European Comfort Foods to Get You Through The Harshest of Winters!

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Fall is without a doubt the season of comfort food. The weather begins to cool, the days get shorter and we all start craving those warming meals. In the US, we have our classic comfort foods – the mac ‘n’ cheese, pancakes, or maybe you’re a grilled cheese kind of person? Whatever your favorite, we’re here to open your eyes to some new options! Why not introduce a little bit of Europe into your comfort food cookbook this fall? Here at NetCost Market, we promise that you won’t regret trying out these delicious treats from across the pond!

Crepes, France

The classic French crepe is a European style of pancake. It’s light, much thinner than our pancakes, and can be found on market stalls as a fast food as well as in luxurious crepe houses! Served both with savory fillings such as bacon and brie or sweet with a generous smearing of Nutella, honey, or cooked sweet apples, they’re perfect for lunch, dinner, or dessert!

You Will Need:

(Makes approx. 12)

4 large eggs, 250g plain flour, 500ml milk, 25g butter melted, salt, 2 Tbsp oil.

How to Make:

  1. In a bowl combine the flour with a pinch of salt. Create a hole in the center.
  2. Lightly beat the eggs and pour into the center of the dry mixture, followed by the melted- but not hot- butter. Whisk together well.
  3. Slowly pour the milk into the mixture, whisking continuously until it creates a smooth batter.
  4. Cover the bowl and leave the mixture in the refrigerator to rest for at least 2 hours.
  5. Take a paper towel and dip into the 2 Tbsp of oil. Lightly coat a medium skillet and set over a high heat.
  6. When the skillet is hot ladle in a spoon of the crepe batter, rotating the pan to create a thin covering across the entire surface.
  7. When the surface is cooked, then flip the crepe and cook for a further minute until you achieve the classic lightly golden crepe look and turn out onto a plate.
  8. Continue to grease the skillet in between crepes until the batter is finished.
  9. Stack the crepes and serve with your choice of fillings!

 

Lentejas con Chorizo, Spain

This Spanish lentil soup is hearty and delicious! It’s packed with all the goodness your body needs to keep you feeling fine through the colder months and has added chorizo to keep your taste buds happy! Enjoy alone or with some thick cut crusty bread for dipping.

You Will Need:

9 oz Chorizo, 1 ¾ Cups Lentils, 5 Cloves Garlic, 1 Medium Onion, 1 Potato, 3 Medium Carrots, 1 Tbsp Paprika, 1 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper, 2 Tbsp Olive Oil and Salt.

How to Make:

  1. Wash lentils and set to one side. Prepare the potato and carrots by cutting into cubes. Slice Chorizo. Place into a large pot and cover with water, bring to a simmer and stir occasionally.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp Olive Oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Dice the onion and place into the pan, cook until lightly browned before adding paprika, cayenne pepper and a sprinkle of salt.
  3. Add the cooked onions into the large pot of lentils, along with the 5 cloves of garlic, these should be peeled but not chopped, and cook for approximately 35-45 minutes.
  4. Remove the garlic cloves and mash into a pulp, then return to the mixture.
  5. Serve hot!

 

Apple Crumble, UK

Apple crumble is a dish that many Brits have as a part of their school lunch! It’s a delicious way to use seasonal apples instead of a pie and is often served with thick double cream or a generous helping of hot custard. If you’re not a huge apple fan, crumble can also be made with pears or rhubarb!

You Will Need:

1lb Cooking Apples, 110g all-purpose flour, 2 Tbsp Rolled Oats, 40g cold butter, 40g Brown Sugar plus 1 Tbsp for sprinkling, 2 Tbsp White Sugar, 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract, ½ Tsp Cinnamon, ½ Tsp Nutmeg.

How To:

  1. Heat oven to 400F.
  2. Peel, core and dice the 1lb of apples and place into a saucepan along with the 2 Tbsp white sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 20ml water. Cook until the apples have started to soften.
  3. Transfer the apples into a greased ovenproof dish, something like a small crockpot is perfect for this.
  4. In a bowl combine the flour with the brown sugar. Chop your cold butter into cubes and add. Using your fingertips rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the oats.
  5. Spread the flour mixture over the top of your apples and sprinkle the extra tbsp of brown sugar over the top. Bake for approximately 40 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy!