With Election Day upon us, you may have figured out your vote, but how about your menu for the big night?
What may turn into a long and emotional night for many, requires a menu to match, especially with most people sticking with an 'at home' election party this year, glued to the channel of their choice.
With that in mind we've rounded up some simple, satiating and comforting make-ahead recipes to offer some solace, even if the incoming results don't.
1. Creamy Parmesan Risotto
If it all gets too much, seek a moment of escapism. Cast your mind to the sunny shores of Lake Garda in northern Italy and learn how to nail a comforting creamy parmesan risotto with Michelin-starred Italian chef Riccardo Camanini at restaurant Lido 84.
2. Meatballs: The Spuntino Way
If meat is the answer, go for a hearty version of a classic comfort food in this all-in-one spectacular meatball recipe shared by Frankies Spuntino Italian-American restaurant in New York's West Village.
3. Balaboosta’s Everyday Cauliflower
Staying in NYC, chef Einat Admony shares Balaboosta’s Everyday Cauliflower recipe for crispy cauliflower, bamba and peanut tahini sauce. It'll transform your cauliflower into a delicious treat that the whole family will be fighting over for seconds, creating a timely distraction from the exit polls.
4. Mac 'n' Cheese - Italian style
Good old-fashioned comfort cooking at its finest. Bake up a tray of oven-ready mac 'n' cheese and prepare to dive in for a second serving as tensions rise.
5. Michelin-chef Sandwiches
Ease the tension by biting into these Michelin-chef-inspired sandwiches. Whether it’s the humble grilled cheese, a French ham and cheese sandwich, or a fried po' boy roll, these star chefs are here to show you how it’s done.
6. Homemade Braised Short Ribs
Go for long, slow, hearty satisfaction with these make-ahead homemade braised short ribs recipes, from Wolfgang Puck to Ina Garten, leaving you to concentrate on the results as they unfold.
A classic pasta and tomato sauce is an all-time crowd pleaser and, apparently, one of Joe Biden's favourite dishes. But then again, who doesn't love a deep bowl of al dente pasta and a rich velvety tomato sauce? Take your pick of our chef-led tomato and pasta recipes to pledge your support.
14. Meatloaf Recipes
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When all else fails, let them eat cake. Try funfetti cake festooned with sprinkles to celebrate or commiserate. Either way, you can't lose.
17. Chocolate Chip Cookies
Turn up the feel-good factor with these tahini chocolate chip cookies from Kathy Gunst, a hardened rage baker - a term that goes back to the revolutionary war, when American women didn’t have the right to vote, and baked election cakes instead as a means of being heard.
18. Ice Cream
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