We all have our favorite comfort foods to indulge in after a long day at work, a busy day of running errands, or on a brisk fall day. Comfort food can be so much more than just mashed potatoes and fried chicken, and the team at Cooking Panda is here to show you just that! Read the list below for eight new, delicious comfort foods to look forward to this fall the next time you need a pick-me-up!
1. Mexican Rice
Mexican rice is deliciously flavorful with just the right amount of spice and texture! This dish is elevated with Pacific Coast Producers Fire Roasted Salsa, a well-balanced and seasoned salsa. The fire-roasted tomatoes deliver a rich flavor profile to the rice, resulting in comfort food that is quick to make, but tastes like hours in the making! Serve alongside your favorite protein and veggies for a nutritious and delicious meal that will warm you up on the inside! Mexican rice might just be your new favorite comfort food after taking your very first bite!
2. Airfryer Chicken Avocado Eggroll
Nothing says comfort food like a delicious, crispy eggroll! These Airfryer Chicken Avocado Eggrolls only require 7 ingredients, so they make for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, or an appetizer for a group gathering that is sure to please everyone! These eggrolls go great with your favorite noodle or rice dish or are great on their own. Better yet, this recipe only requires the use of the air fryer, so no dirty pans to clean up afterward – that’s a huge bonus! For even easier prep, use Starkist Premium White Chicken in your eggrolls: no need to worry about undercooked chicken (phew!). So next time you’re in the mood for Chinese takeout, skip the wait and have a night in with your new favorite eggroll recipe!
3. Fried Farro Cheese Balls
Cheese balls are classic comfort food, and it’s no question why: chewy, gooey, warm, and covered in breadcrumbs, cheese balls are delicious as an appetizer or afternoon snack! Cheese balls are great for group gatherings or football game nights because they’re so easy to make in large batches. And it’s time to elevate your traditional cheese balls with these Fried Farro Cheese Balls, using Bob’s Red Mill Organic Farro! Farro is a hearty grain that is full of fiber and protein, keeping you satisfied for longer. Not to mention that farro is delicious and compliments that cheesy goodness like a match made in heaven. All that’s left is to warm up the marinara sauce and dip right in! Yum!
4. 2 Ingredient Nacho Sauce
Warm cheese is the ultimate go-to comfort food that is so easy to prepare and even easier to eat! This 2 Ingredient Nacho Sauce is simply made with cheese and Pacific Coast Producers Fire Roasted Salsa for the perfect flavor combination of roasted tomatoes and silky smooth, melted cheese! Cut up your cheese into small chunks and empty some salsa into the bowl. Microwave until melted and serve immediately! Serve this nacho sauce as a dip with your favorite chips at your next gathering, or create classic nachos with your favorite nacho toppings for an appetizer that is out of this world. Enjoy with friends and family, or indulge by yourself – comfort food just got so much better!
5. Cheeseburger onion ring bombs
We all know onion rings pair beautifully with cheeseburgers, but sometimes we don’t want big, messy cheeseburgers. Introducing the newest thing in easy comfort food: cheeseburger onion ring bombs! Stuff ground beef with some shredded cheese, wrap in a ring of onion, coat in breadcrumbs, and fry! For an additional kick of crispy spice, use HIPPEAS Sriracha Sunshine as your breading rather than traditional bread crumbs. These cheeseburger onion ring bombs are easy to make and delicious to eat, and the clean-up is so much easier than cooking an entire burger! Win, win, win!
6. Hot & Spicy Pickles
We all crave pickles as a late-night snack, but sometimes pickles on their own don’t quite hit the “comfort food” spot. Luckily, we’ve found a way to spice up these pickles for a snack that is sure to hit all your late-night cravings! Even better, it’s so easy to make! Open your favorite jar of pickles and empty out some of the pickle juice so that there is room in the jar. Pour in Slap Ya Mama Cajun Pepper Sauce and put the lid back on. Shake the jar up to disperse the sauce all over the pickles. Allow the pickles to sit in the sauce for eight hours, or overnight, and enjoy! You can enjoy these pickles straight out of the jar, or add to your favorite burger or sandwich to spice it up a bit. These spicy pickles are so good, you’ll never go back!
7. Mushroom French Dip Sandwich
Looking for a Meatless Monday comfort food? We’ve got just the meal for you! This Mushroom French Dip Sandwich is easy to make and the mushrooms will fill you up and keep you fuller for longer. Saute mushrooms and onions in butter over low heat until the mushrooms are soft and the onions are caramelized. Pour in white wine and cook down with the mushrooms and onions until absorbed. Transfer the mushroom saute to a baguette or bread of your choice, and, using the same pan, begin making the dipping sauce. Pour water and Yondu Vegetable Umami into the pan and cook until warm. Simply pour the sauce into a dipping bowl, and melt some cheese on top of your mushroom mixture. Dip your mushroom sandwich into your Umami sauce bite by bite and enjoy! This might just be your new favorite go-to sandwich!
8. Pork Rind Nugs
This wouldn’t be a comfort food list without chicken nuggets! It’s time to elevate our all-time favorite snack, so we did just that! No more trips to the drive-through, you can make these delicious nuggets right at home, all in the air fryer! Begin by cutting the chicken into bite-size pieces, and, using a blender, blend PigOut Pigless Pork Rinds: Nacho Cheese until fine-textured. Dip these chicken pieces into flour, egg mixture, and into the pork rinds. Pop these nugs into the air fryer and patiently wait for the nugs to cook all the way through! Now all that’s left to do is enjoy your cheesy, air-fried nugs dipped in your favorite dipping sauce!