Whether you’re relaxing by the fire or getting snug in some of our irresistible loungewear pieces, winter is full of opportunities to enjoy the comforts of home. In fact, since many of us are probably spending even more time indoors this season than usual, there’s never been a better time to fend off cabin fever with our favourite winter indulgences. Is there any better example of this than comfort food? Lucky for you, we’ve put together five of our favourite comfort food recipes so that you can add lots of decadent flavour to your winter moments!
A truly timeless staple beyond all comparison, beef stew is one of those culinary comforts that will never let you down. In fact, if you’re a meat-eater, we’d argue that no winter is complete without it. This mouth-watering recipe opts for the often underrated chuck steak to ensure tenderness and uses wine to bring an extra bit of richness and complexity to the flavour.
Who says comfort food has to be meaty? Contrary to what you might assume, this particular genre of food is in fact brimming with possibilities for vegetarians. Take this Italian veggie cottage pie, for example. The carnivores out there might be shocked by the suggestion of a cottage or shepherd’s pie without meat, but they shouldn’t knock it ’till they try it!
You know what? Let’s double down on that and offer up a delicious comfort food recipe for the vegans out there. Yes, that’s right, vegan BBQ pizza with cauliflower in place of chicken! This recipe may have the meat lovers running for the hills, but there’s no denying that it offers up all of the rich and decadent flavour that defines comfort food, without the animal products.
Alright, carnivores, you can come out from your hiding places. It would be a crime for us to talk about comfort food without invoking the all-powerful pulled pork. This recipe offers a spin on tradition by swapping out the smoker for a slow cooker, but the result is no less divine: a delicious pile of meat dripping with BBQ sauce and served on buttered and toasted buns.
You may have noticed that one icon of comfort food is missing so far: macaroni and cheese. Skip that box of Kraft Dinner and go for the real thing! This recipe takes a deliciously traditional approach to this Southern classic, complete with cayenne and—if you can find it—Creole or Cajun seasoning. No fluff, no nonsense, just pure, creamy, cheesy comfort.