A collage of 9 photos arranged 3X3. On the top there is a photo of banana pudding, a photo of salisbury fake, and a photo of scrambled eggs with peas. The second row shows a plated rib with sauerkraut, a cup of glorified rice, and a pan of 4 ingredient butter biscuits. The bottom row is a piece of nectarine cobbler, a pan of macaroni and cheese. The final photo in the bottom right is a photo of roasted bratwurst and potatoes

The Top Posts of 2020

Our list of the top posts of 2020 is finally here. I realize that 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. Global pandemics, crazy election chaos, and food and toilet paper shortages were just a few of the not so pleasant highlights of the year, and though I’m a little late, We wanted to see which of our posts were the favorites of Patty Cake’s Pantry readers during this not so normal year.

What are the top posts of 2020?

As has been the custom since starting this website, I am going to list the top ten recipes of 2020 starting with number 10 and counting down to number one.

10. Easy Southern Style Banana Pudding

Easy Southern Style Banana Pudding

Coming in at number 10 is our easy southern style banana pudding. This recipe wasn’t in the top ten last year, but it’s one of our favorites. This is a simple and tasty banana pudding recipe. You can trim calories by using non-fat milk and sugar free pudding mix. You can also use either fat free or sugar free frozen whipped topping. No one in the Patty Cake’s Pantry family has noticed when I make these changes for visitors with diabetes or other health concerns. It’s still not a health food, but it’s a little better.

9. Glorified Rice

A serving of my mother's glorified Rice

This recipe has dropped down from fourth place last year, but I’m glad to see it’s still popular. Just a few simple pantry ingredients transform rice into an easy dessert in this recipe. Glorified Rice is a combination of cold, cooked rice, pineapple, whipped cream, sugar, and marshmallows. Maraschino cherries can also be quartered and added to the mixture for added color and flavor, but they aren’t necessary.

8. Scrambled Eggs with Peas

Scrambled Eggs and Peas

This recipe is completely new to the top ten, but I’m happy that it’s becoming a bit more popular. Peas scrambled in eggs may seem like a strange combination, but it’s really delicious. Give it a try. It’s a great way to sneak some vegetables onto your breakfast plate.

7. Four Ingredient Butter Biscuits

butter biscuits that only require 4 ingrients

These 4 Ingredient Butter Biscuits are simple and delicious. They’re also new to our top ten. Biscuits are a great accompaniment to many breakfast dishes as well as saucy dinner dishes and stews. This recipe is so simple that the biscuits are in the oven in no time leaving you free to get ready for work, or help with homework, while they bake.

6. Slow Cooker Spare Ribs, Sauerkraut, and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Spare Ribs, Sauerkraut, and Potatoes

This recipe is making an appearance in the top ten again. It’s down from fifth place last year to this position, and I think I know the reason. The slow cooker is a wonderful tool for helping prepare dinner on a busy weeknight, but most recipes are only for the entrée. I love this recipe because it’s a classic combination of spare ribs and sauerkraut, and it makes a complete meal in the slow cooker that takes care of itself while you’re at work. All you need to do is come home and serve it, or you can stick the ribs under the broiler to add a little more color and texture to the meal.

5. Baked, No Boil, Macaroni and Cheese

Baked No boil Macaroni and Cheese

Nothing says comfort food like macaroni and cheese. This version is baked, beginning with uncooked macaroni. Not cooking the macaroni first saves time. This also helps to get dinner on the table while you’re busy helping the kids with homework or working on that report for work. The best part is that this recipe for Baked No Boil Mac and Cheese isn’t just simple to prepare. It tastes delicious, too.

4. Southwest Style Hominy Casserole

Southwest Style Hominy Casserole

This recipe for southwest hominy casserole gets flavor from diced green chilis, and creaminess from sour cream and shredded cheese, is delicious. It makes a great side dish to go with anything that pairs well with the flavors of the southwest.

3. Salisbury Fake

Salisbury Fake AKA Smothered Hamburger Steak

What happens when you have a craving for Salisbury Steak, but the only ground meat you have is already frozen in the form of hamburger patties? It’s simple. You use those frozen hamburgers to make Salisbury Fake. Granted, other people might call these smothered burgers, but in the Patty Cake’s Pantry kitchen, they’re Salisbury Fake. The entire process is really rather simple, and they’re delicious. This is probably why they are debuting on our top ten in third place.

2. Roasted Bratwurst and Potatoes

Roasted Bratwurst and Potatoes

This post for roasted bratwurst and potatoes has been popular on our website since it was published, but this year. It remains popular, but it’s dropped from first place to second. Bratwurst and potatoes are roasted in a hot oven to make a simple and delicious one pan meal. This is a really delicious, and simple meal.

1. Easy Nectarine Cobbler

Easy Nectarine Cobbler-a warm slice, fresh from the oven

Dessert is always a good thing, and apparently, all of you agree. This recipe for easy nectarine cobbler has climbed from second place in 2019 to first place in 2020. This dessert is make from a simple combination of ingredients that go together quickly to create a sweet and delicious cobbler with minimum stress for the cook. we used fresh fruit, but this recipe works just as well with either frozen or canned fruit. It’s Patty Cake’s go to cobbler recipe when she want something sweet.

What did we learn from the top posts of 2020?

It seems that our readers needs changed a bit this year. Some of our well loved posts continue to be in our top ten. Five of the posts were making a return appearance on our top ten list.

Five of the posts were new to the top ten.

A collage composed of 6 photos.  The top left photo is a bowl of banana pudding with vanilla wafers arranged around the edges.  To the right of this photo is a Salisbury "fake" covered with a mushroom and onion gravy.  Be;low the banana pudding is a photo of a plated spare rib, sauerkraut, a baked potato topped with sourcream and green onions.  To the right of the rib is a cup filled with glorified rice made form multicolored marshmallows and topped with a maraschino cherry.  The bottom row of photos are of a piece of nectarine cobbler and a pan of baked macaroni and cheese.   The photos are rimmed with a burgundy colored frame.  On the bottom of the collage is a banner which reads "Top posts of 2020"

Two of the new recipes to the top ten are made with pantry staples– the biscuits and mac and cheese. One was a breakfast recipe (scrambled eggs with peas), and one was simplified way to make a delicious dinner entree (salisbury fake). The final new recipe was another dessert (banana pudding) which brings the percentage of dessert recipes in our top ten to 30%. It seems that our readers have a definite sweet tooth as well as a desire for easy meals, so we’re going do our best to keep providing them with what they want.

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