The 10 most popular recipes of May 2022 are a mixed bag of new recipe collections, ancient recipes – dating to when we first launched Grantourismo in 2010 – and new recipes published in May. As usual, we’re only sharing the 10 most popular recipes of May 2022 for this list, although I’ll share the most popular recipe compilations below if you’re curious.
I love this time of the month when I sit down and review the stats to see what you all searched for, where readers spent most of their time, and learnt what you cooked this month – because I’m guessing the hundreds of people printing our recipes are also cooking them. I hope so!
The 10 most popular recipe posts of May 2022 weren’t only recipes. There were quite a few recipe collections scattered between the egg drop soup and salmon carpaccio. The round-up of best Spanish tapas recipes was super popular, then after that it was our best Sunday dinner ideas collection, top 10 Thai street food recipes to cook at home, and best dumplings recipes.
Terence’s guides to how to bake the perfect sourdough loaf and how to boil perfect eggs were also popular, and, as usual, readers sought out some of our all-time top posts, including Terence’s recipes for authentic hummus and tomato bredie, my beef Stroganoff recipe, and our Cambodian recipes for nom banh chok and fish amok.
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10 Most Popular Recipes of May 2022 – What Our Readers Have Been Cooking
Here are the 10 most popular recipes of May 2022 on Grantourismo – the recipes you, our readers, searched for, spent time browsing, and hopefully cooked in May.
Egg Drop Soup Recipe for Egg Flower Soup
This classic egg drop soup recipe topped the list of our 10 most popular recipes of May 2022. It makes an egg flower soup just like your favourite Chinese restaurant does – a velvety yellow soup so dense with creamy egg wisps that it’s almost like a liquid omelette.
Slender slices of shitake mushrooms ensure it isn’t and a drizzle of sesame oil, pinch of white pepper and sprinkle of spring onions complete this comforting broth.
This ‘egg flower soup’, as the Chinese name literally translates to, tastes just like the egg drop soup I grew up eating at our favourite neighbourhood Chinese restaurant in the western suburbs of Sydney when I was a kid.
Oddly enough, it’s often referred to as a Chinese-American dish, like chop suey and General Tso’s chicken (although the latter is actually from Taiwan), however, egg drop soup is found all over China, cooked in both restaurants and the home, and there are probably as many variations as there are cities in China.
In China, the broth is generally thinner than the Chinese-Australian and Chinese-American restaurant egg drop soups, which are thickened with a corn starch slurry while the egg can vary from fine wispy strands that can look almost flower-like (if you use your imagination) to thicker ribbons and even a flat egg ‘sheet’. However it looks, it always tastes heavenly.
Okonomiyaki Recipe for Japanese Cabbage Pancakes
This classic okonomiyaki recipe for the umami-packed Japanese cabbage pancakes also topped our list of 10 most popular recipes of May 2022, which is not a surprise as they are completely addictive.
One of our favourite cabbage recipes, okonomiyaki is made from eggs, finely sliced cabbage, grated yams, dashi stock, and a little flour to bind the pancake. It’s a very filling meal, but best of all, it can be eaten at any time of day.
Okonomiyaki roughly translates to “as you like it”, which means the toppings – sometimes cooked separately – can vary greatly. Some of the most common toppings include pork belly or bacon, prawns, octopus, and other seafood.
The plump savoury pancakes are served at teppanyaki restaurants where they’re made old-school style on the teppanyaki grill. You’ll also spot them on menus at Japanese izakayas, casual taverns where the food is served to soak up the booze. While heartier, they’re presented with more finesse.
If you’re as addicted to umami as we are and haven’t tried these filling savoury pancakes topped with a sauce made from soy and Worcestershire, creamy mayo, umami-rich bonito flakes and nori flakes, and a sprinkle of furikake (sesame seeds, nori and chilli flakes) for more texture and flavour, make these now. You’ll love them.
Green Minestrone Soup Recipe that Evolves Like the Seasons
This green minestrone soup recipe makes an easy, versatile, year-round soup that starts out as a light fresh spring soup, but leave it overnight and it evolves into a warming, hearty autumn broth. It’s another of our 10 most popular recipes of May 2022.
You’ll love this green minestrone soup recipe if you like slurping soups as much as I do – whether they’re chicken soups, noodle soups, chicken noodle soups, fish soups, warming winter soups, cold summer soups, I enjoy them all. But I especially love those hearty European-style broths that are almost like stews, such as this Italian ribolitta soup and Italian wedding soup.
What I love most about this green minestrone soup recipe is that the soup evolves just like the seasons, transforming from a fresh light spring soup on the first day of making it to a warming hearty autumn broth if you refrigerate the leftovers overnight and reheat it the next day.
Although there are only two of us, I make enough of this soup for six so that there’ll be leftovers to refrigerate overnight. On the first day, I simmer everything until just-cooked, adding the beans and peas at the end so that they’re still fresh, firm and bright green when serving.
Then, while we’re eating, I leave the remaining soup to simmer longer, until the potatoes are soft and starting to break apart, until the butter beans are rich and creamy, and the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese rind is melting and oozing. I refrigerate it overnight and the next day we have a hearty stew-like broth for lunch and dinner.
Best Coleslaw Recipe with Purple Cabbage, Crunchy Carrot and Pickled Pink Shallots
Our best coleslaw recipe is made with purple cabbage and pickled pink shallots and has more colour, texture and tang than the average coleslaw thanks to the crunchy cabbage and zingy pickles.
This colourful coleslaw is a feast for the eyes and is as delicious as it looks. It’s a fantastic side to schnitzel, burgers and barbecue, and will also make you the ultimate picnic salad. All those bold bright colours just scream summer.
To prep your cabbage, remove any damaged outer leaves, and core your cabbage. When it comes to shredding the cabbage, I use a sharp knife to finely slice it, however, you can use a mandoline.
Follow this recipe for pink pickled shallots if you don’t any. It’s a quick pickled recipe, which is best made the day before, but will be just fine if you make them the day of the coleslaw. We love Hellmann’s creamy mayonnaise or the Japanese Kewpie mayonnaise.
Cabbage Dumplings Recipe for Russian-Ukrainian Vareniki with a Rich Cabbage Filling
My cabbage dumplings recipe makes Russian-Ukrainian vareniki stuffed with a rich filling of braised cabbage, onion, carrot, bacon, and spices, and it’s another of our 10 most popular recipes of May.
This cabbage dumplings recipe will make you another of my favourite cabbage recipes – savoury Russian-Ukrainian dumplings called vareniki in Russian or varenyky in Ukrainian, which I’ve stuffed with a deliciously rich filling of slow braised cabbage, onion, carrot, bacon, and spices. Yes, it’s the same braised cabbage recipe I recently shared.
So if you made that and have leftovers, get your rolling pin out. If you didn’t, I’ve incorporated that recipe into this cabbage dumplings recipe for your convenience. If there are only two of you, you won’t want to eat 48 cabbage dumplings, so I recommend using half the dough for these and half the dough for these Ukrainian sweet varenyky with summer berries and sour cream.
Once cooked these cabbage dumplings are garnished with fresh fragrant dill and eaten with sour cream. While you could tuck into a plate on their own, vareniki are usually served as one of an array of dishes shared family-style.
Korean Spicy Noodles Recipe for Stir-Fried Udon with Kimchi, Bacon and Fried Eggs
This Korean spicy noodles recipe makes stir-fried udon noodles with kimchi, bacon and fried eggs and it’s another of our 10 most popular recipes of May.
While the Japanese fried udon noodle dish, yaki udon, has a soy based sauce, this Korean-style yaki udon heats things up with kimchi, the spicy Korean chilli paste called gochujang and Korean chilli flakes, gochugaru. We add fried eggs for this Weekend Eggs recipe.
If you’re a lover of Japanese udon noodles but prefer the spice of Korean food, you’re going to love this Korean spicy noodles recipe for stir-fried udon noodles with kimchi, bacon, pork, and fried eggs.
It’s a dish for pork lovers as much as lovers of noodles and spice. Although if bacon and ground pork is too much pork, omit one. This versatile noodle dish also works with seafood, chicken, pork, or vegetables.
Spicy Ground Beef Turnovers Recipe for Mini Chebureki
This spicy ground beef turnovers recipe for mini chebureki makes a spicier, smaller, hand-pie sized version of chebureki, crispy fried pastries filled with cumin-spiced minced beef and onions, traditionally so large you need two hands to hold them.
A Crimean Tatar pastry, chebureki (чебуреки) are a popular street food snack in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, and the Crimean Tartar diaspora, and this was another of our 10 most popular recipes of May.
If you cooked and enjoyed my traditional chebureki recipe, which makes the crunchy fried pastries stuffed with savoury minced beef and onions that are so big you need to hold them in two hands, then you’re going to love this spicy ground beef turnovers recipe for mini chebureki.
A beloved Black Sea beach holiday snack of Crimean Tatar cuisine, traditional chebureki (чебуреки) became an incredibly popular street food staple in Russia, Ukraine, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, as well as in the Crimean Tartar diaspora, where you’ll find specialist shops and fast food joints selling little else but chebureki.
If you haven’t tried the traditional cumin-driven chebureki, but you’re a fan of filled fried pastries such as samosas and empanadas then trust me, you are going to adore my mini chebureki recipe, along with other spices of Tatar cuisine and Central Asian countries of the Silk Road along which chebureki would have travelled.
German Potato Salad Recipe for a Warm Potato Salad with Bacon, Celery and Scallions
This German potato salad recipe makes a warm potato salad – also called a hot German potato salad – with a dressing of fried celery, scallions or spring onions, and bacon. Time things right and you can deliver it hot to the table in autumn or winter or serve warm in spring or summer. It’s fantastic with chicken schnitzel and a side of coleslaw.
You’re going to love this German potato salad recipe if you’re a lover or potato salads, especially warm potato salads, and you made my Mediterranean-style warm potato salad recipe with capers, anchovies, chives, and celery leaves and enjoyed that.
While that’s definitely appealing in the chilly months of autumn and winter, in the warmer months of spring and scorching summer months, you might want to serve this potato salad warm or at room temperature.
Whatever temperature you decide on, this German potato salad recipe makes a terrific accompaniment to meatballs, roast chicken, sausages, any barbecued meats, and it’s also fantastic with a side of coleslaw.
Russian Meatballs Recipe for Tefteli for Juicy Meatballs in a Creamy Tomato Sauce
This Russian meatballs recipe for tefteli makes some of the juiciest meatballs you’ll ever taste and it’s another of our 10 most popular recipes of May.
Made with ground beef and minced pork, grated carrot, and cooked rice, these incredibly delicious meatballs are coated in flour, fried until brown to lock in their juices, and simmered in a rich, creamy tomato sauce to finish cooking and soak up even more flavour.
I know I told you that our Italian-style meatballs recipe made one of the best meatballs ever for the most flavoursome and juiciest meatballs you’ll taste. But I hadn’t yet shared my baboushka’s Russian meatballs recipe for tefteli, an even softer, even more succulent, yet textured meatball thanks to the addition of cooked rice and grated carrot.
Like our recipe for the Italian-style meatballs, this recipe for my Russian-Ukrainian grandmother’s home-cooked meatballs is another of our best meatball recipes – which, if you haven’t browsed that collection, includes recipes for all kinds of meatballs, from the Spanish meatballs called albondigas, a popular tapas bar snack, to the Southeast Asian meatballs that squeezed into baguettes here in Northern Cambodia or rolled up in rice paper in Vietnam and Southern Cambodia.
Smoked Salmon Carpaccio Recipe
This smoked salmon carpaccio recipe makes an easy elegant appetiser that’s made in minutes and it was another of our 10 most popular recipes of May 2022.
Our smoked salmon carpaccio recipe will make you a simple but gorgeous-looking starter that can be assembled in minutes, making it a fantastic choice for a relaxed summer meal if you prefer to spend more time outside in the sunshine with guests than inside in the kitchen.
If you’re entertaining, you can make the dish ahead by assembling the salmon, capers and pickled onions, and refrigerating it, then pouring on the dressing just before serving. Provide toasted baguette slices and additional capers, pickles and dressing, so guests can customise their carpaccio.
You can serve it sharing-style and lay it out on a table with a few other dishes, and allow guests to help themselves. I recommend providing a basket of toasted baguette slices and dishes with additional capers, pickled shallots and fresh dill, and small jugs of dressing, so guests can customise their own carpaccio.
Please do let us know in the comments below if you cook any of our 10 most popular recipes of May 2022, as we’d love to hear how they turn out for you.