Where the Plate Meets the Screen

5 Amazing TV & Movie Inspired Dishes  

Has your stomach ever rumbled in the middle of a binge sesh? We have 5 fabulous recipes inspired by the most mouthwatering television and movie moments.

Food has always had a strong bond with entertainment. Whether it’s popcorn at the theater, dinner in front of the TV, or a pint of ice cream while watching a movie, one truth is clear: when our minds wander, our mouths water. As moviegoers, we need to satisfy that oral fixation, just as we crave a little escape and adventure through fictional stories on the big screen.

Now, add in the visual temptation of food-inspired movies and shows, and our hunger pangs are in overdrive. This phenomenon is even more apparent now that we’re firmly planted in the age of Netflix. As we binge watch episode after episode, the subtle flash of a juicy cheeseburger or a rich piece of chocolate cake has us sprinting to the kitchen for a reprieve. Smokers compare this to the urge to light up whenever a character starts puffing away. Or for movie geeks, the impossible task of watching Sideways without uncorking a bottle of your best wine.

Anyway, back to the food. At this point, most of us wind up gorging on chips, cookies and other junk to fill the temporary void. Inevitably, you’re left wanting more—so we came up with a brilliant idea. Instead of staying ‘hangry’ or wasting calories on crap in the cupboard, why not take a cue from Hollywood’s most amazing culinary moments?

We’ve assembled a sparkling lineup of recipes inspired by everyone’s favorite programs, which all feature food, chefs, restaurants and the like. Let’s revisit each Oscar-worthy performance, explore its significance, and create an awesome dish to curb the cravings.

5 Delectable Dishes Inspired by the Big Screen

Chef (2014) – Mojo Pork Cubanos


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Premiering at South by Southwest as a sort of indie-meets-mainstream favorite in 2014, the movie Chef took people in the culinary world by surprise. Not only did writer, director and star Jon Favreau create a refreshingly simple storyline, but viewers couldn’t help but notice scene after mouthwatering scene of what one critic called “food porn.”

The story follows Favreau’s character, a disillusioned chef, as he leaves his fancy job at a Los Angeles restaurant to pursue his true culinary passion. Where does the road take him? Why, to a food truck, of course. The movie serves up some hilarious repartee among the kitchen staff, but more importantly, the featured food—Cubano sandwiches, street tacos, yucca fries—overshadows everything.

There’s a reason reviews warned moviegoers: “Don’t go on an empty stomach.” In light of the film’s success, restaurateur Roy Choi helped develop an e-cookbook to help Chef fans recreate their favorite dishes. You can get the entire recipe collection from Bakespace, but we’ve got a favorite in mind: Mojo Pork Cubanos. Combining thinly sliced ham, slow-roasted pork, swiss cheese and other classic ingredients loaded on a toasted baguette, the recipe is easy to make—and effortless to eat. 

Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) – Belgian Waffles

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Bet you weren’t expecting this one. Binge watchers beware: once we point out the following foodie obsession, you’ll never watch Parks and Rec the same way again. In short, we’re paying tribute to Leslie Knope and her undying love for a scrumptious breakfast treat—the waffle.

On the show, Leslie once said, “We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter. But work is third.” And we’re inclined to agree. Amy Poehler’s quirky character had us drooling on more than one occasion throughout the show’s run. She eats waffles at J.J.s Diner, from a food truck, in the hospital—even upon her nuptials to Ben. It’s scene after scene of ooey, gooey, maple magic and buttery bliss.

So, what better way to commemorate this Pawnee crowd-pleaser than to whip up a stack just like J.J.s? Luckily, the geniuses over at The Crepes of Wrath did the hard work for us. Their crisp, fluffy Belgian waffle recipe is toppled high with whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries, and of course, maple syrup galore.

Bob’s Burgers (2011-present) – Bob’s Burgers

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This next recipe requires very little introduction. Bob’s Burgers has quickly become an animated sitcom classic, joining the ranks of The Simpsons, Family Guy and South Park. And while the Belcher family is perhaps the most endearing—if dysfunctional—of them all, there’s no denying the show’s impact on our weeknight burger yearnings.

Bob’s specials always sounds so delicious. But since we had to choose just one, we skipped over the ‘child molester’ (comes with candy!) and went with the ‘I created a muenster’ recipe, which incorporates buttery white button mushrooms, Boston lettuce and plenty of cheese.

Hook (1991) – Imagination Pie

For those born in the 70s and 80s, let’s take a mouthwatering trip down memory lane. Robin Williams’ take on Peter Pan in Hook remains a cult classic—who could forget Rufio, the Lost Boys and Julia Roberts with that short pixie hairstyle? But what’s most important to young viewers of the film is one unforgettable scene. You know what I’m talking about.

In the movie, Williams’ Peter has grown up and returns to Neverland for a final battle against Dustin Hoffman’s Captain Hook. He’s lost his sense of wonder and creativity, so in one pivotal moment, the lost boys conjure his inner child with a fabulous ‘bangarang’ feast. The clear message: “use your imagination,” inspired generations of junk-obsessed youngin’s. If you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a watch.

Need a memorable theme for your kid’s birthday party? How about a nostalgic dinner party idea? One blogger at The Dessert Stomach came up with an incredible imagination pie recipe just like the creamy goodness featured in Hook. Trust us—it’s simply magical.

Friends (1994-2004) – Monica’s Stuffed Pumpkin

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On Friends, resident chef Monica Gellar served up quite a few drool-worthy plates over the hit’s decade-long run. From her job-winning tomato sauce to dozens of Nestle Tollhouse cookies and jar after jar of fruit-filled jam (that finds its way onto Joey’s face), the show sent us to the refrigerator on countless occasions.

However, nothing was quite as satisfying to watch as the Friends Thanksgiving episodes, where we learn about Chandler’s irrational hatred for turkey among other memorable character quirks. One superfan chef dreamed up a delectable take on Monica’s many Turkey Day dishes. Next time a craving hits, try out the sweet potato stuffed pumpkin, offering the perfect mix of sweet, savory and spicy.

Feeling hungry? Turn on the television, and come back soon for more fun foodie inspiration!

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