Stay Cool with 6 Summery Spins on Comfort Food

Summer versions of hearty winter comfort food recipes like meatloaf, loaded baked potatoes, spaghetti and meatballs and more.
By: Alyse Whitney
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Winter isn't coming anytime soon, but that doesn't mean you can't find cool comfort. Channel the hearty flavors of meatloaf and cheesy loaded baked potatoes into warm-weather versions, like kebabs and tailgate-ready potato salad.

Check out six  summer-fied comfort food recipes below and transport yourself to cooler times. We're halfway there — just two more months of heat waves to go.

Take a break from berry pies with this riff on the classic pecan pie. Store-bought pie crust becomes a crumble over vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and bourbon-pecan topping.

You've gotta risk it to get the biscuit. This party-worthy version of the savory pie stuffs cold chicken salad into your favorite store-bought biscuit. Herbs, summer vegetables and wine ensure plenty of flavor.

Not only is this cooled-down version of a bacon-and-cheese-filled loaded baked potato delicious, but it's also the ultimate picnic food. Make this for your next potluck and watch it get devoured immediately.

Move meatloaf night to the backyard with this grill-ready kebab take on the nostalgic classic. All of original flavors shine through, with grilled potatoes subbing for mashed. Pro tip: You can even smash them up for a more-authentic feel.

When that hot cocoa craving kicks in, make some decadent and chocolatey ice cubes and blitz them up for a fun frozen treat. Homemade whipped cream and marshmallows are optional, but they really complete the dish.

Transform spaghetti and meatballs into a refreshing pasta salad with chopped tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and homemade pork meatballs. It can be served warm or at room temperature, depending on how much A/C you're blasting.

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