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Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of May

Our 10 Most Popular Recipes of May

Weeknight casseroles and pasta, icy treats, and more recipes our readers couldn’t stop making this month.

Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

Where we live in Virginia, it rained the entire Memorial Day weekend. Sadly that meant my family’s plans for grilled ribs and corn were dampened, along with our town’s fireworks display. Luckily, we have all summer to enjoy grilling and hanging out with friends and neighbors. We plan to throw a top-your-own grilled pizza party and grill perfect steaks. (Thanks, Ina!)

Even more luckily, Simply Recipes has an armload of new recipes that are impossible not to crave. From editor Laural Randolph’s creamy cavatappi to a dill-icious pickle pizza, there are so many to choose from. Here are our most popular ones from May.

<p>Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu</p>

Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu

1. Homemade Chili Crisp

When I realized I could save so much money making homemade chili crisp instead of buying it, I stopped skimping and started adding it to everything—I couldn’t get enough! This version has crispy garlic and shallots, which delivers so much crunch.

Get Recipe: Homemade Chili Crisp

<p>Simply Recipes / Dude that Cookz</p>

Simply Recipes / Dude that Cookz

2. Cheeseburger Casserole

Our readers couldn’t get enough of this homemade take on Hamburger Helper. Brown the ground beef with spices while the pasta cooks. Toss both into a casserole dish with cheese and bake for 30 minutes. Name a more comforting and easy weeknight meal. (Well, maybe this viral chicken cobbler!)

Get Recipe: Cheeseburger Casserole

<p>Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek</p>

Simply Recipes / Mihaela Kozaric Sebrek

3. Fusilli with Spring Vegetables and Breadcrumbs

This 30-minute pasta calls for a brilliant ingredient to create a creamy sauce with no effort. Try it once and you’ll never look back.

Get Recipe: Fusilli with Spring Vegetables and Breadcrumbs

<p>Simply Recipes / Mike Lang</p>

Simply Recipes / Mike Lang

4. Grilled Potatoes

Firing up the grill? No reason you shouldn’t throw potatoes on and let the flames and smoke coat the spuds. Mike Lang, the recipe developer, suggests a dipping sauce like remoulade or romesco, or if you’re also grilling steak, try chimichurri.

Get Recipe: Grilled Potatoes

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm</p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

5. Strawberries and Cream Semifreddo

Though it sounds fancy, semifreddo is an icy dessert that is easier to make than ice cream. Plus, you don’t need special equipment to make it. This simple, refreshing, and not-too-sweet frozen treat shows off peak-season strawberries.

Get Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Semifreddo

<p>Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm</p>

Simply Recipes / Mark Beahm

6. Coffee Coconut Banana Bread Cake

Simply Recipes recently turned 20 and we celebrated by asking Dorie Greenspan (and four other amazing bakers) to riff on our banana bread recipe. Dorie’s version is a coffee and coconut banana cake with swirls of espresso cream cheese. Yum!

Get Recipe: Coffee Coconut Banana Bread Cake

<p>Sally Vargas / Simply Recipes</p>

Sally Vargas / Simply Recipes

7. Classic Beurre Blanc Sauce

Beurre blanc is my secret to getting my kids to eat more vegetables. They’ll eat roasted onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus if doused in this creamy, buttery, and decadent sauce.

Get Recipe: Classic Beurre Blanc Sauce

<p>Simply Recipes / Mike Lang</p>

Simply Recipes / Mike Lang

8. Smoked Chicken Wings

You don’t need a dedicated smoker to make these smoky wings that fall right off the bone. Mike walks you through how to set up your gas or charcoal grill to create a plume of smoke.

Get Recipe: Smoked Chicken Wings

<p>Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas</p>

Simply Recipes / Sally Vargas

9. Chow Chow Relish

Though chow chow is traditionally a late summer bounty project, it seems like some of our readers are already blessed with an early crop of green tomatoes and peppers. This recipe comes from Stephanie Burt, a true Southerner that grew up celebrating this staple Southern condiment every summer.

Get Recipe: Chow Chow Relish

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer

10. How to Steam Broccoli Perfectly Every Time

Steaming broccoli (or any vegetable) is a basic cooking skill that everyone should be armed with. It means you can always have a healthy and delicious side. Be careful not to oversteam the broccoli and aim for far from mushy and bright green.

Get Recipe: How to Steam Broccoli Perfectly Every Time