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Newfoundland Comfort Food And My Favourite Dishes

So just what is Newfoundland comfort food? This is a question I get asked often in our inbox here and so I thought I’d try and make a good starting list and get your help to finish it.

Today, we’re excited to take you on a journey to the heart of Newfoundland, a captivating island province in Canada’s Atlantic region. Known for its rich maritime history, unique culture, and warm-hearted people. Newfoundland is a treasure trove of comfort food that will leave you craving for more.

Lets explore the rich and diverse world of Newfoundland comfort food, a cuisine that has been shaped by the province’s harsh climate, abundant seafood, and the ingenuity of its people.

From hearty stews and soups to decadent desserts and signature dishes, we’ll introduce you to the flavours, textures, and stories that make Newfoundland comfort food a must-try for any food lover.

So, grab a cup of tea, sit back, and let us take you on a delicious adventure that will warm your soul and tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or a curious newcomer, we promise you’ll find something to love in the comforting and delicious world of Newfoundland cuisine. 

What Are Some Traditional Newfoundland Comfort Foods

We’ve compiled out list of our favourites and we hope this gives you enough to try out on your own or when you’re here visiting. If you’ve got a traditional comfort food from Newfoundland we missed then please drop it in the comments or use our contact form to tell us.

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  1. Jiggs Dinner: a one-pot meal consisting of salt beef, potatoes, carrots, turnip, cabbage, pease pudding, and bread pudding.
  2. Hash: leftovers from Jiggs Dinner, mashed up and fried in a pan.
  3. Knockers: Vienna sausages, cheddar cheese, baby sweet onions, and baby gherkin pickles shishkabob-ed on a toothpick.
  4. Purity products: syrup, peppermint knobs, butterscotch bites, cream crackers.
  5. Bottled moose: stewed moose meat.
  6. Fisherman’s Brewis: salt cod and hard bread, often served with pork scrunchions.
  7. Tetley Orange Pekoe tea: a popular tea brand in Newfoundland.
  8. Pineapple Crush soda: a popular soda flavor in Newfoundland.
  9. Mustard pickles: pickled mustard seeds, often enjoyed with Jiggs Dinner.
  10. Figgy Duff: a pudding made with raisins, flour, molasses, brown sugar, and butter, boiled in a pudding bag.
  11. Cold Plate: a platter of cold meats, potato salads, pasta salad, and cole slaw.
  12. Toutons: pieces of fried bread dough, often served with butter and molasses.
  13. Bakeapples: cloudberries, often made into jams or desserts.
  14. Snowballs: fudgy, chewy, and gooey chocolate oatmeal balls coated in powdery fine coconut.
  15. Blueberry jam: a popular jam flavor in Newfoundland.
  16. Partridgeberry jam: a tart, dark red berry that grows in Newfoundland, often made into jams or desserts.
  17. Cod au gratin: a dish made with cod, cheese, and breadcrumbs.
  18. Fries with dressing and gravy: a popular fast food dish in Newfoundland.
  19. Pease pudding: a pudding made with split peas, often served with Jiggs Dinner.
  20. Bread pudding: a pudding made with bread, often served with Jiggs Dinner.
  21. Roast turkey with dressing and gravy: a popular addition to Jiggs Dinner.
  22. Turnip greens: a leafy green vegetable, often served with Jiggs Dinner.
  23. Peas and beans: a side dish made with split peas and beans, often served with Jiggs Dinner.
  24. Mustard pickles: a condiment made with mustard seeds, often served with Jiggs Dinner.
  25. Cabbage rolls: a dish made with cabbage leaves stuffed with meat and rice.
  26. Rum-molasses sauce: a sauce made with rum and molasses, often served with Figgy Duff.
  27. Cornish pasty: a pastry filled with meat and vegetables, often served with Jiggs Dinner.
  28. Pork scrunchions: crispy bits of pork fat, often served with Fisherman’s Brewis.
  29. Salt cod: dried and salted cod, often used in Fisherman’s Brewis.
  30. Hard bread: a type of bread that is hard and dry, often used in Fisherman’s Brewis.

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