As winter approaches and the nights draw ever longer, warm up your spirits with these cozy seasonal winter meat-focused recipes. Because absolutely no one wants a cold green smoothie when it's -20º outside and the sun is setting at 5 p.m. as you're leaving work. Cold weather = comfort food.
Braised beef short ribs are cooked low and slow until the meat becomes meltingly tender. This classic recipe is given a deep, spicy kick with the addition of gochujang, a traditional Korean red chili paste.
This is a risotto fundamentals post that will teach you how to make the perfect risotto every time by helping you understand what each step in the cooking of risotto accomplishes.
Risotto relies on meat stock, butter, and deeply flavoured cheeses like Parmigiano to create an incredible and deceptively simple dish that is so much more than just rice.
This is my favourite pasta sauce recipe: 'nduja sausage with smoked caramelized onions, tomatoes, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and garlic. This entire recipe can be done either on your Traeger Grill (or whatever smoker you may have) or on your stovetop. Both results are ridiculously delicious and complex in rich umami flavour.
What is better on a cold winter day than a hot bowl of rich meaty soup?
This traditional Caldo Verde soup recipe has sausage, garlic, and hearty meat stock/bone broth for maximum flavour.
My favourite steak is a fatty and flavourful ribeye and my favourite way to have it is seared in a ripping hot pan, bathed in butter and aromatics.
Hang, brine & smoke grouse on a Traeger. Hanging your birds (guts & feathers intact) ages the meat and improves the flavour and texture. Next, simple brine is used before smoking the meat for maximum flavour.
You can use this recipe for most wild hunted birds – like pheasants or you can skip to the brining and smoking part to make amazing chicken.
This rich and savoury sauce can be eaten on its own like a stew or served atop pasta, potatoes, squash, or polenta. The moose shoulder can be substituted with other tougher cuts of venison or even just beef.
The ultimate guide to brining and smoking a perfect turkey on your Traeger Grill (or a similar pellet smoker). I have made (and eaten) many turkeys in my life, and this is my favourite turkey recipe by far. Impress your family and guests on Thanksgiving or Christmas with this ultimate smoked turkey recipe.
Salty, savoury pancetta and Parmigiano-Reggiano are paired with the brightness of fresh basil pesto in this simple and delicious pesto pasta sauce recipe.
Wild-caught halibut is used here, but any fish will do to complement this savoury, spiced sauce of turmeric with caramelized onions, peas, and bok choy. This is a hearty and warming dish that is not heavy.
A delicious and nutritious start to the day with wild salmon and eggs.
It's called the butter of the Gods. Find out why and how to prepare bone marrow.
Nose-to-tail eating at its finest with this simple, savoury, herbed meatball recipe. If you've never eaten or cooked brain before and are looking for a less intimidating way to introduce this incredibly nutrient-dense food into your meal rotation, this meatball recipe is perfect for you. Use the type of brain you have access to — I recommend veal or lamb.
Stay warm this winter with these meat-focused comfort foods. And make sure you check out Real Food Recipes High in Vitamin D For These Cold Winter Nights.