Winter Main Dish Recipes

Looking for winter dinner ideas? Browse more than 620 comforting winter main dish recipes that will warm you up inside and out.

Staff Picks

Chicken Stew with Dumplings

Rating: 4.69 stars
140
I've been dying to do a chicken and dumpling dish for a while. Could there be a better time than winter for a true comfort dish?

Sherry Braised Beef Short Ribs

Rating: 4.82 stars
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Beef short ribs are pretty much foolproof, and as long as two things happen, you are in for some very fine eats. First, the beef must be really well browned – I'm talking deep, dark, crusty, and caramelized. The other key step is easier. To paraphrase an expression, 'stick a fork in them, they're done.' Just braise them until they're fork-tender. After browning properly, the only way to mess these up is to undercook them, so don't.

Curried Beef with Winter Vegetables

Rating: 4.39 stars
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The UK has a large Indian/Pakistani population, so curry is a popular meal where I live. I don't like hot curries, but mild ones are a nice change. This is a mild curried beef recipe with root vegetables. It's very filling and goes nicely with brown basmati rice. Chinese Five Spice is a mixture of aniseed, cinnamon, fennel, pepper, and cloves.

A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie

Rating: 4.79 stars
381
Yes, shepherd's pie is predominantly thought of as Irish or British. But since I'm Scottish, I thought I'd give it a unique twist to suit my ancestral tastes. The use of lamb, the smoky, heather taste of Guinness® Draught (Irish, I admit), and the topping of sharp Cheddar and smoked paprika give this version its unique, smoky-sweet flavor.

Beef Stew VI

Rating: 4.62 stars
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Thick beef stew good eaten from a bowl or poured over biscuits. Substitute lamb and voila!...Irish stew!! If thicker stew is desired, add more cornstarch and/or take cover off for last 15-20 minutes. The longer this simmers, the better! Vary the herbs to your taste.

Coq Au Vin with Rosemary and Thyme

Rating: 4.73 stars
11
My take on the classic French dish. I loved to experiment and didn't follow a recipe. I know the main idea was braising chicken in wine, and you need to flavor to your tastes. Thyme and rosemary always go great with chicken, and bacon...well it's bacon. My favorite side dish is mashed potatoes and French/Italian bread to soak up the juices. One time I forgot I didn't have potatoes, so on the fly I shredded the chicken, tossed the bones, and we had a great soup/stew on a cold night. A lot of flavor with very little work. Enjoy.

Chef John's Quick Cassoulet

Rating: 4.73 stars
63
We've taken some short cuts to make a quick version of the French classic, cassoulet. Chicken thighs replace the classic, and time-consuming, duck confit; canned beans replace dried; and bacon serves as a convenient substitute for other, more involved smoked pork options.

Steak and Irish Stout Pie

Rating: 4.47 stars
64
This delicious Irish meal may provoke your guests into licking the pie dish clean.

Chicken Pot Pie IX

Rating: 4.81 stars
13031
A delicious chicken pie made from scratch with carrots, peas and celery.

Salmon Patties I

Rating: 4.56 stars
798
These salmon patties are delicious for lunch or dinner.

Cabbage Roll Casserole

Rating: 4.24 stars
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I use to make regular cabbage rolls until I found this recipe. Now, instead, I make this and it is as good as the regular cabbage rolls and alot easier.

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Rating: 4.36 stars
1436
I don't know where I got this recipe, but I have been using it for well over 20 years. Works well in a slow cooker.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Simple Beef Pot Roast
Rating: Unrated
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"Followed the recipe exactly, and it turned out delicious—tender, tasty, falling apart on the plate. Also very easy to make!" – Stacy
Mom's Chicken Pot Pie
Rating: Unrated
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"[I] used frozen mixed vegetables. Easy to make. Tastes great!" – Sherri

Classic Meatloaf

Rating: 4.54 stars
574

The secrets to this meatloaf are fresh, very finely diced vegetables that give it moisture and flavor--and a light touch in mixing together the ingredients. This hearty meatloaf is the perfect meal for cool fall and winter evenings, served with mashed potatoes and simple mushroom gravy.