In thinking about this post, I realized that I cook a lot of comfort food. I think because there’s something nurturing, not just nutritional, about eating food that feels good. And when I feel good, I’m better about making the time to write.
Luckily for my waistline, not all of my comfort foods are as unhealthy as my loaded mac n cheese. Some of my favorites are below, including appetizers, main courses, and even a couple of desserts. Some recipes are right out of a cook book. Others, again like my loaded mac n cheese, are adaptations of things I’ve seen or eaten. I hope you give some of them a try. And please share your own recipes (or even links to ones you like) in the comments!
Tear-Off Cbiatta Garlic Bread
1 loaf cbiatta bread
2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
1 clove garlic, minced
large ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
died parsley flakes
Heat the oven to 400 degrees
1. Cross cut the cbiatta bread through the middle, width-wise
2. Mix the minced garlic and oil or butter in a small bowl.
3. Place the two half-loaves on a baking sheet. Score the loaves, not all the way through, by making vertical slices.
4. Using a pastry brush or spoon, cover the inside of the loaf (not the crust) with the oil and garlic mixture. Lay the mozzarella slices on top.
Bake just until cheese is melted.
1 lb ground turkey
1 onion, minced
1 carrot, sliced
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup frozen corn
4 potatoes, peeled and cut
1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary
1/2 tablespoon dried thyme
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup beef broth
1 tablespoon flour
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
Heat oven to 400 degrees
1. Boil potatoes. Drain. Melt 1 tablespoon butter with milk in the same pot. Mix in with the potatoes and mash. Set aside.
2. Cook onion and carrot in a large skillet until softened, about 15 minutes.
3. Mix in ground turkey. Cook until browned.
4. Add flour and cook for two minutes, stirring constantly
5. Mix in rosemary, thyme, nutmeg, and beef broth. Cook for five minutes until thickened.
6. Add in peas and corn. Mix and pour into square baking dish. Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat mixture. Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into small pieces and spread out on top of the potatoes.
7. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until heated through.
Fast and Hearty Lentil Soup
1 can lentil soup (because dried lentils are a pain to clean)
2 potatoes, peeled, cut, and boiled until just softened
1 cup cooked macaroni
2 italian sausages, cooked and sliced
about 1/2 cup water
Mix lentil soup, potatoes, macaroni noodles, italian sausage, and water in a dutch oven. Cook on low until heated through. Delicious served with garlic bread.
Arnstein Baked Beans
1 can baked beans
one medium apple, peeled, cored and sliced
1. Mix baked beans, raisins, and apple slices in a medium pot.
2. Cover and cook on low heat about 40 minutes or until apples are soft.
Hot Fudge Sunday Cake
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts, if desired
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1 3/4 cups very hot water
Ice cream, if desired
heat oven to 350 degrees
1. Mix the flour, granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a square baking pan
2. Mix in milk, oil, and vanilla with a fork until smooth
3. Sprinkle brown sugar and cocoa over the batter. Pour water over everything, but do not mix.
4. Bake for 40 minutes or until the top is dry
Serve warm topped with ice cream
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup marshmallow creme
1 box graham cracker honey sticks
1. Mix chocolate chips and evaporated milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring occasionally, until melted. Pour in to a 9-inch pie plate
2. Drop tablespoonfuls of marshmallow creme randomly in the chocolate. Microwave for about 30 seconds or until the marshmallow is softened. Swirl with a knife until it looks marbled.
3. Serve warm with graham sticks for dipping.