One of the fun things about having a food blog is seeing what posts are most popular to my readers. I can see stats that show the most-read posts broken down by day, week, month, year and all time. I wanted to round up the top ten favorites you’ve read this year and share them below:
Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites – These have been a hit since the day I posted them. From the comments I received, even if you can’t achieve a desirable look, they still taste just as grand!
Oven Baked Tater Tots – I’ve had a couple of people try these and say they are just too dang messy to make. That’s where I say that it takes some practice to get to the perfect consistency so they aren’t as messy. Either add less milk or do not mash it up as much. Other readers shared their ideas for fillers and flavors. One even mentioned making sweet potato tots! Mmmmm, that just sounds too good!
Honey Yeast Rolls – This is a returning favorite from last year. Even though I’m not a fan of honey in general, I love these rolls! It’s also an easy recipe to try your hand at working with yeast for the first time.
Buffalo Chicken Bites – I am definitely not surprised that these are in the top ten. It’s probably in the top five in my household alone for football food favorites. Coating them with Cornflakes cereal and then baking in the oven creates the perfect bite size snack.
Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos – This is the best recipe for prepping in advance and storing in the freezer for a last minute weeknight meal. Whenever I’m out of town, I make sure there are a few of these ready for Ben to pop in the oven.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte – Wow, I honestly haven’t made this in a long time and now anxious to make it again soon. Our guests still talk about this dessert and have since made it themselves for others. It’s such a pretty presentation and not as hard to make as it may look.
Pizza Bites – My post earlier this week highlighting New Year’s Eve ideas included these pizza bites, but served on a stick. Obviously they are going to be just as good off the stick, maybe even better!
Hot Chocolate on a Stick – What else can you serve on a stick beside the pizza bites? Hot chocolate, of course! In the middle of winter, who can resist a comforting mug of hot cocoa? This is a perfect gift idea, but also a great way to have hot cocoa (with GOOD chocolate) on hand and ready to stir up at a moment’s notice.
Freezable Lemon Bars – One of Ben’s favorite desserts ever. Whenever I give him the option for choosing dessert, this one usually comes up as one of the choices. It’s also a good recipe for keeping in the freezer for when you have unexpected guests and need a last minute dessert. I’ve also given this out a few times as the dessert with a meal provided for new moms.
Popcorn Cupcakes – These were fun to make for some of Ben’s college students that came over for a movie night. The idea came from the ever so fun book “Hello, Cupcake” and seems to be one of my most highly searched recipes from Internet search engines. It was even featured as cupcake of the week last year on ESPN. Yes, you heard me right, ESPN…the sports channel!
As we close another year, I’d love to hear what you’d like to see appear on Pennies on a Platter in 2011. You can email me (contact info on my About Page) or leave a comment here. Happy New Year everyone! 2011 is going to be a blast!