Comfort Food to Beat the Winter Blues

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When the temperature drops, there’s nothing quite like the pleasure of simple and delicious comfort food. Instead of letting the winter chill get you down, warm your body and heart with dishes that are both comforting and delicious. After all, there is no better time to satisfy your cravings for feel-good favorites than during the cold winter months.

These mouthwatering winter recipes will not only help warm you up, but create a loving family dining experience that everyone can enjoy. When serving up hearty winter recipes, such as a savory Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese or delectable Ham and Gouda Quesadilla, there’s no better way to satisfy the craving for wholesome comfort food than with cheese and its wide range of offerings. From mild cheddar and mozzarella to Mexican, Swiss, American and more, every chunk, slice and shred is pure, creamy goodness that transforms family recipes into something truly memorable.

Ham and Gouda Quesadilla

Cook time: 15 minutes

Servings: 1

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 flour tortilla (10 inches)

2 slices deli ham

8 dill pickle rounds

1/2 cup (2 ounces) Borden Cheese Gouda Shreds

In small, nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Stir in onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions become tender and golden brown.

Spread mustard on one half of tortilla. Top with ham, onions, pickles and cheese; fold uncovered part of tortilla over filling to form semi-circle.

Cook quesadilla in dry skillet over medium-high heat until browned on both sides and cheese is melted.

Cut into four pieces and serve.

Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

Servings: 6


3 pounds pork shoulder

Barbecue Sauce (recipe below)

4 tablespoons Borden Butter

1 loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread, sliced

16 slices Borden Cheese Singles Sensations Extra Sharp Cheddar

Barbecue Sauce:

2 tablespoons Borden Butter

1 medium yellow onion, diced

1 jalapeno, diced (optional)

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup brown sugar

liquid smoke, to taste

To make sandwiches: Heat smoker to 210 F.

Smoke pork shoulder 3-5 hours, until internal temperature reaches 150 F. Remove and wrap in aluminum foil. Refrigerate overnight.

Remove excess fat from pork. Using two forks, shred remaining meat into large bowl. Mix in Barbecue Sauce.

In skillet or griddle, brown two slices of buttered sourdough bread over medium heat.

Place slice of cheese on each piece of bread. Top with one-eighth of pulled pork mixture, second slice of cheese and another slice of buttered bread.

Turn sandwich over when bottom slice has browned and brown other side.

Tip: Use prepared pork shoulder in place of smoking pork.

To make Barbecue Sauce: In medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saute onions until soft; stir in jalapenos, ketchup, sugar and liquid smoke. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 1 hour, or until sauce has thickened to desired consistency.

Tips: To make sweeter sauce, add more sugar. To make spicier, add more jalapenos.