There’s always a little something that brings a dish from great to greater. We often find it through constant experimentation and, I’ll say it for myself, failures in the kitchen. But wouldn’t it be great to know some cool tricks people have learned throughout their own cooking experiences?
Ingredients that may be unbeknownst to your classic way of cooking have actually been used as the missing pieces to better flavor, texture, and even aromas for recipes! Here we have a list of some of the best secret ingredients that can bring your dishes to the next level.
This salty cheesy snack is used in most kids lunch boxes and snack packs, but I bet you didn't know it’s a perfect breading for chicken. The salty flavor and crunchy texture makes for an excellent breading for chicken so you don’t have to go out to buy extra breading for your chicken in the store if you have Cheez-Its at home! Just put your Cheez-Its in a ziploc bag, making sure all the air is out, and crush the Cheese-Its. Prepare your chicken to be breaded and roll your chicken in the Cheez-its and pop it in the oven. Its really that easy!
Using vodka in your pie is actually a great way to create a nice flaky pie crust that is amazing to bite into. When normal liquid is used in pie crust it actually toughens the dough while vodka actually combines the dough without creating a gluten formation which toughens the dough. The result is a perfect flaky pie crust your friends will envy you for.
A mix of coffee grounds into a nice spice rub give your steak a perfect combination of rich flavor and delicious aroma. You can use any mixture of coffee grounds with some paprika, chili powder, salt and pepper to make a savory rub for your steak. Try out your own coffee combinations and see what you like best!
If you’re looking for a way to save some calories and include a low carb component to your meal, then you should learn how to make the most of cauliflower florets. Blitzing cauliflower florets in a food processor will turn it into small rice like pieces that can be microwaved, roasted or pan fried to make a fluffy healthy carb that can replace the higher carb rice!
If you're making a bowl of chili or a vegetarian version, you should incorporate some semi sweet chocolate chips. The chocolate chips give the chili a rich taste that makes the chili pop. You can pour a tablespoon or two of chocolate chips at the end of the cooking process with some salt and pepper to get amazing flavor out of your chili.
Guacamole is one of the most popular dips in the world, but you can make your dip stand out by using some yogurt in the mix. Just let your plain yogurt sit overnight in the fridge, then fold it into your favorite guacamole mix with sour cream to make a creamy tasty dip your friends will devour in seconds!
V8 juice is actually an underrated source of flavor that you can use to bring some extra zest to your ribs. Get yourself some spicy V8 juice and mix it with another juice of your choice like peach vector or pineapple juice. Add it to some barbecue sauce and Worcestershire sauce and you’ve got a perfect glaze to cook your ribs in.
Apple sauce is another common lunchbox snack that works tremendously with making delicious meatballs! Using apple sauce with your meatball mix will give your cooked meatballs some extra moisture and juicy flavor. The moisture of the applesauce softens the meat so you can bite into a perfectly juicy meatbal
Some ingredients that seem like they only have one purpose can actually serve as a catalyst to greater flavors in recipes. They may seem weird, and you may question “Are you seriously saying that will work”, but these tips have been recommended by people just like you who have tried and strived to make better meals. So why not give it a try? You might be surprised by the amazing flavors you can get from ingredients you have right at home!