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"THE BEST COMFORT FOODS - RECIPES TO WARM YOUR SOUL": DE MODE GLOBAL

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN DE MODE | FOOD

Article Published on: 18TH MAY 2024 | www.demodemagazine.com


Comfort foods are those special dishes that evoke a sense of nostalgia, warmth, and satisfaction. They often remind us of home, family gatherings, or cozy nights in. Here, we explore three of the best comfort foods: classic Macaroni and Cheese, hearty Chicken Pot Pie, and rich Chocolate Lava Cake. These recipes are designed to bring comfort and joy, perfect for soothing the soul and satisfying your cravings.


1. Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups whole milk

  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder (optional)

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (optional)

  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (optional)

Instructions:
  1. Cook the Pasta: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni and cook according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.

  2. Make the Cheese Sauce: In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook for about 1-2 minutes, until it forms a smooth paste (roux). Gradually whisk in the milk, ensuring no lumps remain. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce thickens, about 5-7 minutes.

  3. Add the Cheese: Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the cheddar, mozzarella, and Parmesan cheeses until fully melted and smooth. Season with salt, black pepper, mustard powder, and paprika if using.

  4. Combine Pasta and Sauce: Add the cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir until the pasta is well-coated.

  5. Optional Topping: For a crunchy topping, mix the breadcrumbs with melted butter and sprinkle over the top of the macaroni and cheese.

  6. Bake (Optional): Transfer the macaroni and cheese to a baking dish and bake at 350°F (175°C) for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden and bubbly.

  7. Serve: Serve immediately, enjoying the creamy, cheesy goodness of this classic comfort food.

Why It Comforts: Macaroni and cheese is the epitome of comfort food with its rich, creamy texture and cheesy flavor. It's a dish that many associate with childhood and family meals, making it a timeless favorite.

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2. Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup diced carrots

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • 1 small onion, diced

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 teaspoon dried sage

  • Salt and black pepper to taste

  • 1 pre-made pie crust or puff pastry sheet

Instructions:
  1. Cook the Chicken: In a large pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the chicken and cook until fully cooked, about 10-15 minutes. Remove the chicken, let it cool slightly, and then shred or dice it. Set aside the broth.

  2. Cook the Vegetables: In the same pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots, and celery, and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes.

  3. Make the Filling: Stir in the flour to create a roux and cook for 1-2 minutes. Gradually add the reserved chicken broth and milk, stirring continuously until the mixture thickens. Add the shredded chicken, peas, thyme, sage, salt, and pepper. Mix well and let it simmer for a few minutes until the filling is heated through.

  4. Prepare the Crust: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Roll out the pie crust or puff pastry sheet if needed.

  5. Assemble the Pie: Pour the chicken and vegetable mixture into a pie dish. Cover with the pie crust, sealing the edges and cutting a few slits in the top for steam to escape.

  6. Bake the Pie: Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

  7. Serve: Let the pot pie cool slightly before serving, allowing the filling to set. Enjoy the savory, comforting flavors of this hearty dish.

Why It Comforts: Chicken pot pie is a comforting classic that combines tender chicken, flavorful vegetables, and a creamy sauce all encased in a buttery crust. It's a dish that feels like a warm hug, perfect for chilly days or whenever you need a pick-me-up.

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3. Rich Chocolate Lava Cake

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • Pinch of salt

  • Butter and cocoa powder for preparing ramekins

Instructions:
  1. Prepare Ramekins: Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C). Butter four 6-ounce ramekins and dust them with cocoa powder to prevent sticking. Place the prepared ramekins on a baking sheet.

  2. Melt Chocolate and Butter: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter and chocolate together in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Alternatively, you can melt them over a double boiler on the stove.

  3. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, eggs, and egg yolks until well combined. Add the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla extract, and stir until smooth. Gradually fold in the flour and salt until just combined.

  4. Fill Ramekins: Divide the batter evenly among the prepared ramekins.

  5. Bake the Cakes: Bake in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until the edges are firm but the centers are still soft. The tops should be slightly cracked.

  6. Serve: Let the cakes cool in the ramekins for 1-2 minutes. Run a knife around the edges to loosen, then invert onto serving plates. Serve immediately, optionally with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dusting of powdered sugar.

Why It Comforts: Chocolate lava cake is the ultimate indulgence with its warm, gooey center and rich, chocolatey flavor. This dessert is a delightful treat that offers immediate comfort and satisfaction, making it perfect for special occasions or when you need a little extra joy.

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Conclusion

Comfort foods hold a special place in our hearts and kitchens. Classic Macaroni and Cheese, Hearty Chicken Pot Pie, and Rich Chocolate Lava Cake each offer unique flavors and textures that soothe and satisfy. These recipes are not only delicious but also evoke a sense of nostalgia and warmth, making them perfect for any time you need a comforting meal. Whether you're cooking for family, friends, or just yourself, these dishes are sure to warm your soul and bring joy to your table.

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