Our top 10 recipes of 2021 revealed

What was cooking in your kitchen last year? Did one of these dishes grace your plates?

It was interesting to see a variety of cuisines, with people searching for international and classic flavours. A decent amount of comfort food in here…perhaps just we needed to get through those lockdowns!

Here is the year that was on pork.co.nz – our most clicked recipes, counting down from 10 to 1!

pork casserole

#10 Herby Pork Casserole

Nothing beats a classic slow-cooked casserole to warm the cockles on a cold day and interest certainly peaks with this recipe throughout the winter months.

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pork dumplings

#9 Pork and Coriander Pot Sticker Dumplings

Making dumplings can be a fun and therapeutic time in the kitchen! If you really feel up for a challenge you could try your hand at making the dumpling wrappers too. A popular recipe all year round, with a notable amount of clicks on 4th July –  Independence Day dumplings were clearly on the menu!

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pork chops

#8 One Pan Vegetables with Pork Loin Chops

Quick to prepare, tasty to eat. You really can’t beat a humble pork chop and we are not surprised to see this one landing in our top 10.

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sticky pork belly

#7 Sticky Pork Belly

This recipe was a winner all year round, but interest definitely spiked in the August/September lockdown! We all needed some treats to get us through and let’s face it this decadent sticky pork belly is just that.

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spaghetti bolognese

#6 Pork Meatballs and Spaghetti

Spag bol….comfort food at it’s finest! Need we say more?

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pork ribs

#5 Sticky Pork Ribs

Popular with adults and kids alike, we’re not surprised to see these sticky pork ribs in our top 5. Marinade overnight and most of the work is done for you – long slow cooking the next day ensures these ribs will be tender and fall off the bone.

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sweet and sour pork

#4 Sweet and Sour Pork

Undoubtedly a Chinese takeaway favourite, this version of Sweet and Sour Pork is worth skipping the takeaway and giving it a go in the kitchen yourself!

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pork roast

#3 Winter Roast

A go-to in the winter months but equally popular all year round with most visits to this recipe page on a Sunday. You can’t beat a traditional New Zealand pork Sunday roast! We can also assume some lucky dads across the country were tucking into this for their Father’s Day dinner as webpage visits spiked on 5 September 2021.

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roast pork and crackling

#2 Roast Pork Loin with Crackling and Roast Vegetables

Another favourite throughout the cooler months and a well visited recipe on Sunday’s (and Father’s Day)! We saw an increase of visits to this page throughout August and September as many New Zealanders were at spending more time at home (making roasts!).

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slow cooked pork sliders

#1 - Slow-Cooked American-Style Pulled Pork Sliders

Coming in at number 1, this recipe is well-visited consistently throughout the year. And is it any wonder? Slow cooked, smoky pulled pork is hard to beat. Simple to whip up, and great for an easy family meal or entertaining year-round.

If you haven’t tried them yet – we recommend adding these sliders to your menu ASAP!

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What else was trending?

Unsurprisingly, recipes for all traditional sides and accompaniments such as crackling, gravy and apple sauce all ranked high in website visits year-round. Cooking methods and techniques were also popular, along with an interest in 6+2+2 (helping you cook the perfect chop!).

We need your help

We are always busy developing new recipes and we’d love to know what type of New Zealand pork recipes you’re interested in? Let us know what type of cuisine or flavours you’d like to see on pork.co.nz!