Monday, January 4, 2016

Del Monte knows Comfort Foods ~ Top 10 List: America's Favorite Holiday Comfort Foods
{Baby it’s cold outside.}

Del MonteGrowing up I was always in the kitchen with my Mamaw helping her cook {getting in the way}  There’s something about being together as a family in the kitchen.  The smells and sneaking bites or even licking the bowl.  We’ve ALL done it!  Now that I have four children and a granddaughter I love getting them in the kitchen to help but most of all I just love cooking for them.

They all rely on mom to feed them so I cook things that they love and be a member of the clean plate club.  We all have comfort food that makes the world just perfect.  Comfort food keeps you warm, takes away your sniffles, fills your belly and makes you happy. 

I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays. They just published their Del Monte Comfort Food Index, which ranked the Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods.

1.  Potatoes (mashed or scalloped):  84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)
2.  Pie:  82%
3.  Baked goods (cookies & muffins):  81%
4.  Macaroni & cheese:  75%
5.  Cake:  71%
6.  Casserole:  69%
7.  Stews and hearty soups:  68%
8.  Meatballs (with or without pasta:  65%
9.  Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut):  61%
10.  Cornbread:  60%

With winter here and you’re shoveling snow you need a warm yummy dish thanks to Del Monte.  Come wrap your arms around this delicious recipe.

Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut):  61%

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pear, Sage and Browned Butter

Del Monte


Ingredients

2 cans (29 oz. each) Princella® or Sugary Sam® Cut Sweet Potatoes, not drained
1/2 cup butter
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 can (15.25oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Pears in Heavy Syrup or 1 can (15 oz.) Del Monte® Lite Sliced Pears, drained and chopped
Salt, optional

Directions

Bring sweet potatoes with the light syrup to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Drain all but ¼ cup syrup; return potatoes and reserved syrup to saucepan, cover and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over low heat. Cook, swirling pan occasionally, about 10 to 15 minutes or until butter is lightly browned and fragrant. Remove pan from heat; stir in sage and immediately pour sage butter into pan with hot potatoes and light syrup. Add pepper and mash to desired consistency.

Gently stir in pears and season to taste with salt, if desired.

With Winter here I am thankful I can turn to Del Monte for some delicious comfort food recipes.  Recipes that I know my family will love and ask for again!  When they want it again you know you have a winner.  To find more of Del Monte's top-rated, family-approved holiday recipes here: Del Monte America’s Recipe site

Comment below with a yummy recipe you are going to make for your family.

**I was not paid to write this.  The opinions belong entirely to me, Michelle Lee.  Del Monte was gracious enough to send me an automatic can opener and spice organizer to make cooking comfort food more comfortable. {smile}

Thank you Del Monte for making comfort food to easy to make.**

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