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Classic Comfort Food Recipes

Hearty, delicious, and traditional Southern fare that's good for the soul.

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Chefs Comfort Food Cook-Off | Meatloaf-and-Mashed Potato Sandwiches | Poole's Diner; Raleigh, NC "This dish is packed with familiar notes that give you that warm-in-your-belly feeling. The loaded mashed potatoes are definitely a harbinger of comfort, and the tangy tomato gravy balances out the recipe." —Ashley Christensen

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  • Shrinking On A Budget Meal Plans

    I "lightened" this delicious concept up for my Shrinking On a Budget Meal Plans by using my lightened up mealoaf recipe, skinny mashed potatoes, and serving it on light bread (open faced). I also reduced the amount of bacon in the sauce. I will say that I tried the original recipe first and it was (of course) fabulous, but the lightened up version was quite tasty too!

Chefs Comfort Food Cook-Off | Black Beans & Rice | Pubbelly; Miami Beach, FL "This is a very traditional Cuban recipe, where the beans are cooked with pork. To punch up the flavor of the rice, I use a sofrito—a garlic-tomato-, and pepper-based sauce popular in Latin cooking. The combination of rice and sweet plantains is one of my all-time favorite comfort foods." —José Mendin

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Chefs Comfort Food Cook-Off | Southern Mac and Cheese | Empire State South; Atlanta, GA "This recipe's roots are classically Southern with the hearty addition of leeks and bacon. I also like to use Canadian Cheddar, which reminds me of my childhood growing up outside of Ottawa. That's a key element to comfort food—it has that resonating cord in your history. The dish, like me, is a lot of Canada happily enmeshed in the South." —Hugh Acheson

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Chefs Comfort Food Cook-Off | Gulf Coast Shrimp and Grits | True Midtown Kitchen; Mobile, AL "I worked with a cook who had this great recipe for Italian red sauce, so I translated that into shrimp and grits. For me, this is the perfect comfort food because you have buttery Parmesan grits combined with a rich, tomato-based sauce that's both familiar and just a little different." —Wesley True

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Creamy Slow-Cooker Chicken | Deceptively rich, low-fat Creamy Slow-Cooker Chicken with Roasted Vegetables and Rice combines everything we love about healthful comfort food.

101 Best Comfort Food Classics

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Fried Pecan Okra | Crushed pecans and baking mix form the crisp breading for this classic Southern-style side.

101 Best Comfort Food Classics

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King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese | Combine two cheesy Southern favorites in one satisfying dish for a meal both kids and adults will love.

101 Best Comfort Food Classics

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Pan-Fried Pork Chops | Wafer-thin boneless pork chops can be pan-fried and ready to serve in less than ten minutes. Add seasonings from your cabinet for a made-to-order breading flavor.

101 Best Comfort Food Classics

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