When the weather turns cold, hearty meals become the preferred fare as a salad is just not going to cut it anymore. The cold months seem to require a bit stouter a meal to be able to get through the day, as a good hearty meal warms a person up from the core out.
Looking to eat a bit heartier to get yourself through a cold North Idaho morning or afternoon? The Old European has a number of hearty meals available that are just what you’re looking for.
Here are just 7 hearty meals that you can count on getting you through the bluster and chill.
Traditional Hungarian Goulash
Our Hungarian goulash is one of the heartiest breakfasts that you’re likely to encounter, though it’s good at any time of day that you might need a good hearty meal. Ours is a breakfast variant, rather than the dinner that so many people are used to but is good at any time.
Really, what breakfast food isn’t good enough to eat all day long?
We start with a bed of potatoes, topped with onions, peppers, tomatoes sauteed in fragrant spices. We then add ham, sausage, and bacon for that protein fix. Then we top it with cheddar cheese and eggs made to order.
This hearty bowl of goodness is the perfect hearty breakfast, but can also serve as a brunch dish without parallel. It comes with your choice of side, such as toast.
The Reuben sandwich, a global classic, is one of the best hot sandwiches a person can order. Rich corned beef, with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese, are hearty flavors on their own; when served hot, they are a powerhouse. When combined with a rich, dark rye bread and grilled, this is a hearty sandwich that will give you that boost you need about midday, fueling you up for the rest of the workday.
When combined with one of our housemade soups, you have a lunch that can satisfy any appetite.
Monte Cristo Sandwich
Another classic hot sandwich, our Monte Cristo gives you a bit of everything. You get the savory taste of the sliced turkey, ham and Swiss cheese, melted to perfection between two thick slices of French toast. You also get sweet flavors from the homemade raspberry jam.
It’s a bit of everything, and a perfect hearty meal in the middle of the day. With a cup of soup, unbeatable.
Portuguese Bean and Sausage Soup
Bean soups are one of the classic hearty winter meals, giving you a good dose of fiber and savory deliciousness to warm you up and fuel the rest of your day. Our Portuguese Bean and Sausage soup will fill you, warm you up and delight your taste buds. We also throw in cracked wheat toast, for a full meal that will you up on the coldest of days.
Meat Only Goulash
Take everything that’s great about our goulash, with the hot potatoes, meats, eggs, and cheese…just take out the vegetables. You still get your source of sides, such as thick slabs of toast or another choice of side, and a bowl of savory goodness to start the day or keep you going through the rest of it.
Sometimes, all you need is meat and potatoes.
Irish Potato and Bacon Soup
Speaking of meat and potatoes, you can also try our Irish Potato and Bacon soup. If you like a loaded baked potato, this soup will have you dancing a jig for joy. A wonderful, hearty meal for the cold weather like none other, with chunks of potato and sliced bacon, served with our cracked wheat toast.
Grilled Cheese And Sweet Cream Tomato Basil Soup
Just because a thing is simple doesn’t mean it’s not excellent, and few comfort foods are better than a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. We combine a grilled cheese sandwich, with hot buttered white bread and thick slices of Cheddar cheese, with our homemade sweet cream tomato-basil soup.
Eat one, drink the other, dunk the sandwich in the soup, whatever you want. Grilled cheese and tomato soup are a classic for good reason.