As the days grow shorter and colder, we put away our summer recipes and bring out the comfort foods that keep us feeling warm and safe in Winter. We all have our favorites: grandma’s pot roast, great grandma’s stew, grandpa’s chili or that certain casserole that calls to us while still in the oven. Here are a few of my favorites and why.
American Chop Suey – I used to make this the hard way, but now I cheat a little. Brown some ground beef in a pan with some chopped onion and green pepper. Season with some salt, pepper, garlic and Italian herbs. Add tomatoes, sauce and elbow macaroni. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Then serve plain or topped with Parmesan cheese. Hamburger Helper sells something similar but if you make your own, you can make it just the way you like it!
Curried Chicken Artichoke Casserole – Not my recipe, but a big favorite of mine, this casserole features cooked chicken, quartered artichoke hearts, sliced water chestnuts and mushrooms smothered in a creamy sauce. This tastes great served over rice. This casserole comes from the pages of “The Dinner Doctor”.
Glorified Chicken – Easiest recipe on the planet, this casserole can be found in any cookbook and on the back of several soup cans. Mix uncooked rice with cream of mushroom soup and water. Add seasonings to taste. Place boneless skinless chicken breast on top. Cover and bake in 350F oven for 45 minutes.
Roast Beast – Any meat you desire, cooked until done in the oven, as the centerpiece of a meal involving potatoes and corn and green things. Whether it is Thanksgiving Turkey or Christmas Goose or New Year’s Pork and Sauerkraut, those big family meals are always a source of comfort even if the family isn’t!