Last year was full of change for FOOD&WINE, but one thing that stayed the same was our delicious recipes, which we continued to bring to you from chefs all over the country (and even further afield) and our stats showed that you loved them!

While some of the dishes that you loved were most certainly family favourites, there were a few surprises on the list. Think of this as a guide for what to cook in January; whatever you didn’t get to last year can be added to your must-try list for 2019!

Read on to find out which F&W dishes our readers loved most in 2018.

  1. Darina Allen’s Christmas Cake

Even though it was only just over a week ago, it already seems like Christmas was a very long time ago. We know that any recipe from the queen of Irish cookery, Darina Allen, is sure to be gobbled up instantly, but hopefully you still have some leftovers from this deliciously moist Christmas cake to get you through the rest of January.

Darina Allen's Christmas cake

Darina Allen's Christmas cake

  1. Irish Soda Bread by Finn Ní Fhaolain

We Irish sure to do love a good soda bread and this recipe was no exception. Combining linseed mix with gluten-free flour results in a super easy loaf that’s simple to make. We think Finn has hit the nail on the head here with this recipe and it looks like our readers do too.

Finn Ni Fhaolain's Irish soda bread

Finn Ni Fhaolain's Irish soda bread

  1. Beef Rendang from Kevin O’Toole

Chameleon restaurant in Temple Bar is hands down one of the best spots in the Dublin for Asian food. This rendang recipe from chef and owner Kevin O’Toole can be left to cook for a few hours while you get on with other things, creating a delicious, Malaysian-inspired result.

Beef Rendang from Chameleon

Beef Rendang from Chameleon

  1. Vegan Summer Recipes from Peruke and Periwig

While we love stopping into Peruke and Periwig for the odd cocktail, the bar’s food seems to go under the radar a bit. Here, chef Ciaran Hayden gives us his top vegan recipes for summer, using leftover produce from cocktails and other items to reduce food waste in the kitchen.

Peruke and Periwig's vegan pina colada panacotta

Peruke and Periwig's vegan pina colada panacotta

  1. Apple and Ginger Loaf by Edward Hayden

Edward Hayden’s food is always delicious, but it looks like his apple and ginger loaf was one of our readers' favourites for 2018. Combining the spice of ginger with the sweetness of apple, this recipe is easy to knock together and will certainly go down a treat with anyone who is lucky enough to try it.

Edward Hayden's apple and ginger loaf

Edward Hayden's apple and ginger loaf

  1. Unicorn Cake by Brian O’Reilly

At this rate, it seems that the unicorn trend is never going to fade! This cake recipe was one of our most popular from last year and we think it’s easy enough to see why: the beautiful look of the cake combined with its delicious flavour was a winning formula in our readers’ eyes.

Brian O'Reilly's unicorn cake

Brian O'Reilly's unicorn cake

4. Prawn and Chorizo Pil Pil with Sourdough by The Duck at Marlfield House

It’s obvious why this dish was so popular with readers last year: there’s nothing better than the flavour of fresh prawns combined with the spiciness of chorizo. Combine with a glass of your favourite Albarino or Rioja and you can pretend you’re eating this dish somewhere in Spain, as opposed to chilly Ireland in January.

3. Chicken and Rosscarbery Black Pudding Pie by Kevin Dundon

As the first of two recipes from Kevin Dundon on this list, it’s clear that he is a firm favourite with our readers. There’s nothing better than good quality Irish produce and this recipe combines some of the best inside a deliciously flaky crust.  

Chicken and Rosscarberry black pudding pie from Kevin Dundon

Chicken and Rosscarberry black pudding pie from Kevin Dundon

2. An Irish Cocktail from Every Province

We’re delighted to see these cocktails from our new columnist Oisin Davis’ Irish Cocktail Month appeared on this list. Featuring cocktails from some of Ireland’s best bars, if you’re not doing Dry January, then we definitely have a drink to suit your palate!  

1. Irish Beef and Stout Stew by Kevin Dundon

We told you he’d be back: F&W’s most popular recipe in 2018 came from Kevin Dundon! This hearty stew features deliciously slow cooked beef alongside the flavours of Irish stout, which is sure to be a bit of a pick me up this January.  

Kevin Dundon's beef and stout stew

Kevin Dundon's beef and stout stew

We think you all made some good culinary choices this year, judging by our most popular recipes, and we wish you happy cooking for 2019!

Did we miss out on any of your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.