Comfort Food Menu Ideas
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January can sometimes be a hard month to get through. The holidays are over, it’s usually cold, there’s sickness in the air, etc. Below are some Comfort Food Menu Ideas sure to comfort you when you need it most.
Comfort food means many things to many people. When asked what a person’s favorite comfort food is, he might respond with spaghetti and meatballs, Mexican food, or maybe even hamburgers.
For me, comfort food means a dish that simmers on the stove for many hours, or a recipe that includes mashed potatoes and gravy. Something that is warm, creamy, and possibly that involves egg noodles.
But it also includes hearty breads and delicious desserts–maybe those that are chocolate.
My Favorite Comfort Food Menu Ideas – Main Dishes
Lets begin with my favorite beef dishes. This might be a beef roast or simply ground beef, but always slow cooked or roasted. Simple, savory, and so good.
Roast Beef and Noodles is a favorite dish I like to make in the fall and winter. There are few things better than to walk in from the cold to the savory scent of roast beef cooking on the stove.
You can’t get more down-home cooking than Chicken Fried Steak. Perfect for hearty, Meat-and-Potato food lovers. Comfort food deluxe!
Here’s my take on Ragu Bolognese with Homemade Pappardelle. This dish simmers on the stove for hours, cooking down to a dense, flavor intense sauce, that’s simply wonderful. Comfort Food, Italian-style.
The secret to making a Savory Pot Roast with Vegetables is searing in the juices at the very beginning. Once that’s done, let is simmer slowly on the stove. Then use the yummy juices to season the vegetables for roasting in the oven. So good.
This easy Salisbury Steak and Gravy recipe is a wonderful meal to serve your family when you’re in need of some quick comfort food.
Here’s a good old-fashioned recipe for Sunday Meatloaf, with saltine crackers to make it moist and a catsup glaze that is probably my favorite part.
I made Swiss Steak for the first time in my first year of marriage. As I’ve mentioned before, my husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. So, as a new bride, I was always looking for recipes to make him smile.
Next we’ll turn to some of my favorite chicken dishes. This could be a whole chicken, chicken thighs or maybe chicken breasts. Again, these are slow cooked and served with potatoes or other vegetables. Yum!
I enjoy making Chicken Pot Pie during cooler weather. Our family loves it. Perfect Comfort Food. Tender, flaky crust. Juicy chunks of chicken. Potatoes, carrots, and peas in a succulent gravy. So good.
Serve Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes when you’re in need of comfort. Serious. Comfort. Food.
Some nights I just want something creamy and easy for supper. This Creamy Garlic Chicken Recipe hits the spot with butter, garlic, and heavy cream, plus Parmesan cheese. So, yummy. And perfect for a weeknight dinner.
Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken with Vegetables is a delicious recipe to make for your family for Sunday dinner or special occasion. Prepare the chicken the night before, then bake for a juicy, rich, and oh so yummy dinner! The seasoned root vegetables are roasted to tenderness and are the perfect accompaniment to the molasses-brined chicken.
Comfort Food – Bread
Harvest Grain Sandwich Loaf uses Harvest Grains Blend which I love to add to whole wheat bread recipes. It stays soft and makes perfect breakfast toast or sandwich bread.
Ranch Loaves are a favorite at our house. They are incredibly tasty and a perfect fit for chicken, beef, or pork dinners. Even sliced with a piece of cheese or slathered with butter makes a great snack.
Oat Rolls are one of our family favorites! They are easy to make and so delicious. Soft, tender, with oatmeal goodness that turns it into a slightly sweet, hearty bread.
Once you try this recipe for Country Biscuits, you may never go back to store bought canned or frozen. All three of our daughters have made these biscuits for the county fair and received purple ribbons.
We love this Tangy Sourdough Bread and make it every week! It makes two loaves, so I’ll either freeze one for later in the week or take it to our weekly potluck at church, or give a loaf to family or friends.
These Cinnamon Rolls are so delightful, I’m sure you will enjoy them and make them time-and-time again. Pillowy-soft dough that practically melts in your mouth. Cream Cheese Icing. Filled with buttery brown sugar and cinnamon. Pecans and Raisins.
Comfort Food – Desserts
Coconut Cream Pie is my husband’s favorite pie. A delicious vanilla pudding flavored with sweetened coconut flakes and topped with a fluffy, light-as-clouds meringue. I like making this pie from fall to spring, as it just goes perfectly with other comfort food recipes.
This Chocolate Applesauce Cake recipe comes from my Grandma Swiler, and is a family favorite.
Every now and then, I get a hankering for a Moist Butter Cake with Chocolate Frosting. Here’s one you can make homemade from scratch. And homemade is always better!
Make this delicious Vanilla Pound Cake recipe this winter. The sugar topping sends this cake right over the top!