7 Winter Comfort Foods That’ll Feed a Crowd
Want to start the year off right? Greet 2017 by gathering friends and family for a casual open house featuring warm, welcoming, wintertime comfort food. To help, we've assembled a menu that's simple to prep, bursting with color and full of flavor—in other words, the perfect antidote to the January doldrums.
Slow-Cooker Open-Face Pulled-Pork Sandwiches With Tangy Broccoli Slaw
Though it requires a little advance planning, the set-it-and-forget-it magic of the slow cooker makes turning out succulent, southern-style pulled pork sandwiches an absolute cinch. When stirred in with the meat, a bit of cajun seasoning, Worcestershire sauce, and spicy Dijon mustard melt into a barbecue sauce with a tangy kick.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Open-Face Pulled-Pork Sandwiches With Tangy Broccoli Slaw
Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Yes, they're vegetarian. But take one bite of these heavenly enchiladas and we promise you won’t miss the meat. Black beans and potatoes lend the filling a creamy sweetness—and, should you want to make the recipe gluten-free, all it takes is swapping the flour tortillas for corn ones.
Get the recipe: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Carrot Pineapple Slaw
This side dish, which combines carrots, pineapple and peanuts into an unexpected, tropically-accented slaw is little bit sweet, a little bit tart, a little bit salty—and a whole lot delicious. Also, it couldn't be simpler: Pick up a bag of pre-shredded carrots and some peeled and sliced pineapple at the market, and you can cross this one of your list in minutes.
Get the recipe: Carrot Pineapple Slaw
Sautéed Corn and Poblanos
Pan roasting poblanos until they are blistered and smoky brings a little heat to this easy side dish—and using frozen corn kernels instead of fresh means you can enjoy their sunny sweetness in the middle of winter. Stir some fresh lime juice in at the end for a pop of bright acidity.
Get the recipe: Sautéed Corn and Poblanos
Avocado Salad With Cilantro and Chili Salsa
In this playful update on the classic lettuce wedge salad, fresh lime juice, lime zest, and a sprinkling of spicy chili salsa are a counterpoint to rich, creamy avocado. Not sure how much heat you can handle? You can play around with different chilis—anaheim? fresno? jalapeno?—to find the level of spice that's right for you.
Get the recipe: Avocado Salad With Cilantro and Chili Salsa
Garlicky Pinto Beans
In this simplified riff on the traditional Mexican side, a little bit of garlic and a flurry of herbs elevate a can of pinto beans from a pantry staple to a party-worthy dish. Pair the beans with pulled pork sandwiches or cheesy enchiladas if you want to go all out—or let them shine simply, next to a scoop of rice.
Get the recipe: Garlicky Pinto Beans
Coconut Custard Pie
Need a no-sweat dessert? It takes just four ingredients—coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and salt—to create this cool and creamy pie. Once you’ve prepared the filling, pour it into pie crust (here’s our go-to recipe, but if you’re short on time or pastry-phobic, store-bought is totally fine) and bake until the center is set. The finishing touch? A shower of toasted coconut flakes.
Get the recipe: Coconut Custard Pie