Is there anything better than staying in and eating a plateful of warm, hearty “comfort” food on a crisp fall night (other than finding out that everything on the plate is calorie-free)? How about not having to cook the meal yourself? Now, that’s our favorite kind of dinner!Throw on a pair of sweats, uncork a bottle of red wine and indulge in these delicious ready-to-eat, take-out comfort food classics from the comfort of your couch. Or if you are like our photographer and can’t resist the temptation of these rich and tasty meals, you can always take a bite (or two) on the way to your car.
WHAT: Chicken parmigiana sub. Breaded white-meat chicken breast, fried to golden perfection and topped with marinara sauce and provolone cheese. Served on a soft Italian seeded roll.
WHERE: J. Pace & Son, 190 Main St., Saugus
WHAT: Buffalo chicken & blue cheese mac & cheese. Al dente macaroni smothered in a creamy combination of hot sauce, Parmesan, cheddar-Jack, Gorgonzola and blue cheeses. Perfect to serve as a main course or a side dish.
WHERE: Whole Foods Market (in deli/prepared foods section), 427 Walnut St., Lynnfield
WHAT: Shepherd’s Pie. House-ground sirloin mixed with corn, carrots and onion topped with homemade mashed potatoes and cheddar-Jack cheese. Pies are pre-made, but can be custom ordered with preferred ingredients. Other pies available include: Thanksgiving, steak bomb, pulled pork, and buffalo chicken.
WHERE: Eastern Harvest Foods, 437 Eastern Ave., Lynn
PRICE: $19.95 for a family-size pie, $5.95 for individual serving.
WHAT: Roast pork dinner. Tender roast pork topped lightly with gravy paired alongside sweet butternut squash and creamy mashed potatoes.
WHERE: Century House Epicurean Shoppe, 235 Andover St., Rt. 114, Peabody