The cold and blistering winter season can make it challenging to venture outside the comforts of home. Whether ducking out to grab lunch or meeting up for a dinner date, dining out can feel like much more of a chore with snow and slush stacked against you. Instead of trying to make a run for it, try out these comfort food ideas at home.

Vegetables

Winter-seasonal vegetables offer a unique freshness to any dish. Plus, opting to stock up on items that thrive in winter months can also help to avoid expensive imports of unseasonable items. Try incorporating any of these winter vegetables in your salads and recipes, or roast them up with your favorite seasoning for a heathy and easy side serving when it comes to winter comfort food.

  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery root
  • Sunchokes
  • Kohlrabi
  • Parsnips
  • Radishes

For fruit – clementines, mandarins, pears, persimmons, and pomelos are great options to enjoy during winter months.

Soup & Side

French Onion Soup: A true classic, French onion soup is as warming as it is rich in flavor. It can take a bit of prep and patience, but this recipe is totally worth the wait.

Roasted Mushrooms with Red Wine Butter: A simple and quick winter comfort food recipe that opts to cook up hearty mushrooms in the oven instead of in a skillet. A dash of salt and a pinch of herbs and you’re on your way!

Citrus Foie Gras: The richness and texture of foie gras is perfectly suited for the winter. It’s luxurious and distinct while also flexible to pair with seasonal flavors – like citrus, making it a comfort food idea worth looking into.

Main

Mac & Cheese: Nothing is more comforting than a serving of hearty mac & cheese. To add a little excitement, consider the gourmet flare of this recipe with Andouille sausage and chiles.

Shepherd’s Pie: Substantial in density, a truly “meat and potatoes” Shepherd’s pie can fill your belly and warm your heart. While often filled with lamb, Girl Gone Gourmet offers up a recipe using ground beef and simple seasonings for a winter comfort food everyone can enjoy.

Truffle Fettucine with Mushrooms: Anything truffle provides a comforting richness that counteracts a dreary winter day. A little dash of truffle oil in your pasta or a spread of truffle butter to accompany your side bread is sure to delight your taste buds.

 

Looking for inspiration to enhance your winter dining? Check out our online store for anything from caviar to foie gras and get inspired!