Top Five Comfort Foods to Make This Winter
February 22, 2016
An icy glaze covers the windows, blurring the view of pure white. Winds howl around the corners and eaves. Hands are chapped and muscles hurt from shoveling snow. It’s time to relax in the recliner with a big bowl of something hearty. Maybe a soup or a good stew- something to take the chill out of your bones and comfort your heart in this bleary weather. These five favorites may be just what you need to make it through this blustery day:
1. Butter Tarts: You can’t go wrong with something made of butter. This pastry is made with light, flaky layers of tender crust. The filling is made with real butter, eggs, maple syrup and brown sugar (so far so good, eh?). Raisins or nuts can be added yet true traditional butter tarts do not contain these ingredients. These melt-in-your-mouth treats will warm any cold winter day.
2: Poutine: Ah, poutine! A tasty, truly Canadian delight. Fresh cut fried potatoes, a rich brown gravy and fresh cheese curds (usually cheddar) combine into a gooey, hearty side dish or meal. To this basic delight, some people will add pulled pork and other ingredients but the dish is truly Canadian with just the three essentials.
3. Beaver Tails: No animals were harmed in the making of this dessert! A beaver tail is a strangely named, very popular Canadian treat. Deep-fried pastry topped with cinnamon sugar, chocolate, bananas and other toppings is a delicious dessert enjoyed by many. In its basic form it is dusted with cinnamon sugar. However, there are so many pleasing toppings and the varieties are endless.
4. Shepherd’s Pie: Such a hearty, cheesy meal it’s sure to please your family as the cold tries to sneak in under doors and around windows. Shepherd’s Pie is ground meat, usually lamb and pork, cooked with a small amount of onions and carrots. On top of that cooks will layer freshly made mashed potatoes and cheese. The whole casserole is popped in the oven and warmed until the cheese melts. This is a meal in one dish, perfect for a winter day.
5. Mac and Cheese: Often called ‘Kraft dinner’ in Canada, this dish is one of simple perfection. Macaroni shells smothered in cheese in its simplicity, this dish can vary greatly from cook to cook. Some grandmothers have baked mac and cheese that is covered with a bread crumb topping. For others, the cheeses are gourmet and gooey. Still, others add Canadian bacon chunks to this already sinful culinary delight. However you remember it from your childhood, mac and cheese is the ultimate comfort food. Whether you go gourmet for a dinner party-side dish, or basic and frugal for the kids, this dish will have your heart singing a happy tune as the snowflakes swirl outside.
Tuck into a bowl of heartiness. Grab a spoonful of sweetness. Enjoy your favorite comfort food this winter.