Category Archives: Comfort Foods

Our Favorite Winter Soups

favorite winter soupsSteaming hot soup is the ultimate comfort food.

Soup is both nutritious and satisfying. It is also easy and inexpensive to make. You can feed a crowd with one large pot, and it smells incredible when it’s cooking.

What are the secrets to making extraordinary soup? Start with fresh, locally harvested ingredients. Use your own stock and high-quality olive oil. Be generous with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs.

Serve your soup with any accompaniment you like, including baguette, crackers, croutons, and sandwiches.

French Onion–Our is made from veal stock, with Spanish onions and gruyere cheese as the stars. We serve it bubbling and delicious at both of our Dressler’s Restaurants.

Bean–Nutritious and economical, beans are a natural choice in soups. Read 11 Health Benefits of Beans. There are so many great kinds, your hardest decision will be choosing what type to use: black, kidney, black-eyed peas, cannellini, lima, chickpeas, Great Northern, or pinto. Dogwood Southern Table & Bar serves an amazing white bean soup with toasted crostini, fresh arugula pesto, and shaved parmesan. The soup is entirely vegetarian and a perfect start to a hearty lunch.

Butternut Squash–Butternut or Acorn squash make for a delicious base to a hearty winter bisque or soup. Dogwood Southern Table does a straightforward, fully vegetarian example that highlights the acorn squash. High quality extra virgin olive oil and toasted pepitas complete the bisque.

Beef Barley–Ingredients like beef, leeks, carrots, onion, celery, garlic, thyme, and bay leaves combine to make this rich and satisfying dish.

Chicken–This classic soup has so many well-loved variations, including noodle, rice, dumplings, tortillas, along with every vegetable imaginable.

Cream of Broccoli–Rich and creamy, this soup features butter, onion, broccoli, celery, flour, and cream.

Minestrone–This traditional soup is loaded with pasta, bacon, garlic, onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, leek, oregano, bay leaf, tomatoes, potato, chick peas, basil, and Parmesan.

Split Pea–Start with leftover ham and a hambone. Add onion, leeks, celery stalks, garlic cloves, potatoes, thyme, bay leaves, and green split peas.

Tomato–Simple, but delicious. Basic ingredients include butter, olive oil, garlic, onions, tomato paste, broth, and whole tomatoes.

Vegetable–This soup is a breeze to make, just add your favorite vegetables and herbs to your favorite broth and simmer. Some suggestions include leeks, garlic, carrots, potatoes, green beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers, and parsley.

Winter Comfort Foods

Baby, it’s cold outside! Why not heat things up in the kitchen? Our answer to frigid temperatures? Comfort foods! We crave these hearty meals because they taste so amazing and remind us of home and family.

At Dressler’s Restaurant, we know all about comfort foods. We love to eat them and we love serving them to our guests. Some of Chef Scott’s favorite comfort foods include braised short ribs, slow cooked Cheshire Farms pork shoulder, macaroni and cheese, and Sea Island Red Pea stew.

The only thing more satisfying than the wonderful aromas of baked lasagne, pot roast, slow-cooked chili, or soup wafting through your house is sharing them with those you love.

Many of the dishes below can be prepared ahead of time or placed in a slow cooker to simmer throughout the day. Serve with warm breadbiscuits, or cornbread and a salad. Then sit down and enjoy a hot, delicious meal with your family.

Try some of these meals at home or join us at Dressler’s Restaurant and let us do the cooking for you.

soups/stews–It’s easy to prepare homemade soups and stews in your slow cooker. Place your meat, vegetables, and seasonings in the crock and set the controls to low. The time you spend preparing this in the morning is well worth it when you get home at the end of the day and dinner is ready.

casseroles–These are great make-ahead meals that have the meat and vegetables all in one dish. Try chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese, turkey tetrazzini, and Texas-style enchilada casserole.

pasta–What could be easier than boiling water? Cook and drain the pasta, then add your favorite sauce, fresh herbs, meat, and veggies. Top with grated cheese and serve with fresh bread and salad.

roasts–These are great weekend meals. Check out these recipes for beef roastspork roasts, and roasted chicken.

desserts–We wouldn’t dream of forgetting dessert. Top off your meal with a steaming cup of hot coffee (or an ice cold glass of milk) and a little slice of heaven.

101 Best Classic Comfort Food Recipes-Southern Living

Comfort Food Recipes-Food Network