Shepherd's pie 'top comfort food'
Shepherd's pie has been named as the most popular comfort food to see people through the cold winter months, according to research.
A total of 60% of people opted for the traditional meat pie with mashed potato topping as their leading winter warmer.
It was followed in second place by the Italian classic lasagne, which was also named as the most popular winter comfort food by young people aged 18 to 35.
However, there was a sting in the tail because both shepherd's pie and lasagne were viewed as two of the most calorific dishes.
Some 40% of people said lasagne would be the first dish they would drop if they wanted to go on a diet, while shepherd's pie came third.
In the poll of the most popular winter dishes, chicken curry, beef chilli and chicken and mushroom pie came in third, fourth and fifth place respectively, according to the YouGov research for Sainsbury's.
Annie Denny, the special diets and health manager at Sainsbury's, said it was important to get "the balance right between enjoying yourself and not over indulging".