Comfort Food Dish-of-the-Day
Bacon and Egg Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and Arugula
This upscale twist on the traditional breakfast sandwich features sweet, tender caramelized onion and peppery arugula.
Brussels Sprouts Gratin
Braise the Brussels sprouts and toast the bread-crumbs up to a day ahead. Before serving, add cooked, crumbled bacon to the toasted breadcrumb mixture, and then sprinkle the mixture over the sprouts. Broil 3 minutes or until golden and thoroughly heated.
Mom's Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Traditional creamy chicken casserole can have more than 800 calories per serving, but we’re serving up this classic comfort dish with a fraction of the calories.
Slightly spicy andouille sausage, shrimp, rice, and the cooking “trinity” of the Bayou—onion, celery, and bell pepper—give this regional dish its distinctive flavor. If you want to keep it mild, omit the additional ground red pepper from the rice mixture.
French Onion Soup
For perfectly caramelized onions, the key is low and slow cooking. You'll be glad you spent the extra time on this warm and savory soup.
Parmesan and Pine Nut-Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken
The combination of Parmesan cheese and pine nuts lends an extra boost of flavor to this dish. The crust gets golden and crisp in the skillet, and helps insulate the chicken to keep it supremely juicy.
Roasted Vegetable and Ricotta Pizza
With an extensive list of vegetables rounding out the ingredient list and creamy dollops of ricotta sprinkled atop, this pizza will be irresistible from the first bite.
Crab Eggs Benedict
For all the comfort of traditional eggs Benedict without the calories, we updated the classic with a mock hollandaise sauce. It's made from mayonnaise and buttermilk instead of clarified butter. Serve with steamed asparagus.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
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.
Crisp Cauliflower Fritters
These light, golden-brown fritters are a delicious vegetarian dinner alternative. Prepare a colorful
Turkey and Bean Chili
To save time, chop off the top of a washed bunch of cilantro rather than picking the individual leaves. The thin stems toward the top are very tender.
Chicken Parmesan Burgers
Ciabatta's crispy-chewy exterior and dense interior pair perfectly with the hearty filling of this sandwich.
Savory Bread Puddings with Ham and Cheddar
Comforting bread pudding becomes a main dish instead of dessert by using savory rather than sweet ingredients. Preparing it in individual ramekins gives it a dressier feel and shortens cooking time.
Rated 5-stars by readers and named an all-time favorite by our staff, these oven-baked fries are so good (and easy!) that you'll never go back to deep-fried fries.
Bacon, Ranch, and Chicken Mac and Cheese
Dress up classic macaroni and cheese with applewood-smoked bacon, chicken, and Ranch dressing-inspired seasonings for a delicious twist on this classic dish.
Vanilla Bean Shortbread
This half-oil, half-butter version yields a crisp, delicate cookie. The cookies can be made in advance and will keep for several days stored in an airtight container.
Guinness Lamb Stew
Open-Faced Blackened Catfish Sandwiches
Don't skip out on the creamy cilantro slaw. It pairs wonderfully with oh-so-savory blackened catfish.
Lemon Cream Pie
Fluffy, topping, silky filling, and crisp crust: This cream pie is truly dreamy.
Gnocchi with Browned Butter
This healthy adaptation of gnocchi is served in a rich browned butter sauce and topped with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and toasted walnuts.
Sweet Onion Casserole
Onions, rice, and a creamy cheese sauce make this casserole a winner in our book. We're fairly sure you'll agree.
Ciabatta French Toast with Warm Apple Maple Syrup
Moist yet crusty ciabatta and nutty Gruyère cheese set this dish apart from traditional French toast with an extra comforting twist. A vegetable peeler works great for getting thin slices out of the cheese. Rome or Fuji apples would also work.
Beef and Mushroom Sloppy Joes
This comfort food classic receives a decidedly grown-up makeover with the addition of cremini mushrooms. The morels offer deeper, richer flavor, but you can also use regular button mushrooms.
Lemon Chicken Soup with Dumplings
This warm and comforting soup, featuring matzo dumplings, is the perfect dish to mark the beginning of Passover.
Rosemary Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Shallots
You don't need butter and cream to make wonderfully creamy mashed sweet potatoes. Heart-healthy olive oil adds flavor and silkiness without saturated fat.
Baked Mozzarella Bites
Serve this quick after-school snack to your kids as an alternative to traditional fried cheesesticks.
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.
Roasted Banana Pudding
Many folks say banana pudding is best the next day, after the flavors have blended overnight and the cookies have softened. In our classic recipe makeover, roasting the bananas in the peel intensifies the flavor.
Sponge Cake with Orange Curd and Strawberries
Matzo and almond flour sponge cake is delightful—floral and sweet, with lemon, orange, and tangy berries. This cake is a winner year-round.
Lasagna with Grape Tomatoes and Broccoli Rabe
"Fresh" is a word not often associated with lasagna, yet that's exactly the sensation this one offers. Sweet-as-candy grape tomatoes burst and release their moisture and flavor, while earthy-bitter broccoli rabe and milder Broccolini balance the taste.