Is there one special dish that’s a must for your holidays? Maybe it’s something your Grandma made or one of your Dad’s culinary creations. Every family does it different, but the one thing they all have in common is the feelings they bring.
I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays . They just published their Del Monte Comfort Food Index, which ranked the Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods.
1. Potatoes (mashed or scalloped): 84% (percent who feel “comfort” by eating the food)
2. Pie: 82%
3. Baked goods (cookies & muffins): 81%
4. Macaroni & cheese: 75%
5. Cake: 71%
6. Casserole: 69%
7. Stews and hearty soups: 68%
8. Meatballs (with or without pasta: 65%
9. Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut): 61%
10. Cornbread: 60%
Casserole & Meatballs top my youngest son’s list. The rest of our family voted Baked Goods. Perhaps it’s since we’re known to have a sweet tooth!
What tops your list?
So, just how important is comfort food during the holidays? Very important. The survey also found:
>> 46% of Americans agree that their family “shows love and comfort through food.”
>> 44% of Americans look forward to the food more than presents during the holidays. (Totally true in my family!)
>> 62% of Americans say that they are “traditional and like to make or eat classic comfort recipes in the same way every year.”
>> 38% of Americans say they “like to change things up and prefer modern twists on favorite comfort foods.”
If you’re starting new family traditions this year or just feel inspired, consider trying these fab ideas straight from Del Monte:
Another guaranteed holiday hit is Green Bean Casserole .
In fact, it’s not surprising to hear that 57% of Americans find it comforting and nostalgic to eat green bean casserole. We also have it for Thanksgiving.
And… Pie. Del Monte’s Peach Slab Pie
recipe seems easy to make, I’m excited to try it! The crust is mixed into the pan, it doesn’t get simpler than that.
I’d love to hear which of these recipes you want to add to your holiday dinners! Let me know in the comments below.