A few days ago, I was listening to NPR (National Public Radio) reporting on the effects the recession has had on restaurant patronage. The journalist noted the creative means that the chef being interviewed had to employ in order to create menu items that would be affordable without lowering the quality and standards of this higher-end restaurant. Believe it or not, the way this chef accomplished adding better valued meals to the menu was by introducing comfort foods made with ingredients that titillated the taste buds without breaking the bank. For example, when making fishcakes he used haddock as opposed to tuna.
As I listened to the program, I started thinking about comfort foods that I really enjoy. I also wondered what foods are universally considered comfort foods around the country. I’m not sure if my list is accurate according to the food experts, but these dishes sure bring comfort to me. Here is my list of top three comfort entrees.
#1 – Chili. My husband makes the absolute best chili. Since neither of us are big cheese eaters, I like my chili with beans, ground sirloin, onion, stewed tomatoes, and spices. No sour cream for me either.
#2 – Meatloaf. I have a recipe from Betty Crocker’s cookbook that I use all the time and I love it. Some people like gravy on their meatloaf, but I actually prefer catsup. Yum!
#3 – Spaghetti and meatballs. The recipe I use for the sauce and meatballs is another from good ol’ Betty’s cookbook. Betty sure knows how to keep it simple for people like me who aren’t real savvy in the kitchen.
I hope I haven’t made you guys hungry. Talking about food can be a dangerous thing for me, but every since I listened to that program I’ve got comfort food on the brain. Are there any other chili-lovers out there? What are your favorite comfort foods?