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How to Fry Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner

How to Fry Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner

There’s a lot to be said for tradition; it’s the reason we share Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family each year. And it’s the reason we include delicious dishes like stuffing, cranberry sauce, and green bean casserole on our holiday tables each November. However, it’s also nice to create new traditions, try new recipes, and mix things up once in a while. If you want to try something different this Thanksgiving but don’t want to stray too far from traditional holiday flavors and dishes, why not try frying all your favorite parts of the meal? Better yet, why not fry your entire Thanksgiving dinner?

Click here to see the How to Fry Your Entire Thanksgiving Dinner (Slideshow)

There’s been a lot of talk about deep-fried turkey in recent years. Deep-fried turkey is juicy and delicious with a golden, crispy skin. The problem with deep-fried turkey, though, is that it requires special equipment and planning (you need a very large vessel in which to fry your turkey and it must be done outdoors) and it can be extremely dangerous. Turkey-frying accidents are responsible for 60 injuries, five deaths, and more than $15 million in property damage to more than 900 homes each year. If you want to eat deep-fried turkey this Thanksgiving, we suggest deep-frying smaller pieces in a very large stovetop pot instead. Or, try breaded and pan-fried turkey.

[slideshow:And, since you’re frying the turkey, you might as well get good use out of your frying pan or pot of frying oil; there are a number of other Thanksgiving dishes that can be fried as well. Try dipping your favorite Thanksgiving dishes into batter and deep-frying them, coating them in bread crumbs and pan-frying them, or wrapping them up in thinly rolled pie dough and frying them on your stovetop. You won’t be disappointed with the results.

Looking for more guidance? We have enough recipes to help you fry your entire Thanksgiving dinner.

Fried Stuffing Fritters


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Since you won’t be stuffing your fried turkey cutlets, make these deep-fried cornbread stuffing fritters instead. They’re loaded with celery, onion, and sausage for that traditional stuffing flavor you love.
Click here for the recipe.

Fried Mashed Potatoes


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If you’re going to fry your entire Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll have to find a way to fry mashed potatoes too. This clever recipe takes mashed potatoes, rolls them in bread crumbs, and then pan-fries them for a delicious, golden potato fritter. This is also a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes any time of year.
Click here for the recipe.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.


How To Cook 8 Meals For 2 On $15 In NYC

June, Delish's senior food producer and resident budget eats expert, set out to cook as many meals as she could for $15. Watch to see how she fared&mdashand catch the rest of her series Budget Eats on YouTube!

These days, I increasingly feel like we&rsquore in a game of limbo, and that the rope is being dropped a little lower every day. How low can we go? Trying times, but here we are still.

I was talking about life and the world at large, but also about our latest episode of Budget Eats. We did $20 last round, and still managed to make 9 meals for 2 people, plus 2 snacks. So of course the only way to go was forward with even less money.

$15.06 to be accurate, because if I had done a better job guessing what *exactly* half a pound of .99/lb black beans weighed, we&rsquod been at $15 *exactly* and how freaky would that have been? I&rsquod have to ask my doctor if I were actually a robot.

For the haul, I splurged on a $1.88 block of rather tasteless cheddar, with the most expensive single item being a 5-pound bag of russet potatoes that rang in at $2 even. Everything else I found were more or less around a single buckaroo: veggies, beans, a jar of marinara. And yes, because I never learn from my mistakes, I gambled away $1 on 3 avocados. (At least they weren&rsquot 4 for $1 avocados.)

With a 25 percent cut in our budget, I was confident I wouldn&rsquot get to 9 meals this time around&mdashmaybe only 5 if I were generous with my portions, maybe 6 or even 7 if I pushed the ingredients like a tiger mom.

Turns out I&rsquom even meaner than the scariest tiger mom, because [spoiler alert] we made 8 meals plus a whole jar of pickles.

Eggplant Veggie Sliders & Baked Fries

Is it actually a cheeseburger? No, obviously not, I'm not going to lie right to your face. But is it a slider? . Yes? Was it delicious? Definitely. Would I make it again? Yup. Aaron and I rated this one the high point of the week. It doesn't hurt that I made some crunchy cheesy cheddary crisps to go along with our slightly limp fries.

My advice? Don't wait 30 minutes before eating your oven-baked fries because you're too busy trying to shoot pretty images of it.

Vegetarian Pozole

Aaron didn't like this one because he is not a fan of beans. And honestly, after 10 years together, I truly don't know why I'm in a partnership with someone who doesn't love beans, but I guess there are worse situations one can find oneself in than this. After putting everything into perspective, I realized that it doesn't matter if Aaron didn't like this as much as I'd hoped he would. What mattered is that I liked it. And I loved it.

Easy, low-maintenance, affordable, and so comforting with all its textures. It was hearty and healthful, and it didn't judge me for liking beans so much.

Eggplant Cheddar

Rustic, homey, and comforting, this alternative-cheese take on the traditional eggplant Parm was less salty and punchy but equally as enjoyable. The best aesthetic decision I made in this dish was a pink cauliflower puree, dyed by way of beet peels.

Beet-Pickled Pickles

Like any other pickle, these were a nicely acidic crunch to have throughout the week. If you love the color of beets, be sure to pop one into your next batch of pickles to get that lovely magenta hue to seep through your entire jar.

The very questionable creations

Radish Cake Sticks

These were my attempt at making the dim sum specialty known as turnip cake, but without the key ingredient of rice flour. Needless to say, it turned out quite. off the mark. They weren't chewy as intended, or pleasurably soft in terms of mouthfeel like traditional turnip cakes, or even tasted like the real thing.

In fact, these. tasted like a cross between chicken nuggets and French fries, mashed together into a mushy, nearly-creamy stick that was lightly crispy on the outside. If that sounds confusing to you, I can assure you it indeed was confusing to experience.

But did I like it? Yes. Especially when I paired it up with a Sriracha mayo and some ketchup. Am I going to give you the recipe? No, it's kind of an embarrassing concoction and please, let's never speak of it again.

Crispy Cheddary Schupfnudeln & Greens

If I had used all-purpose flour instead of grainy, home-ground hominy flour, I think these would've turned out well. Without the gluten power to hold the noodles together in a shapely, structurally sound manner, the texture was just off. But we melted enough cheddar on there to compensate, and paired with some generous spoonfuls of marinara and a quick braise of our cauliflower and beet greens, it was a very nice, very hearty meal.

Beans On Beans

What you're seeing here is a not-meatball made of beans nestled in a cracker-like cup made of also beans. Hence, "beans on beans." It was fine. No one was traumatized too badly. Let's not talk about this again either.

My takeaway this week was don't try to substitute all-purpose flour with hominy grits. It just won't give you that smooth, resilient result that gluten will provide. But if you also bought a huge bag of potatoes and are now wondering what to do with them, I highly recommend trying out some hasselback potatoes, which Aaron, a self-professed potato-hater, found enjoyable enough. The best thing is, you can jazz 'em up however you want (but the cheesier, the better). See you next time.