It’s cold out there — polar vortex cold. Cozy up inside with your friends and family and share a warm, savory dinner to shake off the chill. Our menu is full of new twists on classic comfort foods like chili and corn bread, perfect for a snowy evening at home (or even a winter weekend getaway).
Make your main course something steamy and satisfying. This chili with black beans and andouille sausage with black beans and andouille sausage is inspired by Mexican mole, with plenty of warm and smoky spices. For a vegetarian option, try a vegetable and lentil soup, chock-full of colorful and nutritious ingredients. (Bonus: both come together quickly, so no need to plan ahead!)
Nothing soaks up chili as well as hearty, slightly sweet corn bread. We love these mini corn breads filled with gooey fontina cheese — they’re baked in a muffin pan for easy baking and serving. On the side, serve a simple green salad with a tangy mustard vinaigrette.
Most of us have memories of toasting marshmallows over an open fire and making s’mores. Even if you’re not using your fireplace, you can still enjoy this nostalgic treat — bake a batch of these s’mores brownies and pour a mug of hot chocolate for sipping.
- 1 day ahead: Make the brownies, cool, cover and keep at room temperature overnight.
- Day of: Make the chili and/or the soup (if you make it ahead, bring to room temperature, cover and refrigerate; reheat on the stovetop before serving). Make the corn bread; these can also be reheated before serving, if necessary.
- Just before serving: Make the salad. Reheat the chili, soup and corn bread, if necessary. Make the hot chocolate.
Serve straight from the pot. Simmer your stews in a colorful Dutch oven, and it can go right to the table — just don’t forget a trivet.
Keep it casual and serve the corn bread in a napkin-lined bread basket, which is easy to pass around the table.