10 Of The Comfiest Fall Comfort Foods
Ahh, the holidays. The house is decorated, the fireplace keeps the house warm, and the family is near. It’s the perfect time to lock yourself in your room with a plate of food, because your family sucks and you need to pack on at least one layer of flubber for the winter months (it’s a survival tactic). And luckily, the holidays have the comfiest comfort foods. Here are some of my favorites.
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Fall really brings about pumpkin spiced everything, but the PSL is the one thing that makes me break my usual caffeine fast. I don’t usually like to be awake and fully aware of the dumpster fire that is my life, but with a PSL, the sweet pumpkin flavor makes me feel like I’m wrapped in a warm hug that rocks me to sleep. (I think this might actually be a sugar coma, but I didn’t die, so it’s okay.)
2. New England Clam Chowder in a Bread Bowl
As a little girl, I would always eat my meal and dream of eating the bowl as well. I had very weird food issues. But when I discovered the bread bowl, my childhood dreams came true. You sop up the creamy goodness, licking every drop of it with your spoon, and then devour the rest of the bowl that’s soaked in soup. Who said our society isn’t progressive?
3. Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
So I’m making a whole new category for this one, because it’s a whole different experience. First, you start out with butter soaked bread all nestled in creamy, gooey cheese. You can even put some bacon or ham or something in it, if you really want your arteries to clog. Then dip that whole sandwich in a warm bowl of tomato-y goodness. The soup counts as like five vegetable servings I think, so it balances out the cheese.
4. Pasta (any kind)
Lasagna, fettuccine, baked ziti, oh my! It honestly doesn’t even matter what kind of pasta you choose, or what meat and sauce combo you pick, because it’s gonna be delicious either way. It’s always hot and filling, and by the end of the meal, you’ll have enough carbs in you to run a marathon… a marathon of Friends on Netflix.
5. Hot Cider
Every other time of the year, cold cider is perfectly acceptable. But in the fall, it’s just gotta be hot. The heat brings out the sweet and tangy natural flavors of the drink, and burns your inside a little to keep you from actually drinking so much you make yourself sick. (Don’t worry, I’ve powered through this several times. You can too.)
6. Apple Pie
Let me first say, I despise apple picking. The people of the northeast insist on doing it as soon as leaves fall from the trees, but I just can’t get behind standing in a field picking crops for free. Brings up too many bad cultural memories. But apple picking does lead to that fresh hot apple cider and also delicious fresh apple pie. It’s not only sweet, tangy and mouth-watering, but it always brings up the age old question, “Can I eat this entire pie in one sitting?” (The answer is yes, follow your dreams.)
7. Mac & Cheese
See, mac & cheese is something you can have at any time of the year, but during the holidays, we all suddenly dust off those recipes from our distant relative from the south and bake that ish. Forget easy mac, we’re talking pounds of butter, three kinds of cheese, that gooey inside and crispy crust, and high cholesterol. Now that’s a holiday treat.
Eggnog is such an interesting drink — you only really have it at Christmas time, it’s good hot or cold, and it tastes so much better when grandma adds in the special juice from her flask. I don’t know why, but after that, I feel all warm and woozy, and just want to dance. Must be the magic of the holidays.
I know this isn’t even holiday themed, but I could eat pizza every day and you should too.
10. Pecan Pie
I realize that this is a controversial topic in the pie world, but pecan pie is actually the GOAT (mostly because it’s the unhealthiest). We’re talking pounds of sugar and butter mixed with pecans on a flaky crust that makes you gain about five pounds per slice. But once you eat that pasta, a soup bread bowl with a side of mac & cheese, and a glass of both cider and eggnog with a latte on the side, finally finishing it off with a pecan and apple pie, your extra layer of fat will be secured and you can hibernate in peace. You’re welcome.