Our most popular recipes of 2021 span a pretty big range—from gourmet aspirations to easy weeknight stir-fries—and that makes a lot of sense. It was a big year for a lot of things, but it was an especially big year for home cooks. Between being stuck at home for months, venturing out to our first post-vaccine picnics and potlucks, and reuniting with friends and family for the holidays, there was a wider range of occasions to cook for than we could wrap our heads around.
But whether you were searing up strip steaks au poivre while pining for faraway French bistros or baking tray after tray of sheet pan gnocchi with jammy cherry tomatoes (a clear summer winner we’ve been making all the way into winter), we were all eating well—or at least, as well as we could—through a wild and crazy 2021. Our list counts down to No. 1: