Top 10 Recipes from 2020

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The top 10 recipes from 2020 on These Old Cookbooks range from delicious side dishes and crock pot meals to old-fashioned casseroles and desserts. In what has been an incredibly interesting year, we have seen several new recipes be embraced by our readers. However, some of our tried and true dishes continue to be favorites of many. Our top ten recipes from 2019 featured several 5 ingredients or less recipes and that trend continued in 2020.

Top 10 Recipes from 2020

We aren’t going to keep you in suspense by counting the recipes down from 10 to 1. We will start at the top with our most popular recipe of 2020. While this recipe was super popular around the holidays, it truly was in the top 5 most viewed pages each day for most of the year.

#1 – Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

We know…who has leftover mashed potatoes?? We can’t believe our granny – mother of 8 children on a dairy farm – ever had any either but she must have because this recipe came straight from her. These potato pancakes are crunchy on the outside with a creamy middle.

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes are a great side dish option.

#2 – Mom’s Tuna Casserole

This classic tuna casserole straight from our childhood has held tight to the number two spot for the last couple of years. Made with frozen peas and canned tuna, this casserole is easy to make and always hits the spot.

Mom's Tuna Casserole topped with crumbled potato chips is one of those classic dishes that was on every dinner table across the country back in the day.

#3 – Crock Pot Pork Roast

We love a good pork roast over at These Old Cookbooks and this slow cooker version is amazing. What is even more amazing is that this recipe has just 3 ingredients!

Our version of Crock Pot Pork Roast with Gravy only has 3 ingredients---pork roast, cream of mushroom soup, and condensed French Onion Soup.

#4 – Yellow Cake Mix Gooey Bars

While we love a totally “from scratch” dessert, we also truly appreciate desserts that use shortcut ingredients to save us time (and a trip to the grocery store). These two-layer Yellow Cake Mix Gooey Bars feature a cream cheese top that is out-of-this-world. We love these so much that we have created several other versions, including Lemon Gooey Bars and Chocolate Gooey Bars!

These decadent Yellow Cake Mix Gooey Bars are knock your socks off good and super easy to make with just six ingredients.

#5 – Kentucky Southern Squash Casserole

We had an abundance of yellow squash from the garden this year…and everyone else seemed to as well! This casserole featuring yellow squash, cheese and butter crackers is an old-fashioned dish that always gets us compliments when served. One thing about this recipe always has our readers curious…YES, you do stir the crushed crackers in…they aren’t just a topping (even though we sometimes sprinkle some on top too).

Kentucky Southern Squash Casserole is the perfect way to turn those yellow squash into a family friendly side dish. Starring butter crackers and cheese, it's the perfect combination of flavor and texture. This recipe will soon become a summer staple.

#6 – Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup

Barbara’s son calls this “white soup” and begs her to make it on a weekly basis! It is hands down our number one recipe on the blog because it is so easy to make and can be customized to your taste! Be sure to check out the comments at the bottom of the blog post for this Tuscan bean soup to see how our readers have made it their own over the years! Our Top 10 Recipes from 2020 would not be complete without this recipe!

This Tuscan Sausage and White Bean Soup recipe is an easy meal to make and customize to your own tastes.

#7 – Crock Pot Beef Brisket

Take just a few minutes to prep and you will have a perfectly seasoned beef brisket that cooks all day in the slow cooker. We love slow cooking a beef brisket but if you prefer using the oven, we have a recipe for that as well!

This Crock Pot Beef Brisket, which takes minutes to prep, will make you look like a superstar this season when you serve it as part of your holiday menu.

#8 – Easy Cherry Crisp

We were a bit surprised that two of our fruit crisp recipes cracked our Top 10 Recipes from 2020 but they are both so good. This easy cherry crisp is made with just a few staple ingredients and features fresh cherries. It is definitely an old-fashioned recipe with no frills…but is perfect served with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The best part of this Easy Cherry Crisp, aside from the flavor, is that you can make it with a handful of staple ingredients.

#9 – Grandma’s Apple Crisp

Grandma’s Old Fashioned  Apple Crisp recipe is a traditional apple crisp without oats. The melt-in-your-mouth topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more. If you prefer a fruit dessert with an oat topping, check out this apple crumble recipe.

The melt-in-your-mouth crumble topping screams cinnamon and butter and will have your family begging for more. of Grandma's Easy Apple Crisp.

#10 – Classic Salmon Patties

These old-fashioned salmon patties have been a perennial favorite on our blog since we posted them a few years ago. Many people, including us, grew up eating these salmon cakes and everyone’s mom or grandma had their special way of making them. Most of the time, our mom would make them without crackers or breadcrumbs…you could say she made low-carb salmon patties before low carb was cool!

These Classic Salmon Patties are kid-approved and an easy weeknight entrée for busy families who need to get dinner on the table quickly.

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The top 10 recipes from 2020 on These Old Cookbooks range from delicious side dishes and crock pot meals to old-fashioned casseroles and desserts. In what has been an incredibly interesting year, we have seen several new recipes be embraced by our readers.

Other Favorite Recipes from 2020

Even though this post is about our top 10 recipes from 2020, we had SO many recipes that caught our readers’ attention and appetites! Take a look at 10 more recipes that were popular over the last year:

The top 10 recipes from 2020 on These Old Cookbooks range from delicious side dishes and crock pot meals to old-fashioned casseroles and desserts. In what has been an incredibly interesting year, we have seen several new recipes be embraced by our readers.

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  1. Making mashed potato pancakes helped my mother use up leftovers from a Sunday roast, and I loved them. Leftover rice became pudding, and noodles were reimagined with canned pears and a buttery crumb topping. She was ahead of her time in preventing food waste. Thank you for bringing these memories back!

    1. We’ve never heard of the noodles with pears and a crumb topping but now we are intrigued!! Thank you for sharing. We love how food can bring back such memories!

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