For many of us the holidays mean travel. While travel means fun times with loved ones, fueling up on delicious food after a long trip makes it even better. Whether you are traveling in a comfortable car, or hopping on a plane for a long flight, everyone can use some good comfort food at the end of a journey. Whether the travelers are coming to you and you want to treat them with something delicious, or you are the one doing the traveling and want to share some food ideas with your hosts, these comfort food ideas are for you!
These 15 savory and sweet recipes are sure to warm and comfort even the weariest of travelers!
End your trip right! 1 of 16
Finding these comfort foods at the end of the rainbow will make any trip seem like a breeze!
Broccoli Cheese Soup 2 of 16
This soup is downright devilish with its creamy, cheesy goodness, but that's exactly what makes it so comforting!
Broccoli Cheese Soup
A beloved recipe given to me from my friend Elizabeth Paul years ago
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1 quart Half & Half
- 3 cups cheddar cheese, grated
- 3 cups broth (chicken or vegetable)
- 1 pkg frozen broccoli (or 2 small heads fresh broccoli chopped into bite-sized pieces)
- 1 teaspoon salt
Combine broccoli, broth and salt bring to a boil, simmer until broccoli is cooked. Melt butter over medium-low heat. Add flour gradually, whisking. Simmer and whisk for a few minutes. Divide half & half into four portions, add to the soup four times, whisking constantly, making sure the soup gets thicker before each addition of the half & half. Add cheese. Add broccoli/broth/salt mixture and stir.
Stuffed Winter Squash 3 of 16
I love this stuffed winter squash because it is warm and comforting but also very healthy. It's pretty, too!
Baked Stuffed Winter Squash
Slightly adapted from Morning Glory Farm
- 4 acorn squash, halved and seeded
- 3 cups cooked brown or wild rice medley (versions of this can be found at many stores, including Costco and Trader Joe's)
- 1 cup roasted pears
- 1/4 cup canola oil, divided
- 1 large shallot, diced
- 1/3 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roast squash cut side down for 30-40 minutes. While squash is roasting, cook rice according to package directions, adding about 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the water the rice is cooked in. Once squash is soft, cut pears into large bite-sized pieces and toss with 1/8 cup of the canola oil. Roast on sheet tray about 20 minutes. Saute shallot in the rest of the oil over medium heat. Pour apple cider in with shallots, cooking and stirring to deglaze the pan. Mix rice, berries, pears, and cranberries into shallot mix. Salt and pepper to taste. Stuff each squash with filling and serve.
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread 4 of 16
I don't think there are many foods more comforting than banana bread. This particular recipe is a favorite because the bread is light and fluffy and stuffed to the gills with chocolate. My dear friend Julie gave me the recipe in college and I think of her fondly every time I make the bread. Those are the best comfort recipes!
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Makes 2 loaves
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas appx. 4 medium-sized bananas
- 1/2 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Optional: 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Heat oven to 350 F, grease bottom only of two loaf pans.
Mix sugar with butter, using a fork or pastry blender. Stir in eggs. Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla.
Stir in flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda until just moistened do not overstir!
Fold in nuts and chocolate chips.
Bake 1 hour 15 minutes, until top and edges are browned and the center looks cooked. If using dark, non-stick pans, bread will cook more quickly about 45 minutes. '
Cool 5 minutes in pan and then on wire rack.
Easiest Ever Chicken Pot Pie 5 of 16
Chicken pot pie is another quintessential comfort food and this recipe hits the spot! I can almost eat the entire pot pie myself. No joke.
Spiced Pumpkin Bread 6 of 16
Pumpkin bread is a favorite baked good that always makes me want to curl up on the couch with a good movie.
Homemade Meatballs 7 of 16
Whenever I make homemade meatballs, it makes me think fondly of the Italian grandmother I never had at least I can have her meatballs!
Chocolate Gingerbread Crackle Cookies 8 of 16
Whenever we travel to family for the holidays, there are always stacks of holiday cookies waiting for us.
Perfect Macaroni and Cheese 9 of 16
Mac & cheese just may be the ultimate comfort food and Martha Stewart's recipe is perfection.
Shepherd’s Pie 10 of 16
Shepherd's pie is classic comfort fare and I love the melted cheese on top in this recipe.
Gingerbread Cake 11 of 16
The warmth of gingerbread cake paired with holiday spices makes this delectable treat perfect for holiday travelers.
Classic French Potatoes Gratin 12 of 16
Classic French potatoes gratin is a sophisticated way to enjoy comforting, creamy potatoes.
Vanilla Steamer with Cinnamon 13 of 16
Curling up with a mug of vanilla and cinnamon goodness is the perfect way to end a long trip.
Apple Pie Oatmeal 14 of 16
This comforting apple pie oatmeal is great for breakfast or as a warm holiday snack.
Big, Soft Cinnamon Rolls With Cream Cheese Frosting 15 of 16
Welcoming travelers to a home filled with the smell of cinnamon rolls is the best kind of welcome!
Chicken Fricassee 16 of 16
Chicken fricassee is the ultimate creamy, comforting chicken dish.