Yesterday I posted some of the tips I’ve learned for cooking without a cookbook. One tip was to put together a set of master recipes that are easy to do and make use of the ingredients you have on hand. Here is my list, organized by type of dish, in case you are looking for suggestions. Each item is linked to the actual recipe.
Pasta Dishes and Sauces
Sauces and Condiments
- Compound Butter – For flavoring scrambled eggs, chicken and fish, or just as a spread.
- Garlic Confit/Oil – Use to make vinaigrettes, marinades, mayonnaise or just for sauteeing.
- Pesto - Not just for using up herbs, pesto can also be made with cooked vegetables like asparagus, spinach or mushrooms, or with sun-dried tomatoes. Vary the cheese and nuts as well. Pesto also makes a great pasta sauce or spread for snacking or sandwiches.
- Salsa - Puree and fry for a Mexican-style sauce. Leave chunky and raw for a great dip or relish.
Dips, Spreads and Snacks