Find out what people across the nation, and the globe, cooked this year. 

Elisabeth Sherman
December 13, 2017

If you love to cook (and if you’re reading this, we hope you do), then you probably prepared more meals than you can reasonably count this year. Some might have been pure experiments, but for most of them, you likely had to look up a recipe, and in the age of the internet, most of us aren’t turning to the tattered notecards and scraps of paper passed down through generations where recipes used to live for our dinner plans—at least not when we’re in a rush to make a meal after a long day at work. Yes, your great-grandmother’s recipe for green bean casserole is probably great, but my guess would be it only comes out on special occasions. For every other night of the week, the best place to find an easy recipe quickly is on Google. Today, the search engine released their top searched-for recipes for dinner and cocktails—and there might just be some meals here you’ll recognize from your own kitchen.

The list for the most searched-for recipes in the U.S. certainly included some familiar dishes: Beef Stroganoff, a classic family dinner, was the number one searched for recipe on Google this year, while several holiday recipes followed, including apple crisps and corn casserole. The always-tricky turkey brine turned out to be the fourth most-searched recipe. Here is the list in full:

  1. Beef Stroganoff
  2. Apple Crisps
  3. Corn Casserole
  4. Brine Turkey
  5. Zucchini
  6. Chicken Parmesan
  7. Pork Chops
  8. Hard Boiled Egg
  9. Yams
  10. Hashbrown

The most searched-for global recipe list showed much more diversity in the types of cuisine it featured, although the top two recipes were basic dishes that are likely served in dining rooms around the world: chicken breast, and ground beef. Here are the recipes that people search for the most, globally:

  1. Chicken breast
  2. Ground beef
  3. Poğaça tarifi (Turkish bread)
  4. French toast
  5. Kek tarifi (cake)
  6. Pork chop
  7. Spaghetti squash
  8. Coleslaw
  9. Pesto
  10. 餃子レシピ (Dumplings)

On the cocktail side, classic recipes dominated the list of the most searched-for drinks. People were most interested to find out how to make Margaritas and Mojitos, the drinks that took the top two spots on the final list. In fact, there was little that was unexpected in this list: Hot Toddy, Sangria, and Whiskey Sour rounded out the top five. The only drink that might surprise you here is the Irish Car Bomb, if only in that it’s surprising people are still drinking those (or calling the drink by that name). Here’s the full list:

  1. Margarita
  2. Mojito
  3. Hot Toddy
  4. Sangria
  5. Whiskey Sour
  6. Mai Tai
  7. Bloody Mary
  8. Cosmopolitan
  9. Old Fashioned
  10. Irish Car Bomb