When it’s freezing cold and snowing hard, you know what time it is: comfort food time. It’s time for fatty, crispy, melty, buttery, meaty, and steaming hot textures to warm you up from the inside out. We rounded up some of our favorite cold weather comfort food recipes with an extra boozy kick. Try one of these out and let us know how it goes!
Black Butte Porter Mac n Cheese
There’s perhaps no classic comfort food more satisfying than a big warm bowl of mac n cheese. Add a healthy splash of Deschutes Black Butte Porter and heaps of your favorite white cheddar, and you have a formidably delicious dish. You can find the recipe for this one here.
Chile Con Carne with Tequila
Another perennial favorite for when it’s cold outside, chile con carne is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. This is the sort of dish you spend five hours cooking up on Saturday evening so that it’s ready to go for the Sunday tailgate at Soldier Field. Depending on your taste, a little extra kick from habanero peppers might be too much, rr it could be just what you need to keep your toes from going numb. A dash of your favorite tequila adds a bit of subtle mezcal flavor the whole shebang. Here’s an awesome, seven hour recipe from a guy all the way in Denmark who’s clearly done his research.
When it comes to cooking – and wine – the French can never be wrong. If you’re willing to sacrifice a few hours, this delicious, comforting stew of beef, mushrooms, and red wine is a delight. This classic dish used to be a staple in French peasant homes. They would have one pot and continuously add new ingredients to it. Not exactly fresh, but then again, they say that soup always tastes better the longer it sits, right? Get the recipe from Serious Eats here.
Braised Short Rib Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness Gravy
Whether you’re Irish or not, there are few dishes more satisfying and rib-sticking than a hearty shepherd’s pie for lunch. And no drink complements it better than a pint of “the black stuff.” Most recipes for shepherd’s pie call for some sort of ale or stout to add complexity and richness to the dish. You can’t go wrong with Guinness or your favorite microbrewery nitro stout. Check out this delicious recipe here.
Red Wine Goulash
If you want to make dinner fit for a king – or an Ottoman Pasha – you should try making goulash. It’s a dish that’s heavy on meat and red wine, and traditionally it’s eaten with a heavy starch such as potato dumplings (gnocchi will work just fine though). This recipe is made in the Bosnian style, so there’s no paprika like you would get in the Hungarian version.