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 webchick
Joined: 6/24/2008
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Do you have a favorite "secret ingredient" that you add to a dish to make it instantly seem like a gourmet meal? For me, it's carmelized onions with garlic slices on most meat dishes (works every time!). I got to thinking about this after I browned polenta slices with onions and garlic for dinner, tossed on bagged spinach to cook just a few minutes before the dish was done.

Another favorite is to put the spice ingredients of a bearnaise sauce directly on a steak before grilling - mustard, onion powder, tarragon chervil - all the taste without all the calories!
 TxSippiGal
Joined: 9/30/2007
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 5:49:55 PM
Bay leaf.. I put a bay leaf in just about every dish I make.. esp. roast.. and soups..
 We_Design_Our_Lives
Joined: 5/24/2008
Msg: 3
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 5:57:19 PM
>> Do you have a favorite "secret ingredient" that you add to a dish to make it instantly seem like a gourmet meal?


YES!
 sanderick
Joined: 8/27/2007
Msg: 4
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 6:08:21 PM
It really depends on what I am cooking.

What I am grilling.

What I am BBQing.

What I am baking.

And what ingredients I am using.

Given each food type and method of cooking, the answer is.

YES, I do have secret ingredients I use for those dishes.

But if I told everyone, it wouldn't be a secret anymore now would it...

 Beholder123
Joined: 6/25/2008
Msg: 5
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 6:17:13 PM
Looooooove my chilli powder!!!!
 karma1160
Joined: 6/10/2008
Msg: 6
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 6:38:49 PM
Shhhhhhhhhh don't tell anyone but it's Hungarian paparika and lots of it.
 excalibur19
Joined: 10/10/2004
Msg: 8
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 7:09:15 PM
Chinese five spice and any real good variety of curry.
The five spice goes into my kick azz chicken salad
with out the measurements ....
Hen only-boiled ,cooled,picked off bone use breast only
real mayo
heavy cream
dash of five spice
green grapes
maybe a few walnuts
or almond slices
 Beholder123
Joined: 6/25/2008
Msg: 10
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 7:33:41 PM
"in brownies?" ..........................OMIGOSH!!!! LOL!!!! SO hilarious!
 debbywebby32
Joined: 5/27/2006
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 8:44:38 PM
almond extract in my french toast.


garlic garlic garlic and more garlic in everything else..powder and salt, onion powder/salt too. and jalepeno pepper in everything that needs that extra kick!
 anti-ipenema
Joined: 2/15/2008
Msg: 12
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 10:07:24 PM
I love a dash of cinnamon when I'm browning ground beef, it gives it a little oomph

sprinkling melon , any kind, with a tiny dash of salt (not so secret, everybody knows that one)

fresh ground pepper on strawberries (don't know why, but I love it)

and when I make oatmeal cookies I soak golden raisins in Grand Marnier or Cointrea
 piscescoda
Joined: 6/17/2005
Msg: 13
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 10:28:08 PM
Sriracha. I probably would eat that shit in brownies.
 SummerWheatley
Joined: 2/12/2007
Msg: 14
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 10:55:21 PM
Tobasco sauce in my popcorn butter
 GeneralizingNow
Joined: 10/10/2007
Msg: 15
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/20/2008 11:13:40 PM
rose water

It can go in veggie dishes or in chili
 Internetdatingpariah
Joined: 10/17/2004
Msg: 16
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 5:22:44 AM
nutmeg....Shhhhhhhhhhh
 karma1160
Joined: 6/10/2008
Msg: 17
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 6:22:29 AM
Dear wisteria try buttering the pan and then sprinkling the pan with hersheys cocoa instead of flour hmmmmmmm goood.
 spicynicegirl
Joined: 8/10/2008
Msg: 18
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 6:23:58 AM
sweet chilli sauce is yum.............
 IQF
Joined: 6/7/2008
Msg: 20
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 10:00:01 AM
Butter and bacon grease. It's like magic.
 cuddler/seeks/cuddlette
Joined: 8/13/2007
Msg: 22
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 11:42:24 AM
Two actually. One is a Goya product. Its "adobo", and I use it as a dry rub. I try to get away from a wet sauce (like barbeque), every so often. Then second is using tobasco as your cooking medium in a crock pot. It lends a nice, but not to hot, flavor
 Coach Andrew
Joined: 1/30/2007
Msg: 23
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 2:08:18 PM
I don't know about the "gourmet" part, but my secret ingredient in meatloaf, meatballs and sometimes burgers is cinnamon. This was my Eastern European grandmother's secret ingredient in several meat dishes. I always loved/craved this particular dish my grandmother made called a "clubbala" (phonetic). It was, you could say, an individual meat loaf, or a meatball the size of a dinosaur egg, with a hard-boiled egg in the center. (I suppose this was "Shtetl Gourmet" cuisine!) I once grilled her (no pun intended) on her recipes, and asked her what gave the meat (and the vegetables simmering along with the meat) its distinctive flavor. I was really surprised to learn it was cinnamon, since I associate that with desserts and beverages. I've used it ever since.

 wickedkyra
Joined: 12/1/2006
Msg: 24
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 2:30:27 PM
Mine's kinda "Sandra Lee"-ish. I hate baking from scratch, so I'll add a touch of almond extract to a lot of box mixes, and people think they're super-fancy-pants scratch gourmet cookies/cakes whatever.

I'll even mix it into a tube of cookie dough and "fool" people.

If anyone ASKS, I won't lie, but people rarely ask. :) Lucky me.

Wow, Coach - mind if I borrow that? Sounds yummy...
 AAuroraAA
Joined: 8/18/2007
Msg: 25
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 2:43:01 PM
Well, now for a gal who grew up in New Orleans... that would be Garlic!!! But garlic gets lonely so there must be Onions to go with it. The Holy Trinity in NOLA is garlic, onions, & bell peppers but I don't much care for bell peppers & they don't care much for me so I leave them out.

However, my secret ingredient in so many things I make is Frontier's Chicken Broth Powder. It adds a depth of flavor that will round out pretty much any savory dish.

I have other secret ingredients for specific dishes, but if I tell well.... it looks like there wouldn't be enough pig farms to hide the bodies. LoL
 AAuroraAA
Joined: 8/18/2007
Msg: 26
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/21/2008 2:44:13 PM
Vulf,
Try a bit of nutmeg in mashed potatoes. That is awesome!
 SAguy_06
Joined: 12/29/2005
Msg: 27
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/22/2008 4:37:49 AM
I'd love to share my secret...

If you've come to South Texas, and eaten in any of our many great restaurants, and tried to recreate Texican dishes, but they just dont taste the same...Try using garlic and(most importantly) Cumin.

Comino is used in Lots of Texican dishes.
 Miss W
Joined: 12/4/2006
Msg: 28
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/22/2008 8:12:07 AM

Pre-ground spices are a waste of money

That they are. I learned long ago from one of my cooking teachers that spices are best in their whole form (like coriander and cumin) and last longer. I have a coffee grinder that I use only for spices to grind them when needed. I also learned that you can clean the interior by grinding bread or rice.

As far as "secret" ingredients are concerned...I make my own roasted garlic powder and I buy herbs and spices from Penzey's.
 Internetdatingpariah
Joined: 10/17/2004
Msg: 29
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 8/22/2008 8:21:36 AM
Gee Vulf...thanks for the...um...compliment!
I've used nutmeg often as a secret weapon in much of my cooking. Pies especially.
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