Episode 2 of Grocery Showdown is a doozy! It features a lot of me questioning my life choices and Brooke bribing our judge Julia with a bunch of things she absolutely love.
In case you forgot Grocery Showdown is the show were Brooke and I cook the same dish while shopping at two separate stores. We will take inspiration from what these markets have to offer and truly compare the two to determine which ones are easiest on the wallet and the tastebuds. There are two ways to when:
By having the cheapest meal
By having the best tasting meal
Or you can be an overachiever and do both!
Today’s Walmart goes up against Whole Foods in a battle Mac and Cheese. These two stores are essentially on opposite ends of the grocery price spectrum, which we knew would have our viewers desperate to find out if the bougie ingredients at Whole Foods can beat out the consistent and affordable food of Walmart. The rules for the match were as follows:
We have 90 minutes to make a 9×13 tray of Mac and Cheese.
All spices and oils/fats in the Delish Test Kitchen were free to use.
Whenever possible, we had to shop for and use the grocery store brand items.
For the second episode in a row, Brooke destroyed me on budget. I spent over $25 at Whole Foods and removed a single shallot to get to $TK, while Brooke sent a paltry $TK at Walmart. To see whose cheesy dish takes the cake, watch the video above. But for those looking for the recipes look no further:
Justin’s Whole Foods Bougie 3-Cheese Mac and Cheese
Preheat your oven to 350ºF. Add 1-lb. Whole Foods Organic Pasta Shells to a large pot of boiling water that has been seasoned with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt. Cook until quite al dente, 2 to 3 minutes less than the package instructions. Strain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter over medium high heat. Toss in 3 small shallots, thinly sliced and cook tossing occasionally until softened and translucent. Sprinkle over 3…