Our Most Popular Recipes of 2023

A crave-worthy collection of eighteen top-rated recipes

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A bounty of incredible Southern eats and sips topped Garden & Gun’s list of most-read recipes this year, including a scone version of tomato pie, a lemony, creamy farfalle pasta dish, a boozy milkshake nightcap for the kids at heart, and decadent seafood dishes you won’t soon forget. Here are the eighteen recipes our readers loved the most.

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Decadent Scalloped Oysters

A classic Southern casserole combines briny oysters and the comfort of cream.

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Crabmeat Mac and Cheese 

New Orleans chefs cheat the Lenten season of restraint with indulgent, seafood-focused specials.

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Chocolate Pecan Pie Shortbread Bars

A sweet Southern pick-me-up.

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Tomato Pie Scones 

A mom-and-pop coffeehouse serves grab-and-go versions of a Southern favorite.

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The Velvet Hammer Cocktail

This adult milkshake is your new favorite nightcap.

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Sharp Cheddar Cheese Crispies 

What’s not to love about sharp cheddar cheese baked to crunchy perfection?

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An Egg Salad Sandwich to Rival Augusta National’s 

A Co-Op copycat of the tournament’s staple sandwich.

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Farfalle with Roasted Asparagus, Lemon Cream, and Chives

A spring “butterfly” pasta dish from bestselling author Frances Mayes’s new cookbook.

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Frozen Gin and Tonic 

This cooling cocktail is the perfect antidote to a sweltering afternoon.

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Prize-Winning Peanut Butter Fudge 

A county fair champion from Appalachia shares one of her most popular recipes.

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Bourbon & Coca-Cola Meatloaf 

Southern libations and a sweet teriyaki sauce accent a classic entree. 

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Lowcountry-Boil Boiled Peanuts

Jimmy Hagood shares the Lowcountry alchemy that takes boiled peanuts to a new level of snacking deliciousness.

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Boulevardier Meets Negroni in the Dad’s Counsel

A fatherly wisdom–inspired cocktail that chooses not to choose.

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Bite-Size Fritters for Apple Season 

Drizzled with a caramelized apple cider glaze, these crispy treats are full of fall flavors.

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Reba McEntire’s Pinto Beans and Cornbread 

An elevated version of the musician’s forever favorite.

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Mom’s Spinach Casserole 

Simple yet special, this side dish could very well become a tradition in your family too.

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A Fresher Green Bean Casserole 

A historic Florida inn skips the canned soup in their interpretation of a holiday classic.

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Fèlix Mac et Cheese: An Upgraded Classic Featuring Gruyère and Bèchamel 

Get the recipe for the best-selling “petit plat” from a Charleston hot spot.

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