Is dinner a love story or an act of desperation?
At 9 P.M. on a weeknight, it's indisputably the latter. It's not that I don't want to cook (though, we've got lots of ideas for that situation, too)—it's that I don't feel like I physically can. These nights coincide, cruelly but expectedly, with the moments when I feel like I could, as the saying goes, eat a horse (though that seems like a much worse option...).
So, in order to avoid tearing through the kitchen, shoving everything edible and in arm's reach into my mouth, and falling asleep in my work clothes with the lights on, I need an "emergency dinner"— so that my day, no matter how it started, won't end with a pile of Saltines.
We tapped the Food52 team and community to compile 50+ ideas for tasty combinations born from necessity. Our Test Kitchen chef Josh Cohen advised, "Take any ingredient cook it, and melt cheese over it, and then add some hot sauce. Dinner is served." While that might need a bit of an imagination, it sheds light on the overarching philosophy of resourcefulness (and easy access to cheese).
Here's what we're eating when we need to eat now—scroll through or click on this handy list to jump around:
If all else fails,
break glass do what our controller Victoria Maynard does: FEAST—"a.k.a. cheese and crackers and meat and olives and hummus etc.—whatever tiny bites are in my fridge on a plate. Always called 'Feast.'" Way to choose your attitude, Victoria.
Phew! That's enough from us: What about you? Share your emergency meal in the comments below. We could all use the help!
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).Order now