There's something truly interesting about sitcoms since everyone seems to have their own favorites when it comes to the shows they prefer watching during their coveted downtime. While dramatic shows that leave TV viewers on the edge of their seats definitely have their place, not every moment in front of the television needs to be spent watching shows like TWD or Game of Thrones. Sometimes, it's the sitcoms that seem to hold the nearest and dearest spot in the hearts of TV viewers since there is a certain amount of comfort that goes along with it.
Whether it's a sitcom that has over 10 seasons under its belt or just a show that featured characters that have become iconic in the minds of the general public, everyone seems to have their own favorites in what constitutes the best and most comforting sitcom to watch. Some people prefer something with a strong romantic storyline, others may prefer something revolving around a work theme and still, others, prefer a sophisticated twist. It's surprising how the elements of a sitcom can relate to other preferences in life. With the age-old adage of "You are what you eat," it's not surprising that food tastes say a lot about a person. For anyone interested in seeing what these preferences reveal, let's play "Pick or Pass" on these comfort foods and we'll guess your favorite sitcom.
Macaroni and Cheese?
Macaroni and cheese has long been thought of as a favorite when it comes to comfort foods and it's not just because it can sometimes conjure up memories from childhood. Whether it's memories of eating Macaroni and cheese from a box product or a homemade recipe with a Béchamel sauce, even the childhood memories of Macaroni and cheese dish can differ from one person to the next. Yet, it's still considered a huge favorite as a comfort food due to its cheesy goodness and the filling nature of the dish.
There was once a time when Lasagna was thought of as strictly an Italian dish that seemed a bit complicated to prepare. Yet, things have changed over the years and more and more Lasagna recipes have become seen as common, even to the most novice cook. Whether the Ricotta cheese mixture is made from scratch or purchased pre-made, each Lasagna dish can be customized to suit the skill level of each cook. Yet, some people prefer their Lasagna to be prepared at a restaurant and they enjoy the complexities of the flavors, with each layer.
There are some comfort foods that definitely take a bit of effort in preparing but that doesn't mean that every single type of comfort food requires hours and hours of preparation and cooking time. Pizza is actually quite simple to make, from purchasing pre-made pizza dough to opening a jar of ready-made marinara sauce. The process is so simple that many people think of pizza as the perfect introduction food to help teach children how to cook. Yet, it's simplicity doesn't take away from how desirable it is as a comfort food.
Shrimp and Grits?
There is something quite unique about Shrimp and Grits since this is a dish that can fall into a myriad of different categories when it comes to cuisine. While some people think of grits as being a southern type of food, others can't help but think of it as an elevated and sophisticated dish based on the plethora of different ways it can be cooked. There are some Shrimp and Grits recipes that include everything from truffle oil to gold leaf.
Cornbread is a dish that often comes with a bit of a dispute, especially since it can be made in a variety of different ways. Depending on the region, this is a dish that many people can feel quite strongly about in the way it's prepared. People get upset if it's too dry and grainy in its texture and others think that it's not real cornbread unless it has actual bits of corn mixed into the batter prior to baking.
Chicken Noodle Soup?
There aren't many staple dishes that really seem to bind everyone together but Chicken Noodle Soup is definitely one of them. This is a dish that often conjures up childhood memories, whether it's a grandparent making the noodles from scratch or just heating up a can of Chicken Noodle Soup on a chilly night. This is also long been thought of as a home remedy to help lessen the severity of a cold but people also order it as a starter before a meal on occasion.
Tuna is often considered a healthy option when it comes to what to make for dinner and it's definitely better for the heart than ordering a Ribeye steak. On top of that, it's also quite cheap and easy to use when purchasing it right out of a can. With its versatility, it's not surprising that there are a number of different comfort food dishes that include tuna. One of them is the Tuna Melt, which offers up the same gooey cheese and crunch of a grilled cheese sandwich but with a zippy addition.
While there are some comfort foods that seem to be universally loved, there are others that are far more polarizing. The Egg Sandwich is loved by many because of how simple it is to make and for the combination of bread and eggs that make for the perfect breakfast, lunch or snack combo. Yet, there are others that aren't too fond of the standard Egg Sandwich. One of the most comical scenes from Big Top Pee-wee was when he was forced to pretend like it was his favorite, in order to please his girlfriend on a picnic.
While there are some comfort food dishes that aren't really thought of as completely unhealthy, there are others that are the epitome of being known for clogging up the arteries. Fried chicken is one of the unhealthiest foods a person can eat but that doesn't mean that people refrain from indulging in it from time to time. From the crunchiest batter to the juiciest meat to adding a bit of heat in the spices, Fried chicken is still a huge favorite for people looking for some comfort food.
While some people immediately think of savory dishes when it comes to comfort foods, that's not always the case. Comfort food is limitless in what it entails since it's a category that's quite specific to people's tastes and experiences. Something that's extremely comforting to eat for one person can be grueling to get through for another. Yet, there is a universality to Apple Pie. This is a dish that is thought of as a classic dessert and often enjoyed with a heaping scoop of ice cream.
While some people think of bacon as solely a breakfast item, others think of it with far more universal appeal. It's interesting how many different dishes can include bacon. From sprinkling bacon pieces on a Cobb Salad to including it on top of a cheesy casserole, there are even bakeries that include bacon on top of donuts to offer a savory and sweet flavor combination. While bacon isn't exactly thought of as healthy, that hasn't stopped people from enjoying it whenever possible.
There are so many different types of pasta, with each of them offering their own unique appeal. While some people prefer a pasta that has a shape that can scoop up any ingredients or sauces, others prefer a pasta type that they can twirl around a fork. Ravioli is seen as extremely special since it joins to layers of pasta together to create a small pouch that can be filled with whatever the stomach craves. From a simple cheese filling to something a bit more sophisticated for the palette, many people think of Ravioli as their favorite comfort food.
Chicken Pot Pie?
There are some comfort food dishes that seem to have everything anyone could ever want, all rolled up into one satisfying recipe. That definitely is the case with Chicken Pot Pie. This is a dish that features the savory flavors and tastes of everything people love about a hearty chicken soup or stew but also features a flaky pastry texture that ties it all in together. People loved that first cut into the steaming dish and everyone has their own favorite way of eating it.
Meatloaf is a dish that is often seen as polarizing for food lovers. While some people love the complexity in the flavors of the meat, others aren't keen on the idea of having a hunk of meat shaped into a loaf. Meatloaf can be prepared in a variety of different ways, whether it's the classic tomato sauce topping or something with more of a bold flavor. Some people enjoy a barbecue taste to their meatloaf, while others like it a bit blander.
Oftentimes, waffles are thought of as a breakfast dish but that doesn't mean that people only eat it in the morning. Waffles have a huge amount of versatility to them, whether it's topping it off with whipped cream and fresh fruit to make it taste more like a dessert or pairing it with chicken to make it the perfect late night meal. Not everyone eats their waffles in the same way, even though the traditional recipe calls for some powdered sugar and some syrup.
Many people thoroughly enjoy a good casserole since it combines all of the ingredients into one dish and it's relatively easy to make. Unlike other dishes that require a variety of different pots and pans to create it, casseroles let the cook throw everything into one handy dish and pop it in the oven. Tuna Casserole is a huge favorite and many people think of it as a huge favorite. While everyone has their own style of Tuna Casserole that they prefer, it's undeniable that this is hugely popular.
Chicken and Dumplings?
Chicken and Dumplings is a dish that is often thought of as a southern favorite but that doesn't mean that it's only a regional favorite. This dish combines everything people love about Chicken Noodle Soup but with a heartier aspect that really adds something to it. The dumplings are super filling and provide some textural difference in the dish. Depending on how it's prepared, this is a dish that is mostly like a soup or thicker like a stew. Either way, it's a huge favorite.
Collard Greens is another dish that is thought of as innately southern but that doesn't mean that it isn't a huge favorite all around the world. While other comfort food dishes are seen as extremely unhealthy, this is a dish that is actually quite healthy. This is a dish that offers a great vegetable addition to a meal and is a favorite to go along with other comfort foods like Fried chicken or Macaroni and cheese. It can be prepared in a variety of different ways, with some people preferring it a bit blander and others prefer it with a kick.
Biscuits and Gravy?
Biscuits and Gravy is a dish that is often prepared as a breakfast dish since it combines so much that is loved in the morning. Many of the recipes for Biscuits and Gravy include pieces of breakfast sausage cooked into the gravy, which makes it a great dish for the morning. The biscuits soak up the gravy and many people like sopping up the bits of their gravy with their biscuit pieces. Yet, the dish is such a favorite that there are those that eat it any time of the day.
Many people think of Stuffing as a dish that is predominantly prepared for special holidays. While it's often enjoyed on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, that doesn't mean that it's a dish that is only eaten on those days. There are diners and restaurants all over the world that feature Stuffing as a side dish customers can add to any meal. With so many different variations to the classic Stuffing recipe, it's not surprising that it's become a huge favorite with foodies.
Many people tend to have a negative memory association with Brussels Sprouts since it can sometimes conjure up bad memories from childhood. From the signature smell of Brussels Sprouts boiling to the leafy texture of the vegetable, there are some that simply don't like this dish. Yet, the variation of how this dish is prepared has really allowed people to change their minds on whether or not they enjoy it. From roasting it with a bit of garlic to adding some bacon pieces to it, this is a huge favorite for some foodies.
Green Bean Casserole?
Green Bean Casserole is another dish that is associated with holiday feasts but it can sometimes come with some negative thoughts regarding its preparation. Some people love the simple preparation and nostalgia of the classic cream of mushroom sauce with the fried onions from a can topping. Yet, others simply can't enjoy it when it's prepared this way and prefer eating with when it has an elevated recipe. From using a homemade Béchamel sauce to frying up onions to a caramel glaze, there are ways to create this comfort food favorite to cater to any and all tastes.
There is a wide array of different ways to prepare the classic hamburger. While it can sometimes come with a negative association because of all the fast food restaurants that feature burgers that are made with cheap meats and bland additions, that doesn't mean that all burgers are the same. Specialty burger restaurants have become hugely popular over the years, with fusion recipes including everything from Korean BBQ burgers to Spanish Carne Asada burgers. Everyone seems to have their own favorites in how they want their burger prepared.
Fettuccine Alfredo is thought of as traditional Italian but that doesn't mean that it's a specialty dish that can only be found at an Italian bistro. The popularity of this dish has allowed it to become a huge staple dish in everything from the local diner to the pizzeria. While the premise of the dish is often the same, there are still a number of different ways to prepare the classic Fettuccine noodles with a white and creamy cheese sauce.
French fries often get a bad reputation for being unhealthy since they can be found at any fast food restaurant across the nation. Yet, that doesn't mean that all French fries are the same. Some people prefer their fries to be extremely thin and crispy, while others prefer something that resembles more of a potato wedge. Everyone has their own opinion on what makes the perfect French fry and they don't always have to be straight in shape since the curly fry is also a huge favorite.
Potato Salad is a dish that many people associate with picnic food. It's often a huge favorite to go along with sandwiches, burgers or hot dogs. The fact that it's a dish that is served cold is perfect for a picnic since it travels well and keeps a uniformed taste and texture. Everyone has their own favorite in how they want their potato salad to taste, whether it's with bacon pieces throughout or large chunks of pickles to give it a bit of a sweet flavor.
Potatoes are so extremely versatile so it's not surprising that so many people think of potato dishes as a comfort food. While some people may prefer their potatoes in thin slices and fried up into a French fry, others prefer them baked. Baking a potato can create crispiness to the exterior skin and smoothness in the interior. Many people like to eat their baked potatoes with a simple pad of butter but others want the works to make it really great.
Sweet Potato Casserole?
Sweet Potato Casserole is another dish that is often associated with a holiday meal but that doesn't mean that people only wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas to eat it. Everyone has their own favorite way in preparing this comfort food dish, whether it's mashed to pieces or cut into large chunks. Some people like to put marshmallows across the top and baked it until it reaches a golden shade. This adds a level of sweetness to the casserole and some brown sugar helps to make it complete.
Macaroni Salad is a dish that is served cold and goes right along with Potato Salad as the perfect picnic food. People often enjoy eating Macaroni Salad with something hot, like a burger or a hotdog. Yet, it's also quite enjoyable with a sandwich and a bag of potato chips. Everyone has their own favorite way of how they would like their Macaroni Salad prepared, with some enjoying it with eggs and a great deal of mustard and others prefer it with far more dill and pickles.
Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce?
Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce is a dish that isn't all that common for the regular home cook to prepare. While some people are confident enough in their Hollandaise Sauce to prepare it at home, others can't ever seem to get the consistency right. Yet, the lack of knowing how to prepare Hollandaise Sauce doesn't mean that this is a dish that they won't ever have. Diners and restaurants around the world are known for this hugely popular dish and it's often a favorite for brunch.
Three Bean Salad?
Three Bean Salad is a dish that is actually quite simple to make but that doesn't mean that it's not a fan favorite when it comes to foodies. There is a specific flavor that comes with Three Bean Salad and the mix of acidity and a slight sweetness is something that some people tend to crave from time to time. This is another comfort food that is perfect for adding to a picnic meal and it's also something great to bring along to a pot luck occasion.
There are some interesting thoughts about certain Baked Beans dishes since not everyone can call themselves a real fan of them. Some people have negative feelings towards this dish because of how it affects their digestive tract and others tend to look down on it because of all of the versions that include eating out of a can. Yet, that doesn't mean that this is a dish that can't be elevated to create something truly special. Those that have had a true, quality Baked Beans dish can attest to its flavorful goodness.
There are many different recipes around the world that center around the same sort of idea of the classic Pot Roast dish. This giant hunk of meat can be a variety of different cuts, with many turning to the standard round roast or chuck roast. The slow cooking of the meat allows the fat to render and really add to the flavor of the dish. Some people prefer their Pot Roast with the potatoes cut into small pieces and cooked alongside the meat but others prefer it with mashed potatoes.
There are some parts of the world that are known for specific dishes. From the classic Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago to the Philly Cheesesteak, it's interesting how some locales have become famous for the food they create. Clam Chowder can be found in practically every corner of the globe but it's the New England Clam Chowder that seems to be most popular. People love the creaminess of the dish and the clam flavor only adds to the overall appeal.
Chicken Parmesan is often thought of as a classic Italian dish but there are several different recipes that showcase the same sort of ingredients prepared in a similar manner. There is something really appealing about a fried chicken patty in a batter that really helps it stand up to the marinara sauce. Some people love how the dish turns out after topping it with cheese and popping it into the oven and there are even variations to turn it into a sumptuous sandwich.
When it comes to soup, it's interesting how many different recipes there are and how varied they can be from one dish to the next. While some people think of soup as being quite clear and all about the broth, others think of soup as something creamy and filling. Tomato soup is actually quite plain but that doesn't mean that it isn't a huge favorite. There is something extremely appealing about the simplicity of the recipe and pairing it with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich can really make it great.
There is something quite comforting about ice cream and it doesn't even matter what the flavor is since everyone has their own favorites. There is a reason why so many people turn to ice cream when they're dealing with heartbreak or a disappointment in life. The creaminess in the texture and the comfort in the flavors seem like the perfect combination for something to put a smile on someone's face. A common misconception about ice cream is that it quenches thirst and cools a person off.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich?
The classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich is often thought of as super simple and something that even a child can make. Yet, that doesn't mean that it isn't something truly special. This is a dish that is seen as a major comfort food, whether it's just some simple white bread with a slice of deli cheese or something far more elevated in its flavors. People love to add a few things to this classic recipe to give it a bit of a twist, whether it's adding cured meats or putting exotic spices in it.
Chocolate cake is seen as a huge comfort food and it often comes with some extreme emotions attached to it. Chocolate is a huge favorite when it comes to picking flavors, whether it's a candy bar or an ice cream flavor. Yet, the most popular for chocolate dishes is the classic cake. Some people try to limit themselves when it comes to when they eat chocolate cake since it's definitely a dish that comes packed with calories. Yet, not everyone can limit themselves to chocolate cake only on special occasions.
Spaghetti and Meatballs?
Spaghetti and Meatballs is a dish that has become known as far more than just an Italian dish. There is something classic and simple about this dish and people tend to think of it as a go-to meal for when they need to throw together something for dinner. There are millions of people that think Spaghetti and Meatballs is the perfect dish since it features comforting flavors and a hearty meal. Some people can't help but think about the classic Disney film, Lady and the Tramp, and the Italian alleyway scene.
Chocolate Chip Cookie?
There is a myriad of different cookie flavors that have made their way around the world but the standard Chocolate Chip Cookie seems to be the one that most people think of when referencing a cookie. It's not always thought of as something for a dessert since it's also seen as a snack or a small treat during the day. Every Chocolate Chip Cookie comes with its own unique taste and the texture really creates a unique recipe for it.
While some people only like to eat meatballs when they are atop a plate of spaghetti, others prefer their meatballs in a sandwich. A Meatball Sandwich can be seen as extremely filling since it has a great deal of meat in it and the sauce is quite savory in the classic marinara. Depending on the bread that's used in a Meatball Sandwich, the dish can be quite simple or it can be quite elevated. Not every Meatball Sandwich is from the local sandwich shop since some can be quite sophisticated in its flavors and textures.
Shepherd’s Pie is often thought of like a dish that is predominately eaten in the UK but that doesn't mean that it hasn't made its way to other corners of the globe. There is something universally loved by all of the ingredients in a Shepherd's Pie dish and the savory flavors really seem to appeal to the general public. This is a dish that combines everything that's loved in a thick stew, a pot roast and even hints towards a Chicken Pot Pie (except for the beef).
French Onion Soup?
French Onion Soup is one of those comfort food dishes that is often a bit polarizing. While there are some people that don't enjoy the flavors of having a soup that is predominantly tasting of onion, others really enjoy the savory nature and the comfort factor of this type of soup. Not every French Onion Soup is prepared in the same way and those that have tried an ultra-watery version with not much taste can attest to how special it is when an elevated French Onion Soup makes its way to the table.
Beef Goulash is actually an old favorite that hasn't ever really lost its audience. There is something quite appealing to the mixture of meat, sauce, and pasta in this dish and there are numerous variations that are essentially the same thing. From the Beefaroni dish that so many people remember from their childhoods to the classic Chili Mac that is perfect for a chilly night or just when a hearty meal is needed. Beef Goulash may not be everyone's favorite comfort food but it definitely has some major votes from some people wanting to give it first prize.
Beef Stroganoff is another comfort food dish that can be quite polarizing since so many people remember this dish from their childhoods. This is a dish that was actually in the rotation in various high school cafeterias all across the nation over the years and those versions weren't always the best. Yet, that doesn't mean that it doesn't have a certain nostalgia factor and there are also numerous recipes that really put a sophisticated twist to this classic beef and egg noodle dish.
Salisbury Steak is another comfort food dish that is quite polarizing since so many people can't help but remember it with some negative associations. Salisbury Steak was often in the rotation in high school cafeterias and it's also a favorite in the frozen food section at the grocery store. While these versions aren't exactly at the top in regards to the world of culinary arts, that doesn't mean that there aren't numerous Salisbury Steak recipes in the world that are absolutely delicious.
Chicken Fried Steak?
Chicken Fried Steak is a dish that combines so many favorites in the world of comfort food. The breading is akin to Fried Chicken or Chicken Parmesan and the tenderized beef allows Chicken Fried Steak to be eaten with ease. Instead of a chewy mess, it's super tender and has a great flavor due to the frying and classic gravy. To make this dish complete, many people like to pair it with mashed potatoes so that they'll have even more of the flavorful gravy.
When it comes to desserts, people don't usually immediately think of bread as the main ingredient. It's usually flour in cake or chocolate in cocoa powder that is the first type of ingredient people think of but that doesn't mean that bread should be overlooked. Bread Pudding is "a dessert consisting of slices of bread baked together with dried fruit, sugar, spices, eggs, and milk" (Wikipedia). Many people like to eat it warm and top it off with a cold scoop of ice cream.
Chili is a dish that is so hugely popular that there are even whole festivals that are created around it every year. People go to great effort in creating the best Chili recipe and they compete against others to see who has created the most flavorful Chili dish. Some people like their Chili with just meat, while others only prefer Chili that has a number of different types of beans in it. There is also a great difference in the spice level.