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Late night snack - made at home

u.of.c. eddie May 12, 2007 10:31 PM

Hey all. After a night of running around, my wife and I are enjoying thinly sliced potatoes with butter and salt (some cajun seasoning) and some paneer all cooked with our panini maker. It's a brilliant late night snack (beer required).

Do any of you have a favorite late night snack that is quick and easy to make at home?


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    burlgurl Aug 21, 2011 08:34 PM

    i either go for hot chocolate and arrowroot cookies...or popcorn...depends on whether it's a salty or sweet day!

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      JasFoodie Aug 21, 2011 08:29 PM

      Any of the following depending on if I want ready to eat or am willing to put a little effort into it:

      - a chunk of cheese. Any kind. I'll even gnaw on some parmesan which I always have in the house.
      - fruit with cheese or peanut butter. pears and chedder are good, apples and peanutbutter or nutella are awesome.
      -yogurt with jam or honey stirred in
      -a bowl of cereal, either dry or with milk
      -pretzels with mustard

      If I want to make a tiny bit more effort - 3 tablespoons of 'cake mix' (either equal amounts of devil food cake and angel food cake mix, or betty crocker choc chip cookie mix) mixed with just enough water to make a cake batter texture. Nuke for a minute. Instant warm gooey cake.

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        hungrygirl1113 Aug 21, 2011 08:16 PM

        My late night fix is usually some cereal or box mix pancakes. I also like sharp white cheddar cheese and crackers with a tall glass of cold lemonade or iced tea. Ramen noodles (chicken flavor) or bean-and-cheese quesadilla with sour cream is another one of my favs.

        1. John E. Oct 11, 2010 09:46 PM

          What I find interesting in this thread is the regional differences in food. I think I've heard of Maypo, but it's not a product we have in MInnesota (at least I've not noticed it, I realize it's instant oatmeal) and while I also am aware of fluffernutters, I think it's more of a northeast thing.

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            Miri1 Dec 20, 2010 07:25 PM

            Sometimes it's Cheerios and chocolate milk. Sometimes it's toast and butter. If the boyfriend is over, then it turns into a total pig-out with leftovers or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, ice cream, grilled cheese or whatever he can find in my fridge or cabinets.

            I've also developed a recent fondness for Ak-Mak crackers with cream cheese.

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              morwen Dec 22, 2010 04:39 AM

              Mine is Wasa Hearty Crispbread spread with chevre and topped with home made jam or roasted tomato spread depending on the urge for sweet or savory.

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            sherriberry Oct 11, 2010 06:34 PM

            An open-faced "fluffernutter"-a slice of dense bread,layer of peanut butter, top w/ marshmallow fluff or whole marshmallows. Put in toaster oven on broil until marshmallow browns. Just be sure to put some tinfoil under the bread or you will have a mess.

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              HillJ Oct 11, 2010 06:36 PM

              my son adds a sprinkling of mini chocolate chips and calls it a s'more toastie. A toaster oven broiler is fab for these types of quick snacks!

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              Novelli Oct 11, 2010 01:54 PM

              My late night go-to snack is a large dollup of ricotta with a drizzle of fresh clover honey.

              1. iL Divo Sep 13, 2010 09:29 AM

                not even reading this, just going by title.
                for us, it's a handful of chocolate chips for hubby and water for me, that's our late night snack.

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                  millygirl Oct 11, 2010 12:55 PM

                  Okay, that's just sad iL Divo. Really? Water?? Sounds like prison :)

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                    HillJ Oct 11, 2010 01:07 PM

                    that's funny millygirl...but, no harm meant ilDivo.
                    my late night snack crave lately has been a small bowl of Maypo with maple syrup and cinnamon; kinda like my warm milk before bed go to. any fancier and I'd be up all night.

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                      millygirl Oct 11, 2010 06:13 PM

                      Exactly. No harm meant iLDivo. I'm certain you probably have a figure to prove it. Something I cannot say for myself. Then again, sad to admit, my late night snack would probably consist of cold pizza or a bowl of chips.

                2. Sweet Onion Sep 13, 2010 09:26 AM

                  Corn tortillas and cheese are staples in my home, so my go-to late night snack is usually a quesadilla, with whatever leftovers I have -- caramelized onions, chicken thighs, bacon--or just cheese and hot sauce if the fridge is bare. Fried egg optional.

                  1. linguafood Sep 13, 2010 09:15 AM

                    Stir-fried Chinese noodles. Easy, fast, delish.

                    1. mamachef Sep 13, 2010 09:12 AM

                      I'm definitely a member of the egg brigade, poached or scrambled with some crispy toast, but every now and then a quesadilla serves too. And my Mr.'s invention? One night, behind some Ambien that didn't work, he made himself a peanut-butter and cheese quesadilla with sport peppers, which he doesn't even care for. couldn't believe it when I walked into the kitchen and saw what was going on. He doesn't remember it to this day. And that quesadilla? It didn't get eaten.

                      1. weewah Sep 13, 2010 09:01 AM

                        Fried mush or scrapple.

                        1. bermudagourmetgoddess Sep 9, 2010 07:57 AM

                          Cheddar grits make with chicken stock with some ham folded in and topped with an egg sunny side up

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                            jvanderh Sep 9, 2010 08:52 AM

                            That sounds awesome.

                            Last weekend, I made myself an individual serving of apple crisp (I baked it in a ceramic cereal bowl). I tossed the apples with pre-ground pumpkin pie spice, and maybe cornstarch, although my memory seems to be hazy, for some reason :-P. I did the oats/flour/brown sugar/butter thing on top, but the proportions were less than precise-- I believe I measured the dry ingredients in palmfuls.

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                              bermudagourmetgoddess Sep 9, 2010 11:26 AM

                              Yummmm....I am from the south so apple and peach crisps and cobblers run in the blood!

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                                jvanderh Sep 10, 2010 06:01 PM

                                Had your ham, cheddar, and egg grits for dinner. They were totally awesome :-)

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                            bac528 May 14, 2007 08:45 AM

                            Toast an english muffin lightly, then top each half with some tomato juice, a slice of jarlsberg cheese and some garlic powder...place under broiler to melt the cheese and you have yourself lo-cal pizza!! Delicious too!

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                              britterbeezer May 14, 2007 08:35 AM

                              my late night snack also doubles as a hangover-preventative. a slice of bread, spread a coat of peanut butter. add a handful of cheerios and fold in half! my culinary skills at 2am are usually impaired...

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                                adventuresinbaking May 13, 2007 06:06 AM

                                Homeade kettle corn! Just make sure to make it in a non-stick pan. :)

                                1. msbadkittie May 13, 2007 03:10 AM

                                  sounds yummy. note to self: buy a panini maker. any recs on a brand? as i always say, the only thing better than a sandwich, is a toasted sandwich!

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                                    greygarious Sep 13, 2010 09:19 AM

                                    I don't have room for a lot of kitchen gadgets. Much of what you can do with a panini maker you can do with a wafflemaker, but not the other way around. So I chose the wafflemaker. If I want a pressed sandwich that doesn't fit, a skillet and a foil-covered brick do the trick.

                                    Popcorn, made in a covered pot on the stove, is a classic late-night treat. Or bite-sized cracker sandwiches: a Trader Joe's soy/sesame mini-rice cracker and a TJ's 12-grain cracker, with peanut butter in between. Or apple slices on 12-grain crackers, topped with thin slices of Jarlsberg and nuked until it melts.

                                  2. Emme May 13, 2007 01:23 AM

                                    Nothin like a late night grilled cheese, simply done w/ a mix of Tillamook and ricotta. A quesadilla (same vein) is also satisfying w/ salsa and sour cream.

                                    Otherwise, whole wheat tortilla sprinkled with water, then cinnamon, splenda and salt, and crisped in the oven.

                                    For protein 0% total w/ splenda, cinnamon, vanilla, and a fiber cereal from TJ's.

                                    1. cafecreme May 12, 2007 10:48 PM

                                      my husband makes us poached eggs and toast with lots of butter. Perfect light, late supper when you want something fast and simple.

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                                        lollya May 13, 2007 05:40 AM

                                        haha, i was enjoying sliced hardboils on highly buttered toast last night as you guys were typing this... ;)

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                                          ccbweb May 14, 2007 08:48 AM

                                          Or a good breakfast...or mid morning snack...lunch, dinner.....one of the more perfect things ever.

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                                          mojoeater May 12, 2007 10:36 PM

                                          It's about 1:30 on the East Coast. I'm eating a homemade roasted garlic hummus with baby carrots. Usually I eat popcorn or peanut butter, but since I had the hummus... drinking an elaborate screwdriver.

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