lEverybody needs an escape. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Homemade Comfort Foods. While it’s easy to go out and buy something to eat, there’s something undeniably comforting about food that comes from thefamiliar territory of your own kitchen. Be it sweet or savory, it’s all fantastic, and it’s all sure to leave us feeling satisfied, nostalgic and reminded of a simpler time. The American Staple! Like the hot dog, a good burger conjures upimages of rollerskating carhops, dangerous hot rods, and hot summer nights cruising the main drag. It may even remind you of the good old days when your dad would grill up ajuicy patty at the summer cookout. The simple beef hamburger hasundergone constant reinvention, but whether topped with gourmet ingredients or good ol’ cheese, pickles and ketchup, whether fast food or slow grilled, it’s versatile, portable, and will never go out of style! A weekend favorite. And what’s not to like? From the smell to the light, fluffy texture, pancakes are the meal of choice for breakfast in bed. Popular around the world in different forms, with kids and adults alike, griddlecakes are great toppedwith berries or whipped cream, as thin crepes or thicker flapjacks, and slathered in syrup. There’s no better way to start your day than waking up at the crack of dawn, eating a few stacks of pancakes, and then sleeping for another six hours! ‘You hungry?’ ‘Hey, ma! Could we get some meatloaf?’ Every grandma has a meatloafrecipe they’re positive it’s the best – and chances are, you agree. A mixture of ground meat and spices – often with a sweet sauce andsome breadcrumbs thrown in – this loaf-shaped meal is the perfect dish to dig into on a blustery winter’s eve. With its origins dating to the 5th century, meatloaf gained popularity during the Great Depression as a way to stretch the meat budget. But that’s not why we eat it now, and it’s certainly not why we go back for seconds, thirds, and possibly fourths (if nobody’s looking.) Ah, the humble potato! This deceptively simple and inexpensive starch can be prepared countless ways: baked or stuffed, fries or chips, roasted or scalloped, salad or tots. But the tastiest tuber maybe the all-mighty mashed potato – available in pretty much any dinnerand restaurant you’ll ever find. Everyone uses a different recipe for their mash – some with cream, some with garlic, some smooth, some with lumps – but whatever the style, it’s like a warm, carb-loaded culinary blanket. And unlike real blankets, these go great with gravy! Where would Italian cuisine bewithout nummy noodles? Arguably one of the mostversatile foods out there, pasta is yours to customize and place your own culinary stamp on! Fresh or dried, long or short, fettuccini or rigatoni, it’s all delicious and full of comforting carbs – and the potential preparationsare even more miscellaneous. Dig into lasagna, cut into carbonara or serve up spaghetti and meatballs, just like nonna used to make. All you gotta do is boil some noodles, whip up some sauce, bake some garlic bread and you’ll feel the comfortof fullness in no time! ‘I like bacon.’ Need we say more? You can eat it beside eggs, throw it in a sandwich or cover it in chocolate and it’s just as pork-tastic!
Sure it’s unhealthy but what’s a little heart disease compared to savory, crispyslices of perfectly fried bacon? Cured pork, cut thin or thick, this meat can perk up any meal, or make any dish a winner with its salty flavor. ‘You wanna know how good bacon is?’ ‘To improve other food,they wrap it in bacon.’ That’s probably why “bacon mania” has gripped the Internet – and the world – leading to bacon-covered and bacon-flavored everything. All we can say is: “Bring it on!” Few things are simpler or more satisfyingthan the grilled cheese sandwich. Bread + cheese + more bread = snack-time nirvana. Take meal time from drag to fabwith some Swiss on rye – and throw in some ham for the iconic deli taste. French bread and Camembert add a certainje ne sais quai to déjeuner. Or go traditional, with Wonder Bread™and American cheese. Add a bowl of tomato soup, and you’ve got yourself a meal! Another dish made popular during the Depression, grilled cheese has comea long way since then! The only way we know how to improveupon our number seven pick – the mouth-watering mashed potato – is to add meat and some select veggies to make a casserole fit for a king! Originally conceived as a wayto use up leftover meat, Sheperd’s, or Cottage Pie, is atraditional Irish or English recipe that’s passed down from generation to generation. Made with lamb or mutton in its native homeland, or often beef in North America, in the end it’s all the same glorious concoction – simple, hot and filling! What snack sparks a moresentimental spirit than soup? Whether with noodles or without, Chicken Soup is a classic dishthat’ll warm anyone on a cold day, with it’s clear broth, chicken chunks and veggies. But more than that, this delicious dish hasearned a rep as a healing elixir. Sick with a cold or flu? Boil up some chicken soupand let it work its mojo! Sure, the health-hype surrounding the soup could be no more than an old-fashioned folk tale, but it sure tastes better than cough syrup, and leaves you cozy and content. Before we dig in to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions. It’s got all the hallmarksof a classic comfort food: it’s easy to make, it leaves you feeling nostalgic for days gone by, and it’s got tons o’ carbs!
Originating as far back as the 14th century, you can bake it up traditionally as a casserole with multiple cheeses and a breadcrumb crust, or just pour the ingredientsout of a box and into a saucepan. Pasta drenched in a savory cheese like cheddar, gruyère, Gouda, parmesan, or better yet – Velveeta™, mac and cheese is the kind of dish that will make any day better. Do you agree with our list? Which of these foods do you turn tofor comfort and deliciousness? For more tasty top 10s published everyday, be sure to subscribe to Watch Mojo. com . ‘Once you put bacon in a salad,is no longer a salad.’ ‘It just becomes a game of Find-the-Bacon-in-the-Lettuce.’ ‘It’s like you’re panning for gold: Mmpf… Eureka!’