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Comfort Food Recipes

There is something about winter, more than any other season, that evokes memories of and cravings for our favorite comfort food. Many of those recipes transport us back to our childhood. Others just make us feel warm and cozy inside. I look forward to the opportunity to make my old standbys, or have fun and try new ones. The problem is that, the older I get, the more foods I find 'comforting'. I suppose that is because eating is my favorite activity. For that matter, I find cooking comforting. However, there are certain foods that I crave on occasion that make me feel like everything is right with the world. What that food is depends on the time of year and the mood I am in at the moment. It might be as simple as a handful of roasted nuts, as light and nutritious as a bowl of chicken noodle soup, as time-consuming as a pot roast, or as decadent as a piece of chocolate cake with a thick layer of creamy chocolate frosting. That being said, I have attempted to compile a collection of my favorite comfort food recipes, many of which are quick and easy, others a bit more labor intensive, some that are healthy and light, and those that are delightfully indulgent. I hope some will become your favorites. If you don't find what you are craving, use the search box above or browse through the Recipe Files for many more options.



Poultry and Seafood


Vegetables and Beans (Main Dish)

Sandwiches, Wraps and Pizza

Side Dishes

Beef Pot Roast Recipe Photo

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Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew

Mom's Oven-Braised Beef Stew

Beef Tenderloin Stew

Sauerbraten (German Beef Pot Roast)

Oven-Braised Beef Brisket with Root Vegetables

Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast with Vegetables and Gravy

Oven-Braised Beef Roast and Vegetables

Italian-Style Meatloaf

Oven-Braised Swiss Steak
Mom's Swiss Steak

Chicken-Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Hamburger Steaks with Swiss Cheese, Onions and Mushrooms

Mushroom-Stuffed Rolled Flank Steak Braised in Tomato Sauce

Beef and Noodle Casserole

Easy Beef Stroganoff

Beef Pie

Mom's Chili with Meat and Beans

Braised Lamb with Peppers and Onions

Lamb Stew
Braised Lamb Shanks with Orzo and Vegetables

Braised Lamb Shanks with White Beans

Veal Parmesan

Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)

Osso Buco (Italian Braised Veal Shanks)

Pork Pot Roast with Vegetables and Gravy

Roasted Boneless Pork Loin with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Spicy Pork and Vegetable Stew
Pork Loin Roasted in Milk

Baked Stuffed Pork chops

Oven-Fried Pork Chops

Baked Spareribs with Apples and Squash

Choucroute Garnie (Sauerkraut Casserole with Pork, Sausage and Potatoes)

Pork and Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Schnitz und Knepp (Ham with Dried Apples and Dumplings)

Poultry and Seafood

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables with Gravy

Braised Chicken with White Wine and Vegetables

Braised Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Braised Chicken with Sausage and Peppers

Chicken Cacciatore (Italian Hunter's Chicken)

Chicken Pot Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch Bott Boi)

Chicken and Vegetable Stew

Stewed Chicken and Tomatoes with Toasted Orzo and Rice
Chicken and Waffles with Gravy

Stewed Chicken with Noodles

Classic Chicken Parmesan

Mammy's Pan-Fried Chicken

Braised Turkey Legs with Tomatoes

Turkey Meatloaf

Turkey Stroganoff

Turkey-Barley Casserole

Turkey-Vegetable Pie

Baked Fish Fillets with Mustard-Butter and Crumb Topping
Poached Cod with Browned Butter

Cornmeal-Crusted Fried Catfish

Fish and Potato Casserole

Fish Fillets with Marinara Sauce

Mom's Salmon Patties

Crispy Fried Shrimp

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp Bog (One Pot Shrimp and Rice)

Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

Crispy Fried Oysters


Mom's Lasagna with Meatballs and Sausage

Eggplant Lasagna

Pierogie Casserole

Pasta with Italian Meat Sauce

Pasta with Bolognese Sauce

Spaghetti with Pork and Tomato Ragu
Spaghetti and Meatballs with Tomato Sauce

Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Sauce

Fettuccine with Caramelized Onions and Egg Sauce

Nana Ranck's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)
Pasta with Sausage and Ricotta Cheese

Pasta with Turkey and Mushroom Ragu

Pasta with Mushroom Cream Sauce

Linguine with White Clam Sauce

Three-Cheese Manicotti with Tomato Sauce


Lentil Soup with Pasta and Pancetta

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Ham

Mom's White Bean and Ham Soup

Chili Soup

Pappy's Potato Soup

Turkey Vegetable Soup
Pasta e Fagioli (Italian Pasta and Bean Soup)

Split Pea Soup with Pancetta or Bacon

Cannellini Bean and Pasta Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Homemade Croutons

German Cabbage and Rice Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup

Mushroom-Barley Soup with Lentils and Greens

Beef Vegetable Soup

Southwestern Bean and Rice Soup

Bean and Kale Soup

Creamy Seafood Chowder

Vegetables and Beans (Main Dish)

Green Beans and Ham

Stewed Cabbage with Sweet Potatoes, Apples and Cider Vinegar (Mock Sauerkraut)

Jager Kohl (German Hunter's Cabbage)

Fried Cabbage and Noodles
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Cooked Turnips with Pork

Corn Pie

Traditional Eggplant Parmesan

Three-Cheese Eggplant Rollatini
Baked Zucchini with Turkey Stuffing and Tomato Sauce

Summer Vegetable Medley (Giambotta)

Pinto Beans and Rice

Vegetarian Three-Bean Chili

Sandwiches, Wraps and Pizza

Hamburger Barbecue Sandwiches (Sloppy Joes)

Classic Reuben Sandwiches

Brat and Sauerkraut Sandwiches

Chili Sauce for Hot Dogs or Burgers

Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Slow-Roasted or Grilled Pork Butt (for roast or pulled pork sandwiches)
Chicken Sandwiches with Peppers and Provolone Cheese

Turkey Barbecue Sandwiches

Easy Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Peppers and Onions

Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Fried Fish Fillet Sandwiches
Tuna Melts

Tomato Sandwiches with Bacon and Cucumbers

Eggplant Parmesan Sandwiches

Fried Egg Sandwiches with Bacon, Tomato and Cheese

Italian Omelet Sandwiches

Grilled or Toasted Cheese Sandwiches

Turkey Tacos
Shredded Beef Burritos

Pork Burritos

Tomato and Cheese Pizza with Optional Toppings

Personal Pita Pizzas with Sliced Tomatoes and Cheese

Three-Cheese Spinach Calzone with Prosciutto and Roasted Red Peppers

Side Dishes

Risotto Milanese (Risotto alla Milanesa)

Polenta with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese

Grits with Caramelized Onions and Cheese

Spaetzle with Browned Butter (German Dumplings)

Buttered Egg Noodles

Scalloped Potatoes
Potato, Onion and Cheese Gratin

Raw Fried Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roasted Winter Root Vegetables

Cauliflower Gratin

Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes
Baked Winter Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar

Baked Dried Corn Casserole

Buttered Lima Beans and Corn

Spinach Salad with Bacon and Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

Hot Bacon Dressing for Salad


Mom's Apple Cobbler

Easy Fruit or Berry Cobbler

Creamy Chocolate Mousse

Lemon Sponge Pudding

Molasses Rice Pudding

Tiramisu (Creamy Layered Italian Dessert)

Baked Apples with Brown Sugar Topping

Baked Apple Chunks (with Optional Granola Topping)

Apple and Pecan Turnovers
Apple Dumplings

Homemade Butter Pecan Ice Cream

Homemade Triple-Vanilla Ice Cream

Angel Food Cake with Chocolate Whipped Cream Frosting

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy Cherry-Chocolate Cream Torte

Chocolate Layer Cake with Mocha Frosting

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Crumb Cake
Mom's Mocha Brownies with Chocolate Frosting

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

Creamy Cheesecake with Graham Cracker-Walnut Crust and Sour Cream Topping

Whoopie Pies (Chocolate Gobs)

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cocoa Meringue Chocolate Chip Cookies

Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

Buttery Shortbread Cookies
Grandmom Weber's Heavy Butter Cookies

Dark Chocolate Truffles (with flavor variations)

Lattice-Top Apple Pie

Peach Custard Pie

Mammy's Lemon Sponge Pie

Walnut and Chocolate Chip Brownie Pie

Southern Pecan Pie

Ricotta Cheese Pie

Milk Flabby (Custard Pie)

Oven-Fried Pork Chops

Oven-Fried Pork Chops Recipe Photo

Mom's Chili with Meat and Beans

Chili with Meat and Beans Recipe Photo

Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits Recipe Photo

Mom's Lasagna with Meatballs and Sausage

Lasagna Recipe Photo

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe Photo

Green Beans and Ham

Green Beans and Ham Recipe Photo

Potato, Onion and Cheese Gratin

Potato, Onion and Cheese Gratin Recipe Photo

Grandmom Weber's Heavy Butter Cookies

Butter Cookies Recipe Photo