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29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

29 recipes to get you excited about winter evenings

Jeff Coulson Author: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

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29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

These hearty, warm and cozy recipes will (almost!) have you wishing that winter would last longer.

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29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Gravy-Smothered Beef and Mushrooms

Spoon this chunky, gravy-rich stew over baked potato wedges and top with cheese curds to make the most divine homemade poutine imaginable. Or serve the stew straight-up over smooth mashed potatoes for a yummy comfort food dinner.

Read more: Get the recipe: Gravy-Smothered Beef and Mushrooms
By: Amanda Barnier and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Beef and Mushroom Pie

Although this meat lover's pie filling would make an endlessly satisfying meal on its own, mounding it between two flaky pie crusts brings it to a new level of deliciousness. Serve with a lemony salad.

Read more: Get the recipe: Beef and Mushroom Pie
By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese

If comfort food is what you're after, nothing beats a generous helping of creamy, oozy mac and cheese. This recipe is the yummiest version – and the only one you'll ever need.

Read more: Get the recipe: Ultimate Macaroni and Cheese
By: Jennifer Bartoli and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Beef Stew With Cheese Biscuits

Cooking the shallots until caramelized creates the flavour base, and their subtle sweetness naturally balances out the sharp blue cheese. If you're not a fan of blue, try extra-old Cheddar instead.

Read more: Get the recipe: Beef Stew With Cheese Biscuits
By: Soo Kim and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Yvonne Duivenvoorden

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Slow Cooker French Leek Soup

We've swapped beef broth for chicken broth and onions for tender leeks but kept all the flavour in this lighter version of classic French onion soup. When you get home, just toast the baguette, broil the cheese and enjoy!

Read more: Get the recipe: Slow Cooker French Leek Soup
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Michael Smith's Favourite Maritime Seafood Chowder

Michael Smith, P.E.I.'s culinary ambassador, shared his favourite chowder recipe with us. Made with easy to find ingredients and fresh Maritime seafood, it's sure to become a favourite in your home too.

Read more: Get the recipe: Michael Smith's Favourite Maritime Seafood Chowder
By: Rheanna Kish and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Yvonne Duivenvoorden

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

The Ultimate Potato Gratin

The combination of a creamy potato filling and cheesy breadcrumb crust makes this recipe one of our favourites. Gruyère cheese is notoriously strong-smelling, but it mellows nicely as it melts.

Read more: Get the recipe: The Ultimate Potato Gratin
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu

This hearty sauce is best served over a short pasta with lots of nooks and crannies it can tuck into and cling to. This ragu also makes a delicious lasagna filling when layered with sheets of fresh pasta and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses.

Read more: Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Ragu
By: Amanda Barnier and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

The Ultimate Lasagna

This gooey, cheesy lasagna is a hearty party favourite, so if you're going to bring a main dish to bring to a potluck, this is it! Assemble it ahead of time and finish it off in the oven before serving.

Read more: Get the recipe: The Ultimate Lasagna
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Make-Ahead Beef Enchiladas

With a hearty beef filling, gooey cheese and zesty sauce, this enchilada dish is impossible to resist—especially when topped with a cool dollop of sour cream.

Read more: Get the recipe: Make-Ahead Beef Enchiladas
By: Amanda Barnier and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

30-Minute Turkey Chili

This simple, yet delicious chili doesn't take very long to make the night before. The best part is that it can be portioned and frozen for a quick grab-and-go lunch any day of the week.

Read more: Get the recipe: 30-Minute Turkey Chili
By: Rheanna Kish and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Olive Chicken Tagine With Dried Fruit Couscous

The fragrant spices of North African cuisine come to life in this Moroccan-style tagine. If you're entertaining over the weekend, this makes a great main.

Read more: Get the recipe: Olive Chicken Tagine With Dried Fruit Couscous
By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Slow Cooker Mushroom Chili

This veggie-loaded chili is so hearty that even meat lovers will ask for seconds. To freeze it, cook as directed, but don't add the mushrooms. Cook them separately and add to the chili after reheating it. Serve with crusty bread to soak up every bit of sauce.

Read more: Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Mushroom Chili
By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Ryan Brook

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

The Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food at its finest, this classic creamy casserole packs buttery herb-flecked pastry and rich savoury chicken in every delightful bite.

Read more: Get the recipe: The Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie
By: Rheanna Kish and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Crunchy Parmesan-Topped Double Potato Mash

If you're making this recipe ahead of time, choose a large shallow ovenproof dish, which will decrease the time needed to warm it in the oven while the turkey is resting.

Read more: Get the recipe: Crunchy Parmesan-Topped Double Potato Mash
By: Irene Fong and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson/TC Media

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes

Stovetop space is often limited when preparing big meals, so avoid the crunch and make this classic creamy side in your slow cooker, instead! Bacon makes this dish extra-indulgent, but you can easily omit it if you prefer to keep it vegetarian.

Read more: Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Scalloped Potatoes
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Steve Krug

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Slow Cooker Japanese-Style Beef Curry

In Japan, cooks often make curry using a packaged mix, serving it over steamed rice and topping it with a fried pork cutlet. Here, we've ditched the store bought mix for a beefy homemade rendition of this gravy-rich stew. Choose a spicy curry powder instead if you prefer a dish with extra kick.

Read more: Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Japanese-Style Beef Curry
By: Irene Fong and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Hearty Meatball and Fennel Soup

Warm up cool evenings by filling empty tummies with hearty soup. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese over top or add a handful of cooked noodles to make leftovers new again.

Read more: Get the recipe: Hearty Meatball and Fennel Soup
By: Amanda Barnier and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Spinach and Chicken Soup With Parmesan

Rotisserie chicken adds a pleasant oven-roasted flavour to this soothing vegetable- and-noodle soup. It also cuts prep time dramatically.

Read more: Get the recipe: Spinach and Chicken Soup With Parmesan
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Cheddar Crostini

The longer you roast the cauliflower (without burning it, of course!), the richer the flavour. Extra-old Cheddar adds a boost of savoury sharpness to this thick, creamy soup. For a milder soup, use old or medium Cheddar.

Read more: Get the recipe: Roasted Cauliflower Soup With Cheddar Crostini
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Curried Lentil and Chicken Soup

Chicken thighs are less expensive than breasts, and they give this robust soup added heartiness. If you don't have plain yogurt, top each bowl with sour cream. Cost: $3.15/serving

Read more: Get the recipe: Curried Lentil and Chicken Soup
By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Chicken and Dumplings

This quick version of a southern classic uses store-bought gnocchi instead of the traditional dumplings. Serve with a tossed salad and multigrain rolls or your favourite buttermilk biscuits.

Read more: Get the recipe: Chicken and Dumplings
By: Irene Fong and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Creamy Meatballs and Noodles

If you have time, chill the meatballs in the fridge for 10 minutes before frying; they'll hold their shape a little better.

Read more: Get the recipe: Creamy Meatballs and Noodles
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Yvonne Duivenvoorden

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

This saucy pulled pork is perfect piled high on buns. They're also great for sliders if you're looking for a delicious appetizer. Top with garnishes like tangy coleslaw, pickled jalapeños, sour cream and shredded cheese.

Read more: Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
By: Rheanna Kish and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce

Mushrooms have a delicate flavour and texture that makes them perfect partners for a rich cream sauce. Toss with fresh pasta and thin with a little pasta water to desired consistency.Garnish with Parmesan cheese.

Read more: Get the recipe: Wild Mushroom Cream Sauce
By: Amanda Barnier and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Ryan Szulc

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip

It doesn't get more retro than cheese fondue, and this twist on the classic Swiss recipe gets a hit of Calvados at the end. This dip is best served warm and bubbly, so it's worth rooting around in your basement to find that longhidden fondue set. Serve with blanched asparagus, broccoli, boiled potatoes or sliced apple.

Read more: Get the recipe: Beer and Cheese Fondue Dip
By: Annabelle Waugh, Irene Fong and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: John Cullen

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Classic Cabbage Rolls

Our classic recipe for hearty cabbage rolls is a labour of love that won't disappoint. Use two smaller cabbages rather than one large head, as the leaves will be more consistent in size. The best leaves for rolling are in the middle of the head, so save the outer ones for coleslaw or soup. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and a little fresh dill.

Read more: Get the recipe: Classic Cabbage Rolls
By: The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Slow Cooker Carbonnade Beef Pot Roast

This roast, inspired by a classic Belgian stew, is juicy and tender over mashed potatoes, and the leftovers make the ultimate hot sandwich. Cook the bacon and onion mixture the night before so it's ready to add to the slow cooker in the morning without a lot of fuss.

Read more: Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Carbonnade Beef Pot Roast
By: Amanda Barnier and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Jeff Coulson

29 cozy recipes to get you excited about cold winter evenings

Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup

This aromatic Thai-inspired soup is the perfect comfort food to warm up a cold winter evening. Top with finely sliced red chilies for a little extra kick, if desired. You can also swap the rice with noodles, or serve it without a starch, as a brothy starter soup.

Read more: Get the recipe: Thai Chicken and Coconut Milk Soup
By: Jennifer Bartoli and The Canadian Living Test Kitchen Source: Ryan Brook

 

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