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Every year, The Old Farmer’s Almanac holds a recipe contest with three cash prizes. Find out about this year’s recipe contest and enter here! Plus, see the winning recipes from past years’ contests—tested for creativity and deliciousness!

The 2022 Recipe Contest: “Go Bananas!”

For this year’s recipe contest, submit a recipe using bananas. However, your challenge is to go beyond banana bread. Bananas are so versatile—and a delicious ingredient in many breakfast, dinner, dessert, and drink recipes.

Great taste, creativity, and uniqueness are all appreciated. Submit your recipe below for a chance to win!

Enter 2022 Recipe Contest here

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Past Recipe Contest Winners

As the editors, we certainly all enjoyed tasting these delicious recipes in our test kitchens. Enjoy the “best of the best” recipes shared by Almanac readers below!

The 2021 “Five or Fewer Ingredients” Contest

First Prize: Apricot Sriracha-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

Second Prize: Easy Latte Truffles

Third Prize: Pesto Ricotta With Asparagus on Toast

The 2020 Appetizers Recipe Content

First Prize: Buffalo Deviled Eggs

Second Prize: Stuffed Jalapeños 

Third Prize: Spicy Mexican Shrimp Bites

Honorable Mention: Zippy Potato Balls

The 2019 Pasta Recipe Contest

First Prize: Spinach Artichoke Dip Stuffed Pasta Shells

Second Prize: Quick Southwest Pasta

Third Prize: Bacon Horseradish Penne Pasta

The 2018 Orange Recipe Contest

First Prize: Cran-Orange Couscous Salad

Second Prize: Spicy Orange Salmon Over Edamame and Corn

Third Prize: Brussels Sprouts With Bacon and Orange

Honorable Mention: Orange-Glazed Grilled Chicken With Chunky Orange Salsa

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Cran-Orange Couscous Salad. Photo Credit: Lori Pedrick.

The 2017 Sweet Potato Contest

First Prize: No-Churn Sweet Potato Casserole Ice Cream

Second Prize: Sweet Potato Lentil Coconut Curry

Third Prize: Roasted Garlic Sweet Potato Mac-‘N-Cheese

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Photo Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner. These three delicious dishes were the winners in the 2017 Sweet Potato Contest.

The 2016 Savory Pie Contest

First Prize: Spiced Lamb Pie

Second Prize: Seacoast Scallop Pie

Third Prize: Tater-Crusted Cheese and Mushroom Pie

The 2015 Dips and Spread Contest

First Prize: Florentine Spinach Dip

Second Prize: Pesto Strata

Third Prize: Dressed-Up Crab Rangoon Dip

The 2014 Carrots Recipe Contest

First Prize: Carrot Ginger Soup

Second Prize: Apple Cider Risotto With Carrot Confetti

Third Prize: Spiced Carrot Biscuits With Salted Caramel Butter

The 2013 Beets Recipe Contest

First Prize: Beets and Potatoes Au Gratin

Second Prize: Raspberry Roasted Beets and Chevre Over Shallow, Walnut, and Beet Greens Couscous

Third Prize: Sweet Cherry Tomato and Beet Crostini

Runners-Up:

Red Sunrise Muffins

Beet and Sausage Balls

Greated Beet-Apple Salad

The 2012 Bacon Recipe Contest

First Prize: Spicy Bacon Pizza With Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

Second Prize: Bacon, Italian Sausage, and Bean Soup

Third Prize: Creamy Spaghetti Torte With Bacon

The 2011 Coffee Recipe Contest

First Prize: Mocha Truffle Loaf

Second Prize: Chocolate Coffee Oatmeal Sugar Cookies

Third Prize: Slow-Cooker Smoky Chili

Honorable Mention: Rich and Spicy Beef Stew

The 2010 Pumpkin Recipe Contest

First Prize: Pumpkin Harvest Soup

Second Prize: Southwestern Pumpkin Hummus

Third Prize: Pumpkin Nutmeg Knots

Honorable Mention: Ginger Thai Pumpkin Bisque

Honorable Mention: Pumpkin Waffles with Butter Pecan Butter

The 2009 Buttermilk Recipe Contest

First Prize: Shrimp and Corn Soup

Second Prize: Crispy-Coated Catfish in Creamy Buttermilk Sauce

Third Prize: Meat Loaf With Buttermilk

Honorable Mention: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Honorable Mention: Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Tenders with Tangy Buttermilk Dipping Sauce

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