Do you have a go-to comfort food? Or maybe you are looking for rainy day dinner ideas that will warm your heart? Whether you’ve caught a case of the blues or need a hot and hearty meal on a cold winter night, our grandma-approved comfort foods will satisfy your craving for something warm, cheesy, and oh-so-savory on any given day.
Grab a fork and a spoon—you’ll need them by the time you reach the end of this blog.
What Is Comfort Food?
Remember that chicken noodle soup your mom used to make when you had the sniffles? That’s comfort food. Comfort food is any type of meal that sparks a nostalgic and sentimental feeling. Albeit these foods tend to be packed with high calories and carbohydrates, comfort foods are like a hug on a plate. And who doesn’t love a good hug?
Best Comfort Food Recipes
When we think of comfort food, our tastebuds tend to skew toward popular dishes like spaghetti and meatballs or classic southern chicken and waffles. But comfort food can be anything that sparks a sense of solace. From fries to falafel, we’ll dig into the many faces and flavors of our favorite comfort food. So let's start with a few easy comfort food recipes.
If you love steak as much as we do, then you’ll savor every bite of our tri-tip breakfast tacos. This southern comfort food is a great way to kickstart those slow starts to your Saturday mornings. Begin by pickling your red onion, garlic, jalapeno, and peppercorns the day before.
When you’re up and at ‘em, smoke your tri-tip and fry your eggs. Top your tacos with our El Dinero Hatch Chili Verde Taco Seasoning & Rub for spicy, zesty flavor in every bite. Is your mouth watering? Get the entire scoop by reading our full recipe for an delicious and easy comfort food recipe.
Just add spam, they say—and they’re right. This iconic can of pork has been a kitchen staple ever since it rose to fame during World War II. From grilled cheese to burgers, adding spam will take any meal from simple to symbolic. So why make regular french fries when you can fry up spam fries?
This easy comfort food recipe will have you reminiscing about the good old days when mom would crack open a can of Spam after school. To make spam fries, simply cut the spam into french fry-sized pieces and bread with beaten eggs, Panko breadcrumbs, flour, and our Bacon Bomb blend. Place on a well-oiled skillet over medium heat and watch them sizzle. Continue reading our full recipe for the final results.
If you couldn’t tell, we love spam at PS Seasoning. This cold weather comfort food recipe will have your entire family begging for seconds—so make sure you cook enough to go around the table twice. Crack a few eggs into a large bowl and beat.
After your eggs are evenly beaten, pour them into a hot skillet and remove them after scrambling. In the same skillet, add your spam, minced shallot, sliced garlic, and our Big Kahuna Rub. Stir well and read the rest of our recipe to find out the perfect toppings you can add to this sweet and tangy comfort dish.
If you were a mac and cheese lover as a kid, then you’ll love our grown-up Smoked Pimento Mac N Cheese. We give this classic American dish a makeover with smokey, cheesy cavatappi pasta, sweet pimento, and a breaded crust for the perfect crunch. Perfect as a cold weather comfort food. So fire up that smoker, and let’s get cooking.
Cook your pasta while making a roux of butter and flour in a separate sauce pot. Stir in milk, heavy cream, and cheeses, and finish with a generous dash of our Multi-Tool blend. Read our full recipe to find out how you can perfect this delicious vegetarian comfort food for the ultimate spoonful of cheesy goodness.
Could this be the champion of all ham and cheese sandwiches? We think so. Ham sandwiches aren’t just for the lunchbox. Our Monte Cristo Sandwich is crispy, savory, versatile, and resourceful when it comes to using leftover ham into an easy comfort food.
Take this classic comfort sandwich to the next level by dunking it into a bowl of milk and egg batter. Watch it sizzle to crispy, golden flawlessness. Top it off with a drizzle of Buzzed Beer Mustard for a sweet and spicy flavor your whole hive will buzz about. This sandwich is definitely among the best comfort food when sick.
You’ve heard the jingle. You’ve probably even sang along. And you most definitely burned your lips after taking a hasty bite. The hot pocket was the hot after-school snack kids couldn’t get enough of. If you were a hot pocket kid, you’ll love our easy Ham N Cheese Hot Pocket recipe.
Thaw a pack of puff pastry dough as your oven preheats to 400 degrees. Combine ham, shredded cheddar, and our Grate State cheesy blend. Find out what your next steps will be by reading our full recipe. And don’t worry—these hot pockets aren’t like molten lava.
Healthy Comfort Foods
Yes—comfort food can be healthy! And we’ll prove it to you.
Dig into our top five favorite healthy comfort foods that are vegan- and vegetarian-friendly.
Any avocado lovers in the house? Our Elote Avocado Toast is a fun twist on the beloved Mexican street corn that will brighten your morning and your mood. Stir together mayo, sour cream, lime juice, and our Elote Loco Street Corn blend.
Sauté your corn and toast your bread to your liking. Top and spread with thinly sliced avocado for the perfect pop of green and drizzle with sauce. Isn't this the best healthy comfort food? Keep reading to find out what garnishes go best on top of your toasted masterpiece.
‘Tis the season for soup. Smoked Potato Soup. Cold weather creeps up fast, so defrost yourself with a warm bowl of hearty potato soup. Wash and poke your potatoes to prevent them from bursting, and place them into your smoker for about an hour.
Once those taters are tender, let them cool slightly and cut them into halves. Not only is this winter comfort food great for sick days, it's also great as a lazy Sunday dinner idea. Continue reading our full recipe to find out how you can incorporate our Bacon Bomb into your creamy potato soup for a spicy, smokey explosion of flavor.
Cauliflower? Smothered in cheese? Heck yes. This Cheesy Cauliflower Bake will have your whole home smelling like fall. Grab your cast iron skillet, because you’re going to need it for this vegetarian comfort food.
Remove excess leaves from your cauliflower and cut them into one-inch steaks.
Season with our Black Gold Garlic Pepper for a taste of California garlic, herbs, onion, and plenty of pepper in every bite. Grill your cauliflower steaks on the stovetop, baste with Memphis King Tangy BBQ Sauce, and transfer to the cast iron skillet. What happens next? Read our full recipe to find out.
Butternut squash is one of the hallmarks of comforting autumnal cooking. Sweet, nutty, and utterly delicious, our Butternut Squash Bisque will have your tastebuds falling in love with this Fall favorite over and over again.
Warm your soul with a bowl of this deliciously vegan comfort food. Start by peeling the butternut squash and removing the seeds. Cut into cubes and place into a stock pot along with onions and butter. Now, the fun part: making the sachet. Find out how by reading our recipe. By the way, you’ll need our Apple Pie Cinnamon Spice Rub.
Deck the halls this winter with our Crispy Air Fryer Falafel balls. These air-fried nuggets are packed full of exotic middle eastern flavors in every bite. Plus, they’re super healthy.
You’ll need dried chickpeas and a food processor for this dish. Submerge the chickpeas into a bowl or container of water, then wrap and set out at room temperature for a full day. Seriously, it pays to prep. After 24 hours, drain your beans and rinse with cold water. This is where your food processor will make its grand entrance. Continue reading our full recipe to find out how you can make the perfect falafel balls with our Open Sesame seasoning.
Your Comfort Starts With PS Seasoning
Comfort foods do a lot more than fill our stomachs when we’re hungry. They ignite good memories made around the dinner table. Now you get to create your own memories. Cook up memorable comforting dishes for the whole family to enjoy all year long by shopping our unique selection of seasonings, spices, and rubs at PS Seasoning.