Comfort Foods for the Soul

Donna's Meatloaf

I have a lot of faith in my hometown. I know the resilience of Houstonians. We come together and make things happen. As we move forward and the rebuilding process begins, I thought it fitting to feature classic ‘comfort food’ recipes this weekend; the kind of good eatin’ everyone can get behind, and doesn’t require much to pull off.

Let’s start with a few of my favorite homestyle entrées for just the occasion. One hearty fixing that always comes to mind is meatloaf. Have you tried Donna’s Meatloaf? It’s a local legend in Camp Verde, Texas! You can find it year-round on the menu at the Camp Verde General Store, topped with country-style ketchup! The dish also made an appearance in a past episode of Goodtaste with Tanji. Watch it here.

Max's Wine Dive Fried Chicken

Not many folks will say no to finger lickin’ fried chicken, especially this award-winning recipe from MAX’s Wine Dive! Crunchy, buttery fried chicken drizzled in a chipotle honey glaze that’s a cinch to create.

Prego's Macaroni & Cheese

Do save room for what many argue is the best part — our sides! That same fried chicken begs for a buddy like this Milky Macaroni & Cheese, compliments of Prego in Rice Village. This ooey gooey delight is dressed in a special Béchamel (white) sauce we show you how to make from scratch using simple ingredients like butter, flour, milk, salt and freshly grated nutmeg.

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are another side that always hits home. Lidia Bastianich shared her recipe for Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes made with Yukon (or Idaho) gold potatoes, freshly ground black pepper, kosher salt and extra virgin olive oil. That’s all you need!

Morton's Garlic Green Beans

The same can be said for those popular Garlic Green Beans from Morton’s Steakhouse — just four ingredients (butter, shallots, garlic & beans) make these babies jump off the plate with fabulous flavor!

Bud Royer's Not My Mom's Apple Pie

Dessert is All-American with a Texas twist. Bud Royer, the famous Texas Pieman, insists you dig in to his “Not My Mom’s Apple Pie” loaded with six whole Granny Smith apples in a sinful filling of brown sugar and whipped cream. It’s topped with a pecan and brown sugar streusel. T-rrific! We have all of the steps on Goodtaste, including Bud’s “blueprints” for the pie crust.

A brand new season of Goodtaste with Tanji begins Sunday, September 17 on KPRC! Stay tuned! For more delicious recipes and fun food and wine pairing ideas, subscribe to my newsletter.

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