Whether your version of comfort food is anything oozing with cheese or something of the fried variety, an evening filled with it is just what is needed when the mercury drops and leaving the house requires layers upon layers of clothes.
Whatever your preference, one thing is for sure: comfort food doesn't have to be samey to be comforting. These new takes on old favourites are just the recipes to jazz up your next dinner party or night in.
Southern Fried Chicken with waffles and spicy syrup
Bring a touch of Americana to your evening in and tuck into comfort food that is sweet and savoury with these chicken waffles. It's more simple to whip up than you'd think and super impressive if you're having guests over. The chicken and waffles are brought together with a drenching of Sriracha-spiked maple syrup, and trust us, it's an irresistible combination.
Baked camembert spaghetti
Everyone will go dippy for this pasta dish as they take it in turns to twirl their spaghetti in the gooey Camembert cheese. Finish the dish off with hazelnuts and shallots for a crunchy edge. Vegan friends can join in the pasta fun too with this mac 'n' cheese that's got an ingenious white sauce replacement in the form of puréed cauliflower and is topped with a heartening breadcrumb and cheese alternative crust.
Fish and mushy pea pie
It doesn't get much heartier than a pie, and this fish pie takes it to a whole other level. The creamy filling is transformed with the addition of a Chip Shop classic: mushy peas. Finish the dish with an eye-catching flourish and cut out puff pastry in circles so they mimic fishes' scales. This dish is a real smile-raiser.
Dairy-Free turmeric chicken curry
When it comes to having a cosy night in, curry is one of the classics. With this turmeric chicken curry, it only takes 20 minutes to prepare. Then you need to leave it in the slow cooker for 6 hours, so it's a good one for a weekend when you can leave it cooking while you focus on other things. It is dairy-free too, with coconut milk giving the dish a rich creamy flavour, and it's not too spicy either, so it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Crispy potato and lamb hot pot
This lamb hot pot is an impressive winter-warmer. The crispy sliced potato topping gives the dish a sophisticated look that's ideal if you're looking to cook up something special for friends or family. A succulent lamb casserole is hidden underneath, with onions, carrots, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock giving the dish a rich flavour. Garnish with sprigs of thyme and tuck in.