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America's 25 Favorite Home Cooked Dishes

Recently, “The Daily Meal” released a list of America’s 25 Favorite Home Cooked Dishes.

Here is a link if you wish to see it.


This list was very specific; citing a particular persons or sites recipe.
I made the same list only I tried to generalize it and I segmented the list into main dishes, appetizers and desserts.

Here is the list:

25 Most Popular Home Cooked Dishes:

Main Dishes:

Chicken Pot Pie
Macaroni and Cheese
Fried Chicken
Chicken Enchiladas
Crockpot Pulled Pork
Crock Pot Roast
Ranch Chicken
Garlic Chicken
Ham and Potato Soup


Mozzarella Sticks


Chocolate Cake
Peanut Butter Chocolate Ice Box Pie
Apple Pie
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Cinnamon Rolls
Banana Bread
Pumpkin Bars
Zucchini Bread
Pumpkin Bread


Pancakes not sure why I am surprised but I am

Mozzarella Sticks I have had them maybe once Normal people make these?

Pumpkin and Zucchini breads and bars Sorry… never liked em

That Famous Key Lime Pie recipe wasn’t on the list… It’s easy and quick

Apple pie It’s not quick and easy.


Quick and Easy With working families, it just has to be.

Do any of you have any comments? Alternatives?

Are any of you surprised by any of these?

Does anyone want to add their recipe for any of these dishes?

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  1. This list has a fast food menu feel about it to me- as in chain.

    1. I'm surprised something like spaghetti isn't on there, although I don't make it that much either... usually only when people with children are coming for dinner.

      I personally have never made lasagna (at least the real whole pan version, I do make a skillet lasagna), chicken pot pie, fried chicken, crockpot anything, ranch chicken (what is that anyway?), garlic chicken, ham & potato soup, mozzarella sticks, peanut butter chocolate ice box pie, apple pie, pumpkin bars or bread, or zucchini bread.

      I will also say that it's no wonder our nation has an obesity problem, if these are the most popular dishes that people like to make.

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      1. re: juliejulez

        Oh and cheeseburgers should be on this list, although maybe most people go out to eat them versus making at home.

        1. re: juliejulez

          I suspect the dollar menu has made home made sliders obsolete... well less popular anyway.

      2. What happened to hamburgers, steak, and pork chops? I have a feeling this list must vary by region. Fish seems to be out.
        Even though pulled pork is now fashionable, I don't think it's a
        standard dish across our country.
        And why put ham in a potato soup? That should go in the beans. :)

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        1. re: bbqboy

          Steak and a baked potato is still on my menu as well as pork chops. My families current favorite is chicken marsala.

          I suspect the chicken breast dishes are ther because they are so quick and easy. I think people are looking for a way to add a lot of flavor to what would be a pretty bland protein, ergo ranch and garlic. I prefer leg quarters roasted in the oven with a bit of a rub sprinkled on. I am definitely a fat is flavor proponent.

        2. I've never made most of these dishes, and have no idea what some of them are. "Ranch Chicken?"

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          1. re: pikawicca

            Apparently this recipe is Betty Crocker's Ranch Chicken http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/r...

            It involves dipping chicken breasts in ranch dressing and then into bread crumbs before cooking.

            As I said, in the original article, they were citing very specific recipes. I didn't wish to cite those specific recipes in my thread so I generalized them. I was hoping we could learn something from the general list.

          2. Looking at the article on the link, it appears they were counting "Facebook likes" and user ratings on recipe sites to determine favorite dishes.

            1. How much of this is actually home made and how much comes out of a box or can? And what on earth is Ranch Chicken?

              I'm surprised to see ham and potato soup, something I've never seen but sounds interesting, instead of split pea soup. I'm also surprised by the lack of chili.

              1. Ok... If you folks don't agree that this list is very factual. I certainly have my doubts on some of these.

                What dishes do you think are some of America's favorite home cooked dishes?

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                1. re: Hank Hanover

                  1. Hamburgers, especially among people who have backyard grills.

                  2. Same goes for grilled chicken.

                  3. Tacos

                  4. Spaghetti

                2. This is quite the interesting list and definitely not the list I would have come up with had I been polled

                  1. I would think Lasagna, macaroni and cheese, crockpot pulled pork, pot roast, some kind of chicken breast dish, some kind of hamburger casserole, pork chops, chili, steak(rib eye, t-bone or porterhouse), chocolate cake and maybe a pizza would be the most popular home cooked dishes. Just a guess on my part.

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                    1. re: Hank Hanover

                      I never make pizza at home. That's a frozen or take out item for sure. Not sure what a hamburger casserole is either.
                      And as someone upstream commented, spaghetti, sure, but Lasagna?
                      Not very often.

                      1. re: bbqboy

                        I don't make pizzas but I keep hearing about people that do. They have crusts at the grocery store then they can make what they like. me... I have Pizza Hut's number on speed dial.

                        There are a million ground beef based casseroles. I make my families favorite every 2 weeks or so.

                        Oh you know I forgot about meatloaf and spaghetti.

                    2. Fried Chicken??

                      Are you fucking kidding me?

                      Do people realize how messy it is to fry chicken at home?

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                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        You are not a Southerner, that's for sure.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            Frying chicken is not unclean, unless you're a slob. Thousands of southern cooks do this every day without sullying their kitchens.

                            1. re: pikawicca

                              I'm definitely a slob because I can't deep fry ANYTHING without getting oil splattered everywhere.

                              1. re: Dcfoodblog

                                I can't saute without getting grease on the backsplash. That's why they invebted tile and "409" degreasing cleaner.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          I don't usually make fried chicken but I have been thinking about it a lot, lately. Take out chicken is so expensive considering they start with $3 worth of chicken. I do have a deep fat fryer......

                        2. I noticed that nearly all the recipes cited in this article have come from a very narrow range of website sources such as food.com, foodnetwork and allrecipes.

                          I would bet that most people making pancakes or baking cakes these days are are using a boxed mix.

                          Judging from the way that shelf space has become allocated for all the different food items at the supermarket, I'd say it's pretty clear that nowadays most people are not cooking from scratch.

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                          1. re: Sam D.

                            I agree that most of the cakes on this list are likely from mixes from the sound of them. In fact on a second look I suspect that most of the "home-cooked" items on this list involve a boxed or bottled mix (ranch/garlic chicken, macaroni and cheese), or maybe heating a frozen prepared meal in the oven (chicken pot pie, fried chicken, lasagne). I don't know, it's a weird list. No steaks or chops, no casseroles really, no fish, no meatloaf no burgers no chicken wings or bacon or sausages or chili or rice and beans or spaghetti or stir-fry or mashed potatoes or green salad.
                            I agree with ipsedixit that fried chicken seems like quite a difficult dish to prepare at home compared with the limitations of the rest of the list.