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Oct 22, 2008 02:49 PM

The Next Comfort Food Trend?

Right now...Hamburger joints are the new comfort trends among chefs. Everybody from Michel Richard, Alain Ducasse, and Thomas Keller are opening up burger joints. So what comfort food or junk food do you think will be "next food"...the thing that top chefs will gravitate to? Hot Dogs? Philly Cheesesteaks? Soups? Gourmet Fried Chicken? Gyros? Tacos? Meatloaf? What will be the next/new comfort food trend that everybody will start gravitating towards? Thanks.

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  1. Bierocks :)
    Cabbage will be the new letttuce.

    1. I dunno. Sheep's stomach stuffed with oatmeal and foie gras. and flaked with gold? BTW, "comfort food" isusually is used to refer to traditional stuff like meatloaf, roast chicken, pot roast, macaroni and cheese, and the like. That is, it's untrendy.

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      1. re: mpalmer6c

        Except what would call the mac and cheese with mix ins (bacon, lobster, etc.) and those made with non-traditional cheese that have popped up on menus everywhere? Still comfort food, but also trendy in the way that it is prepared.

      2. Hard to tell... I do like the present menu-fad of sliders everywhere you go. I can hardly ever finish an entire hamburger at one sitting, but hey, a freezer full of really good sliders to nuke-n-nibble at will, and I'm there!

        I can tell you where I hope it will go. Tamales! I know. I know. Bobby Flay has done them to death. BUT! He has never (that I know of) done the really really good ones! When I was a kid, a couple of friend's moms were from southern Mexico, and both of them made the great big fat huge tamales that were wrapped in traditional corn husks, then tied shut with corn husk "string" at both ends. They were HUGE! Depending on the corn husks, at least five inches long and three inches in diameter. Some were bigger. They were filled with a thin shell of traditional masa, then inside was this fantastic mixture of pork, chile con carne, fresh corn, black olives, green olives, chiles, potatoes. One was a full meal! There was a commercial preparation that was similar called "XLN-T" tamales. Like all super-market prepared food, they were good, but nothing close to home made.

        I wish those would be the next ubiquitous comfort food. Boy, would I be comfortable!!!

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        1. I'm thinking you hit it with meatloaf. a natural progression from burgers. meatloaf, and even more so perhaps, meatloaf sandwiches. maybe open faced with mashed and gravy?

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          1. re: KaimukiMan

            Already there - I had a fantastic Kobe beef meat loaf a couple of weeks ago at Pops in Boston, accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes and sweet roasted carrots.

            1. re: BobB

              Yep, meatloaf is all over the place in NYC and has been for a few years.

              Wow, Kobe beef meatloaf, though... I'm not sure whether to be scandalized that such good meat is being cooked to death or drool because I'm sure it was pretty darn delicious.

              1. re: cimui

                I had the same double reaction, but decided to try it and wow, was it good! They make small individual loaves and bake them in a very hot oven to order, which maximizes the amount of the crispy outer layer.

                1. re: BobB

                  alright, the drool wins. a small pool has formed at my feet.

                2. re: cimui

                  I'm ready for artisan meatloaf and mashed potatoes.

            2. I'll go with variations on the grilled cheese (and perhaps some form of "tomato soup") ... and milkshakes.

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              1. re: jasminetea

                Milkshakes? I like the idea. Where are you seeing a proliferation of milkshakes?