10 Cozy Recipes for Your Ski House
There’s nothing quite like a winter escape to a mountain cabin. The air is crisp and clean, and the snowy trees are beautiful and picturesque. You can spend your days being active outdoors: skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, and skating. Or if you prefer being cozy inside, a good book, enticing game, or Netflix marathon are perfect fireside pastimes. I know this because my family has a second home in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Every winter, my sister and I get a group of our favorite people together for a leisurely weekend at the ski house. While the activities change based on the weather report, one thing that remains consistent is a series of delicious and somewhat decadent meals. After an invigorating day on the slopes, a hearty, satisfying dinner is a must. To inspire you to make the most of the kitchen at your winter lease or mountain Airbnb, here are 10 scrumptious recipes ideal for après-ski noshing.
Start off your Saturday morning with an easy, crowd-pleasing baked eggs dish. Known as eggs in purgatory, shakshuka, or simply eggs baked in tomato sauce, this breakfast is an ideal start to a day of outdoor sports. Serve with toasted sourdough, crisp bacon, and blood-orange mimosas.
I can’t remember the last time I woke up and had a homemade cinnamon roll—that’s why these pumpkin-infused, cream cheese–frosted cinnamon rolls are on the menu for my upcoming winter weekend getaway. Can you imagine how good the house will smell with a batch of these babies in the oven?
Cold and snowy conditions call for robust provisions, and there’s no soup more rustically substantial than French onion soup. With melt-in-your-mouth caramelized onions, flavorful beef broth, and toasted croutons with a mound of melted cheese, there is nothing not to love about this age-old international sensation of a soup.
Whenever we arrive at my cabin in the winter, the heat has not been turned on since our last visit, so it’s literally almost freezing inside. That’s why while my sister is lighting a fire and turning on every heater, I’m on hot buttered rum duty. A batch of this warm and potent cocktail warms us up in no time.
If one or two people from your party are not partaking in outdoor adventures, supply all the ingredients and a recipe for them to make a stellar homemade chili. When you arrive at the cabin cold, tired, and wet, the enticing aroma of ground meat, beans, and spices simmering away on the stove will instantly warm your bones after a rough day on the slopes.
What to do with all of that leftover chili? Use it the next day to make a so-bad-they’re-good round of bacon-wrapped chili dogs. These dogs are messy, so enjoy with a fork and knife; wash down with a bottle of the local brewery’s pilsner or IPA.
Most ski houses are far from the sea. Although there may be a river in close proximity, the local market will most likely have a small selection of seafood. However, one thing every grocer almost always has is clams—just the thing you need to make a luxurious and rich classic New England–style clam chowder. If for some reason there are no fresh clams, use canned clams instead. The chowder will still be delectable!
The classic combination of tomato soup and grilled cheese gets a glam makeover in this recipe for roasted garlic and caramelized onion grilled cheese with creamy tomato soup. It’s a stellar leisurely lunch after a long snowshoe hike. To make the soup vegetarian, omit the bacon garnish.
Although it may sound fancy, bœuf bourguignon is simply French for beef stew. What makes it special is an entire bottle of Burgundian red wine, plenty of salty bacon, and lots of perfectly cooked mushrooms. Oh, and the fact that it was one of Julia Child’s most popular dishes!
How could you turn down a cup of homemade cocoa, especially when you’re at a ski house? You simply can’t, especially when the hot chocolate is as tasty as this variation. For an adult version, spike it with peppermint schnapps, bourbon, or tequila. Cheers!
Shop the necessary tools to make some of these dishes, below.
What is your favorite après-ski dish?