Comfort food is a year-round mainstay, but it's even more crave-worthy when the temps turn chilly. Smothered dishes just might be the ultimate comfort food, a Southern-inspired shorthand way of saying "pour gravy or sauce or cheese all over whatever you're cooking." Here are some of our most popular "smothered" dishes that'll warm you up right down to your wool socks.

Pan-fried chops are a treat on their own, but add well-seasoned onion gravy and that's a combo made in comfort food heaven. Chef John serves this knockout dish on steamed rice, but mashed potatoes work well, too.

This raved-about recipe goes in an Italian direction as far as seasonings go, but the brown gravy on top will remind Scandinavians of Swedish meatballs. On that note, make some Glogg to serve alongside for the ultimate winter warming meal.

Smothered Meatballs
Photo by CookinBug

Beans and bacon are one of the greatest matchups in the food universe, and this satisfying preparation is proof positive. Make the serving plate pretty by neatly "smothering" the crispy pork down the middle of the pile of tender-crisp green beans.

Smothered Green Beans
Photo by Angela F

Course ground mustard, rosemary and a slab of butter infuse rich, bright flavor to the succulent steak. Blue cheese crumbles brings it all together, showing the versatility of smothered's definition.

Seattle-based soul singer Grace Love learned this recipe from her mama, and you can taste the passion for playing up big flavors in every bite. Give the accompanying rice more pop by adding corn. Oh, and those are slices of watermelon radish on the side.

Grace Love's Smothered Steak
Photo by Leslie Kelly

Mmmm, onions and bacon and cheese. That outstanding combination of ingredients brings a symphony of gooey, buttery texture to golden brown chicken breasts. It all cooks in one skillet, so cleaning up after dinner is no big deal.

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