The Most Popular Cook's Illustrated Recipes of 2019

The recipes you loved the most this year.

Best Beef Stew

Despite hours of simmering, most beef stews fall flat. Our goal was to pack in m…

Best Old-Fashioned Burgers

Sixty years ago, drive-in burgers were synonymous with freshly ground high-quali…

Easiest-Ever Biscuits

We combine two classic methods (and break a cardinal rule) to make tender, fluff…

Hearty Tuscan Bean Stew

In Tuscany, creamy, flavorful beans transform rustic soups and stews into someth…

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

We set out to perfect the back-of-the-bag classic with a cookie that was crisp a…

Perfect Pecan Pie

After patiently scouring dozens of recipes, we finally create a pie with silky s…

Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makhani)

Of course it should be rich and creamy. But for a version of this restaurant cla…

Apple Crumble

A rustic dessert such as crumble should show off the fruit's tangy freshness—not…

Best Lemon Bars

What's the secret to bars with bold, multifaceted citrus flavor? Cut back on the…

Lemon–Olive Oil Tart

Butter isn't always better. An unorthodox ingredient is the key to this simple, …

Cast Iron Steaks with Herb Butter

This pan’s unbeatable heat retention should create the deepest, richest sear on…

Thai Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp and Noodles (Gua...

This version of tom yum soup features hot, sour, salty, and sweet flavors, with …

Easier Roast Turkey and Gravy

No flipping. No long-simmered gravy. For fuss-free turkey and a fast, richly fla…

Tuscan White Bean and Escarole Soup (Acquacotta)

Acquacotta transforms humble ingredients into a supremely satisfying meal.

Fresh Fruit Tart

A showpiece when whole, a classic fresh fruit tart rarely retains its good looks…

No-Knead Brioche Buns

We’d make this rich, incredibly tender bread a lot more often if we didn’t have …

Chewy Granola Bars with Walnuts and Cranberries

We love the idea of chewy granola bars, but store-bought versions are overly swe…

Coffee Cake with Pecan-Cinnamon Streusel

Could we streamline the process for this breakfast treat and still produce a sof…

Ultimate Banana Bread

Any 10-year-old can make the typical dry, bland banana bread. But if you want to…

Fluffy Dinner Rolls

We thought the classic light, tender American dinner roll couldn’t get any bette…

Braised Red Potatoes with Dijon and Tarragon

What if you could get the creamy interiors produced by steaming red potatoes and…

Eggs in Spicy Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce (...

Shakshuka's savory, aromatic tomato sauce is a perfect foil for the rich, runny …

Kung Pao Chicken for Two

Spicy chiles and tingly Sichuan peppercorns team up with lightly sauced chicken …

Easy-Peel Hard-Cooked Eggs

You no longer need to fear the drudgery of peeling hard-cooked eggs—with the rig…

Irish Brown Soda Bread

Ireland's everyday bread is so quick, foolproof, and wholesome that you'll want …