You look outside your window and all you see is rain, cold and a dismal day ahead. The remedy to this day involves a home wood fire sizzling away in the corner, your favourite Netflix show on the telly and warm delicious comfort food to set the tone.
Here are some of our favourite winter comfort foods for you to replicate and indulge in.
Winter Comfort Food
Good Old Toasted Cheese with a Twist
This is not your everyday toasted cheese, it’s better! The added ingredients consist of beef brisket and an oh so tasty Worcestershire sauce. When assembling your toasted cheese, butter the bread on both sides, spread over English mustard, lay your sliced beef smothered in sauce on top, add onions braised in butter and olive oil and lastly slices of red Leicester cheese. Pan fry the sandwich until golden brown and crispy and then place in an oven for 5 minutes so you can get that cheesy after effect that we all love in our toasted cheese. Serve warm.
The Big Fat Pork Burger
There is nothing better than biting, or trying to bite into a juicy ingredient filled burger. All you need for this burger is a ripe sweet pear, spinach, rocket & watercress, minced pork, burger buns and blue cheese.
To get to the most important ingredient of your burger, the pork patty. Shape the minced pork with a pinch of seasoning and rub with olive oil. Place the patty in a heated frying pan and cook to preference. Simultaneously toast your bun in another frying pan, and melt the blue cheese next to your pork patty. Once your burger is cooked, move it over the melted cheese to coat and place on one toasted bun. To finish stack with pear, spinach, rocket and watercress and drizzle with olive oil. Close the burger, squash and demolish.
Homemade Spicy Hot Chocolate
Your new claim to fame should be you making the best hot chocolate in town after recreating this beauty. All you need is 150g 70% dark chocolate solids, 4tbsp cocoa powder, 4tbsp dark brown, Muscovado sugar, 1tsp ground cinnamon, Pinch of ground nutmeg, ginger, cloves and 1 vanilla pod.
Grate the chocolate and firm it in the fridge, once firm stir in all ingredients except the vanilla pod. Heat and bring 150ml milk to the boil. Next step is to place 3tbsp of the hot chocolate mix in a mug and pour over about 2-3tbsp hot milk. Stir until smooth and then pour the rest of the milk in. Add the vanilla pod, leave for a few minutes, and then stir to finish. There you have it, it might take 10 minutes to make, but make sure you sip it slowly and take in the chocolate aromas and taste.
For information on what Big Roast can offer you, check out our spit and hog roast offering here.