Baked Jalapeño Poppers

One of the most calorie-consuming days of the year for football lovers and party-goers is approaching, and you have to decide how you’re going to handle that “day of food.” You could just write it off and tell yourself that it’s going to be a day of enjoying deep fried fabulousness, endless bowls of chips and sugary desserts. Or you may be one of those people who possess extreme will power to have just a little of this and a little of that, without overdoing it. Or you might try to avoid the parties entirely, fearful that you’ll blow the New Year’s Resolution that you’ve been so great at adhering to. Or you might choose to include a few (guilt-free) foods that will help you stay on track for a healthy Super Bowl Sunday. This recipe is an excellent one for anyone, but especially those watching their calorie intake on Game Day: Baked Jalapeño Poppers.

The recipe comes from Ellie Krieger’s new book: “Comfort Food Fix.” I’m giving away 3 copies of this fabulous book! See the end of this post for details.

Here’s the low-down on how to make these:  You’ll need fresh jalapeños.  Cut them in half and scrape out the seeds and ribs.  Your hands are going to get spicy… and what I mean by spicy is that if you touch your eyes with your fingers after performing this task, you’re not going to be very happy.  A tip from one of my Twitter friends: once you’ve handled the peppers, place hands in bowl of milk or cream to neutralize the capsaicin. Then wash with soap/water.

Fill the hollowed-out jalapeño halves with a lightened up cheese mixture.

Dip them in egg wash and toasted bread crumbs, and spray them lightly with cooking spray.  Bake until crispy!

These “baked” and lightened-up jalapeño poppers are indeed a pretty nice substitute for the deep-fried, evil, ooey gooey version.  They’re definitely not the same as those, but they’re a decent alternative for those who are watching their calorie intake.

You’ll be able to eat four of these for 110 calories and 4 Weight Watchers Plus points.  And they happen to be gluten-free adaptable too.

I was pretty happy with how they turned out.  The jalapeños lose a little bit of their spice during the baking process (which is good for me since I’m not super big on spicy food), the cheese mixture becomes properly melty, and the exterior develops some crispness to it.  We shared these with our neighbor and he and my husband chowed down on pretty much all of them while watching football.  They’re definitely good football-watching fare.  And guess what?  They had no clue that this was a lightened-up recipe.  I’d call that a win-win.

So will you be serving up some healthy options on Super Bowl Sunday or is it a day of “free eating?” 

I’m giving away three copies of Ellie Krieger’s Comfort Food Fix cookbook, courtesy of Wiley Publishing.  I have and USE Ellie Krieger’s other cookbooks: The Food You Crave and So Easy- she is a fabulously talented recipe developer and she focuses on recipes that are a little bit healthier.  In this cookbook, Krieger puts a healthy twist on your favorite comfort food dishes.  All nutritional information is included.  Must-tries for me are her Crispy French Toast Fingers with Blueberry- Maple Sauce, Broiled Buffalo Wings, Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie, Creamy Shrimp and Grits, Skillet Mac and Cheese, Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots, Corn and Cheddar Spoon Bread, Chocolate Chunk Cookies and Double Chocolate Bread Pudding.  Everything looks so good!

This giveaway is open to anyone who has a mailing address in either the USA or CANADA. Three winners will be chosen via random.org on Wednesday, February 1st and will be contacted via email. Each winner will receive a Comfort Food Fix Cookbook to be mailed from Wiley Publishing.

To enter: Leave one comment below sharing your favorite “comfort food.” Good luck!  This giveaway is now closed.  Thanks to all for entering.

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Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Yield: 6 servings (4 poppers per serving)

Prep Time: 40 min

Cook Time: 40 min

A healthy alternative to the comfort food, happy-hour favorite...

Ingredients:

BREADCRUMBS:
4 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread

POPPERS:
1/3 cup whipped cream cheese
1/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup (packed) grated Monterey Jack Cheese (2 ounces)
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
12 medium fresh jalapeño peppers, halved lengthwise, seeded and deveined
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 large egg
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. Prepare the breadcrumbs: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place the bread in a food processor and process until fine crumbs form, 25 to 30 seconds. Place the crumbs on a baking sheet, spreading them evenly. Bake until golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes.

2. Prepare the poppers: Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, stir together the cheeses and parsley. Fill each jalapeño half with 2 teaspoons of the cheese mixture.

3. On a plate, combine the flour, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of the black pepper. In a small bowl, beat together the egg and the water to combine. On another plate, combine 1 cup of the bread crumbs, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, the remaining 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, the paprika, garlic powder and cayenne pepper.

4. Dip each jalapeño half in the flour, shaking off the excess, then in the egg wash, and finally in the bread crumb mixture, shaking off the excess.

5. Place the coated jalapeños, cut-side-up, onto the prepared baking sheet and spray lightly to coat with cooking spray. Bake until golden brown and crisp and the cheese has melted, about 30 minutes.

Tips:

*If preparing this recipe as GLUTEN- FREE, just be sure to use GF bread crumbs and a GF flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour.

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 4 poppers
Calories per serving: 110
Fat per serving: 9g
Saturated Fat per serving: 3.5g
Fiber per serving: 2g
Protein per serving: 6g
Cholesterol per serving: 45mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 8g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 4 Old Points Program: 3

Source: RecipeGirl.com (via Comfort Food Fix)

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210 Responses to “Baked Jalapeño Poppers”

  1. 1

    Amy — January 30, 2012 @ 3:58 AM

    favorite comfort food = mac & cheese!

  2. 2

    alexandra — January 30, 2012 @ 4:12 AM

    RecipeGirl, I think I might make these on Sunday. They are so beautiful! I never know what to bring to these events. Thanks!

  3. 3

    Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — January 30, 2012 @ 4:44 AM

    Love jalapeno poppers! My favorite comfort food is cheesy pasta.

  4. 4

    Laura — January 30, 2012 @ 4:45 AM

    Those look really yummy! My favorite comfort food is my mom’s meatloaf!

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    gabby — January 30, 2012 @ 5:00 AM

    these look amazing, especially as my comfort food is anything cheesey/creamy– mac and cheese or pioneer woman’s mashed taters or buffalo chicken dip. mmmmmmm. thank you! xo.

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    Kimberly A. — January 30, 2012 @ 5:18 AM

    My favorite comfort food is mac and cheese…yum!

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    Eliana — January 30, 2012 @ 5:39 AM

    These look like the perfect finger food to enjoy while watching the big game. Super super delicious.

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    auntie beak — January 30, 2012 @ 6:00 AM

    mmm… i made a stovetop mac and cheese the other day, and added chicken and sundried tomatoes to it, and it was amazing. i heartily second and third and fourth the previous commenters—there’s nothing like mac and cheese for comfort!

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    Marsha — January 30, 2012 @ 6:04 AM

    Mac & cheese is always a yummy comfort food!!

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    Shannon — January 30, 2012 @ 6:31 AM

    Luv me some Mac-n-Cheese but I’ma southern girl so a big ole plate of chicken fried steak with madhed potatoes and milk gravy will hit the spot too!
    Thanks for the give away!

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    Bev Weidner — January 30, 2012 @ 6:42 AM

    Mac N’ Cheese, BABY.

  12. 12

    Maria — January 30, 2012 @ 7:04 AM

    One of Josh’s favorite appetizers. I will have to make these for him!

  13. 13

    LeAnn DeBoer — January 30, 2012 @ 7:08 AM

    My comfort food has to be mashed potatoes and really good gravy!

  14. 14

    beth — January 30, 2012 @ 7:10 AM

    Those poppers look tasty and like something I’d actually make! My favorite comfort food is probably brownies. Yum.

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — January 30, 2012 @ 7:12 AM

    Looks fantastic, Lori! We love a good jalapeno popper recipe around here!

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    Diane — January 30, 2012 @ 7:13 AM

    I also love Ellie’s other cookbooks. She has a great turkey burger recipe with green olives, cumin and parsley!

    My favorite comfort foods are usually something cooked in my slow cooker, like potato soup with cheddar and bacon!

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — January 30, 2012 @ 7:13 AM

    Yes Please!! I love how crusty the tops are, Mmmmm.

  18. 18

    Mel — January 30, 2012 @ 7:16 AM

    These look great! My favorite comfort food is anything with lots of cheese!

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    Michelle — January 30, 2012 @ 7:16 AM

    Yum!!! I like that they lose their heat in the baking. :). My favorite comfort food has to be Mac & Cheese!!

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    Jen — January 30, 2012 @ 7:25 AM

    I always use disposable plastic gloves when handling jalapeno peppers – makes for a quick and easy cleanup!

    My favorite comfort food is anything that involves pasta and cheese!

  21. 21

    cj — January 30, 2012 @ 7:27 AM

    My comfort is pie. and peanut butter toast. ;-)

  22. 22

    Lauren — January 30, 2012 @ 7:38 AM

    Oh yum!! These sound amazing! :)

  23. 23

    Janelle — January 30, 2012 @ 7:41 AM

    110 calories for four of them isn’t bad at all. I made jalapeno poppers a few weeks ago, and I washed my hands with a paste of milk and baking soda afterward. It was pretty effective.

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    Cookin' Canuck — January 30, 2012 @ 7:51 AM

    I love having an arsenal of healthy Super Bowl foods on hand (preferably ones that are not obviously low-fat). These little beauties would fit in perfectly!

  25. 25

    Jamie — January 30, 2012 @ 8:01 AM

    My favorite comfort food is mac n cheese…love it! Oh, and these look great! My boyfriend would probably propose if I made these for him on the Superbowl haha.

  26. 26

    austin — January 30, 2012 @ 8:02 AM

    Chicken pot pie=comfort to the max…love it!

  27. 27

    Frances — January 30, 2012 @ 8:07 AM

    My favorite comfort food is pasta with butter and parm.

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    Carlene — January 30, 2012 @ 8:14 AM

    I am always soothed with a bowl of steaming french onion soup with the cheese crouton on top…..

  29. 29

    Roberta — January 30, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

    I hate to be like everybody else but my fav comfort food in homemade Mac a cheese, with jalapenos in it!!!

  30. 30

    Ann — January 30, 2012 @ 8:18 AM

    I think these poppers look fabulous — yummmm! My favorite comfort food go to is always homemade Mac and Cheese.

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    Lynds @ Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops — January 30, 2012 @ 8:21 AM

    These look so good! I love how they are baked rather than fried but look just as good if not better. I have so many favourite comfort foods but probably the one I go to the most is pasta with a simple tomato sauce! Quick, easy delicious and definitely comforting!

  32. 32

    Denise — January 30, 2012 @ 8:22 AM

    Always pasta with red sauce and lots of parm for my comfort food. And I have this cookbook on top of my wish list this year!

  33. 33

    Carol A. McNickols — January 30, 2012 @ 8:23 AM

    Thanks so much for the great recipes!

    My all time favorite comfort food is cream of tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich!

    My second is fried chicken, Mashed potatoes and gravy. Brings back floods of memories from my Childhood

  34. 34

    Lynn — January 30, 2012 @ 8:29 AM

    My favorite comfort food is peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Also, thanks for posting this recipe. I will be making these for Sunday night.

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    Emmy — January 30, 2012 @ 8:34 AM

    oh my favorite comfort food is chicken and dumplings

  36. 36

    Sara Stewart — January 30, 2012 @ 8:34 AM

    Favorite comfort food would definitely be lasagna!

  37. 37

    Lauren S — January 30, 2012 @ 8:35 AM

    My favorite comfort food is definitely mac n cheese – YUM!

  38. 38

    Kathy — January 30, 2012 @ 8:38 AM

    My favorite comfort food is extra cheese, green olive and muchroom pizza

  39. 39

    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — January 30, 2012 @ 8:44 AM

    I love the look of these poppers!

    My favorite comfort food is anything dessert.

  40. 40

    Kelly T — January 30, 2012 @ 8:45 AM

    mmm soup…any kind of soup.

  41. 41

    Samantha — January 30, 2012 @ 8:49 AM

    I love chili especially Ellie’s turkey low calorie version.

  42. 42

    Jessica — January 30, 2012 @ 8:50 AM

    Love the healthy spin on these! Yum!

  43. 43

    Rhonda — January 30, 2012 @ 8:54 AM

    my fav comfort food is Chili.. year round!

  44. 44

    Lisa S. — January 30, 2012 @ 8:55 AM

    Our family’s comfort food is anything Mexican or with a Mexican twist…enchiladas, nachos, tacos…bring it on!

  45. 45

    Sarah — January 30, 2012 @ 8:57 AM

    My favorite comfort food is macaroni & cheese. A local Southern restaurant served a gourmet version (i.e.fancy cheese) but w/ crumbled Cheez-Its on top. Amazing!

  46. 46

    Kelly — January 30, 2012 @ 9:00 AM

    mac and cheese!

  47. 47

    Tabitha — January 30, 2012 @ 9:05 AM

    My favorite comfort food is my Grandma’s Zucchini Casserole! Sooo creamy and good :)

  48. 48

    Kim — January 30, 2012 @ 9:16 AM

    My favorite comfort food is definitely spaghetti & meatballs!!

    I can’t wait to try this Jalapeno Popper recipe!

  49. 49

    Nancy L — January 30, 2012 @ 9:20 AM

    These look crispy and delicious! My sister would love these – she’s a pepper person for sure! My favorite comfort food is good old tuna casserole!

  50. 50

    Sweetsugarbelle — January 30, 2012 @ 9:22 AM

    I was super curious about this book!!! I think you talked me into it, Lori!

  51. 51

    Laura Colón — January 30, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

    I love revamping comfort food into a healthier-yet-still-delicious version! I took my mom’s amazing stroganoff recipe from my childhood and made a few tweaks to shred some of the calories and it’s better than ever!

  52. 52

    Kari — January 30, 2012 @ 9:48 AM

    My favorite comfort food is Mac & Cheese. Homemade it’s so worth the calories.

  53. 53

    Kimi — January 30, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

    My favorite of all favorites is Buffalo Chicken Dip!!! I could eat it anytime, with anything!!! Mmm, mmm, mmm!!!

  54. 54

    Tiffany A. — January 30, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

    Mac & Cheese and mashed pototoes!

  55. 55

    Marissa — January 30, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

    My favorite comfort food would hands down be chicken and dumplings, YUM!

  56. 56

    Doni — January 30, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

    Favorite Comfort Food? Chicken Pot Pie!!

  57. 57

    Sue — January 30, 2012 @ 10:09 AM

    CHILI. I love it on its own, over some greens, on hot dogs and in nachos. YUM! And this book looks amazing. Thanks for including CANADA!

  58. 58

    Stacy — January 30, 2012 @ 10:10 AM

    Comfort food for me is either korean tofu stew or Mac & cheese!

  59. 59

    Kendra — January 30, 2012 @ 10:15 AM

    Hi! My favorite comfort food is my husband’s Chili – it’s delicious and the fact that he made it makes it even better!

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    kelley {mountain mama cooks} — January 30, 2012 @ 10:29 AM

    I love Ellie Kriegers other two cookbooks, I’m sure this one is great too! Comfort food for me is tomato soup and grilled cheese all the way! These poppers look to die for, by the way!!

  61. 61

    Amanda — January 30, 2012 @ 10:34 AM

    Oh wow, these jalapeno poppers look amazing! My absolute favorite comfort food…perogies! The homemade, super cheesy, overstuffed, fried until golden and crispy kind! Yum!

  62. 62

    judy — January 30, 2012 @ 10:43 AM

    I love chicken and dumplings on a cold day!

  63. 63

    Bianca — January 30, 2012 @ 10:48 AM

    My favorite comfort food is fried chicken.

  64. 64

    Andrea @ Recipes For Divine Living — January 30, 2012 @ 10:54 AM

    I just made Goat Cheese Stuffed Tomato Meatballs which turned out super yummy! Very comforting :)

  65. 65

    Erin — January 30, 2012 @ 11:02 AM

    My favorite comfort food is anything with potatos! preferably mashed potatos or shepards pie…or twice baked potato or scalloped potatos….i just love potatos.

  66. 66

    Liz — January 30, 2012 @ 11:36 AM

    Favorite comfort food of all time is home made mac & cheese!!

  67. 67

    Carol P. — January 30, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

    I love potato skins … complete with lots of sour cream (light or fat free, of course).

  68. 68

    JoAnn — January 30, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

    Definitely Mac N’ Cheese, which is good because it is easy to lighten(ish) up! :)

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    Jacqueline — January 30, 2012 @ 12:17 PM

    Oh wow…I will certainly try these…they look yummy and I am sure they taste that way too, Thanks

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    Kari — January 30, 2012 @ 12:22 PM

    No doubt about it, my fav comfort food is homemade chicken pot pie!

  71. 71

    suzanne — January 30, 2012 @ 12:23 PM

    My favorite comfort food is homemade mac & cheese. It always puts a big smile on my face on the rare occassion that I make a big pan.

  72. 72

    vanessa — January 30, 2012 @ 12:23 PM

    Without a doubt — PASTA. Of any kind. Preferably with melted cheese and lots of butter. And bacon. :)

  73. 73

    Eric @ TasknConquer — January 30, 2012 @ 12:34 PM

    My favorite comfort food is mac & cheese. I love it with velveeta.

  74. 74

    Margaret — January 30, 2012 @ 1:14 PM

    This is a great ckbk. Have done a couple of recipes and they turned out perfectly.

    Favorite comfort food – PASTA with anything. especially seafood!! or cheese!!

  75. 75

    Jmposti4 — January 30, 2012 @ 1:24 PM

    Recipe Girl I have made these poppers sooo yummy! My comfort food would be chili with meat!

  76. 76

    Estelle — January 30, 2012 @ 1:25 PM

    My favorite comfort food is cheesy chicken enchiladas!

  77. 77

    Haley — January 30, 2012 @ 1:29 PM

    My favorite comfort food is Chicken Noodle Soup. I love big chunks of chicken, extra carrots and celery, and thick noodles. It’s a hug in a bowl!

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga — January 30, 2012 @ 1:33 PM

    I wish I was having a party but we’re not. If I was having a party, I’d be serving up some Grade A gluttonous food :)

    I’d love a copy of Ellie’s book. She’s awesome!

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    Sandy — January 30, 2012 @ 1:45 PM

    These poppers look delicious! Fav: Peanut Butter Toast!

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    Bruce — January 30, 2012 @ 1:45 PM

    Meatloaf :)

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    Michelle Feliciano — January 30, 2012 @ 1:52 PM

    One of my favorite comfort foods is Chicken noodle soup. I love it on a cold day, when i’m sick, or anytime really. Plus all the vegetables and chicken make it a low cal meal that fills you up!

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    Maria in NJ — January 30, 2012 @ 1:53 PM

    toss up…mac and cheese or pizza…man that is a tough one…

    Lori I am making the cauliflower pizza again tonight…love it, now can we lighten up mac and cheese??

    thank you for the opportunity to win the cookbook…

  83. 83

    Alicia — January 30, 2012 @ 2:17 PM

    Definitely mac and cheese!! Or pizza… or grilled cheese.. hmm, maybe just cheese in general :)

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    krystle — January 30, 2012 @ 2:25 PM

    have to say mac and cheese is the fav comfort food but a big bowl of baked potato soup is a close second

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    Lisa Franklin — January 30, 2012 @ 3:05 PM

    I make these all the time! And I love Comfort Food Fix as well! My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — January 30, 2012 @ 3:16 PM

    Hmm, my favorite comfort food is pasta with homemade tomato sauce. Also a few big pieces of crusty bread to sop up the extra sauce. Yum!

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    Angie Beasley — January 30, 2012 @ 3:31 PM

    This looks fabulous. I will definitely be trying this on Sunday. Favorite comfort food is spinach artichoke dip with salty tortilla chips.

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    Sarah — January 30, 2012 @ 3:46 PM

    My favorite comfort food – mac n cheese with panko topping! YUM

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    Alexis — January 30, 2012 @ 3:49 PM

    Mine is pizza for sure!!

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    josette — January 30, 2012 @ 4:02 PM

    My most favorite comfort food is surely peach cobbler…it really does heal all wounds!

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    Lisa — January 30, 2012 @ 4:28 PM

    My favorite comfort food is any kind of cookie. Yum!

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    Janet — January 30, 2012 @ 4:55 PM

    Definately my favorite comfort food is meatloaf with mashed potatoes-yummy!!

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    Lisa — January 30, 2012 @ 6:02 PM

    Favorite comfort food has to be Mac and cheese made with both yellow and white sharp cheddar cheese. Grandma made it best.

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    Cassie — January 30, 2012 @ 6:08 PM

    My favorite comfort food is by far chicken and noodles, with homemade noodles. Great recipe, I love jalapeno poppers!

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    SheilaM — January 30, 2012 @ 6:22 PM

    My favorite comfort food is mac & cheese made with gouda! Super yummy!!!

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    Julie — January 30, 2012 @ 6:44 PM

    LOVE roasted poppers – throw some bacon bits into the cheese mixture for some extra flare! YUMMY!!

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    aimee — January 30, 2012 @ 6:47 PM

    meatloaf and mashed potatoes. yum.

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    Margaux — January 30, 2012 @ 7:21 PM

    This is an awesome recipe! I absolutely love my grandma’s baked ziti and eggplant parmigiana, complete with full fat ricotta and mozzarella! :)

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    Angi McB — January 30, 2012 @ 7:34 PM

    My favorite comfort food is Hot Fudge cake- molten hot from the oven. I grab it with the oven mits and bring it to the coffee table where my girls and I eat it while going “oh…hot hot hot…hot hot hot” I’m not sure if its the chocolate or the time with my girls that’s the comfort :)

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    Amy H — January 30, 2012 @ 7:35 PM

    My favorite has to be mashed potatoes with a lot of melted butter!

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    Kristin — January 30, 2012 @ 7:54 PM

    Wow, it is so hard to pick just one comfort food, I love them all! My absolute favorite is pasta and red sauce, such as baked ziti, spaghetti and meat sauce, etc.. So tasty!

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    Sarah L — January 30, 2012 @ 8:12 PM

    Pizza is my favorite comfort food.

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    Susan — January 30, 2012 @ 8:20 PM

    Pick just one comfort food? Well, I could definitely go for these jalapeno poppers. That would certainly hit the spot.

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    vballer — January 30, 2012 @ 8:51 PM

    my fav comfort food: a slice of bread with heaping spoonfuls of nutella =]

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    the urban baker — January 30, 2012 @ 9:37 PM

    these look crazy good! My kids would flip over these…grrr-another trip to the supermarket to get jalapenos(thougth I was done for the week)!

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    Jeff — January 30, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

    Love mac ‘n cheese, but the Buffalo Chicken dip above sounds great.

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    Mary — January 31, 2012 @ 12:57 AM

    My favorite comfort food has to be pizza–

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    Teri — January 31, 2012 @ 1:14 AM

    Perfect comfort food-will have to try this low fat version….yummy:)

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    Kathy R — January 31, 2012 @ 2:11 AM

    These look great, I’ll have to give them a try, but my favorite comfort food is bread pudding any variation, I’m not fussy. Just bread pudding with lots of vanilla or when in New Zealand Hockey Pockey ice cream! Yum!

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    Patty Kasiewicz — January 31, 2012 @ 4:41 AM

    I love Ellie, my favorite comfort food is potato chips.

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    Mary S — January 31, 2012 @ 4:45 AM

    Definitely lasagna or anything pasta

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    Amy — January 31, 2012 @ 5:21 AM

    My comfort food is freshly baked cookies. Yum Yum.

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    margarita — January 31, 2012 @ 5:31 AM

    great give away , the poppers my favorite I like spice, I am mexican , I like jalapenos, just perfect. thanks

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    leah p. — January 31, 2012 @ 5:38 AM

    My all-time favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese!

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    Lai — January 31, 2012 @ 5:45 AM

    Definitely mac and cheese!

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    MichelleH — January 31, 2012 @ 6:00 AM

    Nachos, brownies, or French fries for me!

    These poppers look fantastic. I’m adding them to the grocery list.

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    Suzi — January 31, 2012 @ 6:03 AM

    My comfort food is pasta with pomodor sauce. I love this lightened up version of the poppers.

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    Susan G — January 31, 2012 @ 6:17 AM

    These look yummy! My favorite comfort food is enchiladas. Melty, cheesy, saucy enchiladas.

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    Marie — January 31, 2012 @ 6:46 AM

    Favorite comfort food is…….. Warm Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies w/French Vanilla ice cream! :)

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    Jen Delaney — January 31, 2012 @ 6:47 AM

    I love my mom’s homemade mac and cheese with hot dogs and ritz cracker crumb topping!

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    KatherineB — January 31, 2012 @ 6:49 AM

    Favorite comfort fix? Whole Wheat Bear Bread hot out of the oven in 1 hour!

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    Marvleen — January 31, 2012 @ 6:57 AM

    One of my classic Super Bowl recipes is a Baked Buffalo Chicken Wing. Still tastes like Buffalo wings without the extra calories from deep frying.

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    Crystal C. — January 31, 2012 @ 7:02 AM

    One of my most favorite comfort foods is something my mom has always made that I just figured out how to make. Sausage Gravy. Or milk gravy as she calls it. Breakfast potatos, bacon and eggs with some milk gravy. Nothing tastes more like home than that. Now that I live 2000 miles away from home having that breakfast Sunday mornings reminds me of being back at home so much. I am now a 4th generation milk gravy maker. I know it’s not healthy. But it’s sooo good!!!

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    Jenni — January 31, 2012 @ 7:05 AM

    My favorite comfort food……….. Mac and cheese, lasagna comes in a very close second. My weakness is pasta.

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    Nate — January 31, 2012 @ 7:05 AM

    Excellent, I was just wondering what to make for the superbowl party since my girlfriend just joined WeightWatchers…

    Thanks!

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    Lynn — January 31, 2012 @ 7:17 AM

    My comfort food would be lasagna.

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    Khanh — January 31, 2012 @ 7:22 AM

    My favorite comfort food is chicken pot pie. Gonna have to try the poppers!

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — January 31, 2012 @ 7:33 AM

    Comfort food…macaroni and cheese and chocolate chip cookies. Dinner and dessert!

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    Heather — January 31, 2012 @ 7:37 AM

    Completely mac and cheese for comfort food, though I bet I’d feel pretty comforted with those poppers!

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    Terressa T. — January 31, 2012 @ 7:44 AM

    favorite comfort food…fresh baked bread and homemade stew…delish!
    this looks like a very fun book. thank you.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — January 31, 2012 @ 7:54 AM

    Yum! I love jalapeno poppers, these look wonderful!!

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    Natalie — January 31, 2012 @ 7:56 AM

    I know this isn’t very creative, but like many others, I’d have to say mac and cheese! I love the classic version but I also experimented with making it healthier once by using cauliflower in the sauce… unfortunately, it wasn’t very successful. I have lots of other ideas to try though, and this reminds me to get trying!

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    Ted Hawkins — January 31, 2012 @ 7:59 AM

    Will have to try these Poppers, my favorite comfort food is Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy.

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    Michele — January 31, 2012 @ 8:01 AM

    anything with cheese added :)

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    Tiffany — January 31, 2012 @ 8:22 AM

    My absolute favorite comfort food is *baked* mac and cheese….ok and homemade mashed potatoes!!! I can’t resist either of them.

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    Lindsay — January 31, 2012 @ 8:23 AM

    Pizza! I seriously love it!

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    Jessica C — January 31, 2012 @ 8:39 AM

    Cheeseburger macaroni!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — January 31, 2012 @ 8:49 AM

    What a great recipe! I love the idea of feeling less guilty about eating fun, comfort foods!
    One of my favorite comfort foods has to be onion rings!

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    Julie Ryan — January 31, 2012 @ 8:54 AM

    Full fat chicken salad sandwiches! :)

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    Ingrid — January 31, 2012 @ 8:58 AM

    Favorite comfort food is ham & potato creamy soup!

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    Linda — January 31, 2012 @ 8:59 AM

    Going to try the Poppers! I love ruffles and french onion dip.

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    Jim Howell — January 31, 2012 @ 9:12 AM

    Love this idea and am going to show it to my vegan daughter to see what she’ll do with it. One of my favorite comfort foods…well, recently my daughter is serving me ‘green drinks’ every morning sweetened with fresh fruit – fantastic.

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    Bree — January 31, 2012 @ 9:16 AM

    Those look AWESOME! I am so going to make them for our next party. Thanks for sharing!

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    Virtually Homemade - Liz — January 31, 2012 @ 9:21 AM

    Perfect party food. Thanks for the healthy alternative.

    My favorite comfort food is either mac and cheese or meatloaf and mashed potatoes :0

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    Claudia N — January 31, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    My favorite comfort food is pizza.

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    Sarah W — January 31, 2012 @ 9:39 AM

    Hands down: Mac and cheese. Mmm!

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    Margie — January 31, 2012 @ 9:45 AM

    Not to be a copy cat – but mac and cheese is the 1st thing that springs to mind!

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    Michelle — January 31, 2012 @ 9:49 AM

    Chicken and dumplings is my favorite comfort food.

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    Brandi Gandy — January 31, 2012 @ 9:51 AM

    Mac and Cheese!

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    becky wilburn — January 31, 2012 @ 9:52 AM

    I love pizza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sara — January 31, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

    Pizza!!!!!

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    Teresa — January 31, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

    Oh man—too many comfort foods….warm homemade bread, I guess I’ll say.

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    TARA HOLMSTEDT — January 31, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    Just found this website and will be making these poppers for the SuperBowl party!!!

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    Kelsey — January 31, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

    I am a HUGE Ellie Krieger fan but have not picked up a copy of this book yet. I’d love to win one! Perhpas it will help me healthify my ultimate comfort foods–mac and cheese and ice cream.

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    LeAnne Efferson — January 31, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

    My favorite comfort food is a big bowl of chicken and dumplings! It reminds me of my childhood when i would help my mom drop the dumpling dough into the pot (and sneak a few pieces to munch on!)

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    Laurel Fraher — January 31, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

    Favorite comfort food = grilled cheese (nothing fancy, just plain and simple)!

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    Leah — January 31, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

    I loooooove Yorkshire Pudding! To bad I only get it once a year on Christmas…

    These poppers look awesome!

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    Jamie Pruitt — January 31, 2012 @ 12:28 PM

    Nachos. Loaded up with everything, meat, sour cream, green onion, lots and lots of cheese.

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    Lisa G — January 31, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

    My top favorite comfort food would have to be chicken pot pie. But meatloaf, mac-n-cheese, and mashed potatoes are right behind it.

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    susitravl — January 31, 2012 @ 1:19 PM

    Is Ice Cream comfort food? Because that is what I turn to for comfort sometimes. Mac & Cheese is a close 2nd.

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    oregonjudy — January 31, 2012 @ 1:20 PM

    Love poppers! Can’t wait to see how these turn out.

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    Cathy — January 31, 2012 @ 1:34 PM

    My fav. comfort food is …..PIZZA!

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    Jo — January 31, 2012 @ 2:22 PM

    My favorite comfort food has to be mashed potatoes! Love them! I enjoy watching Ellie on tv and would love to win her cookbook. Thanks for the chance!

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    Suzie Brust — January 31, 2012 @ 2:35 PM

    My favorite comfort food is, mashed potatoes with sour cream and chives, sometimes I put a little garlic in. Ummmm!!

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    pat — January 31, 2012 @ 3:37 PM

    Homemade Mac and Cheese…..yummmmm!

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    Becky — January 31, 2012 @ 4:03 PM

    Drooling!!!! If I bring the margaritas, can I come over for some?

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    Barbara — January 31, 2012 @ 4:30 PM

    My comfort food is corn casserole:)

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    Lori Bea — January 31, 2012 @ 5:21 PM

    Ahhh, my Mom’s Chicken and home made Dumplings! Going to try these poppers…might kick it up a notch by adding some Franks Hot sauce in the cream cheese!

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    Shelby Brisendine — January 31, 2012 @ 5:30 PM

    Thanks, Recipe Girl. I enjoy many comfort foods-the one I love most but eat the least is pinto beans in a bowl with sweet chopped onion and cast- iron skillet cornbread.

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    Damyon — January 31, 2012 @ 6:02 PM

    Comfort food – chili con carne

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    Sheila — January 31, 2012 @ 6:19 PM

    I’d have to say cheesy potatoes or anything casserole or potluck. :-)

    These look awesome! Love that they are lightened up!

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    Jocelyn Venes — February 1, 2012 @ 4:15 AM

    Spam and fried rice!

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    Samantha — February 1, 2012 @ 7:59 AM

    My favorite comfort food is definitely mac and cheese!

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    Yvette — February 1, 2012 @ 8:22 AM

    I’m a sucker for some pot roast!

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    Stephanie — February 1, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

    Salty beef gravy smothering beef pot roast and potatoes. Mmmm.

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    Art Vandalay — February 1, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

    Pizza is my fav

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    Yvette ~ Muy Bueno — February 1, 2012 @ 11:18 AM

    YUM! These look soooo good! I think I’ll be making these on Super Bowl Sunday! Gracias!

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    jessica w. — February 1, 2012 @ 7:05 PM

    My favorite comfort food are pigs in a blanket or queso dip

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    Tina Neufeld — February 1, 2012 @ 7:47 PM

    looks good … my fav or one of my fav comfort foods would have to be fried chicken! sooo bad but soo good!

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    Megan — February 1, 2012 @ 7:56 PM

    Chicken Noodle Soup- Nothing too fancy, but it always tastes great when Mom makes it. :)

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    Susie — February 1, 2012 @ 8:20 PM

    My favorite comfort foods are ice cream and wine….not together!

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    sweetmaddy — February 2, 2012 @ 2:31 AM

    macaroni and cheese

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    Mary Myers — February 2, 2012 @ 6:53 AM

    I love macaroni and cheese! My husband makes a wonderful version! :)
    On a side note…I am bringing the Cranberry Feta Pinwheels to a Super Bowl
    Party that we are invited to!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win Ellie’s cookbook!! :)

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    carolyn s — February 2, 2012 @ 7:58 AM

    My favorite comfort food would have to be mashed potatoes…yummy!

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    Sally — February 2, 2012 @ 9:18 AM

    i know the giveaway is over, but i had to tell you how very much i adore your website. This recipe looks fantastic! i loooove jalapeno poppers and i try to find a way to “healthify” what I cook, so this recipe is perfect. recipegirl- you are amazing! :)

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    Kelly — February 2, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

    Wow these look absolutely amazing! Perfect for game day!!! :)

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    Kristin — February 3, 2012 @ 6:29 AM

    Oddly enough, I crave jalapeño poppers. I choose cheese and heat over sweet or bland any day!

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    Millie Rocheleau — February 3, 2012 @ 7:44 AM

    Jalapeno poppers sound great! Homemade beef vegetable soup that gets better each day is a winter favorite in my house! Freezes great!

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    Dana B — February 3, 2012 @ 8:08 AM

    hard for me to pick a fav comfy food. Pasta popped into mind since I love pasta, but not really a comfort food. I think I’d have to say chili. white or red. thx for the lightened up recipe for these!!

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    Whitney — February 3, 2012 @ 11:08 AM

    Mac and cheese w/ bacon. MMMMMM. I’m salivating at the thought.

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    Michael Shamata — February 3, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

    Favourite comfort food:
    Pea soup.

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    Barbe Lessem — February 3, 2012 @ 11:17 AM

    My favorite comfort food is chocolate chip cookies that my Mom would bake for an after school treat. The best part was when I would open the front door and get that wonderful warm aroma!

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    Kyle — February 3, 2012 @ 11:35 AM

    Chicken Noodle Soup…from scratch…always makes the house smell great and tastes great…and works well for lunch at work!

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    Heidi @ CrockPotLadies.com — February 3, 2012 @ 12:19 PM

    Yummy! Those look great. Lasagna is my favorite comfort food. Or grilled cheese sandwiches.

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    Colleen — February 3, 2012 @ 1:36 PM

    These look wonderful! I may be trying these this weekend! My favorite comfort food would be soup. Cream of Chicken with Wild Rice would be nice…

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    Margaret — February 3, 2012 @ 2:42 PM

    Chocolate chip cookies mean comfort to me. Am headed to Guatemala next week to cook for a medical mission team–will serve them the poppers. Many thanks!

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    Manette Gutterman — February 3, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

    Cinnamon rolls are my very favorite but my mom’s apple pie recipe ranks right up there too…

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    Barb Turone — February 3, 2012 @ 4:34 PM

    fish and chip hands down!!!

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    Janelle — February 3, 2012 @ 7:41 PM

    My favourite comfort comfort food is grilled cheese sandwiches! So yummy!

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    elaine loughlin — February 3, 2012 @ 7:58 PM

    Pecan pie with Bourbon in the mix. Southern comfort:)

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    jill — February 4, 2012 @ 1:47 PM

    my grandmother’s meatballs and gravy

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    Anna — February 4, 2012 @ 7:32 PM

    my mom’s chocolate chip cookies, as many times as I’ve tried to recreate them, mine just aren’t the same!

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    Amy Johnson — February 4, 2012 @ 8:19 PM

    Popcorn with parm!!

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    Gigi — February 5, 2012 @ 7:28 AM

    I’d have to say cookies… chocolate chip, grandma’s lady locks, tassies, thumbprints… you name it and I am sure it will comfort me :)

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    Jessica — February 14, 2012 @ 9:38 AM

    Just made these… definitely a different take on jalapeño peppers, but SO delicious! The perfect appetizer for a homemade happy hour :)

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    andrea — April 15, 2012 @ 4:35 PM

    These are so wonderful! I made them about a month ago and am making them again tonight; they are currently in the oven. My husband has difficulty with fried food, so I googled baked jalepeno poppers and got to this page about a month ago. We loved them then, and I’m sure that in about 20 minutes we’ll be loving them again.

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    Lori Lange — April 16, 2012 @ 2:06 PM

    Awesome!

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    Bri — August 5, 2012 @ 11:41 AM

    Very delicious and easy to make. Very much recommended to all tho popper heads out there! Homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal is my comfort food

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    Jen — February 3, 2013 @ 3:19 PM

    They just came out of the oven and they look perfect. The taste is amazing, I can’t believe they’re healthyish and taste this great. I used a full block of cream cheese and no ricotta.

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    Jacquelyn — October 9, 2013 @ 8:18 PM

    I absolutely love these! I have made them several times and are always a hit with the party! And I love that you can count them on the weight watchers program. I’m making them again this Sunday for a football party Thank you for finding recipes I love and making them healthier