Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of December|Recipes Spots

  • on December 27, 2022
Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of December

Masa for tamales
Simply Recipes / Ericka Sanchez

I got a karaoke machine for Christmas. Within the safe confines of my living room walls, I broke into a rap song that’s really too fast (Eminem’s Lose Yourself) and a classic that’s too high for an untrained vocalist with a limited range (Mariah Carey’s Always Be My Baby). I had a glorious time and it was the perfect gift. Over the holidays, I’ve also been cooking more than I have all year—I made flan, roasted a duck, and later this week, I’m hosting a tamalada with my brother and his family. We are filling our tamales with pork and a red chile.

From simple pleasures to more sumptuous fare, I hope your holidays are filled with delicious foods and fun gifts that bring you joy. Here are the 10 recipes our readers clicked on most in December.

Overhead Shot: Multiple Ramekins Filled with 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Crème Brûlée Sitting on a Plate Next to Two Spoons, a Table Napkin, and Another Ramekin with More Pumpkin Spice Creme Brulee
Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

1. Easy 3-Ingredient Crème Brûlée

Delight your friends and family with this TikTok-famous three-ingredient crème brûlée that leans on store-bought ice cream as the custard base. This means there is zero chance of accidentally curdling the eggs, a common blunder when making creme brûlée from scratch. 

Bowl of Masa (Tamales Dough) Next to a Plate with a Corn Husk Smeared with Masa Using the Back of the Spoon and a Plate with More Corn Husks
Simply Recipes / Ericka Sanchez

2. Masa for Tamales

Writer Ericka Sanchez learned to make tamales from her abuela and mom, and she’s been making it for years. This is her go-to masa recipe for tamales.

A slice of blueberry cheesecake on a plate.
Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

3. Blueberry Cheesecake

Everyone talks about leaving cookies for Santa, but what he really wants is a slice of this cheesecake (or this gorgeous Basque cheesecake). This one is studded with blueberries throughout and also topped with an easy blueberry sauce.

Casserole Dish of Cheeseburger Casserole with a Serving Already Served Using a Spoon at a Table Setting (a Plate with a Serving of Casserole, Bowl of Dry Parsley, a Table Napkin, and a Glass of Ice Water)
Simply Recipes / Dude that Cookz

4. Cheeseburger Casserole

The key to from-scratch Hamburger Helper is heavy cream and lots of cheese (pre-shredded is just fine). Make a double-batch for the busy week ahead—your future self and your unexpected holiday guests will thank you. 

Susy Villasuso / Simply Recipes

5. Homemade Beef Birria

Whether you choose to serve it as a stew or stuffed in tacos, the holidays are a great time to fill the kitchen with the intoxicating smells of Susy Villasuso’s beef birria. 

Serving of Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad with Lemony Breadcrumbs in a Bowl with a Fork Next to a Larger Bowl with More, a Bowl with Shredded Parmesan, and a Glass
Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

6. Brussels Sprouts Caesar Salad

Here’s a Caesar salad for crunch-lovers. It’s made with shaved Brussel sprouts (they’re in peak season right now!) and toasted breadcrumbs tossed with lemon zest. This recipe makes enough for a gathering or for keeping in the fridge as a quick lunch all week.

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup in a Large Pot with Some Raised Up Using a Wooden Spoon, and Surrounding the Pot, a Kitchen Linen and a Stack of Bowls with Utensils
Simply Recipes / Micah Siva

7. Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

On the coldest of wintery nights, nothing warms the body and soul quite like a bowl of this sweet and sour cabbage soup. The recipe comes from writer Micah Siva’s grandmother, a daughter of Ukrainian immigrants. 

Bowl of Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup Garnished with Cilantro, Crema, and Jalapenos Surrounded by Little Bowls with Toppings (Jalapenos, Lime Wedges, Cotija, and Crema)
Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

8. Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup

A smart tip from writer Sally Vargas: “It’s important to use heavy cream, not milk or half-and-half. The extra fat in heavy cream keeps the soup from curdling when added to the acidic tomatoes.” 

Chicken Vesuvio in a Cast Iron Skillet
Simply Recipes / Alison Bickel

9. Chicken Vesuvio

Winner winner chicken dinner! A reader came to the comments to report that this easy one-pan chicken with a garlicky wine sauce is their new “company dinner.” The commenter said, “ I thought the amount of garlic would be too much, so I reduced the amount by 25%, but it turned out that I could have used the full amount and been fine.” Great to know!

Chicken Lasagna in a Casserole Dish with a Slice Missing
Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

10. Chicken Lasagna

Make it an even easier recipe with store-bought rotisserie chicken and no-boil lasagna noodles (soak the no-boil noodles in boiling water for about 3 minutes so that you don’t end up with a dry lasagna).

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