Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2012

2012 is almost behind us. As a salute to a great year, we’re highlighting what you loved most about Cooking Channel, from the top posts on Facebook to the shows you loved most and the recipes you couldn’t get enough of, like I Want to Marry You Cookies. See how this year stacks up against 2011 and 2010.

Some Cooking Channel shows are designed to help you escape, to just sit on your couch and take in the Unique Eats and Unique Sweets around the country. Others, though, strive to inspire you to get into the kitchen and get cooking! To that end, here are the top 10 recipes you loved in 2012. We hope you take the time to try out all of them, and then come back to rate and review and let us know how we are doing.

#10: Kelsey Nixon’s Salted Caramel Sauce

In an episode dedicated to Food Gifts, Kelsey Nixon whipped up a homemade caramel sauce laced with just a bit of sea salt. She then used the sauce to make her Carmelitas and Salted Caramel Milkshake. But the sauce was so good, users started offering up their own ways to work it into new recipes: in coffee, gingerbread, apple pie and more. Check out the recipe at the link below, but be sure to read the reviews, too, to get even more ideas of ways to use Kelsey’s salted caramel sauce.

Get the Recipe: Salted Caramel Sauce

#9: Bobby Deen’s Unfried Chicken

Bobby Deen spent 2012 lightening up Paula Deen’s recipes on his show, Not My Mama’s Meals. And you all spent 2012 loving the results. Taking on Paula’s fried chicken was a bold move, but Bobby’s recipe for Unfried Chicken is a healthier spin and ended up on our top 10 list. Give it a try, especially if your New Year resolution is for a healthier 2013.

Get the Recipe: Unfried Chicken

#8: Michael Symon’s Spaghetti and Meatballs

There’s a reason spaghetti and meatballs is a childhood favorite — it’s just so good! Michael Symon’s mother shares her secrets for her version of the dish. Users agree — it’s a winner. Doreen says, “I don’t think I will ever use another recipe!”

Get the Recipe: Spaghetti and Meatballs

#7: Bobby’s Lighter Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

If you’ve never had the chance to try Pimento Cheese Dip, you’re missing out. It’s so addicting, you won’t be able to stop eating it. That’s when Bobby’s lighter version comes in handy — you can indulge with less guilt. Slice these sandwiches into four and you have a stellar Super Bowl snack.

Get the Recipe: Lighter and Leaner Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

#6: Ching’s Chicken Chow Mein

The #1 recipe of 2010, Ching’s Chicken Chow Mein continues to be a fan favorite. This year, it came in #6. “I love this simple dish with plenty of fresh crunchy vegetables” Ching says. “It couldn’t be easier or healthier.” So skip the takeout and make this dish at home.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Chow Mein

#5: Bobby’s Less Butter Cake

A lightened up dessert? It doesn’t sound possible, but it is. Bobby’s secret for making over Paula’s Gooey Butter Cake? He sneaks a bit of Greek yogurt into the filling. Users swear their guests can’t even tell the difference.

Get the Recipe: Gooey (With Less) Butter Cake

#4: Kelsey’s Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

Slow cookers are quickly becoming everyone’s favorite kitchen tool. Just prep your ingredients, place them in the slow cooker and go about your day. In 8 to 10 hours, your meal will be ready. Kelsey’s recipe for slow cooked shredded pork is especially versatile. Once you have the hunk of meat made, you can use it in tacos, summer rolls and more. And even though the recipe didn’t make our top 10, we recommend serving it with Tres Leches Bread Pudding (made in a slow cooker!) for dessert.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Shredded Pork

#3: Michael Symon’s Roasted Chicken

If you ever find yourself craving roast chicken in New York City, be sure to visit Barbuto. Jonathan Waxman is known for having the best version of the dish. However, if you find yourself craving roast chicken and you are no where near NYC, Michael Symon has you covered. This recipe is his spin on Waxman’s roast chicken.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Salsa Verde

#2: Michael Symon’s Chocolate Cup Cakes

Did you know you can satisfy a chocolate craving in just 3 minutes? Well you can, with Michael Symon’s chocolate “cup” cake. This recipe is so easy and so delicious, if you make it once, you’ll be hooked.

Get the Recipe: 3 Minute Chocolate Cup Cake

#1: I Want to Marry You Cookies

It’s no surprise to us that cookies ended up as the #1 recipe for 2012: the majority of the staff at Cooking Channel has a wicked sweet tooth. This cookie from Melissa Stadler is so good, though, it’s been known to lead to proposals. So if you are hoping for a New Year’s Eve proposal, up your chances by baking up a batch of these chocolate-y cookies.

Get the Recipe: I Want to Marry You Cookies

What was your favorite Cooking Channel recipe of 2012?