Unique Twists on Your Favorite Comfort Foods

January 07, 2015 Classic Cooking

Winter is the prime season for comfort food, but the same-old beef stew gets boring. Fortunately, taking your recipes from bland to bold is easier than you think. The result is a meal that leaves your family (or dinner guests) feeling happy and satisfied.

Taking your recipes from bland to bold is easier than you think.

Use Unexpected Ingredients Combine canned beans with macaroni and cheese for a unique take on the ubiquitous casserole. Serve it with a loaf of crusty bread, a Caesar salad and ice cream for dessert, and you're set for inviting the neighbors to dinner for an impromptu weeknight meal.

Sometimes, putting a new twist on old favorites is as simple as opening a can. For instance, add baked beans to the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Its sweet-and-savory goodness can get a little messy, so you might want to provide knives and forks to make enjoying it that much easier.

Banish the Ordinary When the weather's extra frigid, broiled chicken breasts and steamed veggies just don't cut it. For those days when you want to go beyond the average, change up a normal chicken recipe to something more cozy, like chicken cacciatore. You could also add chickpeas to traditional chicken and rice soup for a hearty dish that the entire family will love.

Even consider serving the meal away from the dining room table. For example, create special family memories by enjoying your supper in front of a roaring fire in the family room.

Comfort foods are staples for anyone wanting a hearty meal and a little taste of home. Consider changing yours up occasionally, adding a little flair to the comfort!

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