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Your Favorite Comfort Food, But Better

Who doesn't love comfort food? Through getting through your tasks, watching family movies, or during your downtime to unwind, a forkful of your favorite food item can swiftly launch a surge of warmth and reassurance even in your most frazzled state.

Almost everyone has their go-to food joint that they swear makes the best rendition of their choice comfort food. And in some ways, visiting these places for a delicious grub also functions as part of their self-care regimen. But as 2021's new world continues to adhere to public health and safety protocols, taking a quick trip down to your gustatory solace can present a risk that's not worth taking.

In the meantime, The Goodwill Market has got you covered. We still have a couple of tips and tricks up our sleeve to make your dining time at home an incredible pleasure. Umbria's Italy-in-a-bottle white truffle oil is here to add a bit of luxury to turn your home cooked comfort snacks into gourmet-level edibles.

Truffled Popcorn

Although popcorn's origin goes far back to the Aztecs and rose to popularity in the 1800s, these light snacks have yet to lose their delectable charm. Nowadays, a good movie experience can't be complete without a delicious tub of popcorn at your side. And why is that? Popcorn's sheer versatility can perhaps take credit.

There are countless flavors to choose from cheddar and parmesan cheese to caramel and toffee flavors, making popcorn a universal snack. It's nearly impossible to run into a scarce supply of ideas in spinning these kernels into a whole new bowl of fun. With that said, popcorn with the aromatic drizzle of white truffle oil is a definite must-try if you're looking to introduce something new to the palate. Cooking preparation is simple and straightforward. You only need to have some popped kernels beforehand and mix in the delicate flavors. Here are the ingredients you'll need for the mixture taken from Chef Patrick O' Connell's recipe:

  • 1/4 cup white truffle oil
  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced fresh parsley (or rosemary)
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of sugar

Baked Garlic Truffle Fries

Like popcorn, there's also an incredible number of ways to enjoy the iconic French fries. Irresistible as these may be, however, the thought of munching on these deep-fried and calorie-laden delights can bring an unsettling concern for your health. But luckily, there are pleasant alternatives to help you stay committed to a cleaner lifestyle.

Oven-baked fries are a healthier option as they require less oil to make, which reduces the unhealthy fats in one serving. Without frying oil, potatoes are nutritious on their own. Still, if you're looking for more choices, you can also turn to sweet potatoes and carrots for a rich vitamin A source that delivers the same texture of classic potatoes. For a gourmet spin, here's how to make your very own baked garlic fries with white truffle oil inspired by Ambitious Kitchen. Here is what you need for the ingredients:

  • 4 thickly cut medium-sized potatoes (or sweet potatoes and carrots)
  • ½ tablespoon of white truffle oil
  • 1½ tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder (optional)
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley (optional for garnish)

Cooking instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with parchment paper. An air fryer will also be a fine alternative.
  2. Place your thick-cut fries in a bowl and add in the truffle oil, olive oil, minced garlic, garlic powder, parmesan cheese, and salt to taste.
  3. Arrange your fries evenly on the baking sheet to get that desirable crisp. Bake for about 20 minutes, flip them over and bake for another 15 minutes. Wait until they reach a golden brown.
  4. Take your fries out once they reach the right color and let them cool down for 5 minutes. Drizzle additional truffle oil if you like and season with salt and pepper. Toss some chopped parsley for a great finishing touch.

Mac and Cheese with Truffle Oil

Macaroni and cheese is perhaps the most popular childhood snack that adults continue to love. It's not a dish that you can simply move on from, especially if it's become a regular in your meals as a kid. Chewy pasta stirred generously with an indulgent cheese sauce seems like a match made in heaven. But it seems that the penchant for Mac and Cheese can also go way beyond its likable taste as developing studies show comfort food's connection with fond memories and feelings from childhood.

This finding only reasserts the mac and cheese notable place in our hearty appetite that needs indulging every once in a while. There's a whole range of recipes out there going from the boxed variants into the full-blown intricate three-cheese gourmet Mac and Cheese. But here's one that's easy to follow that's guaranteed to deliver a fulfilling bite. This lovely recipe is a modified take on Heston Blumenthal's truffle macaroni and cheese. Here are the ingredients you need to prepare beforehand:

  • 1 ⅓ cup macaroni
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon truffle oil
  • 1 ¼ cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ½ block cream cheese
  • freshly ground pepper

Cooking instructions:

  1. Boil your pasta in medium-high heat and cook until chewy. Once done, place the pasta in a bowl and mix it in truffle oil.
  2. In a separate saucepan, reduce the white wine over high heat until it reaches a syrup consistency. You should have about 30 ml or 2 tablespoons left after reduction.
  3. Add your vegetable stock or chicken stock to your reduced wine and adjust to medium heat. In another bowl, combine the parmesan cheese with flour and pour it into your wine-stock mixture.
  4. Stir until the cheese melts and the sauce thickens. Place your pasta in the saucepan along with the cream cheese and continue stirring until cream cheese melts.
  5. Season with a preferred amount of salt and pepper and serve immediately for a decadent meal.

Comfort food entails having the feelings of relief and consolation that washes over you in one bite. But you don't need a fine-dining restaurant to make these dishes for you. You can whip them up straight from home with the help of family that makes you feel secured and loved as it is. While we wait for things to resemble the world we used to know, let us continue to appreciate the special privilege of sharing food and dining with the people that matter most. — (TGM)

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