Comfort in a Bowl by Maria Russo in Recipes, January 13th, 2012
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Though there’s no question it’s been an unseasonably warm winter, the temperatures are finally starting to dip toward average January numbers and we’re once again craving rich, stick-to-your-ribs dishes that fill you up and keep you cozy. Nothing delivers that warmth quite like hearty soups, stews and chilis do. This weekend, cook up some steaming bowls of our favorite comfort foods and share the decadence with your family.
This thick, cheesy Chicken-Corn Chili (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine is loaded with protein-rich white beans, tender corn kernels and fragrant herbs. Ground cumin and a jalapeno pepper add flavor and subtle spice to the chili, while a dollop of sour cream offers tang. To save time in the kitchen, use store-bought rotisserie chicken and have the dish ready in just 40 minutes.
Danny Boome’s indulgent Braised Lamb Stew boasts cubes of cardamom-marinated lamb shoulder that are simmered until tender in a tomato-based sauce featuring chickpeas, chewy apricots and refreshing lemon zest.
If you think you can’t make a tasty, full-bodied soup in under an hour, think again. Ellie Krieger’s quick Nutty Sweet Potato Soup from Cooking Channel is made with fresh vegetables, warm honey and ginger. Stir in a hefty helping of peanut butter to add creaminess and a smooth texture to the soup.
For a less traditional bowl of comfort food, try Food.com’s 25-minute Lemon Risotto. When making any risotto, it’s best to use Italian Arborio rice instead of traditional white or brown kinds, because the European variety can absorb flavors without becoming soggy. To make this decadent bowl, sauté the rice with onions, garlic and butter in a chicken broth-lemon mixture and sprinkle the finished product with grated Parmesan cheese for extra indulgence.
Visit Food Network for more Comfort Food Classics.