As temps are dropping, New Englanders know that winter’s right around the corner along with all its culinary favorites. Reminiscent of spending cozy nights by the fire, and waking to snow-covered lawns, the sights and smells of our favorite cold-weather foods are a memorable part of our seasonal experiences.
Here’s a list of our all-time favorite wintertime comfort foods for Mainers:
Steel-cut Oats: If you grew up in Maine, you already know there’s nothing quite like getting the news of a snow day for a school-aged child after waking up to find a winter wonderland of snow. We love the idea of starting our day with a piping hot bowl of steel-cut oats with all the time in the world to cook them.
Whoopie Pies: As the official state treat, Maine whoopie pies are without question the most iconic Maine food - so you know they had to make the list. A powerful combo of soft, creamy, and sweet, these delicious desserts are total comfort food for all ages. In our humble opinion, our seasonal assortments such as Christmas Surprise Whoopie Pies and Fall Favorite Whoopie Pies “take the cake”!
Clam Chowder: No Maine food list is complete without a “chowda”. Having a warm belly full of New England clam chowder is the ultimate in wintertime comfort. Since Maine is known for its incredible seafood, you just can’t go wrong with this classic dish.
Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese: While lobster rolls are a favorite at just about any time of year, we couldn’t resist the mention of this nontraditional seafood side as a comforting wintertime food. We’re not sure who was brilliant enough to add lobster to macaroni and cheese for the first time ever, but we’re sure glad they did! Top it off with a little truffle oil, and we’re officially in heaven.
Anything Made in a Slow Cooker: Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will stop a slow cooker from making a whole bunch of random things thrown together from tasting AMAZING. And the lack of attention and energy you’ll need to spend to make a slow cooker meal will make it taste even better.
We hope you love all our top wintertime comfort foods for Mainers and that you stay cozy and warm this winter!