10 Comfort Foods to Enjoy this Winter

It’s been mentioned once or twice that one of my favourite things about fall and winter is the food you can eat.  I love eating warm soups, hearty chili, and deep dish chicken pot pie.  That’s total comfort food to me, and it warms my heart (cliché, I know, but it totally does!) and my body… and in Canada, your body gets cold quick.  So I thought I would compile a list of the ten best comfort foods out there to keep you snuggly and warm this winter!

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1. Chicken Pot Pie

My absolute number one favourite dish of all time.  It was my choice for my birthday dinner, even though my birthday is dead in the middle of summer.  My friend makes the crust from the recipe above, and it’s to die for – it has cream cheese in it!  My favourite fillings?  Carrot, peas, corn… much to my husbands dismay I like the frozen veg mix best.  He says I am nuts.

2. Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

This one uses goat cheese in the soup – can you say delicious?  My favourite way to make a grilled cheese?  Cheddar, swiss, and sliced tomato.  Perfect way to warm up after an afternoon skating.

3. Fish and Brewis

Okay, you will think I’m crazy after I explain this regional dish that comes from my home province of Newfoundland, but bear with me.  It is so good, that I couldn’t leave it out.  Fish and brewis (pronounced brews) is a dish that originated with the fishermen who would spend weeks on end out at sea and needed food that would last that  length of time.  The ingredients?  They vary slightly, but all include salted cod, hard bread/hard tack, and salted pork fat.  We also use potatoes in our recipe.  The best part of the recipe is the pork fat – you fry it up into crunchy little bits and then pour it over the dish, almost like a sauce.  My husband calls it heart attack on a plate.  I call it heaven.

4. Hot Beef Sandwich

The best thing about roast beef dinners are the sandwiches you can make with the leftovers!  Slice the meat thin for a tender sandwich.

5. Shepard’s Pie

My husband once made a version with pulled beef (inside round roast that was done in the slow cooker) and  a sweet potato topping.  I tried to find a recipe online, but since he made it up on the fly, I couldn’t find one.  Trust me though, it was really good!

6. Baked Beans

My husband grew up with a more savoury version, while I enjoyed it’s more sweet tasting cousin, but either way, they warm the soul.  The essential side to baked beans?  Fresh baked rolls for dipping!

7. Clam Chowder

I don’t know the difference between all the types of clam chowders out there, but here’s how I like mine: with dill, bacon, and LOTS of seafood. The more clams the better.  While you’re at it, feel free to throw in some lobster and shrimp… maybe even some scallops. :)

8. Chicken Paprika Stew

This recipe is a staple in my house in the winter time.  I wrote a whole post about it a couple of months ago and shared the recipe.  Seriously delicious and a huge hit with dinner guests every single time.

9. Chili

There are more ways to make chili than there are stars in the sky.  Everyone has their own versions and take.  My husbands family makes their chili in a way that makes me think of hamburger soup… mine, I like it think and chunky.  And my kids absolutely adore kidney beans, so we wouldn’t make out so well in Texas.  I put two whole huge cans in one pot of chili, just for my kiddo’s.

10. Split Pea Soup

In Newfoundland, we make it with doughboys (similar to dumplings, but usually bigger) and ham, or salt beef.  This was one of my grandma’s favorite recipes to make for us, and I swear she made it the best of anyone.
What are your favourite comfort foods?  Do you like winter food or the lighter fare of summer?  I’d love some new recipes to try out this winter!

About Sarah

Sarah Desjardins is a mother of two girls, a wife, an elementary school teacher, and a self proclaimed glitter addict. Becoming Martha is a place for anyone who wants to make their domestic life more beautiful and creative. Sarah started Becoming Martha as a place to find bliss between the diapers and the dishes, and invites you to do the same.


  1. Great round up! That Fish and Brewis sounds delicious… I think I need to bring it to the west coast!

  2. Mac n Cheese!! (I know – I’m boring…blah blah blah) =)

  3. Thanks for the round up of comfort food. You forgot mac n cheese…homemade, not boxed.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  4. My husband grew up in LA so doesn’t understand seasonal food. For me this time of year means chili and any meal that includes sour cream as an ingredient – stroganoff, and lots of crockpot recipes.

    Will have to try the chicken pot pie recipe. My dad loves those when he comes to visit and I usually get frozen, homemade is always better.

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