

For the Authentic Thai Vegetable Soup recipe, click here.

#27 Slow-Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole

#26 Grilled Chicken Fajitas

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#25 Coca-Cola Chicken Wings

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#23 Slow-Cooker Meatball Soup

#22 Creamy and Delicious Mashed Potatoes

#20 Ultimate Slow-Cooker Pork Chops

#19 Easy Chicken Marsala

The simple pan-fried chicken and Marsala wine sauce finished with cream takes less than 30 minutes to cook, making it the perfect option for quick and easy weeknight dinners and last-minute dinner parties.

For the Easy Chicken Marsala recipe, click here.

#18 Imitation Crab Macaroni and Cheese

#17 Tarragon-Roasted Chicken

#16 Chocolate Cake

#15 Slow-Roasted Potatoes

To make these this dish, all you have to do is combine potatoes, butter, paprika, salt, garlic powder, and pepper in a slow-cooker, stir to blend, then cover and cook on low for seven hours or on high for four hours.

For the Slow-Roasted Potatoes recipe, click here.

#14 Antonio’s Roast Chicken

#13 Slow-Cooker Thai Beef Stew

#12 Slow-Cooker Banana Bread

#11 Cheesy Roasted Chickpeas (Chickpea Cheetos)

#10 Slow-Cooker Apple-Spice Oatmeal

#9 Chicken Pot Pie Soup

#8 Caribbean Chicken Drumsticks

#7 Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole

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#6 Imitation Crab Linguine

#5 Finger Lickin’ Brick Chicken

#4 Cantonese Wonton Noodle Soup

Cantonese wonton noodle soup is such a basic, no-brainer bowl of noodles that you’ll find at most Cantonese restaurants. But if you’re not near a Chinatown or Cantonese place, you’ll definitely want to give it a try at home. It’s so easy to put together!

For the Cantonese Wonton Noodle Soup recipe, click here.

#3 Slow ‘N’ Crispy Mac ‘N’ Cheese

#1 Microwave Coffee Cup Scramble


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  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.


Previous National Container Recipes and Top 50 Recipes

Since our National Recipe program debuted, growers and retailers have found huge successes in growing and moving these dependable, in-demand recipes. The formula is simple: Select easy-to-grow recipes, promote them through national marketing efforts, and achieve incredible sales. Proven Winners promotes these recipes through an extensive advertising campaign in addition to being featured in the Gardener’s Idea Book which is distributed to 700,000 consumers each spring.

2021 Beachside Drive


2020 Neptune


2017 Summer - Backyard BBQ


2016 Sping - Evening Breeze


2016 Summer - Summer Breeze

2011 Picasso's Fantasy

The 50 Best-Selling Proven Winners Recipes (Download PDF)

  • 3/3/3 on 10” baskets in 8-10 weeks. This is Proven Winners' planting plan.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” baskets is very doable in 9-11 weeks.
  • 3/3/3 in 12” baskets in 9-10 weeks.
  • 2/2/2 in 10” uprights in 8-10 weeks
  • 3/3/3 in 12”-14” uprights in 8-10 weeks

The big difference between an upright and a hanging basket is 2 weeks of "cascade time"
which allows for the additional grow time to cascade over the edge of the hanging basket.