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As Someone Who Writes About Food For A Living, I Tried Over 100 New Recipes This Year — These Are The 18 I'd Recommend Most

I keep a detailed record of every single new recipe I try each calendar year, and I rate them accordingly. This year, I tried 122 new recipes — and these 18 were the ones I loved most.

Hey, folks! I'm Ross, a food writer here at BuzzFeed. It's been a busy, busy year for my kitchen...and computer, realistically. Between taste-testing and ranking all your fave grocery store staples, recreating dishes from some hit TV shows and movies, and covering amazing (or questionable) celebrity food choices, 2022 has been pretty darn fulfilling. But my favorite food moments of the year are still all the mouthwatering recipes that I got to make and eat along the way.

One fun fact about me is that I have this recipe tracker that either horrifies or deeply excites people when they find out about it. There is no in-between. Basically, I keep a record of every single new recipe I try each calendar year, and I rate them accordingly. This year, I tried 122 new recipes.

different recipes on a spreadsheet, all written and rated by the author

Of those 122 recipes, there were 18 that I pretty much made on repeat. These were my favorites of 2022 that you should absolutely bookmark for next year and beyond.

1. Microwave Salmon — 'Twas the year of microwaved salmon for me here at BuzzFeed, and though I'm sure you're rolling your eyes in disgust and mere moments away from clicking out of this post, please stick around so I can explain why.

flaked salmon over rice

If you don't believe me, here's what my mom texted me as soon as she tried it for herself — and she's a damn good cook.

raw salmon with lemon on top and text from author's mother: hey ross, we had your microwave salmon last night and it was soooooo good and could not be easier

2. Grilled Chicken Orzo Salad with Avocado — It's kind of a regular salad and also kind of a pasta salad...but either way, it's a 10.

grilled chicken and orzo salad in a salad bowl

3. Pickle Dip — Earlier this year, I found myself with nine jars of pickles to use up. This recipe helped me to not waste a single one.

white pickle dip in bowl next to chips

Like, this was my fridge.

nine jars of pickles on fridge shelf

4. No-Knead Focaccia — Even if you've never attempted homemade bread before, I promise you're more than capable of making this simple, delicious, and always impressive focaccia.

Focaccia bread

5. Five-Minute Miso Chili Crisp Udon Noodles — There was a week when I made these saucy, three-ingredient, five-minute noodles for lunch every single day. That's all.

6. Chili Crisp Fettucine Alfredo with Spinach — Like the recipe above, this weeknight pasta dish is more than enough reason to make sure you always have a jar of chili crisp in your fridge.

twirling pasta around fork in a plate

7. Green Goddess Salad — Plenty of TikTok-viral recipes don't live up to the hype. This one, however, is 100% worth it.

green goddess salad on a tortilla chip

8. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats — It's hard to quantify just how happy these treats made my tastebuds, even if they are just Rice Krispies treats made with Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead.

cinnamon toast crunch treats

9. Mississippi Roast — I am sooooo many years late to this recipe it's actually embarrassing, but even if I wasn't an early adopter, I'm thrilled that this iconic slow cooker recipe found its way to me regardless.

shredded meat on top of potatoes with green beans and dog looking at the food

To make it, just toss a chuck roast into a slow cooker with a stick of butter, packets of au jus gravy and ranch dressing mix, and some pepperoncini peppers. I like to add a little bit of the brine, too. Eight hours later, you've got a succulent roast with a surprisingly zesty flavor profile for dinner.

butter, pepperoncini peppers, and sauce mixes on top of roast in crock pot

10. Salmon Burgers — Hot take: I'd devour one of these over a traditional burger any day.

salmon burger with lots of slaw on top

11. Old Bay Shrimp Rolls — If you love lobster rolls but can't really afford lobster (guilty as charged), these shrimp rolls satisfy in a very similar but much cheaper way.

author holding up a shrimp roll with sauce, fried onions, and lettuce

12. Alison Roman's Eggplant Parm — There are so many genius things about this recipe, but the most impressive aspect of them all is that it turned me, an eggplant parm hater, into an eggplant parm lover.

arrow pointing to eggplant parm on a table with other food items

13. Fire Roasted Baba Ganoush — Letting an eggplant burn to a crisp and then blending the soft interior into a velvety dip is my kind of "easy cooking."

baba ganoush in a bowl next to grilled bread and cucumbers

If you don't have access to a legit fire, no sweat. You can easily replicate this method by charring the eggplants on all sides under your oven's broiler, or on a gas grill. It may take a little bit longer, and it might not have that same smoky flavor profile, but it'll still be delish.

eggplants on coals of a fire pit

14. Big Mama's Cinnamon Roll Cake — It's the cake that took over an entire corner of Reddit, and I only understood why after making it for myself.

slicing into cake and inserting fork into it

15. TikTok's One-Pan Lemon Pasta — This one-pan pasta dish comes straight from Italy, and the technique you'll use to make it is next-level smart.

lemon spaghetti with basil and lemon on plate

16. Cheesy Cabbage Gratin — The holidays I celebrated in 2022 were made exponentially tastier by the presence of this glorious side dish.

cabbage gratin on red tablecloth for holidays

17. Baked Sage Chicken Meatballs with Parmesan Orzo — Between the creaminess, the cheesiness, and all that herby goodness, this mostly one-pot dish hits all the right notes.

creamy orzo with chicken meatballs on top

18. Cranberry Lemon Bars — Regular lemon bars? Great. Lemon bars with cranberry? Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, etc.

cranberry lemon bars

What was the best recipe you tried in 2022? Drop it in the comments below so I can add it to my list for 2023.