COMFORT FOODS FOR COLD WEATHER

At the end of a cold winter’s day, we all look forward to gathering inside to enjoy a warm and hearty home-cooked meal. There are few things as satisfying as sharing conversation, laughter and comfort food with friends and family.

Everyone has a couple of go-to comfort food recipes. We’ve put together a few Macy family favorites so you can expand your repertoire. It probably comes as no surprise that each one features a bit of delicious crunchiness to make your winter meal even more memorable. Enjoy!

Potato Bacon Chowder

Fans of loaded potatoes are in for a treat. This wonderfully creamy chowder is packed with the perfect combination of potatoes and bacon. It’s a great choice for a filling lunch or satisfying dinner. Want to dial up the flavor a notch? Crush some of our Asiago & Cheddar CheeseCrisps and add to each bowl right before serving. The crunchy texture and cheesiness really enhances the already rich flavor of the chowder. Ready in just 30 minutes, this is a quick and delicious way to warm up the family after a busy day out in the cold.
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Pea Soup

If you’re looking for a cold weather meal that’s easy to make and won’t put a dent in your diet, you’re in luck. This recipe is made with everyday staples that most people already have on hand. It’s also high in protein and fiber with simple ingredients that you can feel good about serving to your family. Love croutons? Wait until you try our Grilled Crostinis! Just break them up and arrange on the soup to add a delightfully crunchy texture. The hints of olive oil and sea salt perfectly complement the fresh flavor of the peas. This scrumptious soup has everything you need to warm your belly and your soul. Get the Recipe >

Pea soup with crostini

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas

This recipe is a great choice for the vegetarians in your crowd. After all, they enjoy tasty wintertime comfort foods just as much as anyone! And these enchiladas are so delicious that meat lovers will fall in love with them too. Don’t worry, the black beans and sweet potatoes give this dish tons of protein and fiber to fill you up for hours. The recipe calls for flour tortillas, but you can trade those for corn tortillas for more authentic flavor or if gluten is an issue for you. Either way, this dish will easily win its way into your heart and become a regular on your dinner table. For even more crunchy deliciousness, we recommend adding a layer of our Chipotle & Cheddar CheeseCrisps before the final layer of cheese. Get the Recipe >

Crunchy Mac & Cheese Casserole

Is there anything more comforting than hot pasta with melted cheese oozing all over it? Nothing says home like a huge casserole dish full of homemade mac & cheese. The great thing about mac & cheese is that you can easily tailor it to suit your family’s preferences. We like ours with ham, but feel free to leave it out for a vegetarian version or replace it with bacon or even lobster meat for a more decadent treat. If you want to increase the cheese and crunch factor, crush some of John Wm. Macy’s cheese snacks on top before baking. Any flavor will do, but you can’t go wrong with our Melting Romano CheeseCrisps. Regardless of what you add to your mac and cheese, it’s sure to be just what the doctor ordered on a cold winter day. Get the Recipe >

Crunchy mac and cheese casserole with cheesecrisps

Chicken Pot Pie

There’s a reason why this dish remains a classic. You simply can’t go wrong with a piping hot chicken pot pie on a chilly afternoon. The steaming chunks of chicken and vegetables swimming in a rich sauce would be good enough. But, when they are blanketed by layers of flaky crust, the combination is something next to heaven. To make it even more special, we like to serve our Asiago & Cheddar CheeseCrisps on the side to dip into the filling. Chicken pot pie is the quintessential one-dish meal that will put smiles on everyone’s faces this winter. Show your crowd how much you love them and make some today! Get the Recipe >

Vodka Lasagna

Simple ingredients and cheesy goodness… What’s not to like? Pretty much everyone loves lasagna, so it’s a sure crowd-pleaser. On top of that, you can make it in advance, stick it in the refrigerator and reheat it when your guests arrive. Chances are it will taste even better since the flavors will have had time to meld together and further develop. The key to this recipe is the vodka sauce, which adds a rich, creamy touch. Another nice touch is crushing our Garlic Romano CheeseSticks and sprinkling them on before the final layer of mozzarella. This creates a nice crunchy topping with hints of basil, garlic and pesto. If you and your crowd are counting the days to spring, this is the perfect remedy to chase your blues away and keep your tummy satisfied. Get the Recipe >

Crunchy Cheese Potato Casserole

Rich, creamy, cheesy deliciousness topped with bacon and our Asiago & Cheddar CheeseCrisps … Now that’s what we call comfort food! This is another practical dish for busy schedules since it tastes as good, if not better, when reheated. So make sure you make enough for leftovers. This recipe is perfect for a delicious one-dish meal or an unforgettable side that both adults and kids will enjoy. If you’re stuck inside on a cold day, try this casserole with a slow-cooked roast or brisket. Whatever the occasion, whatever the entrée, this just might be your new go-to side dish. Get the Recipe >

crunchy cheese potato casserole with cheesecrisps

There is still plenty of cold weather before the spring thaw comes. So get your family and friends together and try one of these awesome comfort food dishes for dinner soon. You’ll all be glad you did. Don’t forget to include some of our delicious gourmet cheese snacks to enjoy before and during your winter meals; they make every appetizer and meal even better. Order yours online now!

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