My 5 Most Under-Loved Recipes

Today, we’re talking about tragically under-loved recipes. As most food bloggers will tell you, sometimes we are surprised by which recipes make it big and which are total flops.

I don’t mean “flop” in terms of taste ( I wouldn’t post a recipe that didn’t taste good!), but in terms of social sharing and number of times the recipe is viewed.

I thought it would be fun to share with you 5 recipes that just don’t get any love and try to convince you to give them a chance!

Number One:

Egyptian Sweet Puff Pastry Dessert

Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert (Umm Ali) - The most under-loved recipes on my site!

Okay, so I think I know why people aren’t falling all over themselves to re-pin this one. It looks a little…. weird. And it sounds a little… weird. I don’t know a lot of people who regularly incorporate Egyptian food into their diet, but as someone with a secret love for Egypt and four hieroglyphic tattoos (Thanks, College!) I was pretty pumped to share this recipe with you.

It is made from Puff Pastry + Almonds + Raisins + Coconut + Sugar + Milk. See, all non-scary things, right?

Go check it out and report back if you’re brave enough to give it a try. I promise, it’s super tasty.


Number Two:

Apricot & Date Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Apricot and Date Cream Cheese Coffee Cake - The most under-loved recipes on my site!

You guys, c’mon. The name even rhymes. How is this not your go-to coffee cake recipe? It has cream cheese. And jam. And dates! Oh, okay. I see how it is. You’re afraid of the dates. Trust me when I tell you that they are delicious! Eating a date is like chewing on honey. Mmmm.

Alright, go take a peak at the recipe and let me know what it is about it that just totally puts you off. This is for research purposes, people. Science and whatnot.


Number Three:

15-Minute Curried Ham with Mangoes

Curried Ham with Mangoes - The most under-loved recipes on my site!

I know you all have leftover ham problems at LEAST twice per year. I can’t be the only one staring at a giant zipper bag of chopped ham after Christmas and Easter wondering what the heck to do with all of it. Obviously the only sensible solution is to cover it in brown sugar, curry powder, and butter. Toss in some ripe mango chunks and throw it under the broiler. Tropical ham party. In your mouth.

With just 5 ingredients and 15 minutes of effort, this recipe deserves your love.


Number Four:

Greek Fish en Papillote

Greek Fish en Papillote - The most under-loved recipes on my site!

In hindsight, maybe I should have titled it Packet Cooking Greek Fish. Or just anything a little less intimidating than “en Papillote.” Realistically, I didn’t even know what that word meant a year ago so I’m not sure why I expected the internet to freak out over this (delicious) recipe and throw it up on the front page of Reddit.

Did I mention that you can use foil instead of parchment paper? Parchment paper is a bit intimidating, too, right? You guys have to tell me these things! So go check out that recipe, throw the ingredients onto a piece of foil, wrap it up, and put it in the oven. It’s a lot easier than it sounds.


Number Five:

Mexican Chicken Salad with Chipotle-Raspberry Dressing

Mexican Chicken Salad with Chipotle Raspberry Dressing - The most under-loved recipes on my site!

I just don’t understand you sometimes. It’s heartbreaking, truly. I mean, there are FRIED tortilla strips in this salad. And mango. And spiced chicken. Not to mention the seductive (whoa there!) chipotle-raspberry dressing. It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit sour, and a little bit spicy.

I made and ate this same salad for three days in a row because it is that good. Go look at all the pretty colors and think about your life decisions.


Okay, friends. That’s all for today! I hope you are willing to take a chance on some of these sad, lonely, under-loved recipes who just want someone to love them.

Go try something new!

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Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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  1. I tried the Egyptian sweet pastry desert. it was quite nice. Its a really nice idea for a dessert. Next time I would make it with coconut milk and I would reduce the amount of milk to prevent it from getting too soggy. I may also add some other fruit- cubed mango bits for instance.

  2. Like one of the other posters said – I’m new here and didn’t see these before. That said, the fish is the only one I’m likely to make because (a) I’m low carb (b) I’m gluten free. No problem with cream cheese just not with sweet stuff. But thanks for the post; it was a good idea to give these recipes another pass. And so far I’m liking your blog – I just have to skip the baking stuff mostly.

  3. Anetta
    Either you’re joking big time or you’re just having a “Bad Day at Black Rock”(oops! you probably were even a gleam in either of your parent’s eyes. That one is from 1955 and I was just a Jr. in high school. Every single one of these recipes fits the bill for us perfectly!

    They all sound delicious and I will try them all but well apart (I have diabetes 2). The first one, I’ll be making is your coffee cake, which was inspired by a raspberry & cream cheese coffee cake, an idea for a variation. My grandmother took all her recipes with her to the “big kitchen in the sky”, anyway Mama used to make the most delicious preserves that combined crushed pineapple and fresh pears. I haven’t made it in years, however, after I make your apricot and date coffee cake, I’m going to buy some pineapple preserves and fresh pears & make me a pineapple pear cream cheese coffee cake. I know yours is going to be delicious because those two fruits will blend just like pineapple and pear! Don’t know how Chari would feel about a pineapple pear combo, but it is delicious!

    No, you did not choose the wrong name for your fish recipe, the name adds some “refinement” and little refinement never hurt anyone, we are having our red snapper in that dish tomorrow night, I’ve been yearning for something out of the ordinary and this certainly fills the bill!

    Gordon loves ham but not mangoes, ahh but peaches would fill in just fine & I love the sound of the dressing!

    Ivy, go back & look at the Egyptian Puff Pastry dish again, check out the upper right hand corner & you’ll see part of a casserole dish, it was only served in the mug. Don’t pass up a great recipe like this one.

    I also grabbed your tequila lime chicken recipe & your Israeli roasted chicken; how about “succulent” to replace the word moist?

    Your honey dew and raspberry agua fresca drink sounds cool & inviting…

    If these are your most “unloved” I can hardly wait to see your most loved recipes! you have really great blog! thank for all of the hard work that you put into it. have a blessed week this next week.

  4. Recipes 1 & 2 – would not make because I’m not big dessert fan. Recipe #3 – Ham doesn’t excite me. Recipe #4 looks delicious and will try it this week! Recipe #5 – you lost me at the fried tortilla strips – I don’t like to fry anything.

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