7 Comfort Food Recipes to Warm You up This Winter
Here are some comfort food recipes to warm you up this winter (and of course, the accompanying bread to go with it! At the bottom of the page there are also recipes to make your bread into delicious garlic bread).
Cottage pie is a classic winter warmer traditionally filled with mince, onions and flavourings such as garlic and stock, topped with buttery mash and cheese for a tang. There are some great cottage pie recipes out there and you can add and change them to suit your preferences! To mop up the lovely sauce at the end, bread such as our malted box loaf would do the trick, the soft texture is great for soaking up all those flavours.
Sweet potato and butternut squash soup
Soups are a brilliant way to keep you warm and cosy, they are easy to make and can be put in the freezer easily for a quick dinner for another night. Soups are also so versatile and you can really find a flavour to suit everyone. A sturdy bread would be great with soup, such as our campaillou sourdough. Sourdough adds a tangy flavour and also a chewy texture to add some substance to your soup.
Casseroles are a a great way to utilise your slow cooker if you have one or can just be an easy mid-week meal to make. The good thing about these recipes is that you can swap out ingredients easily and change the recipe depending on which vegetables you like. A casserole will definitely warm you up on winter evenings! Any bread would be great to mop up the juices for a casserole, however, our soft textured white box loaf would be perfect for this.
This is a wholesome and hearty meal for a cold evening and is also quite a healthy option too! You can switch out ingredients depending on your preferences and give it your own twist. If you wanted to switch it up from a veggie recipe, you could easily add some crispy bacon for some added saltiness. For a vegetable stew, a flavoured bread would be delicious to dunk such as our sundried tomato box loaf, providing extra saltiness and flavour to your casserole.
Beef stroganoff is an unctuous winter warmer flavoured with garlic, onion, sour cream and mushrooms. It is easy to make, and you can either serve with some rice or a delicious bread to dunk with. Most breads would be suitable to have with this dish, however, our 7 seeded bloomer would work deliciously and also add some more texture. You can also mix some finely chopped garlic with some butter and spread on toasted bread to make scrumptious garlic bread to go with your stroganoff.
Lasagne is often a family favourite and simple to make! You can even do it in the slow cooker if you want to. Lasagnes are versatile and easy to switch to vegetarian rather than the classic beef. Different vegetables and variations of sauces can be added to suit your preferences. Our white bloomer would be great with the lasagne as it has a soft texture but is sturdy enough that you can get all of those juices at the end!
spaghetti and meatballs
Spaghetti and meatballs is an easy and quick dish to make as well as being a wholesome and hearty meal. Making your own sauce is cheaper, easier and often much healthier and allows you to add your own flavourings and twist on it. Our medium rye sourdough would be a great addition to spaghetti and meatballs as it adds a strong tangy flavour and quite a chewy texture. This would help you to scoop up some sauce (and meatballs) without the bread turning flimsy.
If you’re on the look out for another delicious spaghetti recipe, Jen Reviews has put together a dish which combines pumpkin, sage, pasta and a Portuguese dry-cured ham. This is a great dish if you’re looking to mix it up from your go-to spaghetti and meatballs, of course, garlic bread would also be a tasty side to this.
*The photos of the winter warmers are not the photos from the specific recipes but all the images of the breads are our own
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