9 Ways To Upgrade Your Comfort Foods Into Food Porn

 When you start craving classic American comfort foods…

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UNSPLASH Atharva Lele

It’s a brand new year, so your days of hand-to-mouthing corn flakes while looking at food porn are numbered. I know some things, like your Saturday morning Pop-Tart, you want to stay the same. But by now with the internet and all, I’m sure you’ve realized that if cookie-in-a-mug and instant-hummus exist, cooking can’t be that hard. To ease you into the whole culinary thing, I decided to find some way sexier, and by sexier I mean foreign, recipes that will inevitably make your afternoon bagel feel bad about itself. When you start craving classic American comfort foods (yes, cheetos), try some of these drool-inducing international recipes instead. These dishes are so impressive that your friends will Instagram pictures of them and you’ll suddenly have more followers than Kanye and he’ll Tweet that your food is what God eats. Also, it will taste good. 9 upgrade comfort foods …ready, set, go!

1. If you’re craving Easy Mac…

Throw together a rustic Italian Pasta Bake. Who needs limp noodles floating in orange goo when you can have golden Parmesan crusted goodness? Recipe here.

2. If you’re craving chili…

Try lomo saltado. This Peruvian comfort food (and hangover cure) is my favorite dish in the world (see: hangover cure). Instead of suspicious meat floating in your stew you get chunks of seasoned beef, potato, FRENCH FRIES, and vegetables over rice. Recipe here.

2. lomo saltado
Image: Yogma via Flickr

3. If you’re craving a grilled cheese… 

Try Portuguese power sandwich francesihna. This bad boy doesn’t need a side of tomato soup: it comes doused in a tomato-beer sauce. Stacked with a fried egg, sausage, bacon, beef patty, olive mortadella, ham, and cheese, if this sandwich doesn’t give you satisfaction I don’t know what will. You might want to go out for this one, or if you have huge huevos, try this recipe here.

4. If you’re craving pizza… 

Try using Indian naan as the base for a homemade pizza. Naan is soft, pillowy, and delicious; whoever thought of using it as a pizza crust first deserves the Nobel Prize. Throw some fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil on there and invite me over. Recipe here.

4. Naan
Image: Jeffreyww via Flickr

5. If you’re craving a hamburger….

Try Rao Jia Mo, a staple of Chinese street food. Served on flatbread, mixed peppers and meat are seasoned to perfection and perfectly suited to combating your hangover. It takes a bit of prep time, but the pay off is worth it. Recipe here.

5. Roujiamo
Image: Gary Soup via Flickr 

6. If you’re craving chicken noodle soup…

Try Chinese egg drop soup. The eggs are whisked and cooked as they drop in the soup (get the name?) and the seasonings make inhaling this baby as amazing as tasting it. Do this when you get a cold and you’ll never crack a can of Campbell’s again. Recipe here.

7. If you’re craving chips and dip… 

Try Ethiopian food. You get to taste several dishes spread across spongy injera, Ethiopian bread that you rip and use to pick up and dip in the sauces and meat. The first time I tried Ethiopian I almost hurt myself, I ate so much. I promise you won’t be disappointed. Recipes here.

7. Ethiopian food
Image: Cumi&Ciki via Flickr 

8.  If you’re still craving crescent rolls…

Try an authentic French croissant. One billion times better. And sure, I’m fudging this one a little bit since crescent rolls are on the savory side, but have you ever had a cheese filled croissant? There you go. Recipe here.

8. Croissant
Image: Ecovirtual via Flickr 

9.  If you’re craving Ramen Noodles…

Try Pho (pronounced Phuh). The super-hot Vietnamese soup cooks raw vegetables and thin slices of meat and fish, creating the best broth you’ve ever tasted in your life. Seriously, drink it. You’ll wake up with nightmares of those little freeze dried peas. Shiver. Recipe here.

9. Pho
Image: Thatwelike via Flickr 

Lena Kazer

Lena is a Chicago native, her travel style consists of red cowboy boots that make her feel like she can take over the world. She adores Peru and can't travel without her journal to draw or write in.

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