Recipes to Warm Up Cold Winter Days and Nights

Colorado winters can make you want to hunker down and nest or draw loved ones close over laden dining room tables. With that in mind, we choose a few winter recipes to keep you snug and satiated on those endless “indoor” days.

Award-Winning Chili

Award-Winning Chili Recipe by Lea Ann Brown

Chili is the perfect winter comfort food, and Lea Ann Brown, over at Highlands Ranch Food, won an award with this recipe at the Douglas County Chili Cook-Off in Castle Rock. It distinguishes itself with Italian sausage and a combination of pinto and chili beans.

Zesty Colorado Chili

Zesty Colorado Chili by Taste of Home

If you want a more traditional take on Colorado Chili, Taste of Home has a recipe that combines pork and beef. Substitute bison for beef and ratchet up the Colorado vibe.

Prosciutto & Mushroom Chicken

Prosciutto & Mushroom Chicken by Tieghan Gerard

Looking for a yummy one-pot dinner to feed company this fireside season? Colorado Homes Magazine has a prosciutto and mushroom chicken recipe that serves four and can be whipped up in 40 minutes.

Italian Wedding Soup with Puntarelle

Italian Wedding Soup by Christopher Testani for Bon Appetit

What about leafy greens to build immunity, in a warming broth to amp up coziness? Bon Appetit offers this Italian wedding soup that combines greens, leeks, pork and garlic.

Kale and Sweet Potato Gratin

Kale and Sweet Potato Gratin by Maxime Iattoni for Saveur

If you’re looking to please the vegetarian at the table, try Sauver’s hearty kale and sweet potatoes au gratin.

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Monkey Bread

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Monkey Bread by Dough-eyed

And for the days when you need a little sweetness to help you get beyond the 4:30 p.m. sunset, try this high-altitude recipe for chocolate chip cheesecake stuffed monkey bread, from Colorado-based blog Dough-Eyed. It uses dough from Dion’s, a pizza joint with a few locations in central and north Colorado.

Colorado Lamb Leg Roast

Finally, because Colorado is known for raising the best lamb in the country, here’s a recipe from the executive chef at the meat delivery service, Grand Western Steaks, that could feed your entire extended family—roast leg of lamb!

If you live in Colorado and spend some time in the kitchen, make sure that your home and property is protected from incidents like kitchen fires with a proper insurance policy. Contact a local Colorado Farm Bureau Insurance agent to learn more about an affordable policy that will work for you.

Cheers to warming up your kitchen and your belly!