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10 Food Trends Making Shame Spirals Worse

Maybe we can all come together and agree on something: The foods in this list were already delicious, horrifyingly so, but have recently become gourmet'd to some DEFCON- one level of decadence. You can rarely order a simple cheddar-based grilled cheese or macaroni and cheese dish anymore -- now they have lobster, blue cheese or brisket or bacon smoking in there. That's when you feel worse. Certainly there are more such dishes, which we ask you add in the comments and share your guilt with the world. It's OK. We've been there.

1. Grilled Cheese with Bacon -- You can see the shame coming a mile away when you bite and pull, and that classic sheet of Monterey Jack and cheddar comes with you...but oh look...there's bacon in there too now.

2. Monte Cristo -- This is a deep-fried ham sandwich, covered in powdered sugar without any modifications. Any additions are custom-designed to give you a Scarlet Letter.

3. Stuffed French Toast -- It's hard to feel good after eating a food item that's been sandwiched with another food item, and then filled to capacity with icing, peanut butter or cream cheese.

4. Macaroni and Cheese With Lobster, etc. -- Whatever brilliant asshole decided to add lobster, or blue cheese or anything bacon-related and started a fad should be ashamed (and then applauded for it's creamy excellence).

5. Stuffed Pizza -- Thanks, Chicago.

6. Fried Chicken and Waffles -- It's the crispy skin and the oily underneath that gets you. And the gravy. And the Belgian waffle underneath. And the syrup option. You get the joker smile of grease on your lips, and your dignity is history.

7. Eggs Benedict -- Most dishes would be fine without hollandaise. We'd all be fine without hollandaise -- but when you swap the English muffin for crab cakes or brioche, we feel like we've been beaten up.

8. All Casseroles -- Let's face it, any version of these things is bad for you. Usually made with some obscene number of eggs or 14 jars of mayo or half a barrel of cheddar -- these baked trays are confidence dynamiters.

9. Foie Gras -- Deep into the Food Network site, we came across a recipe for Lobster Risotto with Foie Gras butter. Enough said?

10. Burgers, With Egg, Foie Gras, Etc. -- How could we leave this out? The myriad options, both decadence and guilty-pleasure are infinite. All we know is, once we tried a fried egg on our burger, there was no going back.


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