There’s been a lot of hype recently surrounding the so-called “Ghetto Gourmet” movement – evidenced around here with underground “pirate restaurants” cropping up under-the-radar throughout the Toronto community. Think of each meal as an underground potluck, except the food is prepared by world-class chefs, and instead of your crazy Uncle Danny across the table you’re rubbing elbows with rogue foodies like yourself.
There’s been some backlash, however, from the other side of the fence; those who still believe Ghetto Gourmet consists of… let’s just say… a more “economical flavour.” In honour of these incorrigible traditionalists, we’re counting down our favourite ghetto gourmet-style recipe videos from YouTuber KevOnStage. We’ll let you decide which camp you prefer.
Cajun Ramen Noodles
This one tops the list simply for its mind-blowing level of ghetto creativity. “You just sprinkle a bit of hot sauce on there and boom! You got cajun noodles.” Innovation level: genius.
Bread. Syrup. Heat. As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.” (Please don’t tell him I used that here.)
Ghetto Tip: If you’re going for that caramelized flavour, sprinkle your sugar packets on the buttered white bread before putting them in the oven.
Fried Bologna Sandwich
If (and when) the smoke alarm goes off on this one, just hear it as a victory bell. Sirens of success.
Hot Dog Pizza
When ketchup packets count as gourmet pizza sauce… yes, you are certified ghetto.
We didn’t think it was possible to get more economical than history’s all-time greatest low-budget sandwich – the PB&J – but we obviously weren’t innovating hard enough.
Positive visualization, folks. #7 reminds us to dream.
Ghetto Tip: Save big on your gourmet spaghetti sauce by subbing in a handful of free ketchup packets!
$5 Steak and Shrimp
It’s steak. It’s $5. That’s all you need to know. (Actually… to be fair, that’s probably all you’ll want to know.)
Free Restaurant Lemonade
Free sugar packets, free ice water, free lemon wedges. Need I say more? (Just make sure you leave a tip.)
What’s your favourite ghetto gourmet-style recipe video? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.