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How to Turn Comfort Foods into Five-Star Cuisine ...

By Lyndsie

Here's something that's probably not at all surprising: I love comfort food – Southern comfort food, specifically, that's what I was raised on, but I love comfort food in general, too. The sad thing is that comforting, filling, homey food often gets the reputation for being … too dull, too fattening, not fancy enough. It's surprisingly easy to turn all sorts of comfort foods into the sort of scrumptious cuisine you expect to find at your favorite restaurant, though – that's the happy thing.

1 Smoked Sausage and Idaho Potato Soup

Smoked Sausage and Idaho Potato SoupRecipe: missinthekitchen.com

I adore potato soup! Our family recipe doesn't include a protein, really, but I'm kind of eager to try this.

2 Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's PieRecipe: thelifejolie.com

Shepherd's pie is comfort food at its finest. It's overflowing with goodness and gravy, and this recipe will please both your eyes and your taste buds.

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3 Meatballs in Mushroom Gravy

Meatballs in Mushroom GravyRecipe: sweetandsavorybyshinee.com

Everything about this dish is awesome. It's delicious. It tastes like so much more than what it is, yet it's entirely true to itself.

4 Mushroom and Seafood Stew

Mushroom and Seafood StewRecipe: omnivorescookbook.com

You get something extra hearty with the mushrooms, but they never overpower the seafood, and that's the important thing.

5 Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Mini Chicken Pot PiesRecipe: quinnsplace.com

You know what's better than a chicken pot pie? Several mini ones.

6 Creamy Tomato Soup Made with Coconut Milk

Creamy Tomato Soup Made with Coconut MilkRecipe: healingwholenutrition.com

You have not had tomato soup until you've had this tomato soup – and this recipe includes grilled cheese croutons. You're welcome.

7 Slow Cooker Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Hot Roast Beef SandwichesRecipe: themagicalslowcooker.com

I'm thinking I need to make these for Heather pronto. She might marry me all over again.

8 Reuben Waffle Fries

Reuben Waffle FriesRecipe: melaniemakes.com

This combines two amazing things that should always be together, from this point on and forever more. Sorry for the melodrama there, I'm hungry.

9 Beef Stew with Barley

Beef Stew with BarleyRecipe: thecookiewriter.com

Did you ever have the Campbell's version of this when you were a kid? This is better. So much better. At the same time, however, it will give your taste buds a serious case of nostalgia.

10 Braised Lamb Shanks

Braised Lamb ShanksRecipe: garlicmatters.com

Oh man. Don't forget the mint jelly.

11 Chili Rubbed Rump Roast

Chili Rubbed Rump RoastRecipe: chilipeppermadness.com

With chipotle gravy, no less. The Sunday dinner favorite gets such a spicy upgrade with this recipe!

12 Caramelized Onion and Gouda Mac & Cheese

Caramelized Onion and Gouda Mac & CheeseRecipe: heymodestmarce.com

Like macaroni and cheese? You'll like it even more if you make it this way. It is so … Gouda.

13 Baked Chipotle Ranch Wings

Baked Chipotle Ranch WingsRecipe: thecreativebite.com

Wings go beyond snack food and beyond comfort food when you add chipotle and ranch. They're also baked, so they're not quite as bad for you.

14 Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Greek Lemon Chicken SoupRecipe: supergoldenbakes.com

This is a must-have when you're sick. Feed a cold, starve a fever and all that.

15 Lattice Apple Pie

Lattice Apple PieRecipe: 2pots2cook.com

What? Desserts are comfort foods, too.

16 Crispy Pan Seared Brussels Sprouts

Crispy Pan Seared Brussels SproutsRecipe: maebells.com

Try these. Try these even if you think you don't like Brussels sprouts.

17 Easy Braised Short Ribs

Easy Braised Short RibsRecipe: ifoodreal.com

Braising anything makes it comforting.

What's your go-to comfort food? Ever tried to give it an upgrade?

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