I think comfort food means different things to different people, but in general it seems to mean something warm and filling. I'm sure there are people out there that find salads a comfort food, but they are vastly outnumbered by the soup-chili-mac n' cheese-casserole crowd. The idea itself is as old as the human need for comfort, but the phrase was only added to the dictionary in 1977.
My ultimate comfort food is a grilled cheese sammich and tomato soup. As a kid, that meant plastic-wrapped squares of Kraft cheese and white bread toasted in a pan with butter and pressed down until the cheese bonded with the bread, and Campbell's condensed tomato. In college they served grilled cheese & tomato soup every few Fridays; they also had Carmelita Bars. Sort of like an oatmeal, chocolate chip caramel cookie bar, and I was addicted to them. I've never found a recipe to replicate them. Maybe that's not a bad thing, aging and metabolism being what it is. This recipe is pretty close.
Pillsbury Carmelita Bars
There are so many ideals when it comes to comfort foods - everyone has their favorite. In case you are looking to change up your comfort food, here are some tasty options from around the web:
- Jamie Oliver's Insanity Burger over at Serious Eats
- Macaroni and Cheese Seven Ways over at the Food Network
- Baked Ziti over at Simply Recipes (a whole bunch more here)
- Southern Living lists 101 Favorite Comfort Foods - that's enough to me comforted twice a week!
- The Thrillest can tell you the comfort food for every state!
What's your favorite comfort food? Do tell!!