It's the middle of the night and you stare your clock: it reads, midnight snack time. You tip-toe down to the kitchen, crack open the fridge, but there's nothing there! Don't let this happen to you: there are so many simple and satisfying dishes to make when you've got the late-night munchies.
Food sometimes tastes better when it's made, with love, in the middle of the night. Easy snacks from around the world, like Indian snack recipes and Taiwanese street snacks, can be repurposed into delicious after-hours grub. After a night of revelry, there's nothing better to soak up the booze with than these upgraded bar bites. Need something quick and easy? Pasta recipes come together especially well even if you're still half-asleep. Whether you're tossing and turning in bed, fueling up for a late night of work, or just spending an endless evening in the kitchen, here are the 11 best late night snacks to make.
Real Roman spaghetti carbonara is pasta, whole eggs, pancetta or guanciale (cured pork jowl), and pecorino romano cheese—never cream. The sauce should gild, not asphyxiate, the noodles. It can be enjoyed at any hour, but the ideal time is dawn, after a night of revelry. I've found that carbonara is also a foolproof way to a man's heart—unless he's watching his cholesterol. — Mei Chin, from "Roman Art" (March 2007)
A homemade Mexican spice rub adds a gentle heat to the chicken and peppers in this uncomplicated dish. Get the recipe for Chicken Quesadillas »
With roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles, it's almost identical to a Cuban sandwich, save for the bread, a sweet egg load that's similar to challah. Get the recipe for Cuban Medianoche Sandwich »
This quick breakfast dish is made a la Mexicana with red tomatoes, white onions, and green jalapeños, ingredients that mirror the colors of the Mexican flag. Get the recipe for Mexican Scrambled Eggs »
Korean kimbap is similar to Japanese sushi, but typically uses cooked or pickled ingredients. In this version, bulgogi (marinated beef) is paired with vegetables and egg. Get the recipe for Kimbap »
Less is more in an elemental Roman pasta dish which takes its spiciness from cracked black pepper toasted in oil. Get the recipe for Pasta Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper Pasta) »
Make these hangover helpers with the processed meat pride of New Jersey: pork roll (a.k.a. Taylor ham). Get the recipe for Pork Roll Breakfast Sandwich »
A simple and fresh black bean salad with grilled corns pairs perfectly with a quick marinated and grilled chicken. Get the recipe for Cilantro and Lime Chicken with Grilled Corn and Black Bean Salad »
In Tamil-speaking households, a combination of fritters with sauce is referred to as vadai pachadi. Served for weddings and religious holidays, these spicy fritters get their signature crunch from yellow split peas and are topped with a creamy, tangy yogurt-tomato sauce. Get the recipe for Pigeon Pea Fritters with Yogurt-Tomato Sauce (Vadai Pachadi) »
Fresh apples plus hard cider give this easy mac and cheese a double dose of fall flavor. Get the recipe for Apple & Sausage Macaroni and Cheese »