15 Comfort Foods with a Twist

Soups, casseroles, and one-dish dinners—we have what you want for a cozy family meal.

Comfort Foods with a Twist: Crab Pot Pie

Photographer: Jennifer Davick, Writer: Julia Rutland

Crab Pot Pie

Just a bit of fresh lemon zest and seafood seasoning adds a big boost of flavor.

Comfort Foods with a Twist: Lemony Tuna Noodle Casserole

Photographer: Jennifer Davick, Writer: Julia Rutland

Lemony Tuna Noodle Casserole

It all starts with the right canned tuna. Buy sustainable, dolphin-safe tuna, and look for “chunk white” or “chunk light” on the label.

Comfort Foods with a Twist: Spanish-Style Clam Stew with Garlic Toast

Photographer: Jennifer Davick, Writer: Julia Rutland

Spanish-Style Clam Stew with Garlic Toast

A small amount of smoked paprika adds depth to this delicious stew. Saffron imparts flavor and color. Steep the tender threads in liquid first to get the best results.

Comfort Foods with a Twist: Shrimp-and-Crab Gumbo Over Grits

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Shrimp-and-Crab Gumbo Over Grits

Spicy Louisiana-style sausage makes this dish amazing. The heat levels vary, so wait and use hot sauce at the end to add extra zip.

Comfort Foods with a Twist: Lobster Mac and Cheese

Photographer: Jennifer Davick, Writer: Julia Rutland

Lobster Mac and Cheese

The best lobster is fresh lobster, so that means cooking your own for this recipe. For convenience, have the fish market steam one for you. Once cool, shell and coarsely chop the meat from the claws and tail. You can also use all tail meat for this recipe. It takes about three lobster tails to get a pound of meat.

Halibut Minestrone

Photographer: Jean Allsopp, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Halibut Minestrone

Take comfort in this warm and filling one-dish meal. The soup's versaility allows you to substitute any fish you'd like.

Tuna Noodle Noçoise Casserole

Photographer: Charles Walton IV, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Tuna Noodle Noçoise Casserole

Put a tasty twist on this classic noodle dish. Be sure to have your ingredients ready before preparing the egg noodles. They'll get sticky if left sitting in a colander too long.

Scallop-Wild Rice Pie in a Hazelnut Crust

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Scallop-Wild Rice Pie in a Hazelnut Crust

Curl up with this yummy casserole for the perfect comfort meal. You can use small Bay scallops, or larger quartered scallops. Any type of mushroom will work, but we reccommend shiitake or porcini for this dish.

Salmon Chowder with Chives

Photographer: Becky Luigart-Stayner, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Salmon Chowder with Chives

Indulge in this flavorful, creamy soup made with salmon instead of clams. Replace half the cream with a little mashed potato to cut back on calories.

Duck and Oyster Gumbo

Photographer: Jim Bathie, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Duck and Oyster Gumbo

Juicy duck and luscious oysters create a delicious combination in this seafood gumbo. Dark turkey meat also works well as a substitution.

Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Cheesy Shrimp and Grits

Cheddar cheese and fresh shrimp mixed with buttery grits make a savory breakfast meal on the coast or at home.

 

Uncle Nick's Oyster Dressing

Photographer: Howard L. Puckett, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Uncle Nick's Oyster Dressing

This savory dressing gets a coastal spin with one of the ocean's most delicious shellfish—oysters! Add just the right amount of diced ham, ground beef, onions, celery, and bread stuffing to make this delicious hearty dish.

Cod-and-Creamed-Spinach Casserole

Photographer: Jean Allsopp, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Cod-and-Creamed-Spinach Casserole

This simple one-dish recipe receives five stars from readers for its satisfying flavor  capped off by the cheddar-breadcrumb topping.

Devil's Chicken Thighs

Photographer: Matt Armendariz, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Devil's Chicken Thighs

Change up your weeknight menu with a rich chicken dish served over leeks. Buttery breadcrumbs help to keep the chicken nice and juicy.

Chipotle Beef Chili

Photographer: James Baigrie, Writer: Rachel Bertone

Chipotle Beef Chili

Whip up this hearty chili for your next weeknight dinner. Canned chipotle peppers and dark beer make this simple dish extra flavorful.

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