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Comforting Winter Suppers with Italian Flair

On cold winter nights, it’s comforting to come home to a warm house and the aroma of an Italian dinner in the air. Both of the below delicious casseroles combine cornbread with Italian ingredients for a hearty one dish meal. On the surface, pairing cornbread with Italian food seems like a stretch, but when we remember Italian polenta is made from corn, it doesn’t seem as unusual.

Country Italian Sausage Pie features a classic combination of Italian sausage, bell peppers, onions and Italian seasoned tomatoes which are all baked up under a cheesy cornbread crust.  This recipe is comforting in its familiarity and sure to become a family favorite.

country italian sausage pie

Pesto Cornbread with Chicken and Sun-dried Tomato Streusel approaches the cast iron skillet from a different direction. The convenient cornbread mix batter is combined with pesto sauce and poured into a hot skillet. Add next to the hot skillet, a mixture of chicken, sundried tomatoes and Parmesan. Top it off with mozzarella and basil. How can that not be delicious?

pesto cornbread with chicken and sun dried tomato streusel

Either recipe is a heart-warming meal by itself, but a vinaigrette dressed green salad would be the perfect compliment.

I would love to hear what your favorite winter comfort food is!

 

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