Summer and comfort foods do not, at first glance, go hand in hand. When most people think of comfort foods they think of hearty fare to comfort one in the cold months of winter or the cooling months of autumn. Hearty beef stews, rich cheese pastas, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken pot pie, and French onion soup are all traditional comfort foods.
Think of summer barbecues, picnics in fields and under shady trees and lazy afternoons and all of the delicious things you want to cook and eat for those occasions. From fried chicken and blueberry pie to summer rolls and no-cook summer pastas, we have plenty of recipes that are sure to comfort you this summer.
Barbecue chicken, mozzarella, provolone, and bacon! Make this tasty flatbread for a fast and easy dinner the whole family will enjoy.
This recipe replaces sponge cake with buttery, flaky biscuits for a summer dessert that is comforting and sweet.
Bright and crunchy corn, coated in a spicy and creamy dressing, is a fantastic way to cook sweet corn this season.
Make a delicious, old-fashioned ice box cake for a simple dessert that is icy, sweet, and oh so indulgent.
This salad is sweet and fragrant, with heat and a bit of a bite coming from fresh ginger and chiles. Cooling coconut milk and fresh citrus flavors make this a great summer comfort food.
Whipped cream, sweet strawberries, and crisp meringue make up this amazing British summer dessert (or pudding, as they say across the pond). Make it ASAP for a dessert that tastes as good as it looks.
Make full use of the grill while it’s hot and grill peaches for a lovely peach cobbler.
In the colder months, tomato soup is a go-to comfort food. In the summer months, why not switch out one delicious tomato soup for another that just happens to be cold. Gazpacho is a great, refreshing and super satisfying soup to serve when the days are long and hot and the tomatoes are ripe for the picking.
What better way to end a summer meal than with the silky texture of pudding? This childhood classic is delicious and can be enjoyed by all ages, so definitely make some pudding this summer!
Make these fun “grilled cheese sandwiches” for your next outdoor gathering. They are a perfect combination of hot and cold and can be made ahead of time.
There’s nothing like a lattice pie filled with ripe fruit to evoke summer. This pie happens to be filled with delicious blueberries, but you can use whatever fruit you feel like enjoying!
Pulled pork is comfort food you can enjoy all year long. Long, succulent shreds of meat, coated in the perfect amount of barbecue sauce and served on a soft bun — divine!
This stew is a classic dish from Louisiana. This recipe from Lucy Buffett is full of wonderful seafood and great flavor. Serve it over perfectly cooked rice and there’s no way you won’t be comforted when eating this dish.
A meal of pasta is always comforting. The no-cook tomato and mozzarella sauce in this recipe makes full use of the season’s ripe tomatoes and comes together easily so you won’t be overheating in the kitchen while making it.
If you eat meat, then chances are you love bacon and perfectly cooked pork belly. Make this wonderful BLT that uses pork belly in the place of bacon. If you want to make some serious BLT’s, use the pork belly and add some bacon for good measure.
An easy summer pasta salad is perfect for warm weather. Apple cider vinegar gives this pasta salad an acidity that balances the creamy mayonnaise really well.
Full of fresh vegetables and paired with a rich, creamy, peanut dipping sauce, summer rolls are a fun and delicious light lunch, appetizer, or snack.
When making summer desserts, simplicity is essential. The hardest part of this recipe is slicing the strawberries, so there’s no excuse not to make it this summer!
Fried chicken is a perennial comfort food. This family recipe from A Southern Gentleman's Kitchen: Adventures in Cooking, Eating and Living in the New South will not let you down.
Make these muffins for a sweet and sticky summer breakfast. Filled with ripe summer fruit and tart crème fraîche, they are the perfect way to start a summer day!
For something sweet that everything will love, try these cake kebabs. Cooked on the grill and served with a tasty orange frosting, these are a perfect summer dessert.
Nothing says comfort in the summer like ripe heirloom tomatoes. Paired with fragrant basil and sharp, creamy goat’s cheese, this salad makes the most of delicious summer produce.
Not your classic, mayo-laden slaw, this recipe uses wonderful Asian ingredients to season a slaw that everyone will love.
Fill your grilled cheese sandwich with the flavors of Italy! If you are already cooking on the grill, just bring your cast iron out, too, and cook these cheesy, delicious sandwiches alfresco!