These 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, others use food that is sometimes discarded (like shrimp shells), 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!
Starter Recipes on a Budget
Whether you're serving tapas, appetizers, or just want to start things off with a salad, these budget-friendly starters are here to help!
If you want to try foraging for greens (or picking up foraged greens at a farmer's market), try this Miner's Lettuce and Mezuna Salad from Diversivore.
To start your dinner with a soup, I like this French Shrimp Soup from Sprinkles and Sprouts.
And for an easy smoked salmon appetizer, try these Smoked Salmon Canapes from Garlic and Zest.
And then, there's my absolute favorite party appetizers, listed below. The sardine fish cakes are my go-to appetizer!
Main Courses + Sides
Below are some of my favorite fancy-schmancy (and affordable) dinner ideas.
Of course, a gourmet dinner must end with dessert!
Try these red wine poached pears by From a Chef's Kitchen, along with some of my top desserts that I've listed below.
The apple puff pastry tartlets are one of my all-time favorite party desserts!