Comfort Food Classics, Starring Meat

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Comfort Food Recipes

It’s cold outside and your New Years resolutions are a few days away. What better time to indulge in some easy breezy old fashioned comfort food?

These recipes will take surprisingly little prep time. They do however, require some cooking time. They are ideal weekend meals. You can just slap them together and let them do their magic in either the oven or on the stove.

One note of caution- You may never look at your mother the same way again once you realize that all of that talk of slaving over a hot stove all day was a fib.

Pot Roast

This one has always been a family favorite. We like it best with roasted potatoes.

pot roast


  • 1 5 lb chuck roast
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2-3 onions, halved
  • 6-8 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 c red wine
  • 3 c beef stock
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1- 2 tsp Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 275
  2. Rub the beef with salt and pepper
  3. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven
  4. Brown the onions and set them aside
  5. Brown the carrots and set them aside
  6. Sear the beef to brown it on all sides and set it aside with the vegetables
  7. Pour the red wine into the Dutch oven and scrape the bottom to deglaze it
  8. Return the beef, onions and carrots to the pot
  9. Pour in the stock
  10. Add thyme and rosemary
  11. Cover the pot and place it in the oven for 4 hrs until the meat is falling apart at the touch of a fork


Meatloaf and mashed potatoes is one of the all-time greats. Millennials may turn their noses up when they hear that the old time meal is being served but once the smell starts to permeate the house, let's just see if they can resist it. If they are really set in their snarky hipster/ hippy ways, tell them it's retro night. They'll probably want to invite their friends over.



  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 slice white bread, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 small sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 4 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1/2 c half and half


  • 4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 Tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 c ketchup


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix all of the ingredients from beef to half and half by hand.
  3. Pour it into a meatloaf pan
  4. Whisk the topping ingredients and pour the mixture on top
  5. Bake for 1 hr and 15 min until firm

Beef Stew

This one is slightly more labor intensive but it's worth it. Don't worry it's still really easy. Start it off with a soup or salad, add on an apple crisp for dessert and you've got a crowd pleasing dinner that you can serve to guests with pride. If you're making it a dinner with friends, red wine would be a nice touch.

beef stew


  • 1 1/2 lbs cubed stewing beef
  • 1/2 c flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1/4 c vegetable oil
  • 3 onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 c finely chopped celery
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 1/2 c beef stock
  • 2 potatoes, diced


  1. Pour flour, salt and a pinch of pepper into a ziplock bag
  2. Add the beef to the bag and shake to coat it
  3. Heat the oil in a Dutch oven
  4. Shake the excess flour off of the beef and brown it in the oil
  5. Slowly add the remaining flour, stirring constantly until slightly browned
  6. Add half of the chopped onion
  7. Stir until the onions start to turn deeply golden
  8. Add carrots, celery, parsley, thyme, remaining onions and stock
  9. Simmer on low for 1 1/2 hrs, stirring about every 15 min
  10. Add potatoes and simmer for another 45 min

Enjoy these beef classics.

More comfort food next time!

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