5 Jon-Approved Foods to Eat While Watching the Final Episode of the Daily Show

August  6, 2015

I’ve been a The Daily Show fan for years, and I’m sad to see it leave. If you're in the same boat, here are some foods you can eat to fill the hole in your heart while watching the final episode of The Daily Show, airing tonight at 11 PM EST. 

Jim Lahey's No-Knead Pizza Dough and Margherita Pie

Jim Lahey Pizza

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There’s no doubt that Jon Stewart loves pizza, and a slice or two would be a fitting way to pay tribute to the show. However, if you choose this route, be careful. In Stewart's eyes, not all pies are worthy. Out of respect for Jon, stay away from deep-dish pies for one day. Instead, honor him with a more traditional pie (and please, for your own good, don’t eat it with a fork and knife).

Gabrielle Hamilton's Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Gabriella Hamilton's Grilled Cheese 

The Daily Show airs at 11 PM on the East Coast, which is late-night snack territory, so you’ll want something that's easy to make and eat with your hands. Grilled cheese hits all of those requirements. Just make sure you make yours with real cheese, not something called “cheese product,” or Jon Stewart will have something to say about it.


Ann Seranne's Rib Roast of Beef

Ann Seranne's Rib Roast of Beef 

Fans of the show know: Nothing sends Jon Stewart off on a rant like the mention of Arby's. The Daily Show as we know it might be ending, but Jon's war against Arbys will go on. His main gripe? Arby's roast beef. Or, as he calls it, “an invented beef.” If you’re truly heartbroken over the end of the series, take comfort in the knowledge that nothing would bring Stewart more happiness than a group of people not eating Arby's together—prepare this real one at home.

Chipotle Braised Lamb Tacos with Balsamic-Soaked Raisins

Chipotle Braised Lamb Tacos with Balsamic-Soaked Raisins

We're lucky that not everything we eat is subject to national media attention (especially when it's a late-night meal of pizza, grilled cheese, and roast beef...). Hillary Clinton is not as lucky. When Hillary's chipotle order (a burrito bowl, iced tea, and guacamole) over-shadowed Marco Rubio's entrance into the race, Jon took note, "How could Marco Rubio have known that on the exact same day he was announcing his candidacy that Hillary would eat lunch?" Enjoy these braised lamb tacos, and be grateful that you're not under a lens while you do.


Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata

Andrew Feinberg's Slow-Baked Broccoli Frittata

You don't have to eat this frittata the way that Jon Stewart ate his (pre-chewed by Mario Batali)—just slice it and top it with some lemon (unless you have direct access to Mario, then go for it.)

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Oran B. August 6, 2015
Ha! This is hilarious...sad to see Jon go, but these recipes are easing the pain!
Renee A. August 6, 2015
How does this article qualify as name-dropping? The author never claimed to know Jon Stewart--she created a food "theme."
Health101 August 6, 2015
What part wasn't civil? Clearly, "Jon Stewart-approved foods" is a name-drop. Your 'So what?' is less civil.
Rachel August 6, 2015
Wow, that isn't very civil. So what? It's simply a commentary about something that is happening in pop culture, and they're not "name dropping" by claiming affiliation with Jon Stewart, it's just the end of his show and a lot of people (especially in NY, where Food52 is based) will be watching it.
Health101 August 6, 2015
Excuse me for not knowing why Jon Stewart is so important to this site. I'm just looking for good food resources and couldn't care less about name-dropping. Thanks.