Burger pizza anyone?
As someone who makes Marmite and squashed banana sandwiches (go on, I dare you) and recently tried a slice of peanut butter and jelly pizza (surprisingly good), it’s fair to say I have a few odd food faves. But when faced with an expansive ship’s buffet I find it hard enough to decide what to choose from the dishes on display in their unadulterated form — let alone come up with any ideas for creative combos.
That’s not the case for some of our inventive Cruise Critic members. It seems that despite the huge choice, you’re hungry for more — and the outcome is delicious or disgusting, depending on how your taste buds are tickled.
Silverspringcruiser, who has a penchant for putting bacon and peanut butter on bagels, started an interesting thread asking if anyone else combines items from different sections of the buffet to invent “off-menu items”. Stand by for a mini stampede, akin to when the MDR doors open.
For example, Davey Wavey, creates a “breakfast bowl” which got the thumbs up from fellow cruisers who couldn’t wait to try out his recipe for scrambled eggs combined with hash browns, crumbled sausage, grilled onions, peppers, tomatoes and melted cheese all mixed with a dash of fresh salsa.
Anjanu adds: “I get a slice of pizza and then a burger without the bun from the buffet and cut the burger up over the pizza for a burger pizza. If it’s during lunch, I drizzle a little ranch dressing over the top. Sounds horrid but so so good!”
And it seems that once you hit on the perfect mix — even by accident — you can’t get enough of it.
Over to Shaded lady who says: “I got the Mongolian wok with all veggies, noodles etc. and skipped the Szechuan sauce, which was too hot and the others didn’t appeal. I then got chicken fingers, cut them up and added them, plus the honey mustard dipping sauce that comes with them, into the Mongolian wok bowl after it was cooked. Really strange and I don’t know why I tried it the first time, but I ended up getting that for lunch three times in a five-day cruise!”
Other ideas are so simple, and yummy, I wished I’d thought of them myself, such as adding milk to ice cream for a DIY shake (all credit to barbeecat for suggesting chocolate ice cream and chocolate milk and Chrisnatch for her iced mocha made with half chocolate ice cream, half coffee and a couple of sugar sachets all shaken together with ice).
My personal favorite comes from Hulawho who says: “I make ice cream cookie sandwiches. Grab two cookies, put ice cream on one and smoosh them together. One of the dining room waiters saw me doing it on my last cruise and he looked at me like I was crazy. I told him ‘ice cream sandwich, delicious’ and he grinned and said he’d have to try it someday.”
I feel a Cruise Critic recipe book coming on…
How do you expand the buffet horizons and get the digestive juices flowing? Tell us in the comments.
*Don’t move those tongs! Read our 10 commandments of cruise ship buffet etiquette.
*Do buffets make you queasy? Read our 10 tips for cruising with dietary restrictions.