Contributed by Ben Rhodes
If you haven’t noticed, temperatures are plummeting quite rapidly as we approach December and Winter and in some places, a good coat, a woolly hat, and a solid pair of boots simply won’t be enough to stave off the bite of frost.
Food, as usual, is the answer.
The Autumn and Winter months allow us to tune our taste buds to savoury and enjoy the taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, gingerbread, spices, soups and of course, meat. Below, we’ve compiled just a few ways you can keep yourself warm despite the dropping temperatures!
Toad in the Hole
Adding a Toad in the Hole recipe to your winter repertoire is the best decision you’ll make this year. It’s a real all-in-one dish that mixes a slight sweetness with fat and savoury tastes. If you add a good gravy, you absolutely cannot go wrong here.
This recipe is a British classic that involves mixing a batter, greasing a pan and cooking some sausages before pouring the thick batter over the sausages. The mixture is then baked, and the dough will raise and smother the sausages creating an almost artistic baked dish. Serve with a few greens (peas, beans), a gravy and some buttery mashed potato, and you’ve done more than enough to ensure that the toad in the hole is a surefire success at the dinner table.
It really is a simple, underrated dish and should be on every table worldwide this winter. Nothing complements a blanket of outside snow like sitting in, keeping warm and eating this dish.
Smoked Roast Rib
There’s nothing better than coming home from a cold commute and feasting your eyes on a plate of warm beef, whipped up just for you. Perhaps the best way to prepare this is to use bourbon and steak seasoning with a 4-pound standing rib roast to add depth. Just rub the meat generously with a good seasoning and place it in the smoker for a good eight to ten hours.
That’s all there is to it, and the reward feels almost undeserved because of the total simplicity of this dish. Smoking the meat is perhaps the hardest part as you’ll need to gather the relevant fuel (charcoal/hickory chips) and soak the chips in bourbon for flavour. The simpler method of this would be to use a masterbuilt electric smoker which is likely cleaner and also allows you to add bourbon without getting your hands dirty. Electric smokers are usually equipped with a drippings catcher which allows you to make an excellent gravy to serve with the smoked rib.
Lobster Macaroni and Cheese
Lobster doesn’t seem like a typical ‘winter warmer’, but this dish is the absolute definition of that.
Make your usual macaroni and cheese with fontina, mascarpone, butter, flour, macaroni and milk. Now for the twist. Add lobster broth, lobster, scallions, brandy and Tabasco during the mixing stage, and you’ll have an absolute winter staple that can be served up to the entire family. You could open a restaurant with this recipe. Don’t forget to bake after the mix!
Who says seafood couldn’t get in on this?
Cheese and Potato Pie
Meat is good; there’s absolutely no question about that – but sometimes you can’t beat the stomach-filling goodness and home comforts of a good cheese and potato pie. The best recipe we found was to slice up some floury potatoes like King Edwards, boil them, drain, stir in some creme fraiche and add nutmeg. Fold some all-butter pastry up into the desired mould, pour some of the potatoes in, add camembert, finish it with the rest of the potato mix and seal, brush with a beaten egg and bake!
This may be far too filling to mix with the smoked rib as shown above, but you can certainly feel free to add a side salad to compliment the oozing goodness of this pie.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Another absolute classic on this list that should not be avoided at any cost. Chicken Noodle Soup is possibly the simplest dish here, and this list is full of pretty easy recipes!
It’s honestly far too easy to be this good! Bring some chicken stock to a simmer, add carrots and continue to simmer. At the same time, add some noodles to boiling salted water and cook until tender. Combine the noodles with the chicken stock and add some shredded chicken breast and you’ll have a bowl of perfection waiting to feast upon. If you want to change it up, add some scallions and parsley!
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This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.