Cheesy Comfort Food Recipes For Chilly Nights in Northern Michigan

The brisk morning air and earlier sunsets are signs of winter’s approach but also of dinner tables filled with warm bowls of soup, plenty of potatoes and hearty pasta dishes. It’s the season of comfort food. To help you combat the coming chill, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite Northern Michigan recipes to warm you from the inside out.


Recipe: Gratin Dauphinois
Gratin (pictured above), is a classic French dish of cream, butter, cheese, and starch. It’s crafted for comfort and ridiculously easy to make with this recipe by Bistro Foufou’s Chef Guillaume.

Recipe: Soul Hole Bacon Mac & Cheese
This heavy duty comfort dish was a medalist in the Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula’s 2010 Great Mac N’ Cheese Bakeoff. With finger-licking ingredients like applewood-smoked bacon, Vermont cheddar and a splash of Louisiana hot sauce, it’s easy to taste why.

Recipe: Mizuna, Potato, Ham and Cheese Frittata
Created with local fresh produce and paired with homemade infused oils, this farm-to-table recipe by Kristin Celeste Shroeger, The Intentional Minimalist, is a healthier variation.

Recipe: Beatrice Richard’s Cheeseburger Soup
Star potato cook Beatrice Richard won her 47th blue ribbon at the Posen Potato Festival with this cheeseburger soup. Of the hundreds of recipes we’ve run in Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine over the years, there is one humble soup that gets more reader requests than any other. Here it is.

Recipe: Bay Harbor Cheese Soup
Filled with garlic, bacon and Michigan-made Grassfields Lamont Cheddar Cheese, this soup will fill you with delight.

Recipe: Cheese Dip
This super-easy crowd-pleasing recipe by The Cheese Lady is perfect for cozy gatherings with friends and family.

Recipe: Grilled Cheese with Raclette & Lingonberry Jam
Elevate the palates of your young ‘uns with this gourmet grilled cheese recipe from chef Michelle Rodriguez. All you need is a crusty loaf of bread, local cherry preserves and Leelanau Raclette cheese. You’ll also want to try Michelle’s strawberry cream cheese French toast. Learn how to make it in this MyNorth Media video.

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Article Comments

  • Tina ZInn

    Yum.. We may have to try something other than our dip at the Cheeselady this winter just for fun!!!