When we want a recipe we may ask a family member or consult a cookbook, but more often than not, we just ask Google. Google just revealed what we were collectively searching for in 2018, and it seems last year was a year of classic comfort foods. Only one food on this list seems to be a little strange, but regardless, we support your efforts! See which recipe you think doesn’t belong:


These were the most searched recipes of 2018 - Pecan pie

1. Pecan Pie

This classic pie came out on top, thanks to Southerners and their deep love of the dish on Thanksgiving. Many people just wouldn’t consider the holidays complete without a big slice of this dynamite dessert.


These were the most searched recipes of 2018 - hummingbird food

2. Hummingbird Food

No, this isn’t some name of some cutsy Pinterest recipe. People were literally searching for foods they could make to attract hummingbirds. Aside from certain native flowers, and nectar feeders, the Audubon Society recommends hanging a few ripe banana peels in your yard to help attract hummingbirds via fruit flies. Now you know.


These were the most searched recipes of 2018 - meatloaf

3. Meatloaf

After years of upturned noses at the table, meatloaf is making a comeback. It could be that Keto dieters are looking for different ways to eat their meals, or that this delicious dinner is finally getting the love it deserves. If you haven’t had meatloaf in years, do yourself a favor in 2019 and give it another try.


Mushroom stroganoff is a vegetarian dish to cozy up to
Mushroom stroganoff is a vegetarian dish to cozy up to

4. Beef Stroganoff

Beef stroganoff, made with sour cream, stew meat, mushrooms, garlic and butter, is the ultimate comfort food. For healthier eating in 2019, try a vegetarian take on this classic dish. It’s ready in 20 minutes!


These were the most searched recipes of 2018 - pork chops

5. Pork Chops

Pork chops can be cooked 100 different ways, and people were going to Google to find new inspiration.


These were the most searched recipes of 2018 - chicken parmesan

6. Chicken Parmesan

If you skip chicken parm because it’s fried, consider coating it then baking it instead. It’s a relatively healthy take on this otherwise fried favorite.


These were the most searched recipes of 2018_scalloped potatoes

7. Scalloped Potatoes

Everyone remembers Mom making scalloped potatoes, but maybe she didn’t write down her recipe. People all over the country were searching for how to make this old classic.


These were the most searched recipes of 2018 - lasagne

8. Lasagna

Lasagna is pretty much the best food on the planet and our Google searching confirms that. It serves a crowd, it’s smothered in sauce and cheese, and those layers just look so darn pretty.


Roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans and cranberriesMeghan Rodgers
Roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans and cranberries

9. Brussels Sprouts

After a return to the top in 2017, Brussels sprouts continued to be the darling of the vegetable world in 2018. If you haven’t tried them since you were a kid, now it the time. There are tons of delicious recipes for them roasted in salads or even as crispy chips.


These were the most searched recipes of 2018 - snickerdoodle

10. Snickerdoodle Cookies

You either made these for the holidays or you waited for a family member to give you some take-homes. Our collective Google searches prove everyone loves Snickerdoodles!


Also see, The most popular diets of 2018.

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.