Stanley Tucci’s 4-Ingredient Midnight Snack Is My New Favorite

Stanley Tucci’s 4-Ingredient Midnight Snack Is My New Favorite

As a cookbook author and food writer, I usually write about food around midnight. Since I eat an early dinner with my family between 5 and 6 p.m., my stomach is constantly rumbling late into the night, and sometimes I listen to that rumbling and head downstairs for a midnight snack.

Typically, the Cantonese in me craves a bowl of instant ramen or a toasted bubble waffle. Lately, I’ve been fascinated by what other people, especially celebrities, are eating for midnight snacks. Andrew Zimmern, for example, enjoys either cold leftover Chinese food or toasted toast with butter and anchovies.

Stanley Tucci's Favorite Midnight Snack

I always have sourdough bread in my pantry, so I can afford to eat toast of any kind as a snack. In my extensive search for other midnight snack ideas, I came across a quick and fun interview Stanley Tucci did with Katie Couric. In this interview, Stanley revealed his favorite midnight snack, a simple but delicious combination of peanut butter, banana and honey on toast.

This revelation is somewhat surprising, considering that Stanley told Katie that he prefers salty foods over sweet ones. It adds an element of intrigue to his midnight snack choice. It’s simple and easy, and you probably already have all of these ingredients in your pantry. Plus, it’s quick to make and super comforting as a midnight snack.

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How to Make My Version of Stanley Tucci's 4-Ingredient Midnight Snack

Stanley's favorite midnight snack will help you use up any bread that's starting to go stale, whether it's white, rye, whole wheat, or sourdough. I always make his toast with my family's favorite sourdough bread.

I toast a slice of bread in my BALMUDA toaster for about four minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Then I spread a generous amount of peanut butter on the toast, at least a tablespoon. If you're a crunchy peanut butter fan like me, use crunchy peanut butter. Creamy peanut butter lovers, use creamy peanut butter.

Of course, you can substitute any other nut butter, tahini, or black sesame butter for the peanut butter. I think plain hummus would work too, but avoid highly seasoned, garlicky, or spicy hummus.

Next, slice a banana and arrange the banana slices on top of the peanut butter. Add a drizzle of honey. If you want to give this dish more depth, top the honey with sea salt flakes, which add a touch of flavor and texture. For those who don't use honey at home, substitute agave or maple syrup or even sweetened condensed milk.

Tips to Make Stanley Tucci's Toast Even Better

  • Before toasting the bread, drizzle it with a little olive oil or spread it with unsalted butter. This will give it a touch of richness.
  • If you have extra fruit in your fridge, like blueberries and strawberries, add some to the toast along with the bananas. It will give the toast more color, and the fruit pairs well with the peanut butter and honey. Most fruits would work on this toast. However, if you're ever making this toast for Stanley, you might want to skip the passion fruit. “I like to eat pretty much everything. I guess I don't like passion fruit,” he told Katie.
  • Finally, you can turn Stanley's toast into a sandwich by topping it with another slice.
  • If you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, add jam or preserves on top of the peanut butter.

Easy to make and versatile, deeply satisfying and comforting, Stanley's Midnight Snack can easily be an anytime snack. In fact, I ate it for brunch!


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