Compiled by Lisa A. Listwa
Food Truck Recipes at Home: Open Your Kitchen Window, You’re Open for Business!
No food truck near you? No problem!
Food trucks are everywhere these days it seems. But what can you do when you’ve got that craving and your favorite food truck is nowhere near you? Or when the next street food festival is months away? We’ve got you covered! Turns out a DIY version of your favorite truck fare is as close as the internet.
We’ve spent a lot of time over the last year creating home versions of our favorite foods, and food truck specialties were no exception. Here’s a roundup of some great options to try in your own kitchen.
There’s nothing like a good breakfast sandwich and this one has the word “perfect” right in the name. The recipe calls for croissants but you could use whatever breakfast bread you prefer. We like to use leftover biscuits the way our local sandwich place does.
Sliders are familiar comfort in the food truck world. How about an at-home version of a classic cheeseburger slider? Or check out these fun (and adorable) mini hot dog sliders – easy to eat and totally customizable!
Grilled cheese is so easy and one of the first things you learn to cook at home. If you want to elevate your grilled cheese to the next level in the food truck style, check out this list for some ideas or create your own amazing combos!
We used to live near a great gyro place. Food truck gyros are a perfect replacement, but the trucks aren’t always around. For those nights when nothing but a gyro will do, an at-home version is the way to go. The second option is a recent find which I love because the DIY “spit” for cooking the meat in the oven is brilliant!
My kid loves street corn. It’s super easy to do at home and a great way to put those fresh ears from our CSA share to use. Grilling is delicious, but these can be done in the oven as well.
Korean beef BBQ is something we don’t have anywhere near us so food truck is the way to go. When the trucks aren’t rolling, though, this at home version is a quick weeknight option.
My daughter and I love ramen noodles and my husband has never met a noodle he didn’t like. These Spicy Korean Ramen Noodles are so simple to make for lunch and taste just the like the street fair noodle truck version.
Loaded fries are a food truck classic. For your DIY version you can make your own homemade fries, or just grab that bag of your favorite frozen variety. Top them like crazy with whatever you like – cheese, leftover chili, bacon, nacho toppings, or just about anything you like. Add a salad and call it dinner because why not?
When you hit a food truck festival you can find just about anything on a stick – meat, waffles, bananas, pickles, and more. You know all those leftover kabob skewers from that one party you had? Dig them out, put them to use and shake up the dinner rotation. Chicken shawarma is a favorite here and check out this awesome food truck mashup of a meatball sub on a stick!
Who says you can’t have food truck desserts at home? I honestly never think of funnel cake as an at-home possibility because I don’t love to deep fry. But my sister assures me it’s something that should be done. This version is quick, simple, and comes with plenty of options for toppings.
Dipped banana pops are quite possibly the easiest thing you’ll ever make. Even better? The whole family can get involved and customize their own! All you need is some bananas, popsicle sticks or skewers, some melted chocolate or Greek yogurt, and whatever toppings you like. Here are a couple of versions to get you started.
Believe it or not, even rolled ice cream can be done at home! It’s actually super easy and really fun to look at! Impress your family and friends with your DIY version. This version assures me no fancy equipment is required – just your freezer and a baking sheet. Let’s roll.
This is just a sample of the vast array of food truck fare you can try at home. Don’t forget about popular favorites like tacos and walking tacos, Cuban sandwiches, burritos, falafel, pho, burgers and veggie burgers, mac and cheese, smoothies, BBQ, lobster rolls, banh mi sandwiches…just to name a dozen. And you’ll definitely want to check out the April issue of The Chews Letter for some vegan food truck inspiration!
A few minutes with your Pinterest boards and a search engine will have you whipping up your food truck favorites in no time. I’ve found most of these at-home versions are simple and fast so anyone can give it a try. And if you want to really go for the full experience, serve your DIY creation to go, eat in the driveway, and wait for the neighbors to ask what smells so amazing!
Have fun and enjoy!