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13 Best Winter Recipes: from Salad to Cocktails

What meals do you like in winter? Do you need winter dinner ideas that speak to a chilly night or a frosty day? I have found some of the best winter recipes for you to try.

What do you think of when you think of winter recipes? In the colder months, I think of comfort food, tummy-warming, hearty, and delicious.

I’ve gathered 13 best winter recipes that use winter ingredients and winter cooking methods.

All these comforting recipes are easy dinner recipes.

I’ve included a delicious salad, warming soups, yummy casseroles, hearty entrées, luscious desserts, and a couple of winter cocktails for good measure.

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Focusing on finding new projects, resources, tips, new ideas, and inspiration for you is my main task. I’m constantly discovering fabulous finds to inspire us. My goal is to help you find ideas for your home decor, your crafting, your home organization, and anything about home.

Best Winter Recipes: 13 Fabulous Dishes to Love

What Ingredients are Best in Winter?

Many foods are seasonal. All food groups have foods that shine in winter.

Here are my favorite seasonal ingredients to showcase in winter:

  • citrus fruits – (lemons, clementines, blood oranges, and grapefruit) come in season in the winter and add lots of bright flavor to any dish
  • apples and pears
  • pomegranates
  • heartier greens, such as kale
  • root vegetables: butternut and acorn squashes, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, especially sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, turnips, rutabaga, beets
  • tougher types of meat: pot roast, short ribs, veal or lamb shanks, brisket; chicken thighs
  • walnuts
  • beans, such as navy beans and cannellini beans
  • herbs, such as fresh rosemary, fresh thyme or fresh sage

These winter ingredients are not only perfect to eat on a cold winter day, but they are good for you. They contain fiber, antioxidants, and a variety of vitamins, like K and C, and B6. They contain minerals, such as folate, manganese, and potassium.

Don’t forget flavor enhancers in the onion family. In winter, I love to use fennel and leeks.

What Cooking Methods are Best in Winter?

There’s a reason we don’t grill outside in winter. Yes, it’s cold outside, but it also has to do with the food we cook in winter.

In spring and summer, we cook fast and high-fast cooking and high heat. (Except for smoking meats like ribs and brisket.) The meats that we eat in the warmer months are more tender and moist. They benefit from high heat and fast cooking. Same for vegetables, like summer squashes and asparagus.

In fall and winter, we cook low and slow – slow cooking and low heat. The cuts of meat we typically use are tougher cuts of meats. In order for them to become moist, and fork-tender, these cuts of meat need to be cooked in some amount of liquid.

Winter vegetables also need to cook longer and use some form of liquid – usually oil.

These two cooking methods are called braising and stewing:

  • braising – food is first browned in fat, then cooked, tightly covered, in a small amount of liquid at low heat for a lengthy period of time. Braising can be done on the stovetop or in the oven. Think pot roast, osso buco, short ribs, and chicken thighs.
  • stewing – is similar to braising, but the pieces of meat or vegetables are smaller. Think beef stew, chili or hearty soups.

I love braising and stewing. Once all the ingredients are in your pot, you can forget about watching the dish for a hour or two.

Roasting is another great winter cooking method, especially for hearty veggies. Although roasting uses high heat, it’s perfect for turning winter vegetables into tender veggies. I love that you can combine tons of veggies into one sheet pan for a delicious side dish.

These cooking methods create great flavors in any dish.

And we can’t forget how delicious winter soups and a hearty casserole dish are on cold nights. They are always crowd favorites for a cozy dinner.

Now that we understand what ingredients are best for winter recipes and what cooking methods to use, I’m going to share the 13 best winter recipes that I collected. I created a new Pinterest Board – Best Winter Recipes Pinterest Board – to make it easy to find these recipes and more when I find them. Of course, I’ll PIN this post on it.

We’ll start with a delicious winter salad, then go to soups and casseroles, then main dishes, and vegetables. Then, we’ll finish with desserts and cocktails.

winter salad recipe

Winter Salad with Apples, Walnuts, and Pomegranate Seeds

This beautiful salad from Kristin of Yellow Bliss Road is the perfect combination of winter salad ingredients. I love the crunchy texture of apples. The pomegranate seeds also add crunch and color and flavor. The tangy vinaigrette adds great flavor to the crunchy textures.

winter recipe creamy tortellini soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Soup

A slow cooker (crock pot back in my younger days) is perfect for creating winter recipes, such as soups and stews. I love the addition of spinach in the soup for its color and its healthy nutrients. Farah of The Cooking Jar created this yummy winter recipe.

winter recipe mushroom soup

Creamy Roasted Mushroom Soup

I love mushrooms and mushroom soup is one of my favorite ways to use them. I appreciate that Chanhuh of Damn Delicious took the time to roast the mushrooms before adding the to soup. That step adds so much flavor to the finished soup.

winter recipe mexican casserole

Mexican Corn and Pepper Casserole

As a Texas girl, I can’t resist any dish with Tex-Mex flavors. Lindsay of Pinch of Yum (who is from Minnesota but loves Mexican food) created this comforting combination of ingredients perfect for a chilly winter night. As a bonus, this casserole is vegetarian, naturally gluten-free, and has less than 250 calories per serving. That’s a winter recipe in my book.

winter recipe roasted vegetables

Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash and Pasta Skillet Dinner

This is a casserole made in a skillet with roasted winter butternut squash. Add pasta, sausage and spinach and you have a delicious one-pan winter dish. How yummy for a family dinner on a winter night. You can thank Julia of Julia’s Album.

winter recipe chicken dish in a skillet

Lemon Dijon Chicken and Orzo

Here is another one-skillet dish that will warm your tummy on a winter night. Orzo – it’s a pasta that looks like grains of rice – combines with chicken thighs and winter lemon. Dijon mustard adds a touch of spiciness. Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest created this lovely winter comfort dish.

winter recipe provencal chicken

Braised Chicken Provençal

This beautiful winter recipe from The Modern Proper is a true braising dish. I love country French food and nothing is more French than a dish like this: shallots, tomatoes, and olives blended with the chicken and braised in white wine for a mouth-watering and satisfying recipe. Chicken thighs are the best piece of chicken to use in braising dishes: they don’t dry out like breasts and have a lot of flavor.

osso buco on polenta

Braised Winter Osso Buco

At our house, it’s not winter without Osso Buco, a classic Italian dish. This recipe from yours truly uses veal shanks cooked low and slow to create a fall-off-the-bone. Serve with mashed potatoes or polenta for one of the best winter recipes you’ll ever have.

winter recipe short ribs

Braised French-Style Short Ribs

Next to Osso Buco, short ribs is our favorite winter meat dish. The short ribs are meaty and full of flavor from a good sear. Plenty of garlic, vegetables, and fresh herbs braised in red wine is go good you will swoon. Kevin of Closet Cooking has created one of the best short rib recipes I’ve seen in a long time. Perfect served over creamy mashed potatoes.

winter roasted vegetables

Balsamic Braised Root Vegetables

Roasting is the best way to add flavor to any vegetable. It’s the only way that we cook vegetables at our house. (Olive oil, salt and pepper in a 400-degree oven.) Root vegetables are perfect for this cooking method. Add the flavor of balsamic vinegar and you have veggie heaven. You almost don’t need a recipe, but this one from Cassidy from
Cozy Peach Kitchen is a great one to have.

winter pear dessert

Maple Poached Pears with Maple Cinnamon Mascarpone

Pears are a fabulous winter fruit. Poached (similar to braising) in liquid flavored with cinnamon and cloves (wonderful winter spices), this is a fruit dessert impressive for a dinner party. Danelle of Lets Dish Recipes has done the pear proud.

winter cocktail recipe

Honey Bourbon Rosemary Cocktail

Bourbon is my favorite liquor in the winter. It has a warming rich taste. Danielle of Our Salty Kitchen adds a rosemary-infused simple syrup. This is a cocktail to sip by the fire on a cold evening.

winter cocktail recipe

Rosemary Bees-Knees Cocktail

This cocktail also uses rosemary but gin is its main ingredient. Super simple to make, serve it in a coupe or martini glass for a sophisticated libation. Lauren of Hunger Thrist Play shares this winter-warming way to sip and savor.

I hope you PIN this post, visit each selection, and PIN each one. I’ve printed all these 13 best winter recipes and plan to make as many as I can before spring. I’ve already given Sweet Shark the cocktail recipes.

I bet you’ll love this collection of 15 Delicious Winter Recipes.

I’d love to know what subjects you are most curious about. Let me know in the comments and I’ll search browse for them. Be sure to PIN to keep these ideas handy.

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