What to Eat on Apocalypse Eve: An End-of-the-World Menu
It seems like almost every few months there's a day creeping up on the horizon that is predicted to be the end of time. Just a few weeks ago, there were doubts that we'd make it past 12-12-12. Luckily, we did. The next doomsday forecast lists tomorrow, December 21, 2012, as the end of the world, as that's when one cycle of the Mayan Long Count calendar is said to conclude. Whether or not you believe the theories behind that prediction, one thing is certain: We could potentially have just hours left to eat.
If today is the day before the world ends, then the time is now to get your fill of favorite foods, to throw caution and diets to the wind and indulge in the most over-the-top, sinfully decadent meals you can. Let yourself enjoy those meals you've deemed once-in-a-while treats. Relish in second — or third — helpings of your most beloved recipe. Why not? Check out some of Food Network's most decadent, comforting meal ideas below, then tell us in the comments: What must-have meal is on your end-of-the-world menu?
There's no sense in saving dessert for later, so today, dig into Ina's double-layer Beatty's Chocolate Cake (pictured above) before you enjoy dinner — or, perhaps, in place of dinner. With more than 1,500 user reviews and a five-star rating, this rich, moist showstopper is an Ina classic. She makes a deeply chocolatey cake with cocoa powder and buttermilk, then enrobes it in a smooth, fluffy buttercream frosting made with semisweet chocolate and soft powdered sugar.
For a final taste of something wonderfully salty and juicy, cook up Food Network Magazine's Bacon Cheeseburger (pictured right), an all-American classic piled high with a meaty beef patty, two melted slices of cheddar cheese and a few strips of salty bacon. And on the side? Guy Fieri's crispy, golden-brown Double-Fried French Fries, of course.
Ree Drummond's Fettuccine Alfredo is a beautifully buttery, creamy creation and a go-to pick if your last supper just has to include a bowl of pasta. With only five ingredients and in just 20 minutes, she makes this stick-to-your-ribs meal that is packed with nutty Parmesan cheese and simple seasonings. If you're a red-sauce fanatic, look no further than Food Network Magazine's Sunday Meat Sauce With Orecchiette, made with both ground pork and beef, plus Italian sausage, plum tomatoes and garlic.
Of course, no Apocalypse Eve is complete without a cocktail. Toast to days gone by and the unknown future with a Vanilla Dark and Stormy from Food Network Magazine. To make this 10-minute, top-rated cocktail, mix together dark rum, ginger beer, fresh lime juice and a bit of vanilla extract, then serve over ice for a cool, refreshing sipper.