Classic Beef Stew
Aromatic and satisfying, a comforting bowl of beef stew always hits the mark on extra chilly nights. Here, seared pieces of marbled beef simmer away until fall-apart-tender in broth, with punchy aromatics added to it like tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, red wine, and fire-roasted tomatoes for a subtle smokiness.
Chicken Fricassee (Fricassee de Poulet a L'Ancienne)
The original French comfort food, chicken fricassée is a classic—with as many variations as there are grandmothers in France. It's halfway between a sauté and a stew, simmered chicken with hearty vegetables in a rich, silky sauce. The dish relies on humble ingredients and is made in just a single pot. Traditionally it's served over rice, creamy mashed potatoes, or lightly buttered egg noodles. You'll also want to have a loaf of crusty bread on hand to sop up the extra sauce.
Emeril's Braised Chicken Thighs
For this braised chicken thighs recipe, the thighs are seasoned with a make-it-yourself Cajun seasoning before their skin is browned in a hot skillet. A mixture of oil and butter keeps the latter from burning while searing and infusing the chicken thighs with buttery flavor from the start. The chicken then cooks low and slow in an aromatic stock mixture infused with the comforting flavors of thyme and rosemary. Don't skip the rice for serving—you'll want to enjoy every bit of Emeril's flavorful gravy.
White Bean Chicken Chili
This family-friendly chili starts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. After searing them, combine with cooked onions and chopped poblanos before adding in spices (coriander, cumin, and chili powder) and canned green chiles. Thicken with a little cornmeal and stir in two cans of white beans for a hearty, comforting meal. Make it a day ahead if you like; the flavors improve overnight.
A variety of vegetables, a rich tomato base, and just the right amount of spice make this vegetarian chili a satisfying option in only 35 minutes.
Half-Hour Chicken Gumbo
Rely on rotisserie chicken, smoked spicy sausage, and frozen okra from the store to stack up flavors in our quick rendition of a classic Cajun stew.