Tag: comfort food

Our Top Meaty Recipes for Cranking On Your Slow Cooker

by in Recipes, January 16th, 2016

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork SandwichesIf there was ever a secret weapon in the kitchen, your trusty slow cooker is it. With its ability to transform tough, often cheaper meats into tender, fall-apart mains of greatness, it’s no wonder that this hands-off cooking vessel is a wintertime staple. The key to using a slow cooker to its utmost potential is setting it all up in the morning, letting it do its thing and coming home later to a full-fledged, perfectly executed meal. Simply clear some space on your countertop, prep your ingredients and crank on that slow heat for delicately cooked, no-fork-necessary preparations for pork, beef, chicken and turkey.

Pork

Ingredients like brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, paprika and tomato paste make Food Network Magazine’s Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches the easiest way to get the coleslaw-topped sandwich favorite even in the dead of winter. Cooked low and slow for hours on end, pork shoulder gains all the quintessentially smoky vibes of barbecue without ever entering an actual smoker. For more takes on slow-cooker pork, pile it into tortillas for Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos or make your own slowly cooked meat for homemade Cuban sandwiches.

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Baked Pastas > Every Other Pasta — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 14th, 2016

Baked ZitiAmp up the comfort factor of your go-to pasta suppers by doing more than boiling water and tossing the finished product in sauce. These colder-weather months call for baked pasta recipes — and lots of ‘em — to get you through the winter. Pile your next pasta dish into a casserole dish, top it off with cheese and let it all come to bubbling, crispy-on-top heights in the oven. These five stick-to-your-ribs baked pasta dinners prove that the final baking step takes your pasta favorites over the edge.

It’s no surprise that Baked Ziti is one of the first baked pasta dishes to come to mind. Loaded up with meat (this time, ground beef and sausage), tomato sauce and a three-cheese combo (Parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella), Ree Drummond’s cheesy and kid-friendly casserole has everything you’d want, all in one dish.

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Your Favorite Comfort Foods As Casseroles

by in Recipes, January 14th, 2016

comfort food casserolesComfort foods can be messy. Delicious as they are, saucy, soupy and gooey dishes aren’t usually easy to transport either. Solve this problem by turning your favorite cozy meals into easy casseroles. Whether you’re feeding a crowd or wanting not-sad leftovers for work, these transportable, sliceable meals will not disappoint. Consider them the crème de la crème of casseroles.

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Our Best Cheesy Baked Macs to Try Now

by in Recipes, January 12th, 2016

Staying in next weekend? There’s no better way to pass the time than dipping your fork into a bubbling scoop of baked mac and cheese. We’ve got just the recipes to keep your oven occupied, from ham and Fontina-laced mac to a smoky bacon rendition loaded with pepper Jack. With 5 stars and over 100 reviews, these six takes on the classic comfort dish will surely hit the spot.

Ina’s Mac and Cheese (pictured at top)
Ina Garten enhances mac and cheese by using Gruyère in addition to cheddar, the classic star. When selecting a cheddar, go for the extra-sharp variety — Gruyère’s bold, earthy flavor complements the creamy bite.

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All-in-One Chicken Spaghetti — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 10th, 2016

Chicken SpaghettiOn nights when you don’t have time to execute multiple meal components to turn out a full, hearty dinner, look no further than this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week, a top-rated casserole from The Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond’s easy, cheesy suppertime staple combines shredded chicken, fresh peppers and a creamy mushroom sauce with spaghetti to create a stick-to-your-ribs favorite that will feed a crowd.

For more satisfying recipes, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

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All of the Alfredo

by in Recipes, January 9th, 2016

Fettuccine Alfredo is a nostalgic comfort food for me. When I was a young child, my absolute favorite meal was macaroni and cheese from the blue box (if my parents tried to pull a fast one and buy the store-brand red box, apparently I knew immediately by taste). Then, at some point in early elementary school, I tried Alfredo in a red-sauce Italian joint and was hooked. It was a sophisticated step up from my beloved mac and cheese, and I would order it whenever possible. A highlight of a family trip to Disney World was a visit to the “original” Alfredo’s restaurant (R.I.P.) in Epcot to eat the signature dish.

This cream-sauced Italian-American pasta dish still hits the spot when winter comfort-food cravings kick in. Here are five Alfredo recipes to try, including Giada De Laurentiis’ classic, Food Network Kitchen’s hearty chicken variation and even lightened-up versions that still deliver the right creamy-cheesy notes (one’s even vegan!). Read more

Soup’s On! 5 Warming Must-Make Bowls — Comfort Food Feast

by in Recipes, January 7th, 2016

Chicken Noodle SoupOdds are, if you’re simmering a pot of soup at home, it’s because you really need it. Perhaps you’ve got a cold, the weather is seriously chilly or you’re just in need of some old-fashioned comfort you can slurp up with a spoon. No matter the reason, these are five of our favorite super-comforting soup recipes, bound to become the newest additions to your soup recipe arsenal.

There aren’t many dishes as comforting as a bowl of chicken noodle soup. Chock-full of vegetables, tender morsels of chicken and hearty noodles, Tyler Florence’s Chicken Noodle Soup is the classic recipe you long for. The key is simmering a whole chicken to create a savory, flavorful broth.

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6 Casseroles You Won’t Believe Are Healthy

by in Recipes, January 6th, 2016

By now we’re two weeks into winter (and counting down the seconds until spring), so hopefully your freezer is packed with comforting meals that are ready to be reheated at a moment’s notice. If not, that’s okay — there’s still time to prepare a bevy of cozy dishes to have on hand for upcoming snow days. These easy, make-ahead casseroles are perfect for nights when the idea of heading out to the grocery store is simply unfathomable. It’s hard to believe, but each recipe contains under 500 calories per serving. And they don’t skimp on the creamy, cheesy layers that make a casserole a casserole, either. Find out what tricks you can use to lighten up the quintessential winter comfort food.

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3 of a Kind: Comfort Food Mash-Ups

by in Restaurants, December 16th, 2015

Chicken-Fried Burger3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Just when you thought you’d had your fill of savory mash-ups, the restaurant world jumped into the game with a new, hybrid take on classic cravings. Whether in burger, waffle or taco form, these finds prove that sometimes two dishes together are indeed better than one. Read more

8 Stews That Are As Easy As They Are Comforting

by in Recipes, November 7th, 2015

Chicken StewMuch like warming soups and chilis, stews are a cool-weather classic that often deliver a complete meal in just one bowl. A hearty beef base may be the most traditional, but there are plenty of options for mix-ins: chicken, seafood, beans, sausage and more. It all comes down to layering flavors and complementary ingredients when simmering a pot of hearty stew. Check out some of Food Network’s best-ever stews below for new and tried-and-true ideas alike to stay warm all season long.

Chicken Stew
“Make a big pot. It tastes even better the next day,” Giada De Laurentiis explains of her top-rated recipe, which she beefs up with fresh veggies and kidney beans. She also gets it on the table in less than an hour.

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