Winter Comfort Food: A Roundup of Pinterest’s Most Popular Recipes
Published on January 4th, 2017
By Jennifer Oppriecht
Cold and snowy winter days can lead to the desire for rich, not-so-healthy treats and meals. If you’re going to indulge, do it right and choose one of these most popular Pinterest recipes. Guaranteed to bring on the cozy and make you glad you stayed in your flannel pants today.
Love In a Bowl
Nothing says comfort like a warm bowl of “Yum”. Check out these soups, stews, and big bowls:
1. Daube Provençale (French Beef Stew with Red Wine) over Garlic Mashed Potatoes Popularity Rating – A (181,600 repins)
This dish sounds complicated and looks fancy, but the recipe is surprisingly easy. The hardest part will be peeling the potatoes. The only downside? There’s a 12 hour marinade time and the recipe calls for a full bottle of wine (no leftovers to sip while waiting).
2. Baked Potato Soup
Popularity Rating – A (102,500 pins)
Meat and potatoes are the very definition of comfort food. This popular recipe takes just 40 minutes to make and is almost a complete meal in itself. You could round it out with a salad, but…we’re talking comfort here.
3. Macaroni and Cheese
Popularity Rating – A (354,000 repins)
Nothing beats a gooey bowl of homemade macaroni and cheese. Ditch the box and try this easy baked recipe. You can’t go wrong with 4 cups of milk and six cups of cheese. (Did I mention we’re from Wisconsin?)
Snacks and Starters
Yes you CAN make an entire meal out of snack food. These recipes will get you started:
4. Stuffed Cheesy Bread
Popularity Rating – A (72,300 repins)
When you can’t wait, grab some some cheese and a roll of crescent rolls to create this super easy 15 minute Stuffed Cheesy Bread.
5. Chex Mix
Popularity Rating – A (93,000 repins)
Someone went and made the best even better – Chex Mix made easy! Throw it all in a crock pot and three hours later you’ll have enough snacks for 12…or two.
6. White Queso Dip
Popularity Rating – A (505,600 repins)
More cheese! Queso dip with tortilla chips is the ideal comfort food. This recipe has just five ingredients and cooks up into a restaurant style cheesy dip.
Sweet Tooth Satiated
Comfort food isn’t all savory. Here’s the sweet:
7. Chocolate Cake
Popularity Rating – B (16,400 repins)
An unfussy, literally throw it in a bowl and dump some powdered sugar on it kind of cake.
8. Rice Krispie Treats
Popularity Rating – B (30,400 repins)
Did you know you can make these in the microwave? It’s true! Why even bother putting them in a pan; just eat them straight from the bowl like you did when you were 12. (Maybe that was just me?)
9. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Popularity Rating – A (79,600 repins)
The New York Times posted this recipe in 2009 and it’s quickly become a go-to recipe for many, along with the traditional Toll-House recipe. It’s fussy: two kinds of flour, dark chocolate chips and a 24-hour chill time, and sea salt, but the finished product is well worth the extra effort.
Can’t Wait Cravings
If you can’t wait to indulge, here are some super fast options to try:
Popularity Rating – A (82,900 repins)
With a little foresight, it’s possible to always have nacho fixings on hand: freeze leftover taco meat, and make sure cheddar, sour cream, canned jalapenos, and sliced black olives are a staple in your house. Chips should be easy to rustle up, but don’t rule our frozen fries!
11. Hot Cocoa
Popularity Rating – B (22,700 repins)
A little “hot pot” of chocolate with a marshmallow and peppermint stick can turn anyone’s day around. And, no – you don’t need a mix. Starting from scratch is easy and delicious!
12. Grilled Cheese Roll-Up
Popularity Rating – B (17,900 repins)
A classic grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup is the comfort food of our childhood. Whip one up fast, or take a few extra steps and try this rolled version, for easier dipping!
I hope these quintessential comfort foods will make your lazy winter days a bit brighter. Everything in moderation, right?