Portland, Oregon is arguably the top food city in the U.S. right now. One iconic quirky Portland dish that’s right up there with bacon maple bar doughnuts is the “totcho,” a plate of tater tots, the fried, cafeteria favorite, covered in the cheese and toppings that usually accompany the sports bar nacho. My first meeting with the nacho of tots was an eye opening experience.
There are some clever vegan pasta recipes out there that approximate cheese sauces by way of blending nutritional yeast, miso, paprika, and probably a pinch of voodoo magic. The recipe calls for ¼ cup of miso paste, but I suggest that you start with 2 tablespoons and taste the sauce.
Comfort 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.
Chili was a serious point of contention in my household. It took my beef-averse sister years to convince my dad to switch to chicken; my mom prefers fewer beans and more peppers. And no one but me likes my version with smoked paprika. My family’s chili issues are a sort of microcosm of the larger chili-eating world: There’s the Texas crew, who insist beans and tomatoes should stay far away.
Check out mash-ups of favorite comfort food dishes from Food Network Kitchen, like meatloaf lasagna and brownie s'mores and French onion mac and cheese soup. More from Food Network: Our Best One-Pot Meals Easy Slow Cooker Recipes Top 50 Most-Saved Recipes 12 Foods Nutritionists Say They Won’t Eat
We’ve long associated grits as part of our country breakfast south of the Mason Dixon line, or in classic southern dishes like shrimp and grits. But grits have become so much more than that, and you can see its influence and implementations in recipes far and wide.
By ediblefeast.com If you’ve resolved to eat more healthfully this year, sweet potatoes ought to be at the top of your shopping list. Packed with vitamins A and C and rich in fiber, these root vegetables are as versatile as they are easy to cook with. From soups and mashes to pies and biscuits, here are some comforting sweet potato recipes when it’s cold outside.
Check out all these rad pizza-themed appetizers! They are excellent for any party or gathering among friends, but better when you make them at midnight and eat all of them by yourself in front of the warm, welcoming glow of Netflix’s original programming. Who needs friends when you have pizza pot pie?
During the Super Bowl, while my husband is in front of the television yelling about bad play calls, I’ll be in the kitchen enjoying some of my favorite Super Bowl recipes. I’m going to make chips and dips, onion rings, jalapeño poppers and chicken wings just to name a few. Some of our recipes for these favorite snacks use an easy, mess free oven-fry technique that gives food a crispy golden crust and moist interior. It tastes like fried food, but it’s better for you.
OK, we knew it had to end sooner or later. After a gloriously long fall that extended well into December, giving us a downright balmy holiday season on the East Coast, it’s time to pay the weather piper. Our first big winter storm (the menacing Jonas) is upon us, which means most likely being stuck inside all weekend. But there’s something nice about cozying up all weekend at home, being lazy, binge-watching all those shows you haven’t gotten to yet, and the best part: cooking up a, well, storm.
Baked mac and cheese is pretty much the ultimate comfort food on a frigid day. Whether you spice it up with pimentos, bake it with winter veggies like squash, Swiss chard and peas, top off some pizza with it (really!) or try a vegan version, these warming dishes are sure to hit the spot.
There’s not much you can do to make sloppy joes less sloppy — sorry for destroying all your nice napkins, mom — but there’s a whole lot you can do to make them more delicious. If you’re looking to upgrade your joe, start with the beef: Avoid the temptation of the cheap ground chuck (no, you can’t cover up the mediocre flavor with spices). Look for something worthy of a hamburger, with about 20 percent fat. Related: The 50 Best Sandwiches in America “It’s like cooking with wine,” says chef Jonathan Schnipper, co-founder of Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen in New York City.
Hot dish is not just a casserole: It’s a Midwestern icon. A hot dish is a layered casserole invented by budget-conscious farmwives in the 1930s that came to rely heavily on canned vegetables, creamed soup and crunchy toppings like Tater Tots or chow mein noodles. “Hot dish is a dangerous thing to play with,” Kaysen says. “There will always be someone with a grandma who makes it better.”
Do you own a waffle iron? YouTube channel Food Steez this week posted a quick video that gives you the lowdown on how to make these delicious concoctions and the good news is that it’s an incredibly straightforward process that looks even easier than making your own pizza on a pizza stone. First, you don’t need to make waffle batter for this particular recipe — you can just buy some pizza dough from your local grocery store or bakery and place it inside the waffle iron after you’ve sufficiently flattened it out.
Grilled cheese, quite possibly the ultimate comfort food, is largely enjoyed by those who give in to pleasure and sinful indulgence, without pretense or taking themselves too seriously. Those are character traits that can serve us well in another area of life: Research has indicated a lover of grilled cheese tends to enjoy a better sex life.
Pizza mashups are better than a report card full of As, a hot boyfriend with a six pack, and summer break. Okay, maybe not all those things, but it’s pretty close. The only thing that tops pizza is pizza AND something else, so step up your pepperoni and cheese creativity with these dishes.
Hot dogs are near and dear to many Americans’ hearts. But how you define a hot dog may differ vastly depending on whether you’re in, say, New Jersey, West Virginia, or Chicago: The brand of dog, the type of bun, and everything that goes on top is likely to vary. Is the hot dog steamed or grilled? Are the buns toasted?
Whether you are an avid football fan or just a fan because everyone else around you is, no one can deny the feeling of hunkering down on a Sunday with a big blanket and some good snacks.
Meatballs are a surefire crowd pleaser, so we decided to develop a recipe with a Greek spin, using ground lamb seasoned with mint and dill. To make them paleo, we replaced the typical panade—a paste made from bread and milk that’s used to keep ground meat moist—with boiled and pureed cashews.
Comfort food in a big ol’ casserole dish: These cheesy, creamy mashed potatoes are exactly the satisfying dish you want to scoop up when it’s chilly outside. To add extra “buttery” flavor — without a drizzle of real butter — look for Yukon Gold potatoes, which naturally cook up to a creamy texture. Sharp cheddar and lower-fat cream cheese provide savory richness.
Many chefs speak in hushed tones of American cheese’s essentialness when it comes to topping burgers, there’s undoubtedly been a shift in public perception. So when did we all become such snobs? When did this happen? Turns out the tide’s been turning on American cheese for quite awhile.
© Con Poulos Just because piña colada season is over doesn’t mean you should banish your blender to the back of the cabinet. The appliance is the perfect tool for supercreamy, extra-satisfying fall soups. Here, 11 of our easiest, most delicious soups—from butternut squash to cauliflower—that can all be made in a blender. Related: More Delicious Warming Soups 7 Recipes for Grilled Cheese’s BFF, Tomato Soup 10 Spectacular Noodle Soups 15 Amazing Vegetarian Soups Terrific Cold Soup