Slideshow: Our 15 Most Popular Recipes of 2011

Homemade Ketchup
Homemade Ketchup
While nothing will replace a flavor so ingrained in our psyches as Heinz, this ketchup has its own appeal. It's brighter and fresher than bottled ketchup, with a natural tomato flavor that has just enough spice to clearly define itself as ketchup over any other tomato sauce. Get the recipe »
Nordstrom's Tomato Basil Soup
Nordstrom's Tomato Basil Soup
The goals for this were: a) Recreate the tomato soup from Nordstrom, and b) don't mess it up. In case you're not familiar with this soup, it's rather famous, ranked regularly on lists of Best Tomato Soup Ever, enjoying something of a cult following for those who love tomato soup. And who doesn't? We'd be surprised to meet any American kid who doesn't have fond memories buried deep. Get the recipe »
Homemade Kit Kat Bars
Homemade Kit Kat Bars
Every now and then, you come across a recipe so ridiculously indulgent and unabashedly excessive that you simply must prepare it immediately. A perfect example? This recipe for homemade Kit Kat bars, adapted from Paula Deen, and loaded with peanut butter, chocolate, and butterscotch chips. Get the recipe »
Easiest Doughnuts
Easiest Doughnuts
All you need to start these doughnuts is a roll of biscuit dough, which means no waiting for yeasted dough to rise and not much to clean up. Punch out the doughnut holes, heat up some oil, and within minutes you'll have warm, crisp, homemade (no one will know, unless the pop! of the biscuit tin sells you out) doughnuts. Get the recipe »
Perfect Pan Seared Steaks
Perfect Pan Seared Steaks
The Food Lab makes perfect steak by salting and searing the meat. Now this is a steak worth freaking out over! Get the recipe »
The Easiest Crème Fraîche
The Easiest Crème Fraîche
You know you can just mix heavy cream and buttermilk, let it sit overnight, and you've got crème fraîche, right? Your mind = blown. Get the recipe »
Extra-Flaky Scallion Pancakes
Extra-Flaky Scallion Pancakes
The process is honestly quite simple, and ingenious. It combines two unique features: hot water dough and lamination (thanks, Yan Can Cook!). See how they work here. Get the recipe here »
Pizza Rolls
Pizza Rolls
These pizza rolls are good right from the pan, and come with the same warning: this filling is molten hot. You can also make them in advance, refrigerate, and heat them in the oven to serve. Get the recipe »
Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce
Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce
Manhattan is home to many smells, but perhaps the most delicious is the chicken-y, savory scent that emanates from from the city's countless halal carts. Serving lunch to late-night, these carts dish up a container full of chicken and rice that tastes like nothing else; it's crave-worthy and totally singular. To taste this particular chicken and rice you can get yourself to Midtown or try the home version, Kenji's Halal Cart-Style Chicken and Rice with White Sauce, a spot on rendition of the street food classic. Get the recipe »
Tater Tots
Tater Tots
Raise your hand if you like Tater Tots? (And remember, it's the Internet, so no one can see you)! Everyone, right? We thought so. Get the recipe »
Perfect Roasted Chicken
Perfect Roasted Chicken
In his cookbook Ruhlman's Twenty, Michael Ruhlman called this "Perfect Roasted Chicken." A pretty high bar to set for any recipe title. It's a simple roast chicken that focuses on the basics, nothing fancy. But it comes out of the oven with a juicy interior and cracklingly crisp skin. How's that for perfect? Get the recipe »
Easy Pie Dough
Easy Pie Dough
Turns out that the science of pie crust is really not all that complex, and once you get a grasp of what's really going on in between those flaky layers, then making a perfect crust becomes a matter of smarts, not luck. Get the recipe »