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Comfort Food Recipes

Cozy up with these comfort food recipes, including ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, appetizers, salads, soups and more.

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I converted a basic sweet dough into this incredible, apple-filled pull-apart loaf. The results are anything but basic. It takes time, but I guarantee it's worth it. You can choose one of the sauces, but using both is twice as tasty.—Gina Nistico, Milwaukee, WI
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Homey Mac & Cheese

Homey Mac & Cheese

Homey Mac & Cheese

I also call this "My Grandson's Mac & Cheese." Zachary has been to Iraq and Afghanistan with both the Marines and Navy, and I've been privileged to make his favorite casserole for him for over 20 years. —Alice Beardsell, Osprey, Florida

Holiday Glazed Ham

Holiday Glazed Ham

Holiday Glazed Ham

This easy glaze is sure to complement any holiday ham. I serve the remaining glaze on the side. —Tammy Harris, Deltona, Florida

Cherry Almond Ham Glaze

Cherry Almond Ham Glaze

Cherry Almond Ham Glaze

I came across this recipe looking for an alternative to traditional sauces for holiday meats. Mostly, I serve it with holiday ham, and it goes over well—probably because it is such a change of taste. But the glaze should be fine with almost any meat...and its cheesy color would add a festive touch to the table! Our life's busy. In addition to being a farm records analyst, my husband's a minister. I work out of our home—our girls are 4 and 1—as a hairstylist and Edd's
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Citrus Tossed Salad

Citrus Tossed Salad

Citrus Tossed Salad

"The light and tangy dressing for this citrus salad is full of fruity flavor," writes Marge Werner of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Old-Fashioned Coney Hot Dog Sauce

Old-Fashioned Coney Hot Dog Sauce

Old-Fashioned Coney Hot Dog Sauce

Camping and hot dogs go hand in hand. Roast some up over the fire, then top with this irresistible one-pot sauce. —Loriann Cargill Bustos, Phoenix, Arizona

Tuna Melt on Corn Bread

Tuna Melt on Corn Bread

Tuna Melt on Corn Bread

Try a new taste for an open-faced tuna melt-serve it on corn bread! Our Test Kitchen developed this treat which would be great for a quick lunch.

Orange Date Pound Cake

Orange Date Pound Cake

Orange Date Pound Cake

Loaded with chewy dates and crunchy pecans, this cake is a "must" to take to family gatherings. The sweet and zesty orange sauce tops it off just right. This cake slices nicely and looks so appetizing served on a pretty plate.

Herb Dumplings with Pork Chops

Herb Dumplings with Pork Chops

Herb Dumplings with Pork Chops

My husband, Bob, and I grew up on farms. This recipe reminds me of home.

Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

Cranberry-Brie Tartlets

My family hosts a holiday drop-in each year, and that's where these crescent tartlets made their first appearance. They're easy to make, but look like a gourmet treat. —Cindy Davis, Bonita Springs, Florida

Hearty Country Burgers

Hearty Country Burgers

Hearty Country Burgers

When I plan a casual country cookout, I invite these dressed-up burgers to the table. Bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese toppings and a touch of sauce really boost the flavor. And the mildly seasoned meat turns out nice and juicy.



Cranberry-Stuffed Chicken

Cranberry-Stuffed Chicken

Cranberry-Stuffed Chicken

For the holidays or any Sunday dinner, I suggest this delightful main dish. My great-grandma used to roast this chicken for our family, and now I do the same for our nine grandchildren. Everyone relishes the moist meat and the tempting stuffing.

Waldorf Turkey Salad

Waldorf Turkey Salad

Waldorf Turkey Salad

Crisp apples, celery and walnuts teamed with lean poultry turn any meal into a picnic. The combination of tastes and textures makes this Waldorf Turkey Salad a cool classic. —Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland

Farmhouse Ham Chowder

Farmhouse Ham Chowder

Farmhouse Ham Chowder

“This chowder is full flavored and so comforting,” says Lisa Renshaw of Kansas City, Missouri. We couldn’t agree more! Leftover ham and veggies add body, while Gouda cheese brings a special touch.

Chicken Bagel Melts

Chicken Bagel Melts

Chicken Bagel Melts

Our taste testers loved these scrumptious sandwiches from Shannon Brown, who created the melts to use up leftover chicken. “Deli chicken works well, too, when you don't have rotisserie on hand,” she notes from Omaha, Nebraska.

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Make-Ahead Maple & Sage Gravy

Make-Ahead Maple & Sage Gravy

Make-Ahead Maple & Sage Gravy

Save those turkey wings! Then use this richly flavored stock in my pour-it-on-everything herbed gravy. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

There’s a pear tree in my yard that inspires me to bake with its fragrant fruit. My upside-down pancake works best with a firm pear, not fully ripe. —Helen Nelander, Boulder Creek, California

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

When I serve this easy mash, the bowl is always scraped clean. Before holiday feasts, I make it early and keep it warm in a slow cooker so I can focus on last-minute details. —Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana
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