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Winning Comfort Food Recipes

Looking for winning comfort food recipes? Find contest winning comfort food recipes including home style meals, desserts, appetizers, and more winning comfort food recipes.

Lone Star Chicken Enchiladas

Lone Star Chicken Enchiladas

Lone Star Chicken Enchiladas

Start with deli-roasted chicken and this family-friendly casserole will be ready in no time. For a milder version, use Monterey Jack cheese in place of pepper Jack.—Avanell Hewitt, North Richland Hills, Texas

Mushroom Beef Stew

Mushroom Beef Stew

Mushroom Beef Stew

Top this hearty stew with crumbled blue cheese just before serving to add a burst of flavor. Serve some now and store the rest in the freezer for another meal.—Nancy Latulippe, Simcoe, Ontario

Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Cherry-Chocolate Coconut Meringues

Dried cherries lend sweetness and texture to these easy holiday meringue cookies. They’re simply delicious and very low in fat. They also provide a great light dessert for those family members on a gluten-free diet. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
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Peppermint-Kissed Fudge Mallow Cookies

Peppermint-Kissed Fudge Mallow Cookies

Peppermint-Kissed Fudge Mallow Cookies

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without these cute-as-can-be treats. Fudgy-rich chocolate cookies with refreshing mint flavor, soft marshmallow, crunchy candy...it’s a must-try holiday recipe! —Priscilla Yee, Concord, California

Triple-Layer Pretzel Brownies

Triple-Layer Pretzel Brownies

Triple-Layer Pretzel Brownies

Think of a brownie pie with a pretzel crust and peanut butter-chocolate topping. Now stop thinking about it and make it happen. —Cathie Ayers, Hilton, New York

Triple-Ginger Gingersnaps

Triple-Ginger Gingersnaps

Triple-Ginger Gingersnaps

Ginger cookies are holiday hits. Tuck them into clean, recycled coffee cans wrapped in decorative paper. With a glue gun, add ribbon or trim. —Jessica Follen, Waunakee, Wisconsin

Chunky Sausage Lentil Soup

Chunky Sausage Lentil Soup

Chunky Sausage Lentil Soup

Lentils are an inexpensive but nutritious power food, and these days, a hot, filling and flavorful family meal at a great price is a real comfort. My husband just loves this soup and it freezes well. —Donna Scarano, East Hanover, New Jersey

Double Layered Souffle

Double Layered Souffle

Double Layered Souffle

This simple souffle bursts with flavor. The crispy topping of cheese hides a creamy layer of turkey underneath. If I don't have turkey on hand, I use chicken instead. —Sharon Amidon, Guthrie, Oklahoma

French Onion Turkey Shepherd's Pie

French Onion Turkey Shepherd's Pie

French Onion Turkey Shepherd's Pie

In this healthier version of a traditional recipe, I punch up the flavor of turkey with caramelized onions and brandy, cut saturated fat with heart-healthy canola oil, and save a few calories for a sprinkling of gooey cheese. Serve with a side of lemony green beans and everyone’s happy! —Jennifer Beckman, Falls Church, Virginia

Outrageous Chocolate Mint Cookies

Outrageous Chocolate Mint Cookies

Outrageous Chocolate Mint Cookies

Similar to a brownie in texture, this pleasantly chewy cookie mimics the flavors of the Girl Scouts’ beloved Thin Mints. (Maybe you’ll want to rename these delicious morsels Thick Mints.) —Tina Cowan, Chandler, Arizona

Peanut Butter-Hazelnut Brownies

Peanut Butter-Hazelnut Brownies

Peanut Butter-Hazelnut Brownies

Over the years I’d been adding this and that to my basic brownie recipe—and then I came up with this one! —Denise Wheeler, Newaygo, Michigan
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