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Best bang for the (time/energy/cost) buck recipes

miss louella | | Jul 23, 2014 08:31 PM

I'm generally a peasant cook who uses great ingredients and enjoys the whole process. I love making bread that takes days, or corn tortillas from kernel to flat toasty goodness, but those kinds of projects are not what I'm after here.

I'm looking for recipes that create things unlikely to be found elsewhere, or recipes that make you wonder why you ever bought it in the first place. I have three: enchilada sauce, homemade tonic, and pickled jalepeno peppers.

The enchilada sauce is heavy on the pepper (I use a variety) and light on the tomato (even lighter for me, since I use half the suggested amount), but the flavor, OH the flavor!! And so little effort. I haven't figured out how to safely can this, but it's simple to freeze, so delicious enchiladas are never far away. Here's the base recipe I use: http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

As for the tonic, YUM!! And super easy (see the theme?) after you get the ingredients. With this tonic, gin&tonic is not just taken to a different level, but to a different playing field. http://www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com/20...

And finally, I have these pickled jalepeno peppers. Ohhh so delicious and nuanced. Not all about spice, or sweet, or soy, but a delightful mix of it all. Super simple to make (they're designed as a refrigerator pickle) but I've also canned some to extend the season. They mellow as they age, but that doesn't mean they still can't make me sweat when I get a real seedy circle. http://leitesculinaria.com/82089/reci...

So, what do you make that is so easy you can't believe you ever bought it?