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Winter has arrived with its chilling air and gloomy weather, forcing many of us to spend (even) more time indoors. While you might feel tempted to spend the evening on the couch and order takeout, there are some simple yet fulfilling recipes you can make right at home.
At the end of a long winter day, there's nothing like gathering around the table for a comforting meal with your loved ones. Instead of only relying on the stovetop or microwave, why not explore some baked dishes?
Here are seven savory baked dishes that will give you a great excuse to fire up the oven and warm up your home this winter.
1. Chicken pot pie
This quintessential savory bake is packed with veggies and protein, all wrapped in a creamy sauce and flaky pie crust. Southern Living’s recipe uses time-saving ingredients like pre-made pie crust and frozen vegetables. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can always make your own pie crust, like this version from Allrecipes.
2. Florentine baked meatballs
Packing meatballs with spinach is an easy way to add in greens to your weeknight dinners. Pair it with a provolone cheese sauce, and you’ve got a winning meal on your hands. Rachel Ray’s version uses ground turkey, frozen spinach, and plenty of cheese.
3. Pasta casserole
Casseroles are a great way to get a delicious dinner on the table quickly. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile — you can add in vegetables, swap out the meat, and substitute the sauces based on what you have in your pantry. This creamy chicken alfredo casserole from Southern Living uses pre-made sauces and rotisserie chicken to cut down on prep time.
4. Cheddar herb monkey bread
Monkey bread (also called pull-apart bread) isn’t just for sweet tooths! This savory alternative from Food Republic features sharp cheddar cheese and flavorful herbs for a delicious appetizer that simply can’t be beat.
5. Twice-baked potatoes
While potatoes are tasty in any form, taking the time to bake them twice brings their flavor and texture to the next level. Southern Living’s take is loaded with cheese, bacon, and sour cream, making it an extra-hearty side dish that’s sure to warm you up.
6. Tomato bisque soup with baked grilled cheese
Canned tomatoes, heavy cream, and chicken broth come together to make this classic soup. Try the recipe from Food Network, and consider pairing with this baked grilled cheese (or your favorite sandwich) for a satisfying meal.
7. Homemade pizza
Fresh-baked crust, savory sauce, and melted cheese — what’s better than a fresh slice of pizza? Making your own pizza from scratch, of course! A pizza party is a great way to spend a cold winter evening with loved ones. You can even customize the toppings to each person’s preferences.
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