For those of us who appreciate the finer things in life, such as a well-prepared dinner of unique and delectable ingredients, knowing how to prepare gourmet food on a budget can be a great way to buck the economic downturn. It is quite possible to cook a gourmet meal while on a shoestring budget. You don’t have to shop in a high-end grocery store in order to get ingredients for a gourmet meal. You can buy them from a standard supermarket.
The secret to a special meal is in the preparation, and the style and flourish you apply to the meal. Of course, there are certain ingredients that can cost a bit more than the average dinner items--depending on exactly what type of dish you plan on preparing--though this will not be cost-prohibitive for those trying to stay within their means.
A good way to be a smart food shopper for a gourmet dinner is to get any coupons for relevant items in your weekly mail circulars, or online, where there are many coupon sites offering all kinds of great deals. Many stores have regular deals on quality food items, so it won’t be that hard to procure the ingredients you need for relatively little money. A good gourmet food list that’s budget-friendly will probably include things such as:
- Fresh garlic
- Olive oil
- Lemon juice
- Fresh vegetables
- Fresh fruit
- Salmon and other fish fillets
- Roast chicken
- Nutmeg, parsley, and other spices
- Salt and pepper
- Steak or ground beef
- Butter and cheese
- Wine or cooking sherry
One can quite easily prepare an economical, gourmet dinner with these and other ingredients, which can be bought on a regular shopping budget. A couple of specialty items here or there, such as capers, or filet mignon still won’t break you, if you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, or one for the entire family. Prime cuts of steak can be had in many supermarkets for cheap. And for vegetarians, there are many delicious, gourmet meals which can be done without meat. The secret to preparing gourmet food on a budget, really, is fresh ingredients, and lots of spices and flourishes, and the atmosphere you create and care you put in to it, which give your dinner a special touch.