Comfort foods are staples for anyone wanting a hearty meal and a little taste of home. Try one of these top-rated comforting classics tonight.
Lose the centerpiece to your table. This impressive pot pie is enough dazzle guests.
As the name suggests, this is a classic that will be sure to satisfy the whole family. Thyme, garlic powder, poultry seasoning,
and bacon drippings are used to flavor this dish.
It doesn't get much more Southern than a plate of Fried Green Tomatoes. Great on sandwiches, in salads, or plain, this is
a recipe every Southern cook should master.
For a richer flavor, try using dark corn syrup. Both variations received high marks in our Test Kitchens.
This dish mixes flavor-packed shrimp, bacon, mushrooms, green onion, and garlic with creamy cheese grits. It’s perfect for
brunch or for dinner. The original recipe for this hearty shrimp and grits dish is from Bill Smith, executive chef at Crook's Corner, the landmark Southern restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Nothing is more comforting than a big bowl of hearty Brunswick stew. For extremely tender meat that's easy to shred, try cooking
on low heat for a long time. High heat yields a less tender product.
Showcase two of the South’s most beloved products—peaches and pecans—in this old-fashioned peach cobbler recipe.
Make this iconic Southern chicken-fried steak recipe and savor every bite of this simple and delicious dish. Serve with green
beans, mashed potatoes, and plenty of gravy.
Freshly-grated Parmesan adds the cheesy flavor to this casserole. This recipe is great for making ahead and freezing.
A thick and creamy baked potato soup is ideal for cold winter days. Pile on your favorite baked potato toppings: bacon, Cheddar
cheese, and sliced green onions. Try with an easy shrimp-and-pesto baguette.
You can't go wrong with this classic Southern dish to fill you up on chilly nights. We made it even heartier by adding roasted
potatoes to the traditional mix of andouille sausage, Cajun seasonings, and veggies.
With juicy strawberries spooned over sweet and tender biscuits, old-fashioned strawberry shortcakes are the perfect dessert.
If the berries are very sweet, decrease the sugar to suit your taste. Drop the dough easily by using a lightly greased 1/3-cup
No Southern breakfast is complete without flaky, buttery biscuits.
This Southern meatloaf recipe features Creole and Greek seasonings and a hint of garlic. A few tablespoons of Worcestershire
sauce spice up the traditional ketchup topping.
Any way you serve it―warm or cold, with or without ice cream―pecan pie is always a favorite. To prevent the filling from seeping
under the crust, we suggest using two crusts and stacking them.
Bacon, garlic, and red wine imbue humble chuck roast with robust character and rich beef-bourguignon flavor as the meat transforms
in the slow cooker. Serve sliced or in chunks over Creamy Mushroom Grits.
Pork, cabbage, and apples are a classic combination. With plenty of spices and even a beer to add flavor this one-dish meal
will become a staple in your household.
You can almost hear the dinner bell calling you in for this comforting meat-and-potatoes meal. To make a Cola Pot Roast, substitute
1 (12-oz.) can cola soft drink for beer.
This old-fashioned cake will seal your reputation as a baker.
This classic lasagna recipe perfectly matches traditional Italian ingredients with a homemade sauce. Layers of cheese, meat,
and pasta will satisfy any crowd.
Crispy bacon, sautéed onion, ham, and garlic perfect these collard greens, making them an essential part of your traditional
Any dish with gravy is bound to be delicious and comforting, and these pork chops are no exception.
Catfish is an extremely popular meal in restaurants throughout the country, especially when fried. Our fried catfish presents
a fresh variation on the traditional recipe with the addition of rosemary and lemon.
This recipe is so easy you may start serving this classic dessert with every meal. Top with ice cream or seasonal fruits for
a tasty combination.
Recipe: Two-Step Pound Cake
This eggs, cheese, and grits combination is simple but absolutely delicious, and a true Southern favorite.
Dress up your ordinary French toast breakfast recipe with a sweet praline mixture and a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.
This beef stew recipe is pure comfort but it takes a while to prepare, so make it on a day when you have some time to spare.
Serve it with crusty bread or over rice to capture every drop of the rich gravy.
For these Cajun-flavored fried shrimp, peel the shrimp but leave the tails on and coat the shrimp in fish fry mix to get a
crispy brown coating.
This sweet bread has less oil than most traditional recipes, but you won't miss it. Extra bananas keep it moist.
Crab lovers will devour this creamy she-crab soup. Serve with flaky, buttery crackers.
Summer squash casserole is the most versatile Southern side dish. It pairs well with everything from fried chicken at a summertime
Sunday lunch to roast turkey at Thanksgiving.
You can’t get more basic than chess pie. Remarkable for its simplicity and timeless appeal, chess pie is the ultimate Southern
Brunswick stew is always a crowd-pleaser in the South. We combine chicken and tender beef brisket in this hearty version.
You won't be able to get enough.
If chocolate chip cookies are your favorite, whip up a batch of these all-time favorite cookies. They're the best of the best.
Cajun seasonings make the flavor of this gumbo complex, but the prep work is easy enough for a weeknight dinner. The gumbo
and our Okra Pilau can be ready in 48 minutes. This easy chicken gumbo calls for a flavorful roux made by cooking flour in hot oil.
Can't decide between waffles or eggs for breakfast? Have both! You can substitute deli ham or country ham for the prosciutto.
This green bean casserole gets a much-needed makeover from fresh veggies and a lightened (but super-rich!) homemade sauce.
And the best part: It's under 200 calories per serving!
Red pepper and garlic seal the flavor of the cornbread mixture that coats these catfish fillets. For an extra-crispy crust,
use stone-ground yellow cornmeal.
Add a little zing to canned tomato soup by blending with canned Italian-style diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and fresh ground
pepper. If desired, top with a dollop of sour cream and chopped fresh parsley before serving.
These fluffly buttermilk pancakes are named after their creator, Test Kitchen Pro Pam Lolley. Drench them in honey syrup and
top off the meal with bacon and fresh fruit.
When it comes to chicken and dumplings recipes, it's hard to pick a favorite. We adore both the tried-and-true version that
our grandmothers spoon-fed us, and the more innovative versions with additions like gnocchi, sweet potato, and cornbread.
In our first recipe, deli-roasted chicken, cream of chicken soup, and canned biscuits make a quick-and-tasty version of classic chicken and dumplings.
Smoked sausage, ham, and red pepper add bold flavor in this classic Creole recipe.
Just seven ingredients—and all of them common pantry staples—are all you need for this rich classic. Top with ice cream or
seasonal fruits for a tasty combination.
Bacon, onion, and brown sugar pack these beans with amazing flavor.
This casserole combines true breakfast favorites—sausage, eggs, Cheddar cheese, and hash browns—in one filling and delicious
This versatile recipe can be used in lots of innovative ways. Shred the cooked chicken, and toss with hot cooked pasta. Create
a casserole, or jump-start a fililng for easy enchiladas or a fast pot pie.
Fresh corn, mozzarella cheese, and chives make up the base of this classic side dish.
This indulgent bread tastes as good as it looks. Don't skip the quick step of whipping the cream before stirring in the brown
sugar—that's the secret to the smooth texture of the caramel-flavored sauce.
We've streamlined this favorite creamy shrimp chowder by using canned soup as the base.
Spiked with tomatoes and green chiles, creamy layers of chopped cooked chicken and corn tortillas make this Texas casserole
too tempting to resist. It’s super-easy to fix for a crowd, and always a hit.
Your family will ask for this chilly treat over and over again. Best of all, the six-ingredient mixture requires no cooking,
These aren't ordinary blueberry muffins! The tart-and-sugary glaze turns plain blueberry muffins extraordinary blueberry muffins.
The addition of mint and orange really brightens this often underrated veggie, while the bacon lends a smoky flavor.
This hearty pot roast is perfect for a busy weeknight. Just put the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it do all the
This beef recipe makes the most of your busy weeknights. You can make the patties ahead, then simply thaw in the fridge overnight
Make a simple one-dish dinner that's sure to wow your guests. This beef recipe, flavored with gravy and mushrooms, is a hearty,
filling dish. Pair with a salad or bread, for sopping up the sauce, and you're ready to eat.
Take pleasure in eating well without a lot of fuss. This vitamin-packed stew is light on calories and will have you out of
the kitchen in no time (prep time is only about 10 minutes).
This classic recipe has a rich, soufflé-like texture without the hassle. The result is an impressive side dish the entire
family will love.
When we say easy lasagna, we mean easy lasagna. You don't even have to cook the noodles for this speedy yet impressive pasta
A feta cheese, breadcrumb, and fresh herb mixture fills these large tomatoes for a tasty side.
Use fresh corn and okra in this Maque Choux dish for best results. If you don't like spicy food you can easily sub the hot
sausage for a milder version to fit your tastes.
This hearty seafood casserole is filled with shrimp, cheese and rice and gets its Cajun flair from the addition of okra, bell
peppers, and cayenne pepper. It's a great choice for a special occasion meal. If you're not a fan of okra, you can leave it
out of this dish.
Using a long-grain and wild rice mix and toasted almonds in chicken casserole makes it a little bit dressier and fit for company.
We preferred turkey pepperoni, so you don't get a greasy appearance. Freeze the unbaked casserole up to one month. Thaw overnight
in the refrigerator; let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed.
This moist chocolate red velvet cake is filled with layer upon layer of sweet cream cheese frosting.
This delicious mac and cheese is light on butter and cheese yet still melts in your mouth. Change the flavor profile of the
recipe with combinations such as sweet peas and proscuitto or ham and broccoli.
This delicious variation on traditional macaroni and cheese is easy to prepare and perfect for weeknight family dinners and
weekend entertaining alike. Add cooked chicken, shrimp, or sausage to the pasta bake and serve with a green salad and fresh
vegetables for a hearty, well-rounded meal.
Serve shredded brisket on top of tortillas with your choice of toppings for a creative taco night.
This top-rated spinach-ravioli lasagna uses convenience items, like store-bought pesto sauce, jarred Alfredo sauce, and frozen
cheese-filled ravioli, to deliver a delicious main dish with little time and effort on your part.
Reinvent "breakfast for supper" with this easy casserole. Country-style hash browns, ham, and Cheddar cheese resemble a breakfast
casserole, but plenty of veggies make it a more substantial meal for dinner.
Starting with a boxed cake mix makes this cake both easy and delicious. Kids and adults alike will love the creamy peanut
butter mousse between layers of chocolate cake. Garnish with chopped roasted peanuts and serve with a scoop of ice cream.
Fluffy marshmallows, chopped pecans and chocolate frosting—who knew mud could be so delicious?
Make your favorite creamy coleslaw to serve with or on this barbecue sandwich. Freeze any leftover meat for up to one month.
This slow-cooker chili recipe is as easy as it is delicious. Browning the meat before adding it to the slow cooker brings
out the rich flavor of the dish.
Upgrade your classic Pineapple Upside-Down Cake by adding this unique twist: Carrot Cake. Our users loved the easy prep and
the huge hit the dessert was with their families.
Frozen vegetables provide a shortcut to making this savory stew. Sautéed ham and chicken broth give the greens plenty of flavor.
You only need five ingredients to make these old-fashioned fried pork chops. Serve with turnip greens, mashed potatoes or
grits and biscuits for a down-home dinner.
Cream, bacon, and sweet peppers take this dish from down-home to top shelf.
The sweet and spicy pepper jelly sauce creates a beautiful glaze on the pork chop and keeps the meat moist and tender.
In need of a little comfort? Tuck into the classic knife-and-fork sandwich smothered in Mornay sauce for a decadent Southern
Ready in only 30 minutes, this quick, meatless chili is made with black beans, meatless burger crumbles, and canned tomatoes.
You can substitute ground beef for the meatless burger crumbles, if desired. Top with a dollop of sour cream, corn chips,
and chopped fresh cilantro just before serving.
This bread pudding is from New Orleans chef Leah Chase, the queen of Creole cuisine. And yes, it does call for 5 tablespoons
of vanilla extract!
This sweet-and-nutty granola is great as cereal, with yogurt, or as just a snack.
All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Serve this dish to your family, and
it will become a quick favorite.
Show your culinary skill with this recipe for savory Roast Chicken. Roasted with lemon, dried rosemary, and seasoned pepper,
the taste of this chicken will speak for itself.