Tag: comfort food

6 Mac and Cheese Dishes We’re Dreaming About

by in Recipes, February 23rd, 2017

When we’re struggling to get through the grayness of winter, more often than not, our thoughts turn to dinner. And on these wearying days, happiness looks a lot like a bowl of warm, stick-to-your-ribs mac and cheese. For all the dreamers with visions of cheesy pasta dancing in their heads, here are 6 versions worth fantasizing about.

Baked Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Food Network Magazine’s recipe takes all the traditional elements of a baked macaroni and cheese dish and does one better. To start, a classic butter-and-flour roux takes a spicy turn with hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder and cayenne pepper. On the ooey-gooey side of things are four different cheeses: a blend of white American, sharp yellow cheddar and Havarti in the sauce; and grated Parmesan in the topping. To finish, the recipe calls for switching up breadcrumbs in the topping with crushed butter crackers.
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Our Cheesiest, Most-Comforting Lasagna Recipes Worthy of a 5-Star Rating

by in Recipes, February 22nd, 2017

Spinach Lasagna with Mushroom RaguComfort can be found in a variety of things: a warm cup of coffee, the soft hug of the perfect sweater or your favorite meal baking in the oven. While many meals are considered comfort foods, the inclusion of cheese, carbs and a decadent sauce really takes the dish to the next level. And lasagna, the perfect combination of all three, is one of our go-to choices. Read more

Exactly What to Make When All You Want to Do Is Hygge

by in Recipes, February 21st, 2017

In America, we aren’t strangers to the comforts of curling up in a fuzzy blanket, book in one hand, cocoa in the other. But in Denmark, coziness (and all its accessories — fireplaces, knit socks, sweet treats, candlelight and good friends) is practically a national sport. The Danes call it “hygge” (pronounced “hoo-gah”), and you likely heard about it late last year when several books on the subject hit shelves and turned the Danish tradition into a full-blown lifestyle trend. Why are we not surprised? Adopting a trend that basically involves getting into your comfiest pajamas and never leaving the couch is pretty much a no-brainer. When your family is ready for some major hygge time, dial it up the with one of these recipes — some inspired by traditional Scandinavian dishes, and others with a more American flair.

Ginger Molasses Skillet Cookie (above)

In Denmark, it’s not hyggeligt without sweets, and this skillet cookie (with its Scandi-inspired icing design) is a no-fuss way to get your whole crowd in a comfy state-of-mind instantly.

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Our Most-Comforting Potato Recipes to Curl Up with This Weekend

by in Recipes, February 16th, 2017

Mid-February is about that time when our dedication to New Year’s food resolutions begins to wane. Instead of feeling guilty and hypercritical, let’s just declare this weekend a time for indulgence – and loose-fitting pants. Before we know it, the season of salads and cold summer soups will be upon us, so it’s wise to fill up on wintertime pleasures while we can. Here at Food Network, we’re craving potatoes, no matter the form. Fried, baked or blended into soup, we’re gearing up to celebrate spuds in all of their carb-laden, stick-to-your-ribs glory. From twice-baked potatoes stuffed with bacon and sour cream to crispy-crunchy fries seasoned liberally with salt and pepper, here are a few of our most-comforting recipes. Go ahead – you deserve it.

The Classic
Trisha Yearwood takes the humble baked potato to new heights by combining the soft, starchy flesh with cheddar and sour cream, baking it twice and topping it with bacon. “I learned the hard way not to wrap the potatoes in foil before baking,” Trisha says. “It softens the shells and they will fall apart. Baking them unwrapped makes the shells stronger for scooping out the potato flesh later.”

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5 Foods That Will Love You Unconditionally on Valentine’s Day

by in Holidays, Recipes, February 11th, 2017

Mozzarella Pillows

A great love might give you comfort but, if we’re being really honest, a lifetime of great meals is a close second in our books. Whether you’re on the outs with your would-be Valentine or, perhaps, cheesy casseroles speak your language more than a box of store-bought chocolates ever could, these are the recipes that whisper the language of love to us.

A steadfast partner might always be there to catch your fall, but we’d argue that these plush, prosciutto-filled Mozzarella Pillows will be there to give you a soft landing too.

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14 Macaroni and Cheese Makeovers You Just Have to See

by in Recipes, January 30th, 2017

Croque Monsieur Mac and CheeseTry a new spin on the classic dish everyone always loves for dinner. We’ve got unexpected add-ins, fun ways to serve it and top-rated rated recipes.

Make It a Meal
Adding protein to mac and cheese transforms the dish from a side to a full-on entree.

Croque Monsieur Mac and Cheese
Ham, Gruyère cheese and real breadcrumbs give this dish (pictured above) new levels of flavor and texture.

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How to Eat Pizza Around the Clock

by in Recipes, January 26th, 2017

Growing up, Friday night was pizza night. My family and I were regulars at our town’s single brick-and-mortar pizzeria, which ran a mean take-out service. Every week, we’d call in our usual order: One large pie with mushrooms, onions and extra mozzarella. I can still remember sitting in the passenger’s seat of my mom’s car, the hot pizza box on my lap, feeling giddy with anticipation. Every few minutes, I would lift the lid and inhale deeply as the wonderfully cheesy aromas escaped their cardboard confines. “It’ll get cold if you keep doing that,” my mom would say.

I grew up, but my love of pizza stayed strong – and with age came wisdom. Having spent the better part of the last two decades awakening my palate to new, previously unthinkable topping combinations and different crust styles, I’ve recently made the most important discovery of all: It’s okay to eat pizza for dinner, lunch and breakfast (sometimes even dessert too) — and not just on Fridays. Because, if you haven’t already realized, everything tastes better on top of pizza crust.

Still need convincing? I’ll let these ‘round-the-clock recipes speak for themselves.

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A Classic Pasta Dish for Every Savory Craving

by in Recipes, January 12th, 2017

It goes without saying that pasta is one of our favorite staple foods pretty much year-round, but especially in the winter when our love for hearty foods comes to head. It’s quick and easy, and can be dressed up to deliver satisfaction in so many ways. In light of all the pasta we’ll be enjoying this season, here’s a roundup of classic pasta dishes to cater to all sorts of savory cravings.

Garlicky

Though garlic is an aromatic constant in most, if not all, pasta dishes, it usually plays more of a supporting role. In Spaghetti Aglio e Olio (or with “garlic and oil”), garlic shines as the main star of a dish with little more than olive oil, salt and grated Parmesan cheese.

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Not-Your-Average Nachos from Kitchen Sink

by in Recipes, Shows, January 10th, 2017

Not-Your-Average Nachos

8 Kid-Friendly Slow-Cooker Meals

by in Family, Recipes, January 9th, 2017

Slow-Cooker Pot RoastWhen it comes to family meals, I’m always looking for three things: wholesome ingredients, simple preparation and kid-friendly flavors. You really can’t beat the slow cooker for the second one; just throw your ingredients in, and that contraption politely cooks dinner for you all day long. These are the crowd-pleasing recipes I’ve made over and over again. Every one of them is full of fresh ingredients and kid-tested.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast (pictured above)
This is the meal my mother-in-law makes every time we gather for a special family meal. Pot roast may be my father-in-law’s favorite, but this dish has other things going for it too: All the veggies cook right along with the meat (one pot!), and every bite is so tender that even our two-year-old can dig right in.

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