Comfort Food Dinner Recipes
Meant for cozy suppers on any day of the week, these crowd-pleasing entrées are likely to bring back delicious memories. Indulge in a gooey deep-dish pizza, or gather the family for a homey meat loaf meal.
Nothing quite compares to the comforting abilities of a piping hot dinner pulled from the oven after a long day or the soothing effects of a steaming bowl of soup to warm you from the inside out. We've gathered a few of our favorite comfort food dinner recipes that we are sure will become comfort classics in your home too—if they're not already!
This generous serving of soup is chock-full of vegetables and is hearty enough to be a complete meal.
A bubbling hot casserole is the quintessential comfort food. They are welcome at just about every occasion. And talk about convenient: Most of the prep can be done in advance. This Chicken Enchilada Casserole is no exception. Prep ahead and bake when you're ready to eat.
Dress up classic macaroni and cheese with applewood-smoked bacon, chicken, and Ranch dressing-inspired seasonings for a delicious twist on this classic dish.
Pan-fried chicken is a healthy alternative to traditional fried chicken. Replacing some of the salt with spices like ginger, paprika, cinnamon, and nutmeg reduces the amount of sodium and pumps up the flavor.
Cipollini onions are small, flat Italian onions. If you can't find them, substitute pearl onions. Other large full-flavored greens like mustard greens or kale will work, as well. Slow cookers promise easy prep, but achieving delicious, picture-perfect comfort food results relies on heeding three principles: Don't skip the browning step; use a cautious hand with added liquid; and, finally, let the slow cooker do its work slowly.
Substitute mozzarella or provolone for white cheddar, if you prefer. Serve with steamed fresh broccoli spears and mashed potatoes. Make sandwiches with leftover meat loaf; serve on an onion roll.
Ask your butcher to cut a 1-pound roast for you, or buy a larger one (especially if it's on sale) and freeze the rest for later. Use a dark beef that's not too strong and it will balance the sweet root vegetables.
Looking for a satisfying dinner that will leave you feeling warmed from the inside out? Look no further. For a pop of freshness, sprinkle with cilantro before serving.
Traditional eggplant Parmesan packs the calories. We remade the recipe using whole-wheat panko; the regular type became soggy in a test. It barely browns but creates a perfectly crisp coating.
Fragrant spices infuse this stew with extra warmth. Originating in Mexico's Pacific Coast region, this soup is a Christmas tradition, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying a bowlful year round.
Avocado cream provides a cooling counterpoint to the spicy ancho chicken in this recipe. We love what the cilantro slaw does to the texture of the dish.
Briny capers and bright lemon really make this bird sing. Serve this tangy chicken with mashed potatoes or roasted seasonal root vegetables to make an even more comforting plate.
Anchovy paste in a tube is convenient if you don't have fillets. Try 2 teaspoons in place of fillets in this dish. Serve with a salad of green leaf lettuce, red onion, and fresh parsley, dressed with 1 tablespoon olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
Place the leg of lamb on a rack in a heavy roasting pan so air circulates and it browns and cooks evenly. The tangy yogurt sauce is the perfect finishing touch to the delicious lamb.
Gochujang is an indispensable Korean sauce based on fermented soybeans and chiles. You'll find it in Asian markets, or seek out Annie Chun's brand, which is more widely available.