Seattle-based Allrecipes, generally known as the Internet’s top food site, provides two big services to home cooks. One, of course, is its stratospherically large bank of reader-rated recipes. The other, lesser-known benefit, is the way the company constantly digs into its online records to provide useful cooking reports and predictions.The data mining helps anticipate big trends (e.g., recipe apps) and small (quinoa searches are way up, phyllo is down).
As part of its 15th anniversary celebrations, the company’s compiled a list of the all-time favorite recipes among its 15 billion recipe views. Number one, with 14 million page views, was this “World’s Best Lasagna,” submitted by a Texan who calls himself “just a normal guy that likes to cook.” Watch a video of it being prepared here. It’s nothing fancy, but the slow-simmered homemade meat sauce gives it an edge that readers have raved about year after year.
All the top-viewed recipes, in fact, are pretty basic and All-American. Two are for sugar cookies, two are for chocolate chip cookies. Slow-cooker pot roast and chicken pot pie rated high. The only one that didn’t seem to fit the mold was crepes (at #7), though I did wonder, why did carrot cake and cream cheese frosting rank so high and not cupcakes with buttercream? Why Buffalo chicken dip instead of onion dip? Why no apple pie?
Here’s the full list of favorites and links to the recipes. Would you have expected anything different?:
1. World’s Best Lasagna (14M page views)
2. Banana Banana Bread (13.5M page views)
3. Good Old-Fashioned Pancakes (13M page views)
4. Easy Sugar Cookies (11M page views)
5. Awesome Slow Cooker Pot Roast (10M page views)
6. The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies (9.5M page views)
7. Basic Crepes (8.5M page views)
8. Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (8M page views)
9. Chicken Pot Pie IX (7.5M page views)
10. Buffalo Chicken Dip (7M page views)
11. Easy Meatloaf (7M page views)
12. Carrot Cake III (6.5M page views)
13. Cream Cheese Frosting II (6M page views)
14. Best Big Fat Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie (6M page views)
15. Alfredo Sauce (5.5M page views)
Photo by Heather courtesy of Allrecipes.com