Three perfect midnight meals for your next all-nighter

What better way to refresh and distract yourself during an all-nighter than a midnight meal? When you should be knee-deep in twentieth-century Russian history or the migration patterns of geese, instead take an hour or two to whip up a ridiculous meatloaf or master your meringue game. Maybe your exam mark will suffer, but who cares when your meatloaf turns out both moist and structurally sound or you achieve perfect stiff peaks? For the not-so culinary ambitious, here’s what to cook as you reach existential crisis mode around 3:34 am and need sustenance ASAP. Don’t worry about how to break your failing grade to your parents or how much you actually hate your major now three years in. Just stuff your face as the sun rises and your academic career slowly dies.

all-nighter recipes

Pizza Breakfast Sandwich

  • 2 strips bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices of leftover pizza, room temperature
  • hot sauce, pizza dipping sauce or both
  • fresh chives, finely chopped (optional)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1.     Place the bacon on a frying pan and set over medium heat. Cook the bacon to your desired crispness before flipping to the opposite side to finish. Once cooked, set aside on a plate lined with paper towel. DO NOT WIPE DOWN THE PAN.
  2.     Crack the eggs into the leftover bacon fat, frying until the white turns opaque. Flip and cook for a further 30 seconds for a runny yolk or upwards of one minute for a fully cooked yolk. Give it a prod to check for doneness—the squishier the more runny. Just don’t burst it!
  3.     Drop a few drops of hot sauce and smear a dollop of pizza sauce over one slice of pizza. Add bacon and eggs. Top with chives and season with salt and pepper before finishing with the second slice of pizza.

Microwave S’mores

  • 6 graham cracker cookies
  • 3 big squares good-quality chocolate bar
  • 3 jumbo marshmallows
  1.     Place three graham cracker cookies on a microwavable plate. Top with the one square of chocolate and one marshmallow per cookie.
  2.     Microwave at 15-second intervals until the chocolate is melty and marshmallow softened.
  3.     Finish with the three remaining graham cracker cookies.

“Take Your Lactose Pill” Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, chopped into chunks and (if you’re fussy) peeled
  • 3 tbsp butter, diced
  • heavy (35%) cream
  • ricotta cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • grated cheddar cheese
  1.     Place the potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil, before covering and reducing heat to medium. Boil for 20 to 40 minutes or until very tender.
  2.     Drain the potatoes and return to the pot. Add the butter while the potatoes are still hot. Once the butter is slightly melted, add enough cream and ricotta to reach desired texture, mashing continuously. Finish with salt, pepper and cheddar cheese.