Gourmet Recipes on a Budget

18 Gourmet Recipes on a Budget

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Gourmet Recipes on a Budget

These 18 Gourmet Recipes on a Budget feature gourmet-style recipes that are full of flavor and flair, but won’t hurt your wallet!  

Does your bank account start sobbing as soon as your car pulls into the grocery store parking lot?  Does your credit card start to hide deeper and deeper in your wallet as you approach the checkout?  If buying your usual groceries stretches your budget, buying “fancy food” for a party or date night might send you into a panicked frenzy!  Never fear– fellow budget-conscious foodies!  If you too, have ‘champagne tastes, but a beer budget,’ these 18 Gourmet Recipes on a Budget will help you serve flavorful, gorgeous food– without stripping your savings account dry.

Some of these recipes use foraged food (like the Miner’s Salad from Diversivore), others use food that is sometimes discarded (like shrimp shells in the French Shrimp Soup from Sprinkles and Sprouts), and others use inexpensive ingredients like vegetables and legumes.  You’ll also find recipes with (relatively) less pricey seafood options– such as flounder or domestic caviar.  Obviously– everyone’s budget will be different, and cooking a delicious meal for two will (almost) always be cheaper than cooking for a crowd.  Whatever your budget, however, these budget-friendly, gourmet recipes will help you serve your guests with style!


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What’s your favorite ‘fancy-schmancy’ food?  Let me know in the comments!

Are you looking for more budget friendly food?  Try this:

This Vegetarian French Onion Soup is a celebration of the onion. Instead of beef broth, which masks the onion, the slowly caramelized onions make their own sweet, deeply flavorful broth as they cook. For a faster cook-time-- caramelize your onions ahead of time and freeze them!

Vegetarian French Onion Soup

19 thoughts on “18 Gourmet Recipes on a Budget

  1. Lynn | The Road to Honey says:

    Such a beautiful collection of recipes Sarah. I see several that I am definitely going to check out as soon as I am finished giving this post the thumbs up. P.S.. love the idea of saving money on meals so I have more to spend on gifts. 😉

  2. Sarah | Away From the Box says:

    This post speaks to me in so many ways! I recently finally shelled out the dough for some fancy, well made (EXPENSIVE) cheese to have a little wine and cheese party all by myself. Haha! I’m definitely going to save this list. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Dawn - Girl Heart Food says:

    A great collection of recipes, Sarah! And perfect timing with all the upcoming holiday parties 🙂 Groceries are so expensive and it’s nice knowing that it’s possible to make good food without spending a fortune 🙂 Happy Monday!

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