Top Posts of 2017

Top Posts of 2017

Another year has come to an end, and I always like to look at which posts were the most popular during the year.   I love looking back and seeing which recipes you, my readers, have enjoyed the most.  This year, there were some surprises in the list as well as a couple of returning recipes.  Check out our countdown below to discover the most popular post on Patty Cake’s Pantry for 2017. 

10.  Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

Slow Cooker Red Cabbage and Apples

I created this recipe for an elderly friend who passed away this year.  She had been craving the food from her childhood and specifically reminisced about her mother’s red cabbage.  I’m not certain if it’s an authentic “Apfelrotkohl,” as she called it, but it tasted good and was great served with roasted bratwurst and potatoes.

9.  Glorified Rice

A serving of my mother's glorified Rice

This is a recipe that my mother always prepared for Easter, but occasionally, she would make it for other special occasions.  It’s a simple combination of rice, canned pineapple, marshmallows and whipped cream that was always a childhood favorite.  This is a great way to use up leftover rice.


8.  Pressure Cooker Ribs

Dr Pepper Ribs in the pressure cooker.

This recipe has fallen from position 6 last year to position 8, but it’s still going strong, and is very popular with our visitors.  These are a favorite in our family, and we frequently make our ribs in the pressure cooker then finish them off on the grill or in the oven to get some good carmelization on them.  Carmelization actually adds flavor to these ribs.

7.  Southwest Style Hominy Casserole

Southwest Style Hominy Casserole

I never realized how versatile hominy could be until I made this casserole.  This is so creamy and cheesy that it’s hard to believe that it’s made from only 4 ingredients.  You’ll love this simple combination of flavors.

6.  “Baked” Potatoes from the Pressure Cooker

crispy sknned baked potatoes without using foil

This post is down from its position as number 5 last year, but it still gets plenty of visitors.  Of course, who wouldn’t love to have a delicious baked potato in half of the time.  We finish these in the oven to ensure that they had a little bit of crispiness to the skin.  Pressure cooker “baked  potatoes” are delicious.

5.  Roasted Baby Carrots

Roasted Baby Carrots

I have to confess that I really love roasted vegetables.  They’re simple to prepare, and that’s a big plus on a busy weeknight.  The best thing about roasting carrots it that they become sweet.  That makes them very appealing. Roasted baby carrots are sure to become a favorite with your family like they are with ours.

4.  A Warning about Popsicle Sticks

a warning about popsicle sticks

This isn’t a recipe, but I’m very happy to see that it’s among our most popular posts.  It’s a great thing to make homemade popsicles.  If you make them yourselves, you can be certain that you know what’s in them, but not all popsicle sticks are created equally.  I’m glad to see that this information is being disseminated.

3.  Navy Bean Pie

A slice of navy bean pie

This pie is an American Original.  Its roots are in the culture of African America Muslims.  It’s an alternative to sweet potato or pumpkin pie and is a surprisingly delicious dessert that’s great on your holiday table.  It’s delicious for any celebration meal, too.

2.   Roasted Bratwurst and Potatoes

Roasted Bratwurst and Potaotes

I have fallen in love with sheet pan dinners, or in my case, dinners cooked entirely in 9X13 inch baking pans, so I’m not surprised how popular this post has become at Patty Cake’s Pantry.   This recipe is very simple and delicious, and I love that once I’ve placed everything on the pan, or pans, I don’t have anything to do for 45 – 60 minutes.  Dinner simply takes care of itself.  I frequently pair this recipe with the slow cooker red cabbage and apples recipe above.

1.   Pressure Cooker Pinto Beans and Ham

pinto beans and ham are cooked in the pressure cooker with onions and garlic

This recipe has moved up from fourth place in 2016 to first place in 2017.  Beans and ham are a tradition in my family, and using the pressure cooker gets them on the table in less than half of the time.  Served with a pan of moist and delicious corn bread, this makes a very satisfying meal.  Beans are also an excellent source of protein.  They’re a frugal food, too.

There you have it–the top 10 posts on Patty Cake’s Pantry.  Is your favorite recipe here?  Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Thanks for visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.

Patty Cake's Pantry's Top Posts of 2017


30 thoughts on “Top Posts of 2017

    1. My German friend said it was perfect, just like her mother used to make. (Except her mother made it on the stove top and not in a slow cooker. LOL) I hope you enjoy it as much as she did.

    1. I like that one, too, because the slow cooker does most of the work for you. It’s also so pretty and colorful.

    1. It’s such a sweet surprise. No one ever guesses that it’s made from Navy beans. We love it, especially when pumpkin prices are very high. It’s a great alternative for a holiday pie.

    1. These ribs are my daughter’s favorite. I love how the pressure cooker produces tender and juicy ribs in a fraction of the time.

    1. I don’t like to eat ribs outside of my home because they can be messy, but these are fall of the bone tender, so I don’t end up with barbecue sauce all over my cheeks.

    1. Veena, I had never tried that combination before my elderly friend was reminiscing. It was surprisingly delicious.

    1. I’m always surprised which of my posts end up on top for the year, and you’re right. There’s really something here for everyone.

  1. I love this list of classic homestyle comfort food. I like that there are recipes both from your childhood and things you often make today. The hominy casserole looks mighty tasty!

    1. Thank you, Jenni. I try to post recipes for things that we actually eat on a regular basis. I also try to make sure that most of the recipes are simple to make. That Hominy casserole is very good. I will be making it again very soon because a local store had cans of Hominy on sale for $1.99. I thought it was a good price for a 28 ounce can, but when I got to the store it was for a #10 can (about 108 ounces). Since the price was good for a 28 ounce can, I went ahead and bought the larger can, but when I open it, I will need to make a whole bunch of recipes that contain hominy.

    1. Thank you, Cleo. I’m constantly experimenting in the kitchen, trying to come up with something new. Today’s recipe experiment, however, was a failure.

  2. Red cabbage with apple, sausage and potatoes,… these are staples in my home! =D So I absolutely love your food choice. Comfort, soul food from my country is something I tend to miss in Asia at time. Especially quality homemade sausages are very hard to get by! I need to try pressure cooked ribs, my family would go crazy for that. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Helene, I’m glad you like the recipe, but I’m sad you can’t easily find good sausage where you live. I had a friend who was a missionary in Cambodia. He would always devour things that he couldn’t easily find there when he got back home. As for the pressure cooker ribs, we love to make them that way. The pressure cooker has taken 3 hours of cooking time and reduced it to about 40 minutes. Pressure cookers are a great time saver.

    1. My youngest son won’t eat ribs unless the meat is removed from the bones for him. He says “I don’t want to gnaw on bones like an old hyena.” I keep trying to tell him that these ribs are fall off the bone tender and there’s no gnawing required, but he remains adamant. It’s become a joke when we prepare ribs that “we’re going to eat like hyena’s tonight.” My daughter, like you, LOVES ribs. She’s the one I learned to cook them for.

  3. Oh wow…I haven’t thought about glorified rice for years! My grandmother used to make it all the time for Easter! That brings back memories!

    1. Kate, it was something that my mother always made at Easter, too. Isn’t it interesting how different families in different parts of the country sometimes share the same traditions?

  4. If I could vote, I would vote for Hominy Casserole. When i was a kid, the first time I tried hominy was love at first bite. I kept stealing bites of hominy while my dad was trying to cook dinner. Thanks for the delicious memories.

    1. I love hominy, too. My favorite way to eat it as a child was when it was cooked in bacon drippings with some crumbled bacon on top.

    1. Sara, when you try this pie, you will want it for every holiday. Unlike pumpkin, beans never go out of season.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.