4 simple ways to ease into adventurous recipes
Looking for something new to cook? It’s easy to get stuck eating the same formula of recipes over and over. We get comfortable with the spice combinations we are familiar with, and it can be intimidating to venture too far beyond our comfort zone. You don’t have to jump into anything super exotic, you can ease into adventurous recipes and expand your recipe base little by little.
Many of us scour through Pinterest, pinning recipes that sound interesting and look enticing only to cook the same old recipes over and over, too afraid to actually try anything a little out of the ordinary. I know trying new foods can be scary. What if I don’t like the way it tastes, or even worse what if my family doesn’t like it. If you are new to experimenting with recipes you don’t have to go all out with something new right away, you can ease your way into broadening your recipe collection. Here are 4 tips to help you ease into adventurous recipes.
Use a spice you are familiar with in a new way
Think about spices you know you like and try to find recipes that use that spice in a way you haven’t had before. In American cooking, cinnamon is a spice that we associate as sweet. It’s used mainly for baking, pies, or even coffee. It’s not something we would tend to use in a savory recipe. But many North African, Indian, and Caribbean dishes incorporate cinnamon into their spice blends that yields a familiar but new and interesting taste for the American palette. Moroccan food is a great bridge into new spice blends without being too intimidating. Try this Moroccan chicken stew with an approachable new flavor combination.
Use a familiar ingredient in a new way
Another easy way to bridge into something new is using a familiar ingredient in a new way. A super simple way to do this is to make fruit savory. Fruit is sweet, it’s not something we think of at dinner. Except for cranberry sauce once or twice a year. But incorporating fruit into a sauce is an easy way to experiment with a familiar flavor in a new way. Try this cherry chipotle chicken to take a simple braised chicken beyond the norm without being fussy.
Try an ethnic dish you’ve had in a restaurant
Why not make something you’ve actually had before and know you liked. New food seems much more welcoming when we aren’t the ones cooking it. It’s easy to feel that because you haven’t made something before that you won’t be able to cook it well. That is just false. Anyone can find and follow good recipes. Most everyone has ventured to ethnic restaurants and found something they’ve liked. Search for recipes you’ve had in restaurants and try to recreate them to help build your tastes for new flavors like this chicken pad thai.
Try a new recipe from a favorite chef or website
When a chef or home cook creates a new recipe, you can bet that it has flavors that they actually like. If you find you go back to some of the same websites again and again it’s likely you share similar tastes. Venture to a recipe that may be out of your comfort zone and you’ll find it may be a new favorite you never would have tried.
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