22 guilty pleasure recipes for eating what you want

A healthy diet is important, but sometimes you need to splurge, treat yourself, or enjoy a cheat meal. These dishes range from unhealthy classics to greasy pub food to sugary breakfasts and decadent desserts. Here are 22 guilty pleasure recipes.

Potato salad, pasta salad, and tuna salad don't have greens. Ambrosia salad, made with canned mandarin oranges and maraschino cherries, is the biggest imposter. Dinner, Then Dessert says: Heavy cream, sour cream, and sugar make the dressing.


Our favourite bacon-wrapped food is dates. This Pinch of Yum recipe calls for stuffing the dates with goat cheese.

date-wrapped bacon

A friend compared biscuits and sausage gravy to drinking cement. We're guessing cement isn't as tasty as this dish, but both will weigh you down. Biscuits have white flour and little nutrition, and sausage gravy is high in fat and calories.

Biscuits & gravy

Dieticians and our Italian relatives would be horrified if we put hamburger, pickles, ketchup, and mustard on pizzas. It's hard to say no to a cheeseburger pizza like this one from I Wash You Dry.


Going to a ballgame, a backyard barbecue, or being a child are all good reasons to eat hot dogs. We're fine with you eating what you want. If we want a hot dog, we want to make it count, so we make a classic Chicago-style one like this one from Mashed, which uses an all-beef frank topped with tomato, onion, sport peppers, a dill pickle, relish, mustard, and celery salt.

Chicago-style hot dog

Nuggets are to chicken as hot dogs are to pork, so most consumers are kids. Like chicken nuggets, it doesn't have to be that way. Food Network's recipe fries chicken breast nuggets in oil.


Crispy french fries topped with cheese sauce, beans, beef, and sour cream are comfort food perfection. Dinner at the Zoo improves your fries.

Chili fries

The Unlikely Baker's waffles have cocoa powder, not just chocolate chips. They're double chocolate because of the chocolate chips. Adding chocolate chips is fine. Adding whipped cream and/or ice cream is fine.

Waffles chocolate

We love this recipe, but we can't make it again for a while. It's cinnamon rolls with extra sugar, brown sugar, butter, and icing. Crazy for Crust's recipe bakes the whole thing in the slow cooker.

Monkey bread cinnamon roll

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