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12 New Contest-Winning Comfort Food Recipes

Give your old-school recipes a tasty refresh. These contest-winning recipes use ingredients you love in a whole new way.

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Chicken Potpie Galette With Cheddar Thyme Crust Exps Tham18 206710 C11 10 3b 14

Grand Prize: Chicken Potpie Galette

This gorgeous galette takes traditional chicken potpie and gives it a fun open-faced spin. The rich filling and flaky cheddar-flecked crust make it taste so homey. —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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Tex Mex Breakfast Haystacks  Exps Tham18 211514 C11 10 8b 4

1st Place: Tex-Mex Breakfast Haystacks

I love haystacks and wanted to make a fun Tex-Mex version for my family. Adding panko crumbs and cheese to the hash browns before cooking gives them a wonderful golden brown color and crisp texture. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts
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2nd Place: Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Date-Bacon Jam

This sandwich doubles up on melty cheese, but the star of the show is the sweet and salty date-bacon jam. It makes for a truly grown-up version of grilled cheese. —Kathy Cooper, Tucson, Arizona
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3rd Place: BBQ Chicken and Apple Bread Pudding

To me, bread pudding is the epitome of comfort food and is simply too good to reserve only for dessert. This sweet and savory twist on the classic is a delicious new way to enjoy an old favorite. —Shauna Havey, Roy, Utah
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Runner Up: BLT Grain Bowls

I absolutely love a BLT with sliced avocado and an egg. Recently, I've been trying out grain bowls, and I thought the flavors of my favorite sandwich would work really well. My family agreed! —Elisabeth Larsen, Pleasant Grove, Utah
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Runner Up: Fried Chicken and Pulled Pork Cornbread Poppers

These fun little apps are an instant conversation starter wherever they're served. We love them on game day, but they'd be a hit at brunch, too. —Crystal Schlueter, Babbitt, Minnesota
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Runner Up: Casablanca Chicken Couscous

To give risotto, that favorite Italian comfort food, an update, I used couscous and lively North African-inspired flavors to deliver all the satisfaction of the creamy classic. —Roxanne Chan, Albany, California
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Runner Up: Fried Green Napoleons with Mandarin Coleslaw

Fried green tomatoes are stacked and smothered with pimiento cheese in this seriously comforting dish that doubles up on two of my favorite southern classics. The mandarin coleslaw makes it bright and fresh. —Amy Freeze, Avon Park, Florida
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Hot Chipotle Spinach And Artichoke Dip With Lime Exps Tham18 206492 C11 14 4b 3

Runner Up: Hot Chipotle Spinach and Artichoke Dip with Lime

I make spinach and artichoke dip for party guests all the time, but I wanted to give it a Mexican twist. I amped up this app with smoky chipotle chilies and tangy lime for an unexpected kick. —Joseph A. Sciascia, San Mateo, California
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Jalapeno Corn Bread Filled With Blueberry Quick Jam Exps Tham18 208697 C11 14 5b 4

Runner Up: Jalapeno Cornbread Filled with Blueberry Quick Jam

Fresh jalapenos and blueberry quick jam make the perfect blend of sweet and spicy in this special cornbread. Once you eat one piece, you won't be able to resist going back for another. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
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Pasta With Creamy Fennel Sauce Exps Tham18 208682 C11 14 6b

Runner Up: Pasta with Creamy Fennel Sauce

When pureeing fennel one day, I realized its velvety texture would make for a creamy, delicious pasta sauce—without all the guilt. My experiment worked, and now I enjoy this good-for-you pasta sauce all the time. —Deb Schwab, Moraga, California
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Runner Up: Slow Cooker Cordon Bleu Soup

I've taken this creamy slow-cooker soup to potlucks and teacher luncheons, and I bring home an empty crock every time. When my son's school recently created a cookbook, this was the first recipe he asked me to submit, and his teachers were glad he did. —Erica Winkel, Ada, Michigan

Ellie Martin Cliffe
Now an executive editor at Taste of Home, Ellie has been writing about food and parenting for more than a decade. When she isn't at TOH HQ, she's likely trying gluten- and dairy-free recipes, canning whatever's in season, listening to anything with a fiddle, or playing Uno with her family.
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