Come fall we automatically start craving rib-sticking comfort food. Translation: Anything that is carb-rich, carbtastic, carbilicious! The more bread, pasta and potatoes…all the better. This is feel-good food at its best (for us at least!) and we savour every last bite…and crumb. If you’re a low-carb kinda person, we suggest you look away now because things are about to get carbtacular!
17 coma-inducing meals for the carb-lover
Potato Stuffed Corn BreadLet’s begin with our fave carb coupling: bread and potatoes. Scented with paprika and cumin-tossed potatoes, these crunchy rolls are guaranteed to make you feel warm and snuggly inside. Serve with soup on the side for a complete dinner winner.
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Chip ButtyBread + French fries = Best hangover food. There’s a good chance you already have the ingredients hanging out in the freezer anyway. Ketchup or mayo? Too cliché. Instead try dressing up your sarnie with other heat-generating condiments like chile-lime chutney, wasabi mayonnaise, creamed horseradish or this traditional Scottish brown sauce. Nom. Flickr
Spaghetti SandwichYou order your pasta with garlic bread on the side, right? The only logical thing to do is to top that garlic bread with the spaghetti and chow down. Get fancy with a caraway speckled bun (pictured) or add some smoky chipotle mayo for some extra zing. Flickr
Tater Tot Topped Mac ‘n’ CheeseBye bye breadcrumbs, broccoli crumbs and Goldfish crackers. There’s a new topper for mac ‘n’ cheese in town and we think we’re in love. Whether a simple batch of KD or “impress your guests” five-cheese gourmet twist on this classic, try crowning it with a layer of crisp, gooey tater tots. Trust us…indulge...then thank us later. Flickr
Mac ‘n’ Cheese PizzaLeftover mac ‘n’ cheese? (Not that we think that’s a possibility.) Heat up a store-bought pizza base, spread out the mac ‘n’ cheese, top with more cheese (obviously) and bake. If you prefer a recipe, take inspiration from blogger Tonia at The Gunny Sack. The Gunny Sack
Roasted Cheesy Potato and Ham SoupNeed a warm hug on a cold day? This is it. Roasted potatoes add a delicious depth of flavour to the soup that's lusciously creamy thanks to the grated cheddar. And did we mention home-made pretzel bread bowls? This is meant to be consumed alone so you can savour every little bite, away from prying eyes.
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Potato PizzaThis one is a clear winner simply because of the carb-on-carb action. Variations abound with extra toppings of crisp pancetta, shaved garlic and wilted arugula. But for a refreshed take, we particularly like this sweet potato version with kale and caramelized onions. Flickr
Thanksgiving TurnoversIn our opinion pastry, like bacon, makes everything taste better. What better way to carb-up leftovers from the big holiday than by wrapping them up in some buttery puff pastry? Cram in sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, turkey or Brussels sprouts – no matter what, that rich casing is going to make it all taste good! Flickr
Surprise Tatin Again… pastry!Flip this tart over in front of your guests for a whole bunch of “Ooohs” and “Aaahs”. Instead of caramelized apples, these cute baby spuds will be smiling at them. Kudos to UK-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi for the recipe from his cookbook Plenty.
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Aloo ParathasBreakfast, lunch or dinner, blogger Sonal at 7 Spice promises these potato-stuffed rotis hit the spot every time. The traditional white potato filling for the Indian-spiced flatbread is balanced with the addition of sweet potato, ensuring each bite is the perfect blend of warming spices and comforting spuds.
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SamosasImagine this: Biting through warm, crisp pastry that's hiding tender morsels of cumin and coriander-flecked potatoes and peas inside. Sigh. This snack is popular for a reason, and we're going to assume the carb overload of starchy potatoes and homemade pastry is why.
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KedgereeIf you're a carb lover, this Anglo-Indian concoction should be high on your list of indulgences. Curry powder adds a beautiful visual vibrancy to the rice, which is enriched by the smokiness from the salmon. A bowl of this makes for the perfect end to a crisp fall day.
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Cookie Dough Stuffed BrowniesAnything high in sugar and starch is notorious for being a naughty carbohydrate. You know where we’re going with this, right? Yes, that means this recipe tops our list of “So Bad It’s Good” favourites. Marrying two of the most popular coffee-time treats, this fudgy hybrid will earn you Nigella-worthy Domestic Goddess status at the office or family potluck.
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Butternut squash gnocchiReplacing traditional potato with fall favourite butternut squash is genius in our books. Delicately flavoured with nutmeg, these pillowy bites get tossed in sage "butter" (it's actually made with coconut oil), so you can pretend your dinner has a healthy note to it.
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Apple Cinnamon Cream Cheese Stuffed BiscuitsUnveiling a batch of these on a frosty morning in a kitchen all warm and redolent with the aroma of cinnamon is actually second best to pulling apart each biscuit to reveal a warm, gooey interior. Hmmmmm…Thank you blogger Marsha Baker at The Better Baker for this recipe.
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Banana cinnamon rollsMove over plain ol’ cinnamon rolls. The humble banana has taken this weekend favourite to a whole new level. Mixed right into the dough, overripe bananas add a fragrant sweetness to the rolls that are stuffed with cinnamon, raisins and walnuts and then glazed with sugar and lemon juice. We’re drooling already.
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Coconut Banana Bread Pudding BananaBananas? Check. Coconut? Check. Bread? Check, check, check. And if that isn't carbtacular enough, this tropically-inspired indulgence is cloaked in a drizzle of salted caramel for some extra oomph. Can we have a second helping already, please?
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