Do you ever watch Iron Chef? Okay, so I don’t really watch it much either, but I’m fascinated with the premise. The “food battles” are themed around a secret ingredient, which is revealed at competition start. (This video will give you the gist.) The ingredient may play a starring role, or it may be hidden the dish.
I’m on a secret ingredient kick lately, in the hiding sense. It’s so fun to be sneaky! How about an example? Let’s say we’re making ice cream. The ingredients are:
Cream, egg yolks, sugar and…corn! Zinger!
Will you join me as I chat about my personal Iron-Chef-ery? In the words of the nimble chairman: Allez Cuisine!
Secret Ingredient 1: Battle Corn!
Secret Ingredient 2: Battle Cauliflower!
Let’s face it: using cauliflower as a shape shifter isn’t the world’s newest concept. Atkins Diet “mashed potatoes” anyone? But I do LOVE cauliflower. Wheat pizza crust LOVES to stick to my hips. So when I saw Brittany post this recipe for cauliflower pizza crust, I decided to give it a whirl.
I made the crust as instructed, then topped with an eggplant, cherry tomato and onion roast + blobs of goat cheese. Yum! I don’t think you’re going to fool anyone to think this is normal pizza crust, but it’s an absolutely wonderful alternative to traditional pie.
Secret Ingredient 3: Battle Beans!
I saved the sneakiest ingredient for last: beans! More specifically, beans in cookie pie.
Yes, I’m serious. Now pick your jaw up and hear me out. I finally caved and tried Chocolate Covered Katie’s Deep Dish Cookie Pie. Then I did the unthinkable. I served it to the husband without saying a word. Vore…you’re getting sleeeeeeeeepy…
He was mesmorized by this cookie pie. And I was too! I used dry beans cooked without salt, and I promise, there wasn’t even a hint of beany-ness. Just delicious pie.
Now then, I must know: What’s your go-to secret ingredient?