Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Food Coma Ahead: My New Favorite Holiday Recipes - #americasrecipes

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It's my favorite (and most delicious) time of the year! Preparing holiday meals is an extremely important tradition in my family -- it has been since I was a little girl. During the holiday season, we'd always make tons of casseroles and cornbread for our extended family. I used to love the smell of everything browning and bubbling in the oven. I still do.

I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays.  They just published their Del Monte Comfort Food Index, which ranked the Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods.

1. Potatoes (mashed or scalloped): 84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)

2. Pie: 82%

3. Baked goods (cookies & muffins): 81%

4. Macaroni & cheese: 75%

5. Cake: 71%

6. Casserole: 69%

7. Stews and hearty soups: 68%

8. Meatballs (with or without pasta: 65%

9. Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut): 61%

10. Cornbread: 60%

Throughout the holiday season, we have pretty much all of these dishes on the menu. We love potatoes in our household, but casseroles are always a huge hit too.  The casseroles and pies are my personal favorite. 
One Bowl Carrot Oat Muffins

Going through the Del Monte America’s Recipe site, I discovered some recipes I'd like to try out for this year's feast.

Cheddar Corn Casserole may be the ultimate holiday comfort food. You can also add ham or turkey to it to make it a complete meal.

Another guaranteed holiday hit is Green Bean Casserole.  In fact, it's not surprising to hear that 57% of Americans find it comforting and nostalgic to eat green bean casserole. (I'm certainly one of these folks, and expect it at the table during every major holiday.)

And... Pie. I could probably eat a fruit pie everyday. Del Monte's Peach Slab Pie recipe is so easy to make.  The crust is mixed into the pan; it doesn't get simpler than that.
Individual Mandarin Tin-Can Cakes

So, just how important is comfort food during the holidays? Very important. The survey also found:

46% of Americans agree that their family "shows love and comfort through food."

44% of Americans look forward to the food more than presents during the holidays. (Can't argue with that statement!)

62% of Americans say that they are "traditional and like to make or eat classic comfort recipes in the same way every year."

38% of Americans say they "like to change things up and prefer modern twists on favorite comfort foods."
Peach Slap Pie

Looking for more quick and delicious versions of comfort food? Check out some of my new faves which match the top 10 comfort foods:

1. Potatoes (mashed or scalloped): 84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)
 Skinny Scalloped Potatoes

2. Pie: 82%
Peach Slab Pie

3. Baked goods (cookies and muffins): 81%
One Bowl Carrot Oat Muffins

4. Macaroni & cheese: 75%
The Best Macaroni, Cheese and Peas

5. Cake: 71%
Individual Mandarin Tin-Can Cakes

6. Casserole: 69%
Cheddar Corn Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

7. Stews and hearty soups: 68%
Shrimp and Corn Stew

8. Meatballs (with or without pasta: 65%
Meatball Pasta Bake

9. Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut): 61%
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pear, Sage and Browned Butter

10. Cornbread: 60%
Golden Sweet Cornbread

The day after Christmas I will be hosting a gathering in my home and will be creating the Meatball Pasta Bake and Green Bean Casserole as delicious dishes to serve to my guests.  Find more of Del Monte's top-rated, family-approved holiday recipes at Del Monte America’s Recipe site.


DEBIJOT said...

I would love to try the skillet pot pie recipe.

Jackie said...

I would like to try the recipe for Classic Homestyle Meatloaf.
Thank you!

Lauren said...

I would like to try the Skillet Pot Pie.

bison61 said...

I like the recipe for Bean & Cheese Quesadillas

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Candice said...

I would like to try the Sauteed Mushroom and Green Bean Casserole.

Dan K said...

Pineapple Sweet Potato with Pecan Crumble

Unknown said...

Cheddar Corn Casserole looks amazing!

latanya t said...

Quick Caramelized Pears

Charlene S. said...

I want to try the Bacon and Cheddar Green Bean Casserole.

Unknown said...

The Pineapple Sweet Potatoes with Pecan Crumble

Unknown said...

I will try the Classic Green Bean Casserole. My mom use to make the best Green Bean Casserole ever. I wish I had her recipe.

d schmidt said...

I like the recipe for Southern BBQ Cheddar Corn Casserole

Chad Gustafson said...

Skillet pot pie!! Yummm!!!

KV H said...

I like the skillet pot pie recipe.

kelly nicholson said...

Turkey Tacos with Spicy Tomatoes

looks super thanks

CosmeticCrazy said...

Scalloped Potatoes with Peas and Ham.

Renee said...

Cheddar corn casserole? My tummy is growling already!

marcia goss said...

I'd like to try the mashed sweet potatoes.

Maryann D. said...

I would love to try the Corn Casserole.
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Robin Wilson said...

I'd love to try the Cheddar and Bacon Green Bean Casserole.

jakiesmom said...

Southwestern cornbread stuffing

Adaptable Kay said...

I'd absolutely love to try their Savory Meat and Veggie Pastry. It looks SO delicious! Thank you for this awesome giveaway :)

chadro said...

The Peach Compote recipe I really enjoyed since I'm a fruit lover.

cyndi br said...

I would try the cheddar corn casserole.

barniebad said...

I love all these recipes. Comfort food on a cold night is the best.