20 Most Overlooked (But Damn Good) Recipes of 2020

These 20 most overlooked (but damn good) recipes of 2020 are the ones that our recipe testers—who are home cooks just like you—raved about the most. The list includes sourdough bread, pasta, meatballs, shrimp and grits, broccoli, eggs, and more. So much more. Both classics and what we’d consider quite unconventional. We simply didn’t want them to slip your notice.

Sourdough Bread

Craving that characteristic crust and crumb of an artisanal loaf of sourdough? We have just the beginner's recipe for you that's a cinch to pull off at home. Swear.
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Grilled Beef Tenderloin

"The most tender, buttery steak we’ve ever had." "Utterly and perfectly indulgent!" "Amazing." Just some of the accolades folks are heaping on this elegant grilled tenderloin.
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Pickled Shrimp

A Southern classic from Toni Tipton-Martin, pickled shrimp are subtly flavored with herbs and spices in a nuanced way. So much so you'll be wondering where these have been your entire life.
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Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon and Bread Crumbs

Hello, weeknight supper scrounged from the pantry. And with no compromise whatsoever in terms of taste. We're actually hearing this reminds folks of something they'd order at a cafe in SoHo.
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Smoked Prime Rib

Infused with smoke as it cooks low and slow, this compelling centerpiece is, quite simply, the best and most unique prime rib we've ever tried. And worth standing at the smoker even during the dead of winter.
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Creole Shrimp and Grits

Tanya Holland gives us Southern comfort food with Big Easy flair. That’s what we think of these perfectly spiced shrimp swimming in a slightly spicy sauce with ample cheesy grits to soak it all up.
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Roasted Broccoli with Pickled Golden Raisins

“A flavor bomb.” “If you're looking for boring broccoli, keep on looking.” So say our recipe testers, who also deemed it “complex” and “fantastic” and “definitely going into the monthly rotation.”
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Classic Tuna Melt

Because yes, a properly constructed tuna melt is reason to get pretty darn excited. This exquisite specimen makes a pretty compelling argument.
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Eggplant Shakshuka

The sultry, smoky flavor of ras el hanout permeates this simple supper of eggs in tomato sauce, which takes on more sustenance than usual thanks to late-summer eggplant.
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Roasted Spaghetti Squash

“This technique really did produce those long lovely strands allowing this squash to live up to its name!" We keep hearing this about this perfectly easy and healthy spaghetti squash.
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Honey Barbecue Sauce

Pantry ingredients and barely any effort yield you something that's sweetly tangy and spicy that you'll want to slather on ribs, wings, pulled pork, smoked or grilled chicken, burgers...
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BBQ Meatballs

Toni Tipton-Martin's meatballs take a bath in homemade BBQ sauce that boasts an incredible sweet heat and a complexity that you'd never believe happens with so little effort.
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Aligot Potatoes

“By far, the best potatoes I've made and eaten in my life.” That’s the kind of thing we’re hearing from those who’ve tried this showstopper of a recipe.
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Grilled Pork Chops with Pineapple and Basil

These surprise lovelies bring back the feel of summer with an unexpected melding of corn, pineapple, and basil in a manner that’s gonna have your head spinning and everyone clamoring for more.
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Beef Stew with Red Wine

An Italian tradition that, in true form, transforms simple ingredients into something sublime.
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Za’atar Cacio e Pepe

It's Ottolenghi. Enough said. (Well, okay, we have to say more. Like how everyone who’s tried this swears it’ll forevermore be their simple supper standby.)
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Salmon Cakes

Looking to elevate canned salmon beyond recognition? Maybe banish all recollections (nightmares?!) of Lenten Fridays from childhood? Here’s your answer.
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Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookie

A ginormous, warm, gooey, chocolatey cookie baked in a single skillet so there's no waiting for batch after batch to come out of the oven.
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Gluten-Free Vegan Oatmeal Cookies with Pecans and Chocolate

Think the spirit of granola. But in a satisfying cookie shape that's crisp at the edges, chewy at the center, and oh so satisfying through and through
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Salted Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Chocolate Flecks

We’re sharing this recipe from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams for a lot of reasons. Among them the fact that peanut butter and chocolate remind us of all the greatest romances in the world.
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