5 perfect comfort food recipes for Autumn

One of the things I love most about this time of year is indulging in a bit of comfort food. Spending long, cosy Sundays making delicious roasts, or popping something in the slow cooker to come home to after a dreary, cold day. Autumn food just always feels a bit more rewarding - it's usually full of flavour and leaves you with that lovely warm feeling afterwards. Plus, the season of bikinis and bare legs is as far away as it possibly could be, which makes it a lot easier to justify that extra dollop of mash or a slice more of the crispy crackling.

So I thought I'd share with you my favourite comfort food recipes for Autumn - these are all no holds barred, undatuldered deliciousness, perfect for family dinners and cosy nights in and making the most of this lovely season.

1) Three-hour pork belly

three-hour pork belly

This one is GOOD. Like definitely having a second portion, might even consider a third portion kinda good. The crackling goes all crispy and perfectly savoury and the meat literally just falls apart in your mouth. There is also very little prep involved, so perfect for lazy Sundays. Serve with mash or roasties and all the trimmings.

2) Steak and cheese pie

This is definitely a once or twice a year kinda treat due to all of the pastry and cheese and general calorie overload, but boy oh boy is it good. The cheese makes the pie filling nice and thick and the Guinness gives it a real rich flavour. Definitely a crowd pleaser for any family gatherings!

3) Toad in the hole

toad in the hole

You can't really go wrong with a good old toad in the hole can you? Especially when it's served up with a sticky onion gravy and plenty of seasonal veg. This recipe is really easy to follow - the tip is in buying really good quality sausages to really ramp up the flavour.

4) Slow-cooked lamb shoulder with boulangere potatoes

This is another one that delivers an absolutely delicious dinner fromĀ  not very much effort at all. Slow cooking the lamb means the meat falls away from the bone, and the potatoes end up perfectly crisp as they cook in the fat. I've made this a few time for friends and it's always gone down very well - plus it makes your house smell amazing!

5) Beef bourguignon

beef bourguignon

This recipe alone makes it worthwhile investing in a slow cooker. You can use a really cheap cut of meat, throw all of the ingredients in the slow cooker, and by the time you get home from work you'll have a hearty nutritious meal waiting for you. Perfect for when you really don't feel like cooking!

What are your favourite comfort food recipes? I'd love to try some new ones out!