Of life’s great pleasures, comfort food ranks near the top. Soothing, restorative, and unfailingly delicious, it appeals as much to our hearts as to our taste buds. Toasty grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken potpie, meatloaf and scalloped potatoes, savory minestrone, ice cream sundaes—these are the staples of favorite family meals past and present. They’re what chefs eat in their off hours. And what everyone yearns for when it’s chilly outside and we’re at home with our nearest and dearest (or wishing that we were).
When you’re working from treasured recipes, comfort food can be as satisfying to make as it is to devour. So in this special edition of Gourmet, we’ve gathered 112 of our most beloved, down-home dishes that will take you from breakfast to midnight snack and all points in between. Whether your tastes lean toward creamy pastas, crunchy snacks, slow-simmered soups and stews, or dessert in any guise, your dream meals await.
Many of our recipes can be whipped up in 30 minutes or less. We’ve tagged the ones ideal for making ahead, just right for easy entertaining (translation: no mad scramble after the guests arrive), or so good we can’t live without them. Kitchen Notebook, our final section, is a buffet of comfort food tips and wisdom, from how to mix a hot toddy to our favorite takes on eggs and toast. Consider Gourmet Comfort the resource every home cook yearns for: a collection of the most soul-satisfying, crowd-pleasing recipes of all time.
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