this post is going to make all the judgmental trolls leap - so forgive me for not cooking every type of cuisine and using every ingredient of every culture in my home cooking . . . .
So in my decades of cooking, there have been a few times when an ingredient has really made me stop and rethink what I want to cook at home. Sometimes these have been things that I just hadn’t eaten before, other times they are ingredients from other cultures that, while I may have had “unknowingly” at a restaurant, I just never used in my home cooking.
Some that come to mind -
Morel mushrooms - there is nothing quite like a morel. I love them and use them when I can find them. I even love dried morels. I should have been cooking with them longer.
Pesto - I think pesto is magical and it was a revelation when I first made my own pesto (long long ago). I never knew those ingredients could be combined to make something that good and that versatile.
Gremolata - another combination that I just think is amazing.
Anyway - the impetus behind the post . . . . I recently used an ingredient for the first time at home and am blown away that I haven’t been using this before. I’ve had Korean BBQ out at restaurants before and I love it but I’ve never made it at home. For some reason I decided to explore this flavor at home this week and used Gochujang for the first time. Why haven’t I been using this before? It was insanely simple and insanely good. My mission is now to find new ways of using it. Here was the recipe I used (though I didn’t do chicken wings) for reference.
Are there any ingredients that you have discovered that just really through you on your heels and made you rethink what you want to be cooking at home?